8 Christmas Cookies & Candy Recipes

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Christmas Candy & Cookies

Every year my cousin and I get together and make up a bunch of Christmas cookies and Christmas candies.  But our schedules have been so hectic this year that we haven't gotten together yet, and Christmas is only a week away!  So, I got out my recipes and thought I'd share my favorites with you…

1. Peanut Butter Balls
2. Peanut Butter Star Cookies / Cookie Cups
3. Peanut Clusters
4. Swedish Sugar Cookies / Frosting Recipe
5. Cathedral Window Candy
6. Corn Flakes Holiday Wreaths
7. Peanut Butter Cups
8. Easy Microwave Fudge

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1. Peanut Butter Balls

2 c. peanut butter
1/2 c. margarine
3 c. powdered sugar
3 c. Rice Krispies
1 (12 oz) pkg chocolate chips
1/4 cake paraffin wax

Cream together peanut butter and margarine. Add sugar and cereal. Mix together and form balls. Cool in freezer. Melt chocolate chips and wax on stove top (wax will not melt in microwave). Dip balls into melted mixture and place on wax paper to harden. Note: chocolate sets up fast, so you need to work fast for best looking results.

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2. Peanut Butter Star Cookies

1/2 c. margarine
1/2 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. white sugar
1 egg
1/2 c. peanut butter
2 TBsp. milk
1 3/4 c. flour
1 tsp. soda
1/2 tsp. salt

We always at least double the batch, if not triple or quadruple!

Roll dough into inch sized balls and roll in sugar. Bake at 350 degrees for 8 minutes. Upon removal from oven, press in chocolate star or candy Kisses (we prefer stars).

Variations – For plain peanut butter cookies, roll in balls and use fork to imprint criss-cross lines on top.

For another fun option, cook un-sugared balls in mini-muffin pan and press in mini Reese's peanut butter cups upon removal from the oven.

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3. Peanut Clusters (recipe in my words)

First make the centers. Mix 3 oz cream cheese, 1 tsp vanilla, and enough powdered sugar to make it the consistency of playdough. Roll into 1/2 inch size balls. Refrigerate to set.

Melt 1 bag of chocolate chips (12 oz) with half a brick of white almond bark (10 oz). Immediately add 1 bag of salted peanuts (10 oz). Make sure they are salted, and not unsalted (I've made that mistake).

Then work fast because it hardens quick. I use two spoons and adding mixture to both spoons while my daughter plops a center on top of one spoon. Drop that one on waxed paper, then the other making sure the chocolate covers the center.

Let set for awhile and enjoy! I honestly notice a difference when I use Nestle brand chocolate chips compared to generic, but generics are still good (and a lot cheaper).

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4. Swedish Sugar Cookies

I honestly think my mom and I make the best cut-out cookies around (I may be a tad biased), but I'm willing to share my recipe with you to test them out for yourself….

1 c. powdered sugar
1 c. white sugar
1 c. margarine (best at room temperature & not “cheap” margarine)
2 eggs
4 c. flour
2 tsp cream of tartar
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp vanilla
pinch or 2 of salt

Mix ingredients. Cool in refrigerator (usually overnight). Roll out for cut-out cookies. Bake 350 degrees for 8 minutes.

4 c. powdered sugar
1/2 c. Crisco
1 tsp vanilla
3 TBsp milk (and add as needed)
Whip together with mixer. Separate and add food coloring.

Glad Fridagen! (That's means Happy Holidays in Swedish)

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5. Cathedral Window Candy

1/2 cup margarine
1 – 12 oz semi-sweet chocolate morsels (imitation will not melt correctly)
2 cups shredded coconut
1 – 10 oz package colored mini marshmallows

Melt chocolate chips and margarine.  Cool chocolate enough so that marshmallows won't melt when stirred in.  Add marshmallows (and nuts if preferred).  Allow to stand until stiff enough to form into rolls.  Spread coconut on 2 sheets of wax paper.  Divide mixture into half. Form into long rolls on coconut.  Coat all sides evenly.  Store in refrigerator until firm.  Cut in 1/4 – 1/2 inch slices.  (Note I often make these without the coconut, just spread the mixture directly onto the wax paper)

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6. Corn Flakes Holiday Wreaths

1/2 cup margarine
1 – 10 oz package marshmallows
1 tsp green food coloring
6 cups Corn Flakes cereal
Red cinnamon candies (ie Red Hots)

Melt margarine and marshmallows.  Stir in food coloring.  Add cereal. Stir until well coated.  Quickly form into wreaths (buttering up fingers works well) and dot with red candies.

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7. Peanut Butter Cups

1 1/2 cup Peanut Butter
1 stick margarine
2 – 3 cups powdered sugar
Chocolate almond bark
Candy trays

Mix peanut butter, softened margarine and powdered sugar. Form little balls for centers. Fill candy trays half full of melted chocolate almond bark, insert center and cover center with more almond bark.  Cool.

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8. Microwave Fudge

1 lb. powdered sugar
1/2 c. cocoa
1/4 c. milk
1 stick margarine

Microwave ingredients on high for 2 minutes.  Then add 1 tsp vanilla (and optional ingredients such as marshmallows, nuts, etc).  Pour into 8″ square pan. Cool.

Update: My mom recommends sifting the powdered sugar and cocoa together beforehand for best results (ie no lumps).  But if you don't have time/energy, add mini marshmallows and no one will be the wiser.

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My daughter needs to bring treats to school on Friday for their Christmas party – guess I'd best get busy in the kitchen!

Easy & Delicious Christmas Candy Recipes


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