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Welcome to the 7th Day of Christmas Giveaways!!!
Today my friend Sharon Glasgow is joining us to share her favorite cookie and candy recipes of the Christmas season. She is giving away a cute little baking set and $30 Target Gift card!
Sharon Glasgow has been married to her best friend Dale for over 33 years. She is the mother of 5 daughters ranging from 19 to 32 years od, she is the mother-in-law of 4 godly men, and she is the grammy of 6 amazing grandchildren. She and her husband live on a farm in Virginia with their milking goats, chickens, and organic fruit and vegetables gardens. She has been in women’s ministry for over 20 years and has been speaking professionally and internationally for 18. She is a writer and speaker for Proverbs 31 Ministries.She is a contributing author for; NIV Real Life Devotional Bible for Women, The Reason We Speak, God’s Purpose for Every Woman and has been featured in P31 Woman magazine.
To join in on the fun and be entered to win the various prizes, simply leave a comment on the post answering the question of the day. ALSO—one grand prize will be given to one person who comments on all 12 days.
The Grand Prize is a $50 gift certificate to Proverbs 31 Ministries store and a $50 gift certificate to Amazon.com!!!
Now, here’s Sharon to offer you today’s post…
12 Favorite Christmas Cookie/Candy Recipes
One of my favorite holiday traditions is delivering goodies to those struggling at the holidays. I’ll never forget the people who’ve brought cookies to our home and prayed for us on Christmas Eve.
The best present we can give anyone is the hope of Christ. We are His ambassadors carrying His anointing, what a beautiful gift coupled with tangible goodies!
Here are a few of my favorite recipes to make for your goodie deliveries.
I love making the goodie vessel out of stuff I’ve saved all year. Save oatmeal, cocoa and coffee canisters, wrap them with paper and have fun decorating with supplies on hand. The point is to spend the least amount of money and make it look better than anything you could buy.
Soft Baked Oreo Cookies-GF
1 box of chocolate cake mix (we used a gluten free mix, any cake mix works)
1/3 cup water (depending on how many ounces the mix -you may need as much as ¾ cup)
3 tablespoons shortening or butter, softened
Mix all ingredients. It will be a little dry. If you can’t form it into a ball, you need more water. Add extra slowly. Dust the counter with a little cocoa powder, roll out dough and use cookie cutter to form circles. If your dough is too sticky, form into silver dollar size patties by hand and flatten.
Bake on greased baking sheet for 6 minutes on 325 degrees.
3 ½ cups powdered sugar (organic)
1 tsp vanilla
½ cup shortening or butter
3 tablespoons hot water
Mix well. After cookies have cooled squish a heaping wallop of frosting between two cookies! YUM
6 thick sliced organic oranges (non-organic orange peel shouldn’t be eaten, chemicals are heavy)
4 ½ cups sugar
1 ½ cups water
Wash oranges. Quarter and peel the skin and pith off. Slice peel into thin strips. Put orange peel into a pot of cold water, bring to boil over high heat. Pour water off and repeat 1-2 more times. This helps take bitterness away. Remove orange peels from water.
Empty pot and now add your sugar and 1 ½ cups of water. Simmer for 10 minutes, bringing the temperature up slowly to 234. Add the peels and simmer for 40 minutes. DON’T stir, it can make sugar crystals in your syrup. Drain the peels and roll in a little sugar if you desire. Let sit for several hours.
Maple Walnut Fudge
2 cups organic brown sugar (all sugar not organic is genetically modified)
5 ounces whole milk (I used raw goat milk for my lactose sensitive family)
1 cup unsalted butter
2 cups organic powdered sugar
1 tsp pure vanilla extract (don’t use artificial, it cheats you of perfection)
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
Butter a 9×9 inch square pan. Bring to a boil over medium high heat sugar, milk, butter and maple syrup. Boil for 10 minutes, stirring constantly.
Take off heat and stir in powdered sugar and vanilla. Pour into mixing bowl and beat on medium until thick—about 3 minutes. Fold in nuts and pour into greased pan.
Let cool overnight. Slice into 1-inch squares.
Pecan Toffee- GF Not hard but a soft crunch- YUM
½ cup chopped toasted pecans
1 cup butter (don’t use margarine)
1 cup organic sugar
1 tablespoon corn syrup or maple syrup (if you can’t find organic corn syrup use maple syrup)
¾ cup semisweet chocolate chips
½ cup crushed toasted pecans
Line a 9 X 13ish baking pan with foil and grease. Sprinkle ½ cup chopped nuts into bottom of pan evenly. In pot add butter, sugar and corn syrup or maple syrup. Cook over medium high heat to boiling.
Clip a candy thermometer onto side of pot. Cook and stir over medium heat. Stop stirring after sugar melts. Cook until candy thermometer reaches 290 degree. Watch carefully, it can burn after 280. If it starts to turn too dark after 280 turn off heat. Pour mixture evenly over chopped nuts in greased pan.
Let stand for a few minutes. Sprinkle chocolate chips evenly over top. Let melt on top for a couple of minutes. Spread chocolate over whole mixture. Sprinkle crushed nuts on top. Cool, when firm lift out of pan and break into pieces. Store in tightly covered container.
Banana Bread Muffins- GF
1 ¾ cups self-rising flour (I use GF Pamela’s Baking Mix)
1 cup mashed bananas
½ cup milk ( you can substitute with yogurt)
1 tsp vanilla
½ cup butter
1 cup organic sugar
1 cup chopped nuts (pecans or walnuts)
If you use non-self-rising flour you’ll need 2 tsp baking powder, ¾ tsp baking soda and ¾ tsp salt
Mix all ingredients. Pour into muffin pan or loaf pan. Bake 350 degrees for 25 minutes.
½ cup sugar
½ finely chopping nuts
4 tablespoons melted butter
Mix sugar and nuts together in a bowl. Melted butter in another small bowl.
Dip cooled muffin top into melted butter, then dip into sugar and nut mixture.
Flourless Decadent Brownie- GF
24 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted (dairy free if you’re lactose intolerant)
1 ½ sticks butter
5 beaten eggs
½ cup organic sugar
1 ½ tsp vanilla
¼ tsp salt
1 cup pecans
Melt chocolate chips and butter in bowl and stir. Add all other ingredients and pour into 9X9 pan. Bake on 325 degrees for 40-45 minutes or until done.
Serve with whipped cream or ice cream.
No Bake Oatmeal Cookies
½ cup butter
2 cups organic sugar
½ cup milk (lactose sensitive people most often can tolerate goat milk)
1/8 tsp salt
3 cups quick cooking oats
½ cup crunch peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla
Mix butter, sugar, milk and salt in pot. Stir and bring to rolling boil. Boil for one minute. Stir in oatmeal, peanut butter and vanilla.
Drop by tablespoons onto wax paper or aluminum foil. Work quickly it will start to harden!
The rest of these recipes can be found by clicking the link on the title.
Homemade Marshmallows dipped in chocolate are GREAT to giveaway.
Caramel Pecan Pie Cake muffins
Who do you know that would be blessed by some Christmas goodies? Name the person in the comment section, your comment enters you to win this gift set! It includes a $30 Target gift card, a Wilton non-stick snowflake cookie pan, baking cups, glitter, snowflake gift tags and candy cups!
All winners will be announced Tuesday, December 22.