Getting Ready for Christmas part 3

Christmas baking!

The last two days have been filled with Christmas baking! I went over to Mama and Daddy’s house so we could do our baking together. I never would have gotten even a fraction of this done on my own!

We have all our recipes for goodies we make every year, such as oyster crackers, rice krispy goodies, or reindeer food (also known as muddy buddies). You can read on Mama’s blog here to get all the recipes for these goodies. We also usually try a new recipe, and sometimes it gets added to the normal, but usually we just make it once and decide it is enough. This year I found two new recipes to try. The eggnog cookies are good, but I’m not sure they’re going to enter the traditional Christmas list. The Christmas bark, however, was so easy to make and it looks so pretty! It stands a greater chance of being added to the list 🙂

Eggnog Cookies

Ingredients:

1 c. softened butter

1 c. sugar

1 c. eggnog

1 egg beaten

3 and 3/4 c. flour

1 t. baking powder

1 t. baking soda

1/2 t. salt

1/2 t. nutmeg

Frosting:

1 and 1/2 c. powdered sugar

1/4-1/2 c. eggnog (to spreading consistency)

1 tsp. light Karo Syrup

1 tsp meringue powder

Instructions:

Mix together butter and sugar.

Add in eggnog and egg.

Add flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and nutmeg.

Chill for at least one hour.

Drop by teaspoonfuls onto greased baking sheet.

Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes.

Cool on drying rack.

Mix all the ingredients for the frosting with a whisk and frost the cookies. Let them dry for a bit and the frosting will harden so you can put them in a tin to give away (or to put on a plate to eat yourself)!

Christmas Bark

Ingredients:

2 packages chocolate almond bark

Christmas colored M&Ms (I used peanut butter M&Ms, but you can use any type you like)

Roasted peanuts (or omit for peanut allergies)

Pretzel twists

Christmas colored sprinkles

Instructions:

Melt almond bark in a microwave safe bowl until soft and melted.

Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper and spread the melted chocolate in a thin layer (about 1/4” thick)

Top with M&Ms, peanuts, pretzels, and sprinkles and let cool

Break into pieces and enjoy!

Have you done any Christmas baking this year? What is your favorite recipe?