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Apple Cinnamon Rolls

25 Day Christmas Countdown

Day 24

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Apple Cinnamon Rolls

This is a Christmas morning recipe to make for your family so you are not feeling stuck in the kitchen cooking while the family is enjoying the festivities of Christmas.

My picture doesn’t make them look pretty, but they are delicious. One thing with my baking, cooking, and blogging, what you see is what you get. I am what I call raw and honest. I do not just post what looks pretty or what looks or sounds good all the time. Life as well as baking and cooking is sometimes messy. You will get what is real and if this is not so pretty or down right ugly, this is what you see as you continue to follow me.

Ingredients

2 apples (peeled and diced)

Pie Dough

2 1/2 c flour

1/2 c shortening (coconut oil works too)

1 Tbsp flaxseed

dash salt

3/4 cup Cashew milk (any milk of your choice) (add enough milk to make dough sticky)

Cinnamon Sugar

1 c sugar

2 tsp cinnamon

1/8 c flour

Egg Wash

1 egg yolk for white wash

1/2 tsp water

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper.

Peel and dice apples.

Make you cinnamon sugar by mixing sugar, cinnamon, and 1/8 cup of flour together and set to the side.

Mix all remaining dry ingredients together. Cut in the shortening until flakey, add milk a little at a time until dough is sticky.

On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough into a long rectangle about 1/8 inch in thickness. White wash with egg mixture and add cinnamon sugar mixture on top of egg wash. Gently roll the dough into a log. Cut into 1 inch rolls and place on parchment paper. If you have any remaining egg wash brush on to each individual roll.

Place in preheated oven and bake for approximately 20 mins or until golden brown. Remove from oven and cool on a cooling rack and enjoy.

I’m very sorry I didn’t get this posted in time to use it Christmas morning, but it can be used any morning or New Year’s morning as well.

Happy Baking!

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Gingerbread House

25 Day Christmas Countdown

Day 23

Amazing Gingerbread Houses 
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I didn’t get one made this year, but we made this one last year. My daughter and a sweet adopted family friend made an amazing one that I am very proud of. I will add the directions to make it from scratch, The directions I will share will give you the recipe (which I will add as always), the house template, the supplies, and a royal icing recipe.

Happy baking and constructing! I hope the memories you make while doing this will be wonderful and happy in the years to come.

When you see my picture you will see it constructed in the shape of a log cabin. This was done on purpose. If you wish to do the same then roll your dough out in the form of a square or rectangle and when before baking use a ruler and pizza cutter and cut into blocks.

Ingredients

Note: This is a double batch to make an amazing house from.

1 c butter, softened

1 c brown sugar

1 1/3 c molasses

4 eggs

8 c all-purpose flour (divided)

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

1 tsp ground allspice

1 tsp ground cloves

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tsp ground ginger

Frosting

2 lbs confectioners sugar

1 tsp cream of tarter

6 egg whites

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

In a large bowl, cream together the butter and brown sugar until smooth. Stir in the molasses and eggs. Combine 1 1/2 cups of the flour, baking soda, salt, all spice, cloves, cinnamon, and ginger; beat into the molasses mixture. Gradually stir in the remaining flour by hand to form a stiff dough. Divide dough into 2 pieces.

On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to 1/8 inch thickness. Cut into desired shapes (if you want bricks, cut with your ruler and pizza cutter now. Place pieces 1 inch apart onto parchment lined cookie sheets.  Refrigerate for 15 mins.

Bake for 8-10 mins in a preheated oven. Cool on a baking sheet for 5 mins before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

Icing

In a medium bowl, sift together confectioners sugar and cream of tartar . Blend in egg whites. Using an electric mixer on high speed, beat for about 5 minutes, or until mixture is thick and stiff. Keep covered with a moist cloth and plastic wrap until ready to decorate.

Enjoy the fun of baking and making this amazing Gingerbread house!

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Chocolate Trifle

25 Day Christmas Countdown

Day 22

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Here is a really easy recipe if you need to take a light and airy desert to someone’s Christmas Eve party today.

Ingredients

1 batch of pre-baked brownies

2 large boxes of chocolate pudding

4 cups milk (do not use soy or alternative milks as the pudding doesn’t set properly)

1 large tub whipping cream

Flavored candy of your choice (chocolate chips, peppermint chocolate chips, ground Butterfingers , ground Reese’s peanut butter cups…. anything you want)

Directions

If you haven’t done so already, bake a batch of brownies (I have an easy brownie recipe posted under recipes already if you need one.

Mix the pudding and the milk and chill in the refrigerator. Crumble your cooled brownie.

A large clear bowl works beautifully for this recipe so you can visibly show off your layers.

Begin constructing your trifle. Layer your crumbled brownie, pudding, whip cream, candy, then begin the layers over and over until the bowl is full.

Disclaimer – I do not have my own picture as I have not made this yet, but when I do I will post my picture.

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Christmas Snowballs

25 Day Christmas Countdown

Day 21

Day 22

Snowy Coconut Balls

This is an amazingly easy recipe with few ingredients but strong in flavor.

My family expects this simple cookie to be made every Christmas. It is also an easy cookie to add to a cookie platter.

Ingredients

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups finely chopped pecans
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup Land O Lakes® Butter softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
Powdered sugar

Directions

Heat oven to 325°F.
Combine all ingredients except powdered sugar in bowl. Beat at low speed, scraping bowl occasionally, until well mixed.
Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Place 1 inch apart onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 18-25 minutes or until very lightly browned. Cool 5 minutes; roll in powdered sugar while still warm and again when cool.

Disclaimer, I use Land O’ Lakes . Click the link to access the recipe website.

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Chocolate Coconut Balls

25 Days Christmas Countdown

Day 20

Chocolate Coconut Balls

This is a recipe I have used for the past several years. They are an added feature to a cookie platter that most people will enjoy.

Ingredients

2/3 c corn syrup

2 1/3 c flakey coconut (add enough so you have some structure and can make a ball shape)

1/4 melting chocolate

1/2 tsp coconut oil

Directions

In a medium sauce pan over low heat warm corn syrup to a thin consistency. Remove from heat, add coconut and stir until it is stiff and you can shape into balls. It is safe to add more coconut if you need more.

Form your balls and place on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper. Chill in a refrigerator long enough to make cold.

Melt your chocolate with your coconut oil on low heat in the microwave stirring frequently . Be sure to not burn your chocolate.

Remove your coconut balls from the refrigerator and dip into your melted chocolate and dry on wax paper.

Disclaimer, I was talking with my friend about these last night and we will be working on making these healthy. When I have pulled a healthier version together I will post it later.

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Christmas Real Vs. Perfect

Christmas baking in my house…

I have how much time???

With “x” amount of time, what can I get done?

Oh wait, I need to run out the door?

Ok, I can do this because last batch of cookies cake out of oven, but counter is a train wreck.

What do I do about this mess???

You take the dog with you so he doesn’t eat everything you just made, because he loves himself some sugar? Anyone else relate?

Then you repeat another day, but today, all the food first goes in oven (knowing no one will be home to turn it on.)

Second trip out the door, everything goes in the laundry room for the safety of your dog’s health and your baked goodies.

Just sharing a bit of real in my home.

Can anyone else relate to the realness of this story and not the perfect Hallmark Christmas program experiences?

Above is the first bundle of goodies being delivered today.

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Christmas Monkey Bread

25 Days Christmas Countdown

Day 19

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This is a great recipe to make Christmas Eve so you have an easy breakfast for the busy Christmas morning.

Ingredients

1 c water

2 Tbsp butter

2 tsp salt

3 c bread flour

1 1/2 tsp yeast

1 c peeled /diced apples

2 Tbsp melted butter

1/2 c cinnamon sugar

Directions

Using your bread machine, combine all your ingredients from water down to yeast according to your owners manual.

Select dough cycle and press start.

When bread machine cycle is complete remove from machine and place on a gently floured surface.

Using a bundt cake pan, spray with cooking oil on it.

Roll dough into small balls, dip in butter, and roll into cinnamon sugar. Layer in a single layer on bottom of the pan. Then sprinkle diced apple pieces and layer an additional layer with dough balls, cinnamon and apples.

Let it rise covered in a warm place for about a half hour or until doubled in size.

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F and bake for 35 minutes.

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Chocolate Covered Pretzels

25 Day Christmas Countdown

Day 18

Here is a super easy but yummy idea to make for a platter or give away desserts.

Chocolate Covered Pretzels

Ingredients

1 bag of Pretzels

Dark Chocolate Bark

White Chocolate Bark

Directions

Melt your dark chocolate, melt half of the white chocolate in a microwave oven, then mix together. Be sure to melt it  on low for 30 second intervals. Be careful as to not burn the chocolate.

Dip your pretzels into the chocolate and harden on a cooling rack.

This recipe is another great blend of salty and sweet.

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Hay Stacks

25 Day Christmas Countdown

Day 17

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This is a really easy recipe my neighbor shared with me. It is unique but tastes amazing.

Ingredients

1 small can salted peanuts

1 12 oz butterscotch morsels

1 medium can Chinese noodles

Directions

Melt butterscotch morsels in a microwave. Stir in noodles and peanut. Spoon out on wax paper and let cool.

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Cake Box Cookies

25 Day Christmas Countdown

Day 16

This is a very easy recipe to pull together if you have a simple cake box in your pantry.  

Ingredients

1 box cake mix of your choice

2 eggs

1/4 c water

1/3 c oil

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Mix all the ingredients together.

Place scoops on an ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake 10 mins. Cool on a cooling wire rack.