Christmas Baking

I love Christmas baking.  It is my most favourite kind of baking to do.  This year, I made butterscotch confetti, peppermint sugar cookies, chocolate crinkle cookies, whipped shortbread, holiday rice krispy squares and butter tarts.


Here is one of several trays that went out to friends and family.  We have this one left over since Greg forgot to take it to one of our Christmas events.  The kids were happy since it meant more for them.  This is my first year making peppermint sugar cookies and they were a hit with everyone but me.  I don't like peppermint anything except candy.  It took me a few batches before I got my whipped shortbread whipped enough.  I got a new kitchen aid mixer last christmas when mine broke but i forgot that it is different from my old kitchen aid mixer so it took awhile before I realized that I need to whip it faster to get that whipped, delicious texture.  I still have lots of work to do before it is ever as good as my Aunty Sandy's but hopefully I will get there.  Greg says that it is all in my head and that it is really good but I still see improvement. 

I made 108 butter tarts this season.  The first 48 were a little runny, the next 30 were overcooked and the last 30 were not too bad.  Hopefully next year will be as good as last years!!

Here are the recipes if you want to make any of these yourself:

Whipped Shortbread
Source: Aunty Sandy

Ingredients: 
1 lb butter 
1 cup icing sugar
3 cups flour

Method:
1.  Mix butter until soft
2.  Add icing sugar and mix until combined
3.  Add flour
4.  Whip for AT LEAST 10 minutes to get the bater super light and airy
5.  Make sure you scrape along the sides so dough is consistent
6.  Preheat oven to 275 
7.  Cook about 30 minutes or until edges are lightly golden

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
Source: www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/chocolate_crinkles.com

Ingredients: 
1 cup cocoa powder
1 ½ cups white sugar
½ cup vegetable oil
4 eggs 
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
1 cup icing sugar

Method:
1.  Mix cocoa powder, sugar, + vegetable oil until become gritty
2.  Add eggs one at a time, :30 apart
3.  In separate bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder and salt
4.  Mix into chocolate bowl until just combined
5.  DON'T over beat
6.  Cover dough with plastic wrap + chill for at a minimum 4 hours
7.  Preheat oven to 350
8.  Roll into 1" balls using your hands
9.  Roll balls in icing sugar and place on pan (16/pan)
10.  Bake 10 - 12 minutes and allow to cool for a minute or two before moving to counter to cool completely.

Butter Tarts
Source: Aunty Sandy

Ingredients:
4 eggs, well beaten
2 cups brown sugar
½ tsp vanilla
4 tbsp melted butter
4 tbsp corn syrup
Raisins

Method: 
1.  Mix altogether except raisins
2.  Put raisins in bottom of each tart shell
3.  Pour mix over raisins
4.  Bake at 425 for 11 minutes

Butterscotch Confetti
Source: Aunty Sandy

Ingredients:
¼ cup butter or margarine
½ cup peanut butter
1 cup butterscotch chips
1 bag coloured marshmallows

Method: 
1.  Melt butter and peanut butter in a large sauce pan over low heat
2.  Stir in butterscotch chips until melted
3.  Cool until you can press hand to the bottom of the pot
4.  Add marshmallows and stir until coated

Peppermint Sugar Cookies
Source: Unknown, I found it in a magazine and ripped it out

Ingredients:
2 ½ cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
1 cup butter, room temperature
¾ cup icing sugar
1 large egg yolk
2 large egg whites
½ tsp peppermint extract
½ cup finely crushed peppermint candy canes
Additional icing sugar for rolling

Method:
1.  Sift dry ingredients and set aside.
2.  Beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy
3.  Add eggs and mix well
4.  Gradually beat dry ingredients into butter mixture, stir in candies
5.  Gather dough in ball, wrap in plastic and chill for an hour
6.  Preheat oven to 350
7.  Form dough balls and roll in sugar and place on sheet
8.  Flatten with fork
9.  Bake 10-12 minutes

What are your Christmas baking favourites???


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