Quick and easy christmas baking

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  1. Twilight1

    Twilight1 Well-Known Member

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    I am having a bunch of friends over on Saturday for our yearly xmas party and want to make some baked goods.

    Problem is...I suck at baking unless it is super easy/ simple. :lol:

    I can do anything with meat, fish, pork or chicken but baking...I suck! :lol:

    So I was hoping that some of you wonderful people could give me some ideas for some holiday goodies? I would be very grateful. :D
     
  2. milanessa

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    Are you looking for sweet or savory?
     
  3. Twilight1

    Twilight1 Well-Known Member

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    Either/ both. I open to any suggestions/ recipes. :D
     
  4. KikiSashaFan

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    I always make shortbread which is super easy, just butter, sugar and flour and I add a handful of dried cranberries and white chocolate chips to the dough. Everyone always raves about them.
     
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  7. Prancer

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    Maybe some no-bake recipes?

    Cheesecake Make some cherry topping or use canned pie filling for something a little more festive. I know people who like this better than baked New York style cheesecake.

    Oreo Truffles I can't eat these because they are soooooo sweet, but they got snarfed up last Christmas

    Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars Cut these REALLY small; they're more like candy than cookies. I make these as payment for a guy who occasionally handyman stuff for us. I hope he never figures out how easy they are.

    Then there's the staple candy of Ohio. They're everywhere here at Christmas and everyone has a pet recipe.

    Fifteens--haven't made these, but I think I might try them this Christmas. Not sure what I will use for digestive biscuits; maybe some tea cookies?

    There are a lot of no-bake cookie recipes; these are really popular, but there are others.
     
  8. Really

    Really No longer just a "well-known member" Yay!

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    When in a pinch, my baking is called IGA...;)
     
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  9. PDilemma

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    Even easier than Prancer's cheesecake link:

    2 cups milk
    8 oz pack of cream cheese
    Package of Instant pudding

    Mix together and put in a ready made graham cracker crust. Refrigerate for a few hours. Top with fruit pie filling.

    (I recommend mixing the cream cheese at room temp with about a cup of milk, get it pretty smooth, then add the other cup and the pudding.

    You can do vanilla pudding and any fruit. Or you can use chocolate pudding and fruit or no. Or any combination of flavors.
     
  10. barbk

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    Thanks, Veronika -- those look like a great treat to make with my nieces.

    We make a shortbread cookie that was originally printed in the LA Times many years ago...it came from a restaurant called Pioneer Boulangerie, and the cookies are very easy and very, very yummy, and and you can do them as balls flattened by a fork or roll them and then use a simple cookie cutters. They're also egg free, and don't use either baking soda or baking powder, so you can make the dough ahead with no problems:

    Pioneer Boulangerie Chocolate Chip Butter (Shortbread) Cookies:
    2 sticks butter, softened
    1 cup powdered sugar & more to dust on finished cookies if you like
    1/4 teaspoon of salt
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    2 1/4 cups of flour
    6 oz. chocolate chips

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    Cream together butter and powdered sugar. Add salt, vanilla, and flour, and mix until blended. Mixture will be stiff. Stir in chocolate chips.
    Either make 1 inch balls and put them on an ungreased baking sheet (I use parchment paper, but you certainly don't have to) and then use a fork to press down and flatten them -- once vertically and once horizontally;
    Or - sprinkle some flour on a pastry cloth and roll out the cookie dough to about the thickness of a single chocolate chip, use cookie cutters to cut out shapes and a spatula to lift them onto a baking sheet. (I like hearts, circles, and bells, all of which reliably come up. As far as I'm concerned, you can keep reindeer, snowmen, and christmas tree cookie cutters.) The extra pieces of dough can be re-rolled and cut.

    Bake about 15 minutes in the oven -- just to barest golden. After you've moved them to a cooling rack, dust with additional powdered sugar if you like. (I like them just as is.) Keeps well in an airtight container.

    I've also had them without the chocolate chips, and they're still yummy.
     
  11. barbk

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    These meatballs disappear...and simply could not be simpler. Buy premade frozen meatballs (we've used Costco, but most grocery stores have them in smaller quantities), 1 bottle chili sauce (usually above the ketchup -- Heinz is the name brand, but the much cheaper Kroger brand works great) and a large jar of grape jam. Heat the meatballs in a dish in the oven until warm. (Remember, they're already cooked.) Either heat the chili sauce and jam together in a crockpot, or heat it in a saucepan until it is all melted together. Either dump the meatballs into the crockpot and let them simmer an hour, or dump the stuff from the saucepan on your meatballs in the oven and set the oven to 225 for at least an hour. Serve with toothpicks and get out of the way. (When Mr. Barbk told me this recipe thirty years ago I didn't believe it. I was wrong. Been a great hit every year, and it takes me virtually no time at all. Women like them, men like them, and kids like them too. You can't tell that it involves grape jam, and most people have never heard of chili sauce, which is like a less sweet version of ketchup with some kick.)
     
  12. barbk

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    Prancer...thanks for explaining "Buckeyes" -- I've seen them before, but had no idea what they were supposed to represent.
     
  13. Prancer

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    They represent Buckeyes, the nut of the official state tree. :lol: No comments about what this says about the OSU football team :p. No one eats the real thing that I know of, but the candy? There is no escaping it.

    Here's another cheesecake pie recipe, one that requires a little easy baking but can be made to look very fancy and pretty if you swirl the jam with care: http://www.tasteofhome.com/Recipes/Raspberry-Swirl-Cheesecake-Pie

    Those meatballs are very good, too.
     
  14. Matryeshka

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    Even better than that: the easiest bread recipe ever.

    Three cups flour
    Three generous tbsp sugar
    One beer--preferably a darker one with a little bit of sugar in it. (It's a Christmas Party. Sugar is expected. :p )

    Mix it together. Pour it in a loaf pan and put it in a 350 degree oven for 55-60 minutes.
    Not only do you have bread, which impresses the hell out of everyone, but you have the smell of it everywhere. Even better, soften some butter and pour in a little bit of honey to spread.
     
  15. BigB08822

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    Please make the oreo truffles that Prancer posted! They are DELICIOUS. If you like oreos then you will love them. No baking required. Just crushing, mixing, rolling and dipping. You can't mess it up. People LOVE them. I don't think they are too sweet at all, but then again I have a big sweet tooth.

    I also love cake balls and you can now buy the cake ball pan at Walgreens in the area where they have gifts and stuff seen on TV.

    My SIL made some amazing peanut butter balls that tasted exactly like Reeses. I asked for the recipe but have yet to get it. If I get it soon I will post.
     
  16. Southpaw

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    Alright, I will!!!

    Matry's bread is just too weird to pass up, too.
     
  17. Twilight1

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    Ironically the one thing I can bake is New York Style cheescake. It is my favourite so I spent some time practicing. ;)

    Thanks so much for the recipes guys!!! I can't wait to try them all out. :)
     
  18. milanessa

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    Yeah, I'm gonna try that, too.
     
  19. BigB08822

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    But you never said the bread tasted any good??? Is it good? :shuffle: :lol:
     
  20. Aceon6

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    Forgotten cookies

    Preheat oven to 200ยบ
    Prepare stiff meringue using any standard recipe
    Line baking sheets with parchment
    Using a tablespoon, drop meringue on parchment. Leave about 1/2-1" between drops
    Put in oven
    TURN OVEN OFF
    Leave until oven is stone cold (2-3 hours) or overnight
    Peel them off the parchment
    Eat
     
  21. Buzz

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    Quick and easy baking tips? Get your mom to do it for you! :lol:
     
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  22. Stefanie

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    One of the first things I ever "baked" was Paula Deen's "Pine Bark," and it still gets rave reviews from family and friends. So simple to make.
     
  23. genevieve

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    here's my empenada recipe, a staple of holiday parties everywhere. It's got a lot of ingredients, but making it is simple:

    Crust (warning - either make a double recipe or plan to make 2 batches of empenadas):
    2 cups flour
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    2/3 cup unsalted butter
    6-8 Tablespoons COLD water

    mix flour & salt. Cut in the butter until coarse. Drizzle in the water while mixing. Don't overmix! Knead into ball and chill at least 30 minutes

    Filling:
    Olive oil
    1 onion, diced fine
    1-2 cloves garlic
    2 tomatoes, chopped small
    1 apple, chopped small
    1 15-oz can pumpkin puree
    1 4-oz can green chilis
    1/2 cup water
    1/4 cup currants
    1 TBS cumin
    1tsp cinnamon
    1/8 tsp cloves

    heat oil in pan, add onions until they are soft. Add garlic, tomatoes and apple, cook for a few minutes. Toss in the rest and cook on medium until it's a scrumptious pot 'o goodness. Add some salt + pepper to taste.

    Roll out the dough into small circles, put a dab in the center (less than you think), fold over and seal with a fork. Poke airholes in the tops to vent. Brush tops with a beaten egg, bake at 425 degrees for 15 minutes.
     
  24. Ajax

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    Try this wacky chocolate cake recipe from my blog:
    linky
    The basic cake recipe is super easy - just flour, sugar, cocoa, oil and it is leavened not by eggs but by a combo of baking soda and vinegar. Cheap as chips and it never fails, I always get a moist, delicious cake.
    You can frost it with a simple chocolate ganache (recipe also given in the link). I fill it with pecans, caramel and coconut to make german chocolate cake.
     
  25. PDilemma

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    I make that cake, Ajax. You don't have to bother with the "wells" for putting in the baking soda and vinegar--just mix it all together like any other recipe and it rises just fine. It also makes amazing cupcakes.

    My husband's new favorite thing is when I frost it with this:

    http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/peanut-butter-frosting/detail.aspx
     
  26. Southpaw

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    I have a loaf in the oven right now so I'll let you know in about an hour. :fan:
     
  27. milanessa

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    You better.
     
  28. LisaS

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    2 Ingredient Fudge

    1 Can of Frosting
    1 Bag of Chocolate Chips

    Melt Together, pour in pan to set. Done

    Any flavour combination you can think of. I did milk chocolate chips with cream cheese frosting.

    Others have tried chocolate frosting with the mint chocolate chips.

    Have fun
     
  29. NinjaTurtles

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    I'm surprised by all of the natives to beer bread. I grew up near a brewery; I never realized it wasn't a common recipe! :shuffle: Saranac beer bread mix packages were common holiday gifts in the area.
     
  30. milanessa

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    What does a bread mix package contain besides flour and sugar? I think lots of folk have heard of or tasted or made beer bread. What was different about Matry's recipe was the simplicity of it. :)