Monday, December 19, 2011

Christmas Baking Blitz

I don't have much time for Christmas baking this year (one of my favourite activities). So we decided that this morning would be my only baking time. SO I stuck to simple, fast and easy recipes this year and did it in 3 hours.

Peanut Butter Blossoms (previously blogged)

Oreo Pops
Thought these were a great idea, but make sure you get the double stuffed Oreos, or they won't work (I didn't, and ended up having to combine 2 Oreos for each, so didn't make too many of them)

-Double Stuffed Oreos
-White Chocolate Chips (or Melts)
-sprinkles, or crushed candy canes
-lollipop sticks

Melt the white chocolate in the microwave. Power level 50%, for 1 minute, then for 30 secs at a time until melted (stirring between each).
Put Oreos on stick, dip in melted chocolate, and dip in sprinkles (or just sprinkle them on top). Lay on wax paper until dried (put in fridge if you want them to harden faster)

Simple and easy treat!

Since I didn't buy double stuffed Oreos, I quickly decided to just dip the cookies:

White Chocolate Dipped Oreos

Same as oreo pops, but skip the stick. Dip halfway in melted white chocolate, and then dip in sprinkles, and lay on wax paper to harden (I put the wax paper on a plate and put in the fridge). Delicious, festive and super easy!

Candy Cane Rice Krispie Squares

-1/4 cup margarine
-1 pkg of marshmallows
-1 tsp vanilla
-6 cups Rice Krispies
-1/4-1/2 cup of crushed candy canes

Melt margarine in a pot on the stove. Add marshmallows and stir until melted and smooth. Remove from heat, add vanilla, Rice Krispies and candy canes. Stir until mixed, and dump into a greased 9x9 pan. Using a greased spatula, press down on the top to flatten. Let cool, slice and serve.

These are super yummy. I was on a "add crushed candy canes to everything" kick a few years ago, and created this yummy variation! Scrumptious, and always devoured!

Saltine Toffee
-Saltine Crackers

-1 cup butter

-2 cups brown sugar

-2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Line cookie tray (jelly roll type... with edges) with tin foil, and spray with non-stick spray

Lay the bottom of the tray with saltine crackers... closely together, as few gaps as possible.

Melt butter and sugar together over medium heat on the stovetop.

When mixture comes to a rolling boil let boil for 2 minutes, stirring.

Pour mixture over crackers.

Bake in oven for 10 minutes (it will bubble up all nicely)

Remove from oven... let stand for 2 minutes.. then sprinkle chocolate chips over the top. Spread the chocolate evenly over the top as they melt.

Sprinkle peanuts, or crushed up saltines on the top.

Put pan in the fridge for about 30 minutes.

Break it up and enjoy!

as well as Peppermint Nanaimo Bars (which I'll photograph and blog tomorrow).

I couldn't have done it without help:

She's a good helper! She dipped cookies in chocolate and sprinkles, crushed up saltine crackers, laid out saltine crackers, rolled the pb blossoms in sugar and placed them on the pan, as well as "kissed" the cookies when they came out of the oven. Plus a variety of other little tasks.

Julia helped too... kinda. At least she was in the kitchen with us:
Photo on 2011-10-17 at 17.43 #4