Christmas Baking

Over the weekend, I spent tons of time in my kitchen with my family making special goodies for Christmas.  Baking is one of my favorite things, especially when it’s with & for people I love.

Here is a peek at some of our treats:

Buttermilk Tenders

  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Tbs vanilla
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 6 cups flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp baking soda

Combine butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla & buttermilk in one bowl.  Next, combine the rest of the ingredients in another bowl.  Slowly add the flour mixture to the wet mixture.  Mix until it becomes a heavy dough.  Roll out the dough until it is about 1/2 inch thick (I think I may have done it a little thicker than that!).  Use cookie cutters or a drinking glass to cut out shapes in the dough.  Place the cookies on a baking sheet and bake at 350 until they are slightly brown on top, 12-13 minutes.  After they cool, frost* the tops & decorate.

Now, either give them away or put them in a cupboard somewhere so you and your family will not see them if you want any hope of having them near Christmas — they are delicious & very addicting!

* The boys and I used this buttercream icing & it was perfect!  We tinted a couple colors & added some cinnamon extract (but you can also use vanilla) — very yummy!

Cinnamon Roasted Pecans

1 lb pecans
1 egg white
1 tbsp water
3/4 c sugar
1 tbsp cinnamon
1 tsp salt
Preheat oven to 275 degrees.  Beat egg white and water.  Add pecans.  Mix all other ingredients in a separate bowl.  Then add pecans and dry mixture together.  Spread on a cookie sheet and bake at 275 degrees for 45 minutes, turning pecans every 15 minutes.

Again, so tasty and addicting — & super easy!  This is another one you’ll want to hide in the cupboard right next to the cookies.

Do you have something you love to make when this time of year comes around?

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