Friday Five: Winter Treats

Wahoo! It’s finally Friyay!

Nothing gets me more excited than some sweet treats. We shared some delightful fall treats last month and wanted to share some winter ones as they are huge hits at all those holiday parties! (Thank you Pinterest 🙌🏽)

Candy Cane Fudge

Ingredients

  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • one 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup chopped candy canes (about 2-3 large candy canes)

Instructions

  • Line an 8×8 pan with parchment paper
  • In a saucepan, melt chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk over low heat while gently stirring
  • Once melted, remove from heat and gently stir in vanilla extract
  • Pour into pan and sprinkle candy canes on top
  • Chill in fridge for 4 hour and then cut and serve

Eggnog Cookies

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup eggnog
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Frosting

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 4-5 tablespoons eggnog
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350F and grease cookie sheet
  • Cream butter and sugars in a large bowl until fluffy
  • Add egg yolks, eggnog, vanilla and continue beating until creamy
  • Add flour, baking powder, nutmeg, cinnamon and salt. Beat on medium until combined well
  • Roll into one inch balls, placing two inches apart on cookie sheet
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes

Frosting

  • Cream butter until fluffy
  • Add powdered sugar and beat until combined
  • Add eggnog, cinnamon and nutmeg. Beat for 3 minutes until smooth
  • Frost cooled cookies and sprinkle nutmeg overtop

Peanut Butter Balls (Buckeyes)

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 (1 pound) box confectioners sugar
  • 9 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips (1 1/2 cups)
  • 2-3 tablespoons shortening

Instructions

  • Mix together peanut butter, butter, vanilla and confectioners sugar in a large bowl using your hands. It will be dry and crumbly at first, but keep working until smooth
  • Form into large 3 bowls, cover in plastic and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • Shape into balls and place on baking sheet lined with wax paper
  • Refrigerate for an hour
  • Melt chocolate chips and shortening over low heat in a saucepan, constantly stirring. When smooth, remove from heat.
  • Use a toothpick to dip each ball into chocolate mixture and place on sheet
  • Refrigerate until chocolate is hardened.

Christmas Buttons

Ingredients

  • Square pretzel bites
  • M&M’s (red and green)
  • Hershey’s Hugs chocolate

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 200F and line cookie sheet with parchment paper
  • Align pretzels on cookie sheet, placing Hershey’s chocolate on each one
  • Bake in oven for 4-5 minutes until shiny and soft
  • Remove from oven and QUICKLY place M&M (“m” facedown) on center of chocolate and gently press down
  • Place in refrigerator for chocolate to set

Gingerbread Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup dark molasses
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 5 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves

Instructions

  • Cream butter, adding sugar gradually. Beat until well combined and light and fluffy (about 3 minutes)
  • Beat in egg, molasses and vinegar
  • Sift all of the dry ingredients together and blend dry ingredients with wet ingredients
  • Divide the dough into two even pieces, wrap in plastic and refrigerate for 30-90 minutes
  • Preheat oven to 350F
  • Working in sections, roll the dough 1/2″ thick onto floured surface
  • Cut into desired shapes and place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper
  • Bake for 9-11 minutes
  • Let cookies sit on pan for 5 minutes before moving to cooling rack
  • Decorate with frosting!
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