Saturday, November 6, 2010

Blogmania 2011 Dream Team Holiday Open House Day 6: Christmas Baking Favorites

Welcome to Day 6 of the Blogmania 2011 Dream Team Holiday Open House!

One of my most favorite Christmas activities to do is to spend time with family. It is inevitable that during the holiday season, you will be going to many family and/or work get-togethers. It goes without saying that you will also be enjoying many wonderful treats at these said get-together's. There are so many wonderful treats to enjoy during the Christmas season, and I want to say a couple of recipes that I love to use at this special time of year.

Egg Nog:

6-3/4 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup and 2 tablespoons sugar
7-3/4 cups low-fat milk
1 tablespoon and 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
3-1/4 dashes ground nutmeg

Blend together eggs, sugar, milk, vanilla and nutmeg. Serve chilled. You can also add alcohol if you choose (I typically leave it out or add an extract) Serves 10

Pumpkin Bread  - your home will smell divine as this bakes! Freezes awesome too!

1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree
4 eggs
1 cup vegetable oil
2/3 cup water
3 cups white sugar
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour three 7x3 inch loaf pans.
In a large bowl, mix together pumpkin puree, eggs, oil, water and sugar until well blended. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ginger. Stir the dry ingredients into the pumpkin mixture until just blended. Pour into the prepared pans.

Bake for about 50 minutes in the preheated oven. Loaves are done when toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Serves 24 slices

Soft Ginger Snaps

1 1/2 cups butter (no substitutes), softened
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup molasses
4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Additional sugar

In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in molasses. Combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, salt and nutmeg; gradually add to creamed mixture. Refrigerate for 1 hour or until dough is easy to handle.

Roll into 1-in. balls; roll in sugar. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350 degrees F for 8-12 minutes or until puffy and lightly browned. Cool for 1 minute before removing to wire racks. Makes 66 cookies. I have also substituted sugar with Splenda with no taste issues to make it diabetic friendly.

Hamburger Cookies (great for kids to make)

Nilla Vanilla Wafers (2 per hamburger made)
icing sugar or pre-made icing
red, green or yellow food coloring
small peppermint patties

1. The wafers are used as hamburger buns, and the peppermint patty is the hamburger patty. Using the food coloring to tint icing to represent ketchup, mustard and/or relish, depending on what you like on your "burgers". Spread a little on one color on one wafer, and use the other color chosen on the remaining wafer. Place peppermint patty in the middle of the two wafers, and, presto, mini hamburgers. Place on wax paper,on baking sheet and place in fridge to chill. These also freeze fantastically!

Though not a "Christmas" recipe per say, my grandmother has been making these at Christmas since I was a little girl. I started making them as a Christmas cooking activity with children I worked with in daycares, and now with my own girls. I have the kids help mix the colors of icing, and give each a child safe knife to spread the icing on and assemble.

These are three recipes that I use without fail each Christmas, but yet don't even come close to all the recipes I browse and use. I also making sugar cookies, snickerdoodles, rum balls, and more.


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