Posts from the ‘Christmas’ Category

Easy Christmas Trail Mix

So easy! Open boxes and mix!


2 boxes of Cheez-IT snack mix

1 bag of stick pretzels

1 bag of dried cranberries

1 box honey teddy grahams

1 bag Oreo mini cookies

1 can mixed nuts

Mix everything in a real large bowl, then put in gift bags.

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Easy Gingerbread Man Cookies!


1 package Duncan Hines Moist Deluxe Spice Mix

1 teaspoon ground ginger

2 eggs

1/3 cup oil

1/3 cup molasses

1/2 cup unbleached flour


Combine all ingredients.  Refrigerate for 2 hours or over night.

Preheat oven 375.  Roll out dough 1/4 inch thick on a lightly floured surface.  Cut with a small gingerbread cookie cutter.  Place on a sprayed cookie sheet.

Bake 9 minutes at 375. Cool 5 minutes.

Makes 5 1/2 to 6 dozen.

DSC09591So yummmy!


My Family’s Traditional Christmas Goodies!


Peanut Butter Fudge

These are made in the microwave, you can use chocolate chips to make peanut butter chocolate fudge.  They will melt into your mouth!

12 oz. package peanut butter chips (or chocolate)

1  can sweetened condensed milk  14 oz.

1  cups  peanut butter (smooth or chunky)

Place all ingredients  in a microwave safe bowl.  Stir well.

Microwave  for 1 to 2 minutes until all melted.  Stir once or twice during cooking.

Stir well.

Pour in 8×8 greased dish

Refrigerate until set.  It will take about 2 hours.

Then cut into small squares. This freezes well.

Hay Stacks

My Mom has made these for years!

12 oz package butterscotch chips

1 can chow mein noodles 5 to 6 oz

1 cup salted cashews  (optional)

In microwave, melt butterscotch chips for 1 min, then stir. Microwave for another 30 to 45 seconds;  stir until smooth.

Add chow mein noodles; stir with fork until well blended.

 Spray non-stick spray cookie sheet. Drop tabs. with fork

Put in refrigerator until hardened. 

I put in freezer bag until I want to give for gifts, or eat them right away. Enjoy!

Easy Party Snack Mix

I have mixed and matched these ingredients.  This is so easy!  No cooking involved!  You can always add what you like or take away what you don’t!  Great for gifts!

1 box Cheez-It  crackers

1 bag mini pretzels

1 box wheat thins

1 lg. bag chocolate stars or m&m’s

1 box mini nutter butter bites cookies

1/2 box Frosted mini wheat little bites

1 box Teddy grahams (any flavor)

Mix all in a bowl

I put the mix in baggies as gifts, or take it to a party!!

Candied Strawberries

This is my sisters favorite!!

2  3 oz. packages of strawberry jello

1 cup ground pecans

1 cup ground coconut

3/4 cup sweetened condensed milk

1/2 teas. vanilla extract

Red sugar sprinkles

slivered almonds

green food coloring


Put slivered almonds in a bowl and add a few drops of food coloring, stir.

Set aside (these will be the strawberry stems)

Mix all other ingredients together and chill for 1 hour.

Take 1 tabs. of mixture and shape into a strawberry

Roll into red sugar sprinkles

Put 2  green slivered almonds on top of  strawberries for the stem.

Eat’em Up!

Snow Ball Melt Away Cookies

These where my favorite!

1/2 cup powdered sugar

1/2 cup minced pecans

2  1/2 cup flour

1 cup butter; simmer until lightly browned (then cool)

1 teas. vanilla

Mix all together;  then chill

Then form into 1 tabs. size balls (dough will be crumbly at first)

Place on cookie sheet

Bake 350* for 20 min.

When still warm roll in powdered sugar

Set aside and eat!

They will melt in your mouth!  So delicious!

Easy Gingerbread Man

These are so good!  I have made these for my kids for years.


1 Package spice cake mix

1/2 cup flour

1 teas. powdered ginger

1 teas. cinnamon

2 large eggs

1/3 cup of oil and dark molasses

Mix all ingredients and refrigerate for 2 hours

Roll out dough 1/4 inch thick on a floured surface

Cut out with ginger bread man cookie cutter

Place on cookie sheet  (spray with cooking spray)

Bake 350* for 7 to 10 min.

cool on cookie sheet for 3 to 5 minutes

Then place on wire rack; cool completely


Stir together 1  1/2 cup powdered sugar and 5 teas. water or lemon juice

Ice cookies and decorate as you like!  They freeze well.

Cream Cheese Coffee Cake

This is my Moms recipe!  This is my favorite!!  I eat until I get sick!

This makes two coffee cakes.

2 loaves  Rhodes frozen white bread (I defrost over night in refrigerator)

12 oz. cream cheese

1 cup brown sugar


chopped pecans (optional)

1 beaten egg with a splash of water (this egg wash will be brushed on top before baking)


On a floured surface roll out bread dough, as much as you can in a round circle.

Spread half of cream cheese over dough.

Sprinkle with half of brown sugar

Sprinkle liberally with cinnamon

Starting at edge, roll up

In a buttered pie pan place rolled dough in a coil in pan

Brush with egg wash

Bake 350* for 30 to 40 minutes.

Let cool.

Icing for top: Mix together 2 tbsp. softened butter, 1/2 teas. vanilla,  1 tbsp. milk, and 1 cup powdered sugar. Spread icing on top of coffee cake and sprinkle with chopped pecans. Devour!  This is so so good!

Most of these goodies my Mom has made for years from her 1974 American Family Cook Book

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