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Easy Christmas Desserts

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It’s a fact that Christmas cooking and baking can wear a body down. This year, try to take a little load off by making easy Christmas desserts that are fun and simple to make.

If there are a variety of ages in the kitchen at Christmas, make one dessert with the younger generation, one with the teens and twenty-somethings, and one for the generation who remembers the good ole’ days. Everyone will enjoy their time together and the dessert table will shine like a shimmering angel ornament.

Not only are these desserts simple to make, but they are perfect for gift-giving. Make enough to share with family and friends, neighbors, the postman, or the friend of a friend because they spread Christmas cheer like nothing else can in a beautiful Christmas tin or basket.

 

Easy Chocolate-Covered Peanut Butter Graham Crackers

Simple for young children to make with the help of an adult and perfect for gift-giving.

Ingredients:

  • 1 (18 oz) jar of peanut butter
  • 1 pkg Graham Crackers
  • 1-1/2 lbs dark chocolate candy coating

Directions:

  1. Break all graham cracker squares into rectangles.
  2. Spread a teaspoonful of peanut butter onto one side of each rectangle. Add top rectangle and make a sandwich by smashing down onto peanut butter.
  3. Melt chocolate coating in a microwave using instructions on the package. Stir until smooth.
  4. Dip graham cracker sandwiches into melted chocolate until completely covered.
  5. Place on wax paper until the chocolate coating hardens. Makes 5 dozen chocolate covered peanut butter cookies. These have been kid-tested and approved!

Easy Pineapple Fudge

What a fun version of homemade fudge and simple to make!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1 cup crushed pineapple, drained
  • 2 tsp lemon juice

Directions:

  1. Lightly grease a 9-inch square pan and set aside. In a medium saucepan, combine evaporated milk with sugar and butter. Heat to boiling. Add the pineapple and mix well. Lower the heat to medium, stirring constantly for 20-25 minutes.
  2. Remove pan from heat and cool.
  3. Stir in lemon juice and beat well until mixture is smooth. Pour into prepared pan.
  4. Allow to cool completely and then cut into small squares. Makes about 24 pieces of fudge.

Eggnog Christmas Cookies

Cookies that moms and grandmothers will remember and appreciate!

Ingredients for Cookies:

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup eggnog
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 5-1/2 cups flour

Directions for Cookies:

  1. Beat sugar and butter until light and fluffy. Add eggnog, baking soda and nutmeg; mixing well.
  2. Gradually begin to add flour, a little at a time until well mixed together.
  3. Divide dough into two halves and store in refrigerator in plastic baggies overnight.
  4. On floured surface, roll out first half of dough to 1/8-inch thickness. Cut out with flour-coated cookie cutters. Place 1 inch apart onto ungreased baking sheets.
  5. Bake at 375° for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely and then coat cookies with icing.

Ingredients for Icing:

  • 3 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup eggnog

Directions for Icing:

  1. Beat confectioners’ sugar and butter together until completely blended. Gradually beat in eggnog until the icing is smooth.
  2. Coat the cookies with icing and let set. Store in plastic tupperware in refrigerator until time to serve. These cookies can also be further decorated as desired with Christmas-colored balls or sugar.

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