Traditional Holiday Treats, Recipes Included


snickerdoodle

Snickerdoodles

Ingredients

24 servings and 146 calories.

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (205 degrees C).
  2. Combine 1 1/2 cups white sugar, butter or margarine, vanilla, and eggs. Mix well.
  3. Stir in flour, lemon juice, baking soda, and salt. Blend well. Shape dough into 1 inch balls. Combine 2 tablespoons sugar and 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon. Roll dough in sugar/cinnamon mixture and place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until set. Immediately remove from cookie sheets.

peanut butter blossom cookies

Classic Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies

  • Prep60 MIN
  • Total60 MIN
  • Servings36

Peanut butter and chocolate come together in these great cookies and are ready in an hour!

 

Ingredients

1/2
cup granulated sugar
1/2
cup packed brown sugar
1/2
cup creamy peanut butter
 1
egg
1/2
cup butter or margarine softened
1 1/2
cups all-purpose flour
3/4
teaspoon baking soda
1/2
teaspoon baking powder
Additional granulated sugar
About 36 Hershey’s® Kisses® Brand milk chocolates, unwrapped

Steps

  • 1
    Heat oven to 375°F. In a large bowl, beat 1/2 cup granulated sugar, the brown sugar, peanut butter, butter and egg with electric mixer on medium speed, or mix with a spoon, until well blended. Stir in flour, baking soda, and baking powder until dough forms.
  • 2
    Shape dough into 1-inch balls; roll in additional granulated sugar. On ungreased cookie sheets, place about 2 inches apart.
  • 3
    Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until edges are light golden brown. Immediately press 1 milk chocolate candy in center of each cookie. Remove from cookie sheets to cooling rack.

    Russian Tea Cakes

    Russian Tea Cakes

    • Prep60 MIN
    • Total1 HR 15 MIN
    • Servings48

    These buttery melt-in-your-mouth cookies go by many names but they are always twice rolled in powdered sugar and filled with finely chopped nuts.

    Ingredients

    1
    cup butter or margarine softened
    1/2
    cup powdered sugar
    1
    teaspoon vanilla
    2 1/4
    cups all-purpose flour
    3/4
    cup finely chopped nuts
    1/4
    teaspoon salt

    Steps

    • 1
      Heat oven to 400ºF.
    • 2
      Mix butter, 1/2 cup powdered sugar and the vanilla in large bowl. Stir in flour, nuts, and salt until dough holds together.
    • 3
      Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Place about 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheet.
    • 4
      Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until set but not brown. Remove from cookie sheet. Cool slightly on wire rack.
    • 5
      Roll warm cookies in powdered sugar; cool on wire rack. Roll in powdered sugar again.

      Pumpkin Cookies with Browned Butter Frosting

      Pumpkin Cookies with Browned Butter Frosting

      • Prep1 HR 10 MIN
      • Total1 HR 55 MIN
      • Servings30

      Pumpkin and spice star in a melt-in-your-mouth cookie topped with a special homemade frosting.

      Ingredients

      Cookies

      2/3
      cup granulated sugar
      2/3
      cup packed brown sugar
      3/4
      cup butter or margarine softened
      1
      teaspoon vanilla
      1/2
      cup (from 15-oz can) pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)
      2
      eggs
      2 1/4
      cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
      1
      teaspoon baking soda
      1
      teaspoon ground cinnamon
      1/2
      teaspoon salt

      Browned Butter Frosting

      3
      cups powdered sugar
      1
      teaspoon vanilla
      3
      to 4 tablespoons milk
      1/3
      cup butter (do not use margarine or spread; it will burn)

      Steps

      • 1
        Heat oven to 375°F. In a large bowl, beat granulated sugar, brown sugar, 3/4 cup butter and 1 teaspoon vanilla with electric mixer on medium speed, scraping bowl occasionally, until well blended. Beat in pumpkin and eggs until well mixed. On low speed, beat in flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.
      • 2
        On ungreased cookie sheets, drop dough by heaping tablespoonfuls.
      • 3
        Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until almost no indentation remains when touched in center. Immediately remove from cookie sheets to cooling rack. Cool completely, about 45 minutes.
      • 4
        In a medium bowl, place powdered sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and 3 tablespoons milk. In 1-quart saucepan, heat 1/3 cup butter over medium heat, stirring constantly, just until light brown.
      • 5
        Pour browned butter over powdered sugar mixture. Beat on low speed about 1 minute or until smooth. Gradually add just enough of the remaining 1 tablespoon milk to make frosting creamy and spreadable. Generously frost cooled cookies.

        homemade fudgeOld-Fashioned Chocolate Fudge

        Ingredients

        60 servings and 36 calories

        Directions

        1. Grease an 8×8 inch square baking pan. Set aside.
        2. Combine sugar, cocoa, and milk in a medium saucepan. Stir to blend, then bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat and simmer. Do not stir again.
        3. Place a candy thermometer in pan and cook until temperature reaches 238 degrees F(114 degrees C). If you are not using a thermometer, then cook until a drop of this mixture in a cup of cold water forms a soft, ball. Feel the ball with your fingers to make sure it is the right consistency. It should flatten when pressed between your fingers.
        4. Remove from heat. Add butter or margarine and vanilla extract. Beat with a wooden spoon until the fudge loses its sheen. Do not under beat.
        5. Pour into prepared pan and let cool. Cut into about 60 squares.
        Tip: Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easy.

       

Now that you have multiple Traditional Holiday Treat recipes to try, go and enjoy some baking.

-Heather Earles 

 

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