I can’t believe how fast all my Christmas treats are going! I thought I’d be drowning in cookies and cakes, but I’ve been doing up plates for family and there isn’t much left for me now but crumbs (probably a good thing! :D)
My bake for Day 6 was Dessert Bars! You know – those sliceable sweets perfect for sharing! I’m a sucker for anything with M&Ms, so I became absolutely enchanted by these easy oh so festive Christmas Magic Cookie Bars from Passion for Savings and couldn’t wait to cut into them!
Let me say these bars were an absolute delight to make. They only contain graham crumbs, butter, sweetened condensed milk, quick oats, chocolate and butterscotch chips, and Christmas M&Ms. That’s IT! The true magic is how these ingredients work together to make an ooey-gooey sweet treat that looks like you spent ages throwing together but nobody will ever know it took just a couple of minutes.
The “worst” part was waiting for them to cool so I could dig in! Will absolutely be making again.
Nothing screams the holidays more than the toasty warm smell of cinnamon!
I’ve been eating so many sweets lately that I didn’t think I had room to eat a dozen or so cinnamon rolls (okay maybe I do ;)), so I found the next best thing: Cinnamon Roll Sugar Cookies! So now I can have my roll and eat it too!
Let’s grab our passports today and see how the holiday’s are celebrated around the world! I opted to stop over quickly in Germany where my family is from for this around the world bake. Germany is well known for it’s holiday traditions: Christmas Market, Advent Calendars, and of course the FOOD!
One of my favourite Christmas memories is sneaking my Oma’s Spritzgebäck (which translates squirt cookie as they come out of a cookie press, or spritz because you know spritz!) from the table before dinner. Spritzgebäck is a very traditional German fluffy butter cookie which looks oh so fancy so I had to try my hand at it.
I found this recipe from Dinner at the Zoo. The recipe is very simple: only butter, flour, sugar, salt, vanilla, and an egg. You then take the mixture and put it in a cookie press, and squirt each one out onto a cookie sheet and bake. The recipe is for chocolate spritzes, but I ended up doing half in chocolate, and half without.
Unfortunately my cookie press (a 60+ year old thing that my Oma passed on to me in which you actually have to crank the press like a stuck jar of pickles to get the cookies to come out) wasn’t really a fan of this recipe. The dough tastes absolutely amazing, but might be too dry for this particular press (or maybe I need to work on my arm muscles!) So instead I opted to roll out the cookies and do cut outs – which worked spectacularly!
I then dipped half of each cookie in melted dark chocolate (the half dip is a very German thing) and added sprinkles – and wunderbar!
Christmas Treats Elsewhere!
I absolutely love seeing how people elsewhere celebrate! Here’s some of the goodies that come from around the world that I would love to try:
Don’t you look cute and festive today! 🙂 For No Bake day of the 25 Days of Christmas Baking Challenge, I’m getting all buttered up. Peanut buttered up that is!
My family lives and breathes peanut butter. We add it to absolutely everything and can clear a shelf of Reese’s Cups in a jiff. So when I found these Christmas No Bake Peanut Butter Balls from Emily Enchanted I knew I was dipping in right away.
These little balls are sticky, but super quick to make (I was able to squeeze them in before I left for work!) and the combination of chocolate and peanut butter will have the biggest Grinches at the party melt.
A little late getting this post up, but I was up into the wee hours of the night whipping up dozens and dozens of little treatsies yesterday and decided I should try and be a bit awake at work today! Day 2 of 25 Days of Christmas Baking was Shortbread! These buttery bites are a Christmas requirement for many.
I was flip-flopping all day long with what recipe I want to do, so the only answer in the end was… BOTH!
Shortbread Cut Out Cookies
First up was this recipe for Easy Christmas Shortbread Cookies from The Café Sucre Farine. They’re both butterylicious and beautiful, and can confirm that they ARE as easy as it says on the tin!
The recipe gives some decorating tips and calls for a peppermint glaze and buttercream piping. I opted for some lemon glaze and sprinkles instead and think they look pretty cute!
I also made Mini Chip Butter Crisps, which have been a family favourite since I was very young. I think the recipe came on the back of carton of butter way back in the day. This one is a whipped shortbread cookie, which is literally the same ingredients as your typical shortbread cookie but just beating the dough for longer which adds extra air to the mixture.
I get a couple people asking for this recipe each time (which is apparently way too much because my recipe is coated in buttery fingerprints).
What You Need
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/4 cups butter or margarine
1 cup icing sugar
2 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups mini chocolate chips
Cream the butter/margarine with a mixer. Beat in the icing sugar and vanilla.
Add in the flour and salt mixture one part at a time and blend until nice and smooth
With a wooden spoon, mix in the chocolate chips
Form the dough into 1 inch balls by hand and place onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Press dough balls down with the bottom of a glass dipped in flour and top with some sprinkles.
Bake at 325 degrees F for 10 minutes and enjoy! These cookies freeze VERY well (and actually taste even better frozen!)