Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Christmas Baking 101

Merry Christmas Eve! I am loving winter break and having so much time to shop, wrap, bake, and decorate.  I hope you are all having a great week so far, and you are ready for Christmas tomorrow! I can't believe it is Christmas Eve already!  Today I wanted to share my favorite holiday go-to cookies.  I make these ones every year.  The sugar cookie recipe I use I already shared on the blog a few days ago.  They are my favorite because I just love decorating them.  It brings back such great memories of decorating cookies with my family when I was younger.  Every year I also make Russian teacakes, Peanut Butter Blossoms, and Peanut Butter Balls. I wanted to share the recipes I use. I usually like to try a new recipe every year too, but I'm still finishing them up so I'll share that recipe a little later. 

Peanut Butter Blossoms

1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter or shortening
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 1/4 cup flour
3/4 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1 egg

Roll into 1 inch balls and roll in sugar.  Bake at 375 degrees for 8-10 minutes.  Put in Hersey kiss while warm.  Let cool and enjoy!

Russian Teacakes (pictured in the middle)

1 cup butter or margarine
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
2 1/4 cups flour
1/4 tsp. salt
Extra powdered sugar

Roll dough into 1 inch balls and bake at 400 degrees for 8-10 minutes.  Roll in powdered sugar while warm. Enjoy!

Peanut Butter Balls

1 1/2 cups peanut butter
1/2 cup butter softened
1 tsp. vanilla
4 cups powdered sugar

2 tbsp. shortening +  1-2 cups chocolate chips (I use dark chocolate) to dip

Mix ingredients and roll into 1 inch balls.  Refrigerate for at least an hour.  Melt shortening and chocolate chips (use 50% power if using the microwave) and dip peanut butter balls into chocolate.  You can dip half of the ball or the whole ball (I dip the whole thing--no such thing at too much chocolate!). Let harden and enjoy!

PS- You can't get through the holidays without a fun holiday cocktail! I found this drink mix & these adorable mirrored mini cake stand and serving tray at Home Goods and I adore this monogram Anthropologie mug.

Thanks for stopping by! Let me know how your Christmas baking is going!


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