Blogmas Day Four: Holiday Treats

Hi everyone,

Welcome to Blogmas Day Four! Today I thought it would be fun to share some delicious holiday treats with you guys. I love baking all throughout the year, but especially during the holidays and I do quite a lot of it. I have four different treats I’m going to talk about, so let’s get into it.

The first treat we have is Christmas Muddy Buddies. I make these for every holiday, they’re super easy to put together and always a crowd pleaser.

What You Need:

  • 1 box of Chex cereal, you can use whichever you prefer, I do a combo of half rice Chex half chocolate Chex
  • 2 cups of semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup of creamy peanut butter
  • 6 tablespoons of butter cut into small pieces
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • 2 cups of powdered sugar
  • 1 cup of holiday M&M’s

What You Do:

  • The first step is to take two baking sheets and line them. Once you’ve done that, set them aside. Then pour your cereal into a large bowl and set that aside as well.
  • Next take a microwavable bowl and add in the chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter. Microwave that on high for one minute and stir. Microwave for an additional 10-30 seconds or until the mixture is smooth when you stir it.
  • Once the mixture is smooth stir in the vanilla and pour over the cereal, making sure it’s evenly coated.
  • Then coat the cereal in the powdered sugar. For this you can stir it into the bowl or you can pour the cereal into large Ziploc bags, add powered sugar and shake it all up. But either way make sure it’s evenly coated.
  • Spread the cereal out on the two baking sheets to cool. Once it’s cool put it in your serving vessel, add the holiday M&M’s and give a gentle stir to make sure everything is well combined.
  • Serve and enjoy!

The next treat we have is Christmas Sprinkle Cookies, these are a holiday classic and easy to make.

What You Need:

  • 1 cup of softened butter
  • 1 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon of kosher salt
  • 1/2 of Christmas colored sprinkles

What You Do:

  • The first thing you’re going to do is get a large bowl and to that add your butter and sugar. Beat that at medium speed until it’s light and fluffy.
  • Then add in the egg and vanilla extract and mix.
  • Once that’s mixed add the flour and salt and mix until just combined.
  • Next, shape your dough into 1 inch balls and roll in the sprinkles, making sure they’re evenly coated.
  • Once all the dough balls are coated slightly flatten them and add a few more sprinkles.
  • You can put these in the fridge to firm up but it takes much longer, so I freeze mine for about 15 minutes.
  • While you’re waiting on the cookies to firm up, preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line your baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Remove your cookies from the freezer and place on the cookie sheet at least 2 inches apart and bake until the edges are lightly browned. About 12-15 minutes.
  • Once the cookies are out let them sit on the pan for 2 minutes then move to a cooling rack to cool completely.
  • Serve and enjoy!

The second to last treat we have is a cookie I make every year and it’s Chocolate Peppermint Thumbprint Cookies.

What You Need:

  • 1 cup of softened butter
  • 1/2 cup of white sugar
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon of mint extract
  • 1 1/2 cups of all purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup of cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 28 unwrapped peppermint Kisses

What You Do:

  • The first step is to preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line your cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  • Next, cream together the butter and both the sugars until they’re light and fluffy. Then add in the eggs one at a time until just combined and mix in the mint extract.
  • In a medium bowl combine the flour, cocoa powder, salt, baking powder and baking soda. Add the dry mixture to the butter mixture in parts, making sure to mix until just combined each time and scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  • Once everything is well combined refrigerate the dough for at least 3 hours. You can let it sit overnight if you want.
  • Once out of the fridge, roll into 1 inch balls and place 1-2 inches apart on the cookie sheet.
  • Bake for 10 minutes. Once they’re done let them cool for about 3 minutes and press 1 peppermint Kiss into the top of each cookie.
  • Move the cookies to a cooling rack to cool completely.
  • Serve and enjoy!

And the last treat we have is Gingerbread Cookies. I really like gingerbread but I don’t make it a whole lot, maybe this will change that.

What You Need:

  • 2 1/4 cups of flour
  • 2 teaspoons of ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 3/4 cup of softened butter
  • 1 cup of white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon of orange juice
  • 1/4 cup of molasses
  • 1/4 cup of sugar

What You Do:

  • The first thing you’re going to do is sift together the dry ingredients (flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves and salt).
  • Then cream together the butter and 1 cup of sugar until light and fluffy. To that add the egg and mix until well combined.
  • Add the orange juice and molasses and mix until well combined.
  • Next start to add the dry ingredients, in small parts, until well combined.
  • Refrigerate the dough for 2-3 hours or if you’re in the rush, pop in the freezer for 30 minutes.
  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line your cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  • Take about 2 tablespoons of the dough and roll into balls. Roll in the 1/4 cup of sugar and flatten.
  • Bake for 9-11 minutes.
  • Let cookies cool on cooling rack.
  • Serve and enjoy!

That about wraps it up for this post, if you guys make any of these treats let me know how it turns out.

Until next time, have fun baking and I’d love to know what your favorite holiday treat is :).

-K

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