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December 10, 2009

Favorite Holiday Recipes!


I haven't posted a recipe here in a long time. I told myself that I was going to start posting one once a week, and yea, that didn't happen. But in the Spirit of Christmas time, I am going to share with you some of my favorites! These are some of the things that we always used to have at home or at my grandparents house. {Most of them actually came from my grandmothers' recipe books, so you know they are good!} Enjoy!

Homemade Cheese Straws

1 pound shard cheddar cheese {grated}
1 teaspoon water
1/2 pound butter or margaring {2 sticks}
2 1/2 cups of all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper or tabasco

Bring butter and cheese to room temperature. Mix with Electric mixer at medium speed. Add flour, pepper, and water. Mix Well. Rol dough into walnut size balls and place on cookie sheet. Flatten with a floured fork [you can also press them out with a cookie press]. Bake at 350 degrees for about 10-12 minutes or until light brown and crisp.
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These make really great teacher gifts! My sister and I used to give them every Christmas and they always LOVED them:

Cinnemon Mocha Mix

1- 16 oz. jar non-dairy powder creamer
1- 16 oz. package of chocolate mix for milk
1- 16 oz.  package of confectioners sugar
6 cups non fat dry milk powder
1/2 cup of cocoa
1/4 cup instant coffee of choice
2 teaspoons ground cinnemon

Combine ingredients and store in an airtight container,
To serve:
Pour 6 oz. hot water over 2 1/4 Tablespoons mocha mix and stir well.

{Note: We used to combine them in layers in jars, wrap them with a bow or a ribbon, and type the recipe on a tag to attach to the jar. Very cheap and very SIMPLE gift idea if you are needing one!}
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Date Nut Balls
{A TRUE holiday classic!}

1 stick melted butter
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups of Rice Krispies
1 cup chopped dates
1 cup chopped pecans
Powdered sugar

Cream Butter and Sugar. Add egg and dates. Cook 10 minutes after it comes to a boil, stirring to keep from sticking. Add nuts, vanilla, & Rice Krispies. Let Cool. Roll into balls and then roll in powdered sugar.
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Granny's Divinity
{I swear this is the BEST divinity you will EVER eat!}

4 cups sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
3/4 cup water
3 stiffly beaten egg whites
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup broken nuts

Combine sugar, syrup, & water in pan and place on low heat. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Cook with out stirring to 255 degrees or until small amount dropped in cold water forms a hard ball. Remove from heat. Pour slowly into bowl while beating constantly into egg white. Continue beating until mixture holds shape. Add vanilla and nuts. Drop mixture by spoonfulls onto wax paper and let cool.
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These are just a few of the recipes that make is feel like Christmas time around our house. My Granny was a fantastic cook and this was her favorite time of the year. She loved to bake sweets and give them to everyone she knew. Her kitchen was in a constant uproar during the holidays because she baked all the time! If you use any of these, please let me know how they turn out! What are some of your families favorite holiday treats and meals? Feel free to share! 

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2 Comments:

At December 10, 2009 at 7:36 PM , Blogger Laura said...

Yum! Don't you love this time of year? Such good food!

P.S. Check out my latest entry. I left you something! :)

 
At December 13, 2009 at 2:54 PM , Blogger An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

My divinity has failed the last three years in a row. I think I'll give your Granny's recipe a try, and see if I can do better with it. Thanks.

 

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