Christmas Baked Goods, Candies and Confections Part 2

Well, friends, back on track from a small Prime Rib detour. Not a bad detour right? We return to discuss more Christmas baked goods, candies and confections. Grab a pen or pencil and a slip of paper because we have some yummy recipes to share.

The following recipe is from allrecipes.com, with all credit due to BECKE as the recipe author. I enjoy using the recipe as part of my Christmas baked goods, candies and confections. Please note my asterisked notes.

Peanut Butter Balls IV

Image by Hans Braxmeier from Pixabay

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cups peanut butter
  • 4 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon maple flavored extract
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips *(these 2 cups didn’t make enough chocolate for dipping so I used 3 1/2 cups- I like a good coating on my

Directions

  1. Combine the butter, peanut butter, confectioners’ sugar, vanilla, and maple flavoring. Cream well and knead well.
  2. Melt the chocolate chips over low heat. Roll the dough into 1 inch balls. Dip into melted chocolate chips.
  3. Refrigerate overnight (or at least for about 15 minutes) on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper.

My sister loves PBB’s so much, one Christmas she ate 16! I can’t imagine eating 16 PBB’s, but she did it. She had no room for anything else that day.

Chocolate Whipped Creams

Image by skeeze from Pixabay

This is an old recipe from my Grandma Jennie Syens. I have googled, Pinterest and allrecipes this recipe for some comparison. No site seems to have anything like this. All I get back is chocolate whipped cream – as in a topping. Nope, that’s not what I mean. Ug! So I am typing this out to the best of my abilities. What you read is how the recipe was written out.

You need to do a read-through of the recipe first. Collect all your items and then proceed.

  • 3 cups white cane sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups whipping cream

Put in a large saucepan, stir well and put on the stove, and bring SLOWLY to boil. When boiling add 1/4 tsp cream of tartar. DO NOT STIR. Dip in a spoon to try. When soft-ball in cold water, remove and pour into a buttered pan but DO NOT scrape the pan because it will become grainy. Let it get cold and hard. Beat or knead till hard, add vanilla or any flavoring of choice. Roll into soft-balls and set aside to get cold. Overnite is best.

Chocolate Coating

  • 1/2 cake sweet chocolate
  • 3 square bitter chocolate
  • 2 tsp paraffin wax

In the top of a double boiler melt the sweet chocolate, bitter chocolate, and paraffin wax. Dip the white balls you made previously in this and place it on wax paper to harden. You may press a walnut or pecan into the top of the ball or insert a toothpick. Enjoy.

I read and re-read that recipe at least 5 times. The paper has browned but has a lovely patina from spatters and greasy fingers. The author added notes at the end of the recipe, so that got me confused until I realized she was referring to.

I know I have been talking about Christmas baked goods, candies and confections but I want to share one drink recipe that has been my favorite for years, SLUSH. Grandma Jennie Syens always had the SLUSH on the front porch. The front porch kept all the drinks nice and cool and the slush was fun to drink.

Slush

Image by Iñigo Ibisate from Pixabay
  • 7 cups of water
  • 2 cups of sugar

Boil water and sugar together and cool. This is your syrup base.

  • 4 bags of green tea
  • 2 cups boiling water

Place green tea bags into boiling water and cool.

  • 1 -12oz can frozen orange juice thawed
  • 1-12 oz can frozen lemonade thawed
  • 2 cups Brandy OR Gin, NOT BOTH

Put all the ingredients together in a clean ice cream bucket and freeze for 24 hours. During those 24 hours, you will want to stir the bucket contents to disperse the alcohol. Once it is frozen you are ready to serve it. Put 2 scoops of slush in a glass and serve with sweet or sour soda and a stirring stick. Enjoy!

There you go friends, a few recipes of Christmas baked goods, candies, and confections. I wish you all Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Blessings of health, joy, and peace to you and your family.

Michele

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