For the most part, I don’t have a sweet tooth. But, I love to bake and during the holidays I let myself indulge in the normal no-n0′s: Egg nog, sugar cookies, peanut butter bon bon’s, fudge, and gooey butter cake.
In this 8th day of the 12 Days of Christmas for the Home series, it’s all about holiday baking. Do you have family favorites or family traditions that you always make? I have about 3 staple recipes that I make every year, but I like to try new ones as well. Since I switched to a Paleo lifestyle this year, I will be trying out some Paleo Christmas baking recipes from the Paleo Mom.
So, with every thing left to still do before Christmas, how will we get any baking done?
First, make a list of ingredients you need for everything. I make one giant list of things I don’t have and make a grocery run in the evening for them. If your recipe is online, try using Ziplist to download it. I started using it this year an love it! It downloads the recipe and files the ingredients into a shopping list. You can organize it further on their website.
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Next, make the stuff. Either spend one whole day doing it or break it down over the next couple of days. It totally depends on your schedule and your deadlines. I usually give my cookies to neighbors and a few friends before Christmas day, so I like to have them done by around the 23rd. The rest are for the Big Day. Whatever you don’t get done, don’t sweat it. It will spare you the calories and a few hours at the gym after New Years.
My number one recipe to make is my grandma’s chocolate bon bon’s~
Nanny’s Chocolate Bon Bons
1 stick melted butter
1 lb powdered sugar
2 C crunchy peanut butter
3 C Rice Krispies
Chocolate almond bark
Mix the first 4 ingredients by hand and chill 3-4 hours. Take chilled dough out and roll into balls the size of walnuts. Chill again. Melt almond bark in microwave for 1-2 minutes. Dip balls in bark and dry on wax paper.*Using a toothpick to dip the balls makes it easier. You may have to re-heat the almond bark if it gets too thick.
Here is a great recipe for a NO BAKE treat and it makes 400!! You wouldn’t even have to make another cookie!!
Makes about 400
1 pound butter
3 pounds powdered sugar
two 12-ounce packages of semi-sweet chocolate chips. Use a high quality chocolate.
1/2 of one bar of paraffin wax
toothpicks for dipping
Place wax paper onto cookie sheets and set aside. Cream peanut butter and butter until combined. Add sugar a little at a time. Make sure it is mixed well. Roll peanut butter mixture into approximately 400 1-inch diameter balls. Insert one tooth pick into each small peanut butter ball. Set all of them aside. Melt chocolate and paraffin (parafin helps the chocolate become shiny when it cools) in a double boiler. Be careful not to over-heat the chocolate. Dip the ball into the chocolate so as to ALMOST cover the entire ball. Leave small portion of ball uncoated. Let cool on waxed paper. Store in a cool place.
My other two favorites are Betty Crocker’s Orange Cranberry Bread
And my final favorite, Snow Covered Almond Crescents~
Tell me what your family favorites are! Don’t miss out on any of the 12 Days of Christmas for the Home series!