Hello everyone, I’m finally home for Christmas and mom and I have started our Christmas baking. For the past couple of years mom and I have been making Christmas baking tins filled with goodies to give to our family and friends to go with their presents. I mean who doesn’t love getting homemade Christmas treats, right? We usually make peanut butter balls, macaroons, melting moments, cake balls and Oreo balls. This year we are also filling tins and treat bags with caramel popcorn, which makes a cute add-on to a gift. You can find treat bags and Christmas tins at the dollar store, so this gift can really be quite inexpensive, especially if you have baking supplies on hand.
Here are the recipes we used this year to fill our Christmas baking tins! Click on the links in the titles or find the recipes below the pictures.
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 cup butter/margarine
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
2 1/2 cups white flour
1 teaspoon vanilla
Preheat the oven to 325 F and line two cookie sheets with parchment paper
In an electric mixer cream the butter, sugar, egg and vanilla until smooth
Sift in the flour, baking soda, cream of tartar and mix until well blended
Using your hands roll dough into small balls and lay out on parchment paper
Gently flatten the balls with a fork
Bake for 8 minutes or until golden brown on the bottom
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup icing sugar
1 tablespoon margarine
1 cup melted chocolate chips
1 teaspoon shortening
Cream the ingredients together until smooth, either by hand or with the electric mixer
Melt chocolate chips and shortening together; roll mixture into bite size balls and dip into the chocolate mixture
Lay balls out on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper; keep refrigerated
Oreo Balls Recipe
In a food processor, blitz Oreos and cream cheese until smooth; roll mixture into bite size balls and dip in melted chocolate mixture; keep refrigerated.
Cake Ball Recipe
1 package (18.5 oz) cake mix
1 package (16 oz) container prepared frosting
1 package chocolate chips or confectioners chocolate melts
Prepare the cake mix according to directions on package. When cake is done, crumble into a bowl while still warm. Stir the container of frosting into the cake mix until well blended
Melt chocolate into a small bowl in the microwave stirring occasionally until smooth
Use a small scoop to form the cake mix into balls, then dip the balls into the chocolate mixture using a tooth pick or fork to hold them
To make cocoa cake balls simply roll them in cocoa powder instead of melted chocolate
Place on waxed paper or parchment and let set
1/2 cup margarine
1/2 cup peanut butter
2 packages chocolate chips
1 package mini marshmallows
Melt the chocolate chips, margarine and chocolate chips in a bowl in the microwave
Fill the bottom of a 9 x 13 dish with marshmallows; pour chocolate mixture over the marshmallows and let cool.
Once you have all of your treats prepared then you can line your Christmas tins with wax paper and fill them up with an assortment of all your goodies! Keep them refrigerated until you’re ready to give them out and viola, you’ve got an inexpensive,but delicious homemade gift to give to your friends and family! 🙂 Plus, you get to taste all the yummy treats before you give them away, it’s a win-win for everybody!
We hope you have enjoyed our Christmas baking list and feel inspired to whip up some of your own goodies! Happy holidays, friends!