Family Holiday Baking.

Welcome to Day 3 of my 12 Days of Blogmas! Today is all about the Land of Sweets. With only eighteen days left until Christmas, trees and decor are going up everywhere. What better time to whip up some holiday treats? I’ll even share one or two of my favorite recipes from my family’s cookbook.

I don’t know about you, but for me the Christmas holiday has always been permeated with the smell of baking sweets. The two practically go hand-in-hand. It wasn’t an Advent Calendar that told me Christmas was only a few weeks away, it was my mother pulling out her cookbook and magically producing baked goodies. Even now when I’m married and moved out, I’ll ask my mom what she’s whipping up for Christmas. For some reason I’ve never really asked for those recipes to try on my own, maybe it’s because I know I don’t quite have my mom’s magical touch. Yet. Now that I have a few of my favorites, perhaps I’ll try to whip up a few of my own goodies this year.

In Christmases past, our kitchen counters would be lined with things like Jam Thumbprint cookies, Peanut Butter Fudge, Chocolate Turtles, and Hello Dollies, to name a few. When my mom pulled out the blue family recipe book, I knew good sweets were coming. No matter how busy she was, she always found time to bake at least a few holiday goodies. When we gathered together for Christmas dinner, we always left with at least one bag of Peanut Brittle courtesy of my Grammie. My favorite was undoubtedly Peanut Butter Fudge. It was also my dad’s and uncle’s favorite so my mom had to make a big batch for the three of us. I was so sad to learn my husband did not share in my love of Peanut Butter Fudge, but my father-in-law does so that helped.

When I asked my mom for recipes to share (with her permission), I originally asked to share her Chocolate Turtle recipe. In the discourse we got onto the topic of Texas Millionaires, since they’re similar to Chocolate Turtles, and she told me how my Grandpa Jerry would buy my Grammie a box of Texas Millionaires and a dozen red roses for Christmas, Valentine’s Day, their anniversary, and her birthday. While not Christmas specific, I loved learning about another family tradition.

What’s your favorite Christmas Sweet? Did your family have any baking or food related traditions? I’d love to know! Now I’m glad to share with you two special recipes from my family’s cookbook. Merry Blogmas!

PEANUT BUTTER FUDGE

Ingredients:
2 C Sugar
1/2 C Milk
1/4 C Butter or Margarine
1/2 C Marshmallow Cream or 1C Mini Marshmallows
1 C Peanut Butter
1/2 teaspoon Vanilla extract

Bring Sugar, Milk, and Butter to a boil for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally then remove from heat.
Stir in the rest of the ingredients to the hot mixture and beat until thick.
Pour into a buttered pan (do not use no-stick spray).
Store covered in refrigerator.

TEXAS MILLIONAIRES

Ingredients:
1 pkg Caramels
2 Tbsp Butter
2 Tbsp Water
3 C Pecan Halves
1 pkg Milk Chocolate Chips (or semi-sweet)

Melt Caramels, Butter, and Water
Mix in Pecans
Drop a tablespoon of mixture on buttered tray to cool
Melt Chocolate in double boiler
Add Milk and mix until smooth
Dip Caramel patties in chocolate
Place on waxed paper to sit.

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