Starting the Holiday Baking/Candy making early.....share your recipes!!

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Posted 10/12/2012 by mom-2-2beagles in NSBR Board


PeaNut 131,676
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Posted: 10/12/2012 11:58:35 AM
I have my little one in day care on Thursdays and Fridays and have a big list for holiday treats this year. We have a deep freezer, so I wanted to get started early. I was figuring one or two recipes a week and by December I will have more than enough for all people and events.

I know that there is a fabulous pea out there that has shared her candy recipes in the past...Samantha (I can't remember your pea name, but it has your real name in the shared google doc!).

I would love to know what people are planning on making this holiday season and what freezes well!

Dancing to the end of love.

PeaNut 8,446
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Posted: 10/12/2012 12:05:28 PM
I've shared this one before--it's my go-to recipe for cut-out sugar cookies. They freeze really well, too, so you can make them, freeze them, and then just pull them out and decorate whenever you're ready. The recipe makes a ton of cookies, but you can easily halve it--I use 2 eggs instead of 3 when I halve it.

Eva's Sugar Cookies

2 cups butter or margarine, softened
2 cups granulated sugar
3 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. almond extract
6 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar. Beat in eggs and vanilla and almond extracts until light and fluffy. In another large bowl, combine flour and baking soda. Gradually stir flour mixture into butter and sugar mixture until blended. Chill for one hour, then roll out on a floured board and cut into shapes.

Bake at 350 degrees on lightly greased (or parchment-lined) baking sheets for 8-10 minutes, until light golden brown. Makes 12 dozen cookies.



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Posted: 10/12/2012 12:09:24 PM
Marking my spot, great thread idea.

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Posted: 10/12/2012 1:38:24 PM
Oh! I have some good ones to share....I'll be back to post them later!


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Posted: 10/12/2012 1:47:59 PM
This isn't an heirloom recipe passed down to me or anything, but I started making the Martha Stewart icebox cookies a few Christmas' ago. It's a really simple but good recipe & there are many ways to use the same dough to make different shapes/flavors of cookies.

It's become part of my baking list for the holidays:
Martha Stewart icebox cookies

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Posted: 10/12/2012 2:05:51 PM
You MUST make famous cream cheese cookie recipe! I made it last year for my cookie exchange and won. They are divine! I also made them with a almond extract version and they were incredible. I made it with almond extract (still used some vanilla) in the cookie and frosting and they are do die for. I also made the lemon version and they were wonderful too.

Belle Magics Famous Cream Cheese Cookies


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Posted: 10/12/2012 2:25:41 PM
One of my favorite cookies.. (can be made with Anisette flavoring also)

Orange juice cookies

1 cup butter or marg. ( I use butter)

1 1/2 cups of sugar

3 eggs

1/2 cup orange juice

6 cups flour

1/2 tsp. baking soda

4 tsp. baking powder

Melt butter, combine with sugar and eggs and O.J.

Add Dry ingredients.

Dough might be a little sticky at first. You should be able to roll it.

Place in ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake 350 degrees for approx 12-15 minutes. Tops should be white.

Check bottom of cookies, if golden brown they are done.

For the frosting for a full batch of cookies, use 1 box confectioners sugar, flavoring of your choice, ( I use lemon) and some milk or water.

Do not make it too soupy.

Dip cookies in frosting and sprinkle....


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Posted: 10/12/2012 2:44:13 PM
I love this kind of thread! Marking my spot for sure!

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Posted: 10/12/2012 3:12:33 PM
Oh, I have to mark my spot. Thanks so much for the recipes that you have shared. Pam


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Posted: 10/12/2012 3:26:54 PM
Just marking my spot!


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Posted: 10/12/2012 6:21:21 PM
marking my spot too


PeaNut 118,906
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Posted: 10/12/2012 7:22:00 PM
I can't wait to see more recipes and start baking!!


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Posted: 10/12/2012 7:34:13 PM
Dang it! Normally I love the early holiday threads -- the earlier the better, in my opinion! Last year's candy/baking thread inspired me so much I did more baking than I've done in years. And after it was all said and done I said, "Never again!" I would say a good 75% of it went to waste. Hit the garbage after it sat out and dried out or sat in the freezer and nobody wanted any of it!!

I want to bake (I love baking!) but my family won't eat it and I don't really have anyone to give it too. So this thread will torture me!!!


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Posted: 10/12/2012 8:48:30 PM
BEF2008. You are welcome to mail it all to me!
My cousins wife gives goodie bags of treats she bakes for Christmas presents. It's one of my favorite gifts every year. She usually has Buckeyes, pumpkin bread, sugar cookies, turtles, brownies, etc in it. So yummy.

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Posted: 10/12/2012 9:06:04 PM
Molasses Cookies

I discovered this recipe last spring and it is permanently on my holiday list now. The whole family goes crazy for these.


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Posted: 10/12/2012 9:35:24 PM
I am making salted caramels. I made them last year and they were a huge hit.



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Posted: 10/13/2012 7:44:20 AM
You're all making me hungry!!! I don't have a recipe but as I was reading my emails this morning, I just kept thinking of the Peanut Butter cookies that my Grandmother used to always bring us when I was a child. They were so good. I think they came off a Skippy label but I'm not sure. YUM!


PeaNut 261,174
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Posted: 10/13/2012 8:44:12 AM
I have some for you!

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars

Pumpkin cheesecake brownies
In this one, only use as much of the pumpkin cheesecake filling as you want, dont' feel like you have to use all of it. I need to make an adjustment to that recipe on the blog.

Ginger cookies
Different than gingerbread, which I'm not a fan of.

Apple Walnut Cookies

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