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8 Delicious Fool-Proof Holiday Recipes

chestnuts roasting on an open fire…

Just kidding, we’re not making chestnuts.  Who do you think I am?  We are, however, making Christmas treats!  

And don’t worry if you’re not the best in the kitchen… I’m not either, but these recipes are easy enough. (:

Also, shoutout to my mom who was kind enough to share these 8 fool-proof holiday recipes with me!

8 delicious fool-proof holiday recipes

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Christmas Fudge

Who else loves fudge?!  I know I do!  Everyone needs to try this recipe… so yummy!

Ingredients: 

3 cups of sugar

3/4 cup of butter

1 tsp. vanilla

5 ounce can of evaporated milk

12 ounce bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 7-ounce jar of marshmallow creme

Directions:

  1. Line 9-inch square pan with foil.
  2. Bring sugar, butter, and evaporated milk to a boil in a large saucepan on medium heat, stirring constantly.
  3. Cook for 4 minutes (or until it reaches 234 degrees), stirring constantly.
  4. Remove from heat, and add chocolate chips and marshmallow creme.  Stir until melted.
  5. Add vanilla and mix.
  6. Pour into prepared pan; spread and cover to cool.

 

Puppy Chow (aka Muddy Buddies)

This is one of my favorite treats of all time!!  If you have never tried this snack, you NEED to change that.  Now that you know how to make this, no more buying the prepackaged stuff from the store… everyone knows the store-bought ones are no where near as good as home-made puppy chow. (;

Ingredients:

9 cups of Chex cereal

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

1/2 cup creamy peanut butter

1/4 cup of butter

1 1/2 cups of powdered sugar

1 tsp of vanilla

Directions: 

  1. Measure cereal into large bowl; set aside.
  2. Microwave chocolate chips, peanut butter, and butter in microwaveable bowl uncovered on high for 1 minute; stir.
  3. Microwave for 30 seconds more or until mixture can be stirred smooth.
  4. Stir in vanilla.
  5. Pour chocolate mixture over cereal, stirring until evenly coated.
  6. Add powdered sugar, and shake/stir until well-coated.
  7. Let it sit to cool.

 

Greek Sugar Cookies

One of my favorite holiday recipes!!  So yummy, festive, and the perfect little snack. (:

Ingredients:

1 lb butter, softened

3/4 cup of sugar

1 egg yolk

1/2 tsp almond extract

4 cups flour

Red and green sugar/sprinkles

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Beat butter and sugar in large bowl until fluffy and light.  
  3. Beat in egg yolk and almond extract.
  4. Gradually stir in flour and blend to make a soft dough.
  5. Roll dough into 1-inch balls and roll in colored sugar.  Place on greased cookie sheet about 2 inches apart.
  6. Bake 15 minutes or until firm (but not brown).

 

Sugar Cookies

A CLASSIC!!  We love to see it (and eat it).  

I have always loved to decorate sugar cookies with lots of frosting and sprinkles, so don’t forget to do that too! (:

Ingredients:

2 cups of sugar

1 cup butter

2 1/2 tsp of baking powder

2 eggs

1 tsp salt

1 cup buttermilk

2 tsp baking soda

6 cups flour

Directions:

  1. Mix ingredients together and refrigerate for a day before rolling out.
  2. When rolling out dough, add flour.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.

 

Chocolate Scotcheroos

These are the PERFECT treat for the chocolate and peanut butter lover!

Ingredients:

1 cup light corn syrup

1 cup sugar

1 cup peanut butter

6 cups Rice Krispies

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 cup butterscotch chips

Directions: 

  1. In large pot, cook corn syrup and sugar over medium heat, stirring frequently, until sugar dissolved and mixture begins to boil.  Remove from heat.
  2. Stir in peanut butter and mix well.  
  3. Add Rice Krispies and stir until well coated.
  4. Press mixture into 9×13 pan coated with cooking spray.  Set aside.
  5. Melt chocolate and butterscotch chips in small pan over low heat, stirring constantly.
  6. Spread evenly over cereal mixture.
  7. Let stand until cool and firm.

 

Cracker Candy

Listen up!!  This stuff is AMAZING.  If you only choose to make one one these holiday recipes, let it be this one.  You will not regret it.

Ingredients:

2 sticks of butter

1 roll of saltine crackers

1 cup of brown sugar

2 cups of chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Grease a pan with butter.  Line entire bottom with saltine crackers.
  2. In saucepan, melt butter and stir in brown sugar.  Boil for 3 minutes and pour over crackers evenly.
  3. Bake at 400 degrees for 4 minutes.
  4. Sprinkle chocolate chips and spread with knife.
  5. Place in freezer until set and break up into pieces that are about the size of a saltine cracker.

 

Peanut Blossoms

Everyone loves these at Christmastime!  These are sure to be a hit, not matter who you’re making them for!

Ingredients:

3 1/2 cups of flour

1 tsp salt

2 tsp baking soda

1 cup of shortening

1 cup of peanut butter

2 cups of sugar

1 cup of brown sugar

2 eggs

4 tbsp of milk

2 tsp of vanilla

chocolate kisses

Directions:

  1. Grease cookie sheets or use parchment paper.
  2. Mix shortening, peanut butter, sugar, and brown sugar.
  3. Stir in eggs, milk, and vanilla.
  4. Mix flour, baking soda, and salt separately before adding to mixture.
  5. Shape into 1 1/2-inch balls and roll in remaining sugar.
  6. Bake for 8 minutes at 375 degrees.
  7. Top each with a chocolate kiss and bake 2 minutes longer.

 

No-Bake Cookies

People who LOVE cookies but would rather not step foot in the kitchen, this one’s for you.  You’re welcome.

Ingredients:

1 stick butter

2 cups of sugar

2 tbsp cocoa

1/2 cup of milk

1 tsp vanilla

1/2 cup peanut butter

4 cups rolled oats

Directions:

  1. Boil butter, sugar, cocoa, and milk together for 1 minute.  Remove from stove.
  2. Add vanilla, peanut butter, and oats to mixture.  Stir well.
  3. Drop by spoonfuls onto waxed paper to cool.

 

I hope you all enjoy these 8 fool-proof holiday recipes!  Let me know if you tried any of them and how they turned out. ((:

And don’t forget to check out all my other Blogmas posts!

love, marissa

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