Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Christmas Baking 'Musts'

I managed to slip in a little baking
in-between studying over the weekend.


Cranberry & White Chocolate Shortbread...
topped off with crushed candy cane.
mmmm.....



It was the first time I've ever made them.
They were easy peasy!




But as it is always just
me and my boys here for Christmas
most of my baking goes to Wayne's work
or is given away to friends.

Christmas baking musts:
* Peanut Butter Marshmallow Squares
* Oreo Cookies
* Shortbread
* Gingersnaps


How about you?

Do you have some
'must bake' favorites?

Or perhaps it's just some
'must eat' favorites.  






37 comments:

Anesha said...

THose look yummy! I am just tucking in to my fresh batch of brownies. :) Hope you have a great week. Hugs Anesha

Pam said...

I'm a "must eat" kind of woman!

~*Connie*~ said...

You know, if you find yourself with more goodies than you can give away...

;)

Carolynn Anctil said...

Hmmm - you had me at "easy". They look delicious. I love shortbread at Christmas and was, just this morning, thinking that I should make a batch and send some off to work with my husband.

Lin said...

YUM! Isn't it funny how we make the same cookies each year? Joe makes the cookies here, and he likes to make all the cookies that he remembers as a child. Christmas always seems to bring around those memories of being a kid.

Kerri said...

YUM-O!

Hubby is the cook in the family - he makes some awesome choco chip cookies!

Sandra said...

the last time I baked was in 1980. I am a non cooking non baking person, but i am a EATING person and this looks super to me.

Nancy Claeys said...

One year I made peanut brittle for gifts for my family but we got snowed in and I ended up eating most of it myself. I'm still trying to lose that 20 pounds.

Tricia Hays said...

Oh my, YuMmY YuMmY for my TuMmY TuMmY! =)

Brian said...

I love baking season, it whiffs so good!

Laurie said...

It's my grandmother's sugar cookie recipe. Along with magic squares and date sticks, Mom and Dad had a crock in their bedroom that was filled with these. Dad was the baker, and cooling racks were filled several times with the sugar cookies, and then the icing and decorating were done by all of us. Such special memories Marilyn, I can smell the aromas coming from the kitchen right now.
Your bar recipe looks so good!

Bossy Betty said...

Cranberry Nut Bread! Now, I gotta go make some!

Chatty Crone said...

I did bake and my problem is I baked enough for us and I have no discipline. I have to say your shortbread looked beautiful. sandie

Tamago said...

Ohhh looks yummy! I love shorbread and I love cranberry and I love white chocolate! When they are combined...it must taste heavenly!

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Catherine,
You baked up a perfect copy of the original recipe! We don't eat much with sugar so baking is difficult for finding sugar-substitutes...
Enjoy making them and eating them as long as you are allowed to.
Hugs,
Mariette

Susan McShannon-Monteith said...

They sure look tasty and in my house they would have already evaporated.
Nothing says the Holidays more to me than mulled cider... It fills the house with such a comforting aroma.
Susan x

Cat said...

Wow, those look just great, what a delicious combination!!!

Mr. Black said...

Well, those look yummy!

The lady bakes "Nutmeg-scented Scones" and "New Zealand Holly Cookies."

Betsy Adams said...

Looks delicious, Catherine. As much as I love Christmas, I try to stay away from baking as much as possible... Now that I'm really watching my weight, I just don't want the temptation. AND--since there won't be any company this year (I don't think)---George and I will opt to just keep on drinking that wonderful David's Tea instead... ha

Hugs,
Betsy

It's me said...

Hmmmmm......love from me...xxx...

Sylvia said...

Hmm ... they look delicious, Catherine !
I've eaten a lot of alphabet biscuits lately :-) :-(
Nice week,
Sylvia

Pantherka said...

Well, it looks very nice :-)

Susan said...

I ALWAYS make fudge with peppermint candy and nuts, and crab dip for Christmas Eve!

Linda R said...

That does look super yummy my friend. I do have a couple of must haves I bake for Christmas. Jeweled Coconut Drops which is a yummy cookie that you add raspberry jelly to in the center which makes it look all Christmasy. And my other must bake would be my Harvey Wallbanger Cake. Not to sweet but just sweet enough. I love it. Wish you a happy week my friend.

Hugs~

Ann said...

those look good. I'm planning on doing my baking this weekend. Hershey kiss cookies are always a must around here since they are my husband's favorite.

The Smiths said...

Well done with your exam - I'm sure Banjo must have helped!

Your shortbread looks delicious... I'm always looking at creating healthier versions of recipes, but when the kids are here, it has to be full on gooey sickliness!

I've just learnt to make tiffin, which is very sickly, but a favourite of Sime's for many years...

Enjoy your baking.

Kay :)

Eileen said...

Those look terrific Catherine, and I love the fact it's a bar cookie. I always make shortbread, butter, sugar and flour are the only ingredients and they disappear. I keep some for us and give lots away.

I also bake for our bake sale at work, this year it was thimble cookies and cinnamon sugar crisps.

I've also make a mocha crisp cookie (with coffee and chocolate), and a toffee bar.

I'm always on the look out for easy peasy recipes that are yummy...I'm sure I'll try this one too! Thank you for sharing.

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Justine said...

these look so good, you are clever!

Kat_RN said...

I love to make Christmas Cookies, but as the children have grown and flown, it just isn't as much fun by myself. Great memories though and yours sure look tasty.
Cheers,
Kat

troutbirder said...

Very nice. Its all Norweigian yummys here for Christmas starting with "rosetess". Maybe I'd didn't spell that right. Then there is "lefsa" and....:)

Tammy said...

I'm not a fan of white chocolate but I do love shortbread and those sound really good. Don't think we can get white chocolate chips or even baking white chocolate here. Will have to check. I wanted to make Mexican Wedding Cookies but there are no pecans to be found. Around the holidays everyone scoops all that stuff up early for their own baking and the rest of us are left making something else. :) Have a great day. Tammy

SweetMarie said...

Yours looks delicious! I bake and eat too much! :)

Heather said...

Yum! I might just have to try something like those! Cheers!

Hot Rocks said...

Yum...those look good. Since I became diabetic 3 years ago, I don't do a lot of Xmas baking anymore, and when I do make some treats it's usually something healthy, and sugar free. Although I always enjoy looking at the photos of all the yummy sweets that other people make.

Michael Manning said...

I don't bake, Cat. But this looks yummy! :)

Christine said...

My Reverse Nanamo is a must, I shared the recipe a few blogs ago. But my fav to eat is a cutout cookie made with a nice soft dough and icing on top. But I'd rather eat a nice hot dip with crackers than the sweets at Christmas, to be honest. Glad your exam went well, now you can relax and enjoy the season. :)

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