I love Christmas baking.  I plan for it carefully, thinking of the people I will give "goodie" trays to.  It is as much a part of Christmas for me as decorating the tree and wrapping presents.  

Now I have a helper in the kitchen.

Oops!  We missed the bowl.  Oh well.  That's why I bought that hand-vac a couple of weeks ago!

He's sure getting the hang of it.  Isn't he? My big helper!!!!

Okay, now that I've shown off my sweet son, here's what I am doing/done this year!

Christmas Coffee

In your coffee grounds add 1t of pumpkin pie spice (1/2 t cinnamon, 1/8 t ginger, 1/8 t cloves and 1/8 t nutmeg) and 1 t vanilla.  

Russian Refresher

I made up a batch of this last year, and its still as good as the day I made it!!  You can find the recipe at Food On a Budget

I made the stuff I made last year

Such as:

Sugar Cookies  

Cookie recipe from A Latte with Ott, A and icing recipe from Art and Soul

Christmas Crack

Recipe from Goddess of Cooking  but this year I broke up tea biscuits and lined my pan with them, doubled the recipe and sprinkled red, white, and green coconut over the top.

Scottish Shortbread from Stuff and Nonsense.  Actually this picture is from last year, because I still haven't made mine.  It's on the list for this week.

I have also made:

Snowballs.  You can find the recipe here.

Peanut Butter Balls.  I don't know where I got the recipe from, but here it is:

1/2c peanut butter, 3T butter, 1c powdered sugar, 200g chocolate, 2T shortening (I used lard).  Stir the peanut butter and margarine (or butter) and gradually add sugar.  Shape into 1-in. balls and let stand 20 minutes.  Melt the chocolate and shortening.  Dip balls into the chocolate and refrigerate.

I have also made the following cookie recipes (the dough is in the refrigerator)

Snickerdoodles.  You can find the recipe here.

Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies.  You can find the recipe at Comfy in the Kitchen.

[not pictured]

Ginger Snaps.  And since they didn't turn out any better this year than last, I am still on the hunt for a decent Gingersnap recipe!

On my list of goodies to make this week are:

Baklava (Z's request) Here's the one I'm trying, only I'm not going to put as much syrup in.

Chocolate squares (getting the recipe from fellow blogger, friend and neighbor Daya)

Coconut Macaroons  My tried and true recipe from the red and white checkered Better Homes and Garden's Cookbook: beat 2 egg whites with a dash of salt and 1/2t of vanilla until soft peaks form.  Gradually add 2/3c sugar, beating until stiff.  Fold in 1 1/3c coconut.  Drop rounded teaspoons onto a greased cookie sheet and bake at 325 for about 20 minutes.  

Parkinglot Cookies Here's the recipe.

What are you baking this year?

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