5 Delicious Christmas Recipes…

Delicious Christmas Goodies…..

It’s one of the best times of the year to chill out by baking some super-delicious treats… Do it with your kids, friends, or with your man… or alone – either way, it’s sometimes just really fun to bake. And never mind if you’re not a pro in kitchen! Who cares – you CAN do this.

Nothing beats homemade cookies and other treats, that’s just a fact. Also nothing beats the moment you can eat some cookie or cake dough…  So pull out the appropriate recipes and begin to bake those Christmas cookies and other goodies and have some fun!

Have a look at these top 5 Christmas candy, cookie and other desert ideas below….

Fantasy Christmas Fudge

This is an original fudge recipe that is very popular and tasty. This version of the recipe makes about 117 small bars.

Ingredients you will need:

3 Cups of Sugar

3/4 cup of Margarine or Butter

2/3 cup of Evaporated Milk

1 Package (12 oz) of Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips

1 Jar (7 oz) of Kraft Marshmallow Crème

1 Cup of Chopped Nuts of your choice

1 teaspoon of pure Vanilla Extract

Traditional Preparation:

Combine the margarine, milk and sugar in a heavy 2 and 1/2 quart saucepan. Bring the mixture to a full boil, stirring non-stop. Allow it to boil for 5 minutes over medium-high heat. Continue stirring. Remove the pan from the heat, and stir in the chocolate until it is fully melted. Next, add the marshmallow crème, vanilla and nuts. Beat the mixture until it is well blended. Pour the mixture into a greased baking pan (13 x 9) and allow it to cool. After the fudge has cooled, cut it into 1-inch squares.

Microwave Preparation:

Place the margarine in a microwave safe bowl that is 4 quarts, and heat on high for one minute, or until melted. Add the milk and sugar, and then mix well. Next, microwave the mixture on High for about 5 minutes, or until it begins to boil. Stir the mixture after 3 minutes in the microwave. Mix well and be sure to scrape the bowl. Continue to microwave the mixture on High for another 5 and 1/2 minutes; stirring again after 3 minutes. Then you will stir in the chocolate chips until they are melted. Add the remaining ingredients to the mixture and combine well. Pour the batter into a greased baking pan (13 x 9) and allow the fudge to cool to room temperature. Once it is cooled, cut it into small squares and it should make 3 pounds.

 

Traditional Pecan Tarts

These small cookies will remind you of mini pecan pies, and they are so good you cannot eat just one!

Ingredients you will need:

3 ounces of softened cream cheese

1 tablespoon + 1/2 cup of softened butter

1 cup of sifted flour

1 egg

3/4 cup of firmly packed brown sugar

1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract

Small dash of salt

2/3 cup of pecans, chopped

Preparation Method:

You will begin by preheating the oven to 325 degrees F. Combine cream cheese, flour and 1/2 cup of butter.  Mix well, cover and chill for one hour. Divide the dough into 24 small balls and press into the sides and bottom of two miniature muffin pans that are not greased.

Next, combine vanilla, brown sugar, egg, salt and the remainder of the butter. Beat the mixture smooth. Next, sprinkle roughly 1/3 cup of pecans evenly into each of the 24 shells. Also divide the egg mixture evenly among all 24 tart cups, as you pour it over the pecans. Finally, sprinkle with the remaining pecans, and bake 20 to 25 minutes or until each pastry is golden brown.

 

Pistachio Christmas Ribbon Bars

These are very festive bars that have crumble topping, shortbread crust, red jam filling and chopped pistachios. The following recipe will make about 36 bars.

Ingredients you will need:

1/2 pound of unsalted margarine or butter that is softened

1 cup of granulated sugar

1 large egg

2 cups of all-purpose flour

2/3 cup of chopped pistachios

1/8 teaspoon of salt (do not include if your nuts are salted)

1/2 to 2/3 cup of strawberry or raspberry jam

Preparation Method:

Begin by preheating your oven to 325 degrees F. Then you will combine the egg, butter and sugar before beating until well blended. Fold in the salt and flour. Spread about 1/2 of the dough into a 9-inch square pan. Bake for about 10 minutes, and then remove it from the oven. Spread jam all over the crust, up until about 1/2 inch from the edge. Add the pistachios to the rest of the dough. Then, you will begin to drop spoonfuls of jam over the dough to cover. Bake for 35 minutes or until the top is lightly browned; allow the bars to cool and then cut into squares.

 

Oatmeal Raisin Spice Cookies in a Jar

The following recipe made it to our list because it is an easy and thoughtful gift you can give to practically anyone, or enjoy yourself as you are baking Christmas cookies with your family. The following ingredients will make about 36 cookies.

Ingredients you will need:

3/4 cup of brown sugar, packed

1/2 cup of white sugar

3/4 cup of raisins

2 cups of rolled oats

1 cup of all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon of ground nutmeg

1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon of salt

1 teaspoon of baking soda

Preparation Method:

Mix the flour, nutmeg, salt, baking soda and cinnamon together, and set aside. You will then begin to layer the ingredients in the given order inside a wide-mouth 1 quart canning jar. Keep in mind that the ingredients will fit tightly, so make sure to pack each layer firmly down before adding flour into the jar.

Attach the following instructions to each jar:

Oatmeal Raisin Spice Cookies

1. Empty the entire jar of cookie mixture into a large mixing bowl. Use your hands to blend the mixture thoroughly.

2. Add 3/4 cup of softened margarine or butter, then stir in one slightly beaten egg and 1 teaspoon of vanilla.

3. Stir until the mixture is blended completely. You may need to finish this task with your hands.

4. Shape the mixture into small balls, the size of walnuts. Place each dough ball on parchment-lined cookie sheets 2-inches apart. DO NOT PLACE THEM ON WAX PAPER!

5. Bake the cookies at 350 degrees F for between 11 and 13 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown. Allow to cool for 5 minutes before moving them to wire racks to finish cooling.

 

Christmas Rum Balls

These tasty chocolate, rum balls have become a staple for a United States Christmas. These are among the most popular Christmas cookies each year. The following recipe makes about 3 dozen.

Ingredients you will need:

1 cup of semisweet chocolate chips

1/2 cup of rum

1/4 cup of corn syrup

3 cups of plain vanilla wafers, crushed

1/2 cup of confectioners’ sugar

1 and 1/2 cups of walnuts, ground

Preparation Method:

Use the microwave or double boiler to melt the chocolate chips. Make sure you stir occasionally until they are smooth. Remove the chips from the heat, and pour in the rum. Next, you will add the corn syrup. Then inside of a medium bowl you will toss together the ground walnuts and crushed vanilla wafers. Spread the chocolate mix over the crumbs inside the bowl, and blend well using your hands. Shape the dough into 1-inch balls. You then roll each cookie in confectioners’ sugar to coat, and store in an airtight container for a minimum of one week before serving.

 

 

Hot 2012 Gift Ideas

Some Fabulous Gift Ideas for Last Minute Shopping…..

It always is left to the final minute…. The Christmas Shopping that is.

Well.. Holiday shopping can become overwhelming as you have so many people to buy for, and no clue what any of them may want. But don’t fret – check out this comprehensive list of the hottest gift ideas of 2012 for men, women, children or any other special person in your life.

Great Men’s Gift Ideas

Those special men in your life can be some of the hardest people to buy for. With so many great gifts for him on the market, it can be hard to choose the one he will like the most. The following items on our list are ones that any man would love to receive.

Monster Beats Wireless Headphones by Dre

Although Dr Dre officially sold over half of his Beats stake, they are still some of the most fashionable headphones on the market; they are also some of the most demanded phones created to date. They recently released wireless versions that have been updated. These can prove to be a great gift for the man in your life, because what man doesn’t love to listen to music? Help him out, and let him enjoy it through high quality and stylish headphones.

iPad Mini

The iPad Mini is a very slim version of the iPad. In fact, this version is as wide as a pencil and as heavy as a notebook of paper. For this reason, many fans are impressed as it still features most of the technology found on the original iPad. Additionally, this version features a battery with extended life that will let him enjoy his apps and games for hours!

Wii U

Nintendo used the Wii’s release to transform the way video games were played. However, after the novelty of the original Wii wore off, the more casual fans decided to abandon it rather quickly. That is until now because Nintendo recently released their all new console called the Wii U. They hope to revolutionize the gaming console industry once again. The Wii U features a controller that is much like a tablet that is touchscreen. He will enjoy titles such as Nintendo Land and New Super Mario Bros.

Sony Digital Binoculars

Although the rest of our gift ideas for him listed here are between $100 and $350 in price, our final gift idea for him is for those of you looking to spend a lot. In fact, the Sony Digital Binoculars retail for right around $1,100. However, with these binoculars your special man will be able to look into HD recording binoculars that are also 3D. Additionally, he will not be simply looking through glass; instead, he will be star gazing through dual independent electronic viewfinders. This means he can adjust the focus and image instantly with one button.

 

Hot 2012 Gift Ideas for Her

When it comes to that special lady in your life, you know you must do well when it comes to her Christmas gift, or you may end up in the “dog house”. Therefore, we have put together a list of gifts that you cannot go wrong with. You are sure to get something in return for gifting one of these items!

Demy Kitchen Touchscreen Recipe Reader

Does that special lady in your life like to cook? If so, you cannot go wrong with a touchscreen recipe reader. This tool will enable her to keep every recipe she has collected, and used regularly in one efficient, digital device. The screen on the reader is designed for use in the kitchen, so it is safe for messy kitchens or other compromising situations.

Olloclip Lens for the iPhone

If your woman has an iPhone 4s and loves to take photos, she will love to get the Olloclip quick-connect lens for the phone. This lens includes wide-angle, macro lenses and fisheye in a tiny, compact design. In fact, it is small enough to fit in your hand, but strong enough to capture amazing quality photos!

Amazon Kindle

The Amazon Kindle family features a model that is great for everyone, whether it’s the Android-based Fire or the original model with the electronic ink screen that reads and looks just like real paper; she will pleased to receive one. A Kindle is a great gift for anyone who reads because it gives them a slim and compact device where they can hold an entire library full of books that they can access at any time.

Iceless Wine Chiller

An electronic wine chiller is a must-have device for the wine enthusiast on your shopping list. This chiller uses advanced technology called Peltier Thermoelectric, and it is capable of cooling or warming the wine to whatever temperature she prefers her wine at. She will thank you for this one because she will feel as if she has her own personal sommelier.

Designer Shoes or Handbags

Every woman loves to receive designer shoes and handbags as gifts. These make timeless pieces that any woman will enjoy. For instance, you could head to your local Saks Fifth Avenue and look into a Coach, Dooney & Burke, Prada or Juicy Couture bag for her. In addition, the hottest thing to hit feet since stilettos is Uggz; therefore, she would love you forever if you surprise her with a pair on Christmas morning.

Lingerie

Our final gift idea for her is lingerie. Just remember that every woman, regardless of age or size likes to feel sexy. If you give her a sexy piece of lingerie she will take it as her hint that you think she will look good in it. This could turn out to be a “gift” for both of you!

 

Popular 2012 Gift Ideas for Kids

Kids can be some of the easiest people to buy for, as they are usually not too picky. This is especially true when you are purchasing them gifts that are more than $100. Below you will find a list of the hottest children’s gift ideas of 2012.

Kindle Fire

The Kindle Fire is a great gift idea for kids because it not only enables them to play learning and entertaining games, but it also encourages them to read. What kid wouldn’t want to read on a Kindle Fire? The best thing is that they are reasonably priced in comparison to other tablets, and they still feature Android.

Playstation Vita

Since the beginning of handheld games, they have made popular gift ideas for kids; the Playstation Vita is no different. Your kids will love to receive one of these for Christmas because the games are portable and the system features all the most popular Playstation titles. This means your child can have his or her favorite games anywhere.

LeapFrog LeapPad

For those of you who have younger children, one of the best gifts is the LeapFrog LeapPad. Not only will your child love playing fun games, but every game for the LeapPad is educational. So, you don’t have to feel bad – your child is playing a game and learning at the same time.

IPod Touch

If you want to get your child an Apple product, but don’t want to shell out the iPad price, you can go with the smaller iPod Touch for just under $199. This device is great because it features a lot of storage space, touchscreen capabilities and access to millions of paid and free apps via Apple’s App Store. This gift will keep your child busy and quiet for hours!

Power Wheels

Children who are still young enough love getting Power Wheels vehicles for Christmas. These toys come in many shapes, sizes and prices. For example, there are Jeep Wranglers, Barbie Corvettes, Hummers and even four-wheel style models. You will find that these range in price from $89 up to $399; depending on how many children will fit and how many features it has.

Furby

In the 1990s we saw the rise (and fall) of the Furby – those little furry toys that made weird noises and blinked their eyes constantly. Well, they are back and very hot for the 2012 season. In fact, they are considered one of the most sought-after toys of this holiday season. They are available in nearly any color and look very much identical to how they looked the first time they came out. You will find that they range in price, but cost on the average about $50.

Really Fabulous 2012 Gift Ideas for…. Any Special Person in Your Life.

The following list is made for any special people that you have in your life – ones you really wanna pamper.

JetLev R200

This is the perfect gift for the thrill-seeker on your holiday list. This jet pack will get you very high in the sky. The water-propelled pack sells for just under $100,000, but makes for an excellent gift that no one else would think of!

Van Cleef & Arpels Watches: Poetic Wish Collection

For those who love classic timepieces, these are the perfect gifts. Additionally, they have “His and Hers” sets which retail for around $1,000,000. These watches represent a tale of love that has been lost and found; more specifically, a boy meets a girl, and falls in love, but fate intervenes and separates the two. In the end, the two are left longing for each other’s return. If you get someone on your list these watches, they will also receive two business-class tickets to Geneva and Paris to tour the Van Cleef & Arpels atelier, watchmaking shops and boutique.

McLaren 12c Spider

Who wouldn’t love to get a sexy sports car for Christmas? The Neiman Marcus 2013 McLaren 12C Spider makes a one-of-a-kind gift for someone special on your list who means a lot to you such as a parent or business partner. However there were only 12 of the volcano red convertible, so you may not be able to get the Neiman Marcus edition, but regardless the McLaren 12C Spider is a gorgeous car that screams luxury in every manner! These begin in price right around $300,000.

A Luxury Spa Vacation

Anyone on your list would appreciate a luxury spa vacation as a Christmas gift. The great thing about this is that you can spend a reasonable amount, or you can go “all out” and spend a fortune; the choice is yours. However, sending your friend or loved one to a tropical destination such as St Croix will leave them with memories that last a lifetime. Thus making it one of the best Christmas gifts that money can buy!

Or how about simply some of the most delicious and finest chocolates and other treats…. Such as…

Norman Love Chocolates

On the other hand, if you are just looking to buy a gift that says “I’m thinking of you” – the best way can be through chocolates. Therefore, you should check out the gorgeous chocolates created by Norman Love in Naples, Florida. Each piece is a work of art, presented by a swirl of colors and different types of chocolate. When you gift these chocolates, you are really giving your friend or loved one a little bite of heaven.

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