Friday, December 20, 2013

12 Days of Baking

On the first day of Christmas break in Montana, I baked enough for an army. I wasn't in the mood before our trip because I had too much work to do. Now that I can breathe freely, I'm working on 12 days of baking.

Day 1: Fudge. I love Betty Crocker's recipe, by the way. One tip: swap out two ounces of sweetened chocolate and add unsweetened. With so much sugary condensed milk, I bet you can offset some of that sweetness and make it rich in chocolate flavor. Also, the higher quality the chocolate... well, you know. The yummier.

Day 2: Blondies. I alter every recipe I find. I didn't like the Food Network's recipe. Too complicated. So I stuck to Martha's Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe, adding nuts, coconut and oats, and threw it in a glass pan.

Day 3: Mexican Wedding Cakes. Not only did I enjoy the Food Network recipe, my 3-year old watched the video about three times.

Day 4: Sugar cookies. Dare I publish Liz's family recipe? Here's a picture... :)

Day 5: Benny Grimms. These are chocolate balls, with maraschino cherries in the middle, and rolled in coconut. They are probably called something like coconut cherry balls, but an old family friend (before my time), used to eat all of these chocolate balls, so it's named after him. Oh wait, I just googled it and this is the closest I could find online to the recipe -- at Cooks.

Day 6: Peanut Brittle. Well, mom did this one, not me. Too sticky! But scrumptious, nonetheless. Not sure of her source, but I'll share once I find it.

Day 7: Lemon bars. Another mom treat. Her recipe is an old one and they are the best, bar none. And well, it's sort of a family secret... unless I've already shared it? Hmm...

Day 8: Okay, I have five more days and need to get busy. So I'm open to suggestions for the next five days. Help!
Dad just chimed in with a request for oatmeal raisin cookies. :)


Linda said...

Yum. Have to try the Bennie Grimms! I made Dark chocolate/white chocolate peppermint bark and english/jewish toffee - one batch with almonds, one with hazelnuts. Both fairly easy and the girls could help with the first and the chocolate on top of the toffee. The toffee is so hot, its probably just an adult project. Merry Merry!!

Janet Wong said...

The Bennie Grimms caught my attention too. From your description, I think they should be renamed the "Who Got 'Ems." Sounds like anyone who gets them might have a good chance at eating the most--but you need to have them in front of you first!

ChezOlivier said...

From Maria...
Here is my favorite recipe
Ginger snaps
Mix 2/3 cup oil and 1 cup sugar
Add 1 egg and mix well
¼ cup molasses
2 cups flour
2 tsp soda
½ tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ginger
Roll into small balls androll in sugar
Bake 10-12 minutes at 350 degrees

Suzy Lepeintre said...

What a great list! Thanks, Mich! I'm going to try fudge and blondies. I'll get my sugar cookie dough from the grocery store and let the kids decorate.