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Old 12-11-2014, 02:36 PM
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Default Favorite Holiday baking recipes

Hey everyone...

I am finding myself looking for some inspiration. I am planning on doing some Holiday baking over the weekend and am looking for some recipe ideas.

So share your favorite cookies, bars, and such! What do you guys like to bake, share around the Holiday season?
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Old 12-11-2014, 03:21 PM
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I really, really like to make fudge brownies. Omnomnom They taste great, they're no mess no fuss, and a double batch feeds a lot of people.

Fudge Brownies
1/2c. butter
6 tbls unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tbls crisco
1c. sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vannila extract
3/4c. flour

Melt butter and crisco in saucepan over low heat. Remove from heat when melted. Stir in cocoa powder. Add sugar, eggs, and vanilla extract. Beat lightly until mixed. Stir in flour til smooth.

Spray 5x9 baking pan with cooking spray. Bake at 350* for 30 minutes.

You can add some Andes mint chunks after mixing in the flour for a minty take. I also like to sprinkle powdered sugar over the top. Omnomnom.

If you double the recipe, it bakes in a 9x13.

I grew up eating brownies made this way. When I started dating my husband he only wanted the box mix stuff...now this is all he asks for. lol
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Old 12-11-2014, 03:27 PM
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We usually do fudge... and this is the best. You don't have to add nuts if you or someone else is allergic but if you don't have a nut allergy we usually use walnuts. You can use pecans or whatever but we personally like walnuts in our fudge.

http://www.food.com/recipe/sees-fudg...-recipe-273828
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Old 12-11-2014, 03:30 PM
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I posted "my" brown eyed susan recipe in this thread:

http://www.chazhound.com/forums/showthread.php?t=218373
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Old 12-11-2014, 03:47 PM
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Lately I've been loving things with cranberries!

Here is my favourite muffin recipe that I throw in whatever spices/fruit/chocolate/nuts I feel like. Lately it's been orange zest and cranberries, or pear and cranberries.

Whatever you want muffins:

Dry Ingredients:
- 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- pinch of salt
- as much fruit/chocolate/spices/nuts you want

Wet Ingredients:
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- 1 egg
- 1/3-1/2 cup milk
- 1 tsp. vanilla

Method:

- preheat oven to 400 F
- scale and mix all dry ingredients together in a medium sized bowl, set aside
- in a measuring cup, pour oil up to 1/3 cup line. Add egg, then add milk until you reach 1 cup line.
- add vanilla, and whisk
- add wet ingredients to dry ingredients, stirring until just combined.
- portion into muffin tin. Makes 6 big muffins or 10 small.
- bake for 20-25 minutes, or until toothpick inserted comes out clean


I also have a HUGE love for Sticky Toffee Pudding, I liked this recipe a lot, but found the toffee sauce crystallized, so I added a bit of corn syrup and maple syrup to keep it smooth.

http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/sticky-toffee-pudding
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Old 12-11-2014, 08:09 PM
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We do a touch of cookie baking for the holidays.



That was last year, where we hit 93 dozen, and swore up and down that we were really, truly, absolutely not doing cookies this year.

By September, it turned into "Well we will do them, but we will make fewer kinds (did 12 last year) and not so many (93 dozen).

This is a small tray that just shows each kind:


Now we have 100 dozen baked and in freezers all over the county. 13 kinds done, two more to make that don't freeze well. And probably a day and a half to two full days of decorating.

Most of them aren't particularly 'special' recipes (although myself and everyone in the world agrees that my mother's sugar cookies are pretty much the best ones ever), although the fairly new addition of the King Arthur fiori Shimmer Cookies are probably my favorite. Citrus-y and vanilla-y and butter-y! Usually by the time we are done with the cookies, I'm so sick of them I don't even want to eat any, but I do manage to get down one or two of those
http://www.kingarthurflour.com/recip...cookies-recipe
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Old 12-20-2014, 07:00 PM
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The final tally for this year was 128 dozen cookies (1540) of 15 different kinds. We finished up decorating first thing this morning and started handing out trays. Now they all need to get OUT of the house before I eat them!


Pineapple Ribbons


Gingerbread


New Zealand Holly


Chocolate sugar cookies


Fiori Shimmer cookies (stuck in bags because they are so strong a flavor that they make all the other cookies on the tray taste like citrus)


Red Velvet


Snowballs


Pecan Tarts


Nutmeg Logs
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Old 12-20-2014, 07:01 PM
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Rolo cookies


Horn of the Moon


Italian Tea Cookies


Peanut Butter Kisses


Peanut Butter Sugar Cookies


Sugar Cookies


For once, we aren't saying "Next year we are taking a break and not doing this". Mainly because every time we do...we do them again anyway. But maybe next year we will really take a break.
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Old 12-20-2014, 07:49 PM
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Omg those cookies look amazing!
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Old 12-20-2014, 08:27 PM
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Oh YUM.
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