I love... ABSOLUTELY LOVE holiday baking!!! I don't think there is anything better than a full day of baking and candy making!!!
SO.... yesterday i had a wonderful time :) i made CARAMEL for the very first time! :) and it turned out amazing!
I also made Chocolate Mint Crinkles:
Would you like the recipe????
well... Okay...this recipe is found in Better Homes and Gardens Dec. 2009 edition: Christmas Cookies
Chocolate Mint Crinkles
3/4 cup finely chopped layered chocolate-mint candies (a bag of Andes works)
1/3 cup shortening
1 cup of sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flower
mint candies for topping
-In a heavy saucepan heat and stir 3/4 cup mint candies until melted and smooth. Remove from heat and cool for about 15 minutes.
-In large bowl beat shortening with electric mixer on high for 30 seconds. Add sugar, baking powder, and salt, beat until well mixed. Beat in cooled chocolate, eggs, and vanilla. Beat or stir in flour.
-Cover and chill 3 hours, or until dough is easy to handle.
-Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F.
-shape dough into 1 1/4-inch balls
-Bake 10 minutes or until edges are set and tops should crackle. Sprinkle a few candies on top and bake 1 minute more.
Recipe makes about 36. You can store these cookies in freezer for up to 3 months.
I also made Fudge :)
and then tons and tons of sugar cookies!!! (you can't bake for christmas without sugar cookies!) My husband and i had so much fun cutting the shapes out and then icing them :)
I had such a fun time making all these yummies!!!