Christmas is the time of celebrating the birth of our Savior. What's a birthday party without great food and gifts? These are some of the recipes I love to prepare and share. Nosh, nibbles, candy, cookies, cakes, and other holiday dishes.
I have said it before and I'll say it again. I love Paula Deen. When this new show started coming on, I VOWED not to ever miss it. This week, she made these little kisses filled with a Hershey's kiss. I found a bag of the new filled kisses and mine are dulce de leche, as I love caramel. I cannot WAIT to try these out on all the kiss varieties and plan to put them on my Christmas cookie list.
This is a great gift idea. Quick and cheap too. They're great on a cookie tray if you choose to make them yourself. For smaller gifts, put half the recipe into two pint jars and on the label adjust the yield to 2 dozen and adjust the tag ingredients to half.
With three ingredients, these are so simple and the sweet and salty go so well together. These are something I plan to give as Christmas gifts or take to our Christmas shindig at church. We usually have cookies, coffee, and punch after and I'm sure these will be the hit of the party! Chill time is not included
I checked to see if this had already been posted and the other one is different from this one. I know that getting good fresh strawberries in December is like trying to find that one sock that disappeared in the dryer. I haven't made these, but plan to pass the recipe on to my sister to make in her Beginner Sunday School class this Christmas for our after Christmas play shindig. The kids should have a ball! If the kids are helping, this might take a while. The magazine I found this in says 30 minutes, but if they're small, I'd give it 45 min to an hour.
This recipe came from Alan (my best friend in college). His parents are from Louisiana and this was his mom's recipe. We used to have poker parties all the time and this was one of our favorite things to serve. Popcorn is cheap, so we made a lot of different flavored popcorns.
I don't buy red cranberry juice much anymore because I couldn't find a Splenda-sweetened version for a long time and I have become sensitive to red food coloring. This recipe, however, doesn't hurt me and the wonderful flavors are so great for the holidays. Serve this delicious tea to your party guests and listen to them talk about how good it is!
This is another "baked in a can" recipe. These can be given in-can as a gift! When they're baked you take them out to cool then place them back in the can you have covered with Christmas wrapping paper or in Christmas plastic wrap, tie with a pretty bow, and give a really cute gift!
This recipe came from a lady in our electric co-op. They produce a monthly magazine that has all kinds of interesting things and the recipe pages are wonderful Kentucky dishes. This one happened to be for a the lady's daughter's wedding. It'd be great for the holidays too.
This sweet is a great holiday treat for the end of any meal. A chocolate cake filled with raspberry filling is decadent enough to impress, but easy enough for a baker at any level. Also, you don't have to make the cake chocolate if you have someone who has allergies or you just want something a bit different, it's still gorgeous and delicious either way.
This recipe came from an article in First Magazine (one of my new favorites!) about vanilla and it's benefits. According to the article, the color "renews your resolve", the scent "tames a sweet tooth" (the recipe for the homemade perfume is also posted), and the antioxidant "winter-proofs skin". With the fudge recipe was an explanation that vanilla will "reduce the risk of breast cancer" by inhibiting the growth and development of diseased cells in healthy tissue. SO...eat up gals! Vanilla is good for you! Note: all the cooking times are approximate.
These are a little on the special side for Christmas because the ingredients might not be something you keep on hand. However, they are beautiful in a jar and delicious out of the oven. Giving this gift will get smiles all around and make you look like Martha Stewart!
BHG always sends me recipes and, honestly, vary rarely do I try them. This one caught my eye and I made them for my holiday goodie trays. So easy and a great way to use up excess caramels and the almond bark or chocolates you have. I dipped mine in colored sugar and they were a total beauty and so rich and delicious. Give them a try for any holiday - color the chocolate and use colored sprinkles. I put those fancy cocktail toothpicks in my caramels before dipping. This made them so much easier to dip and serve.