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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 Thumbprint Cookies

25 Days of Christmas 

Day 12

This is one of my go to recipes when I am pulling cookies together for Christmas cookie platters. It is also good if you need a cookie for a cookie I exchange program. They are simple and delicious.

Ingredients

1/2 c butter

1/2 c creamy peanut butter

1/2 c sugar

1/2 c packed down sugar

1 egg

1 1/4 c flour

1 tsp baking powder

3/4 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

1 bag Hershey’s Kisses

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Mix together the first 5 ingredients; then add remaining flour and mix until you form a sticky dough. Roll into small balls and place onto a greased cookie sheet. Bake 8-10 minutes or until just golden brown. Place unwrapped Hershey Kiss in center of each cookie, while they are still hot. Makes approximately 48 cookies.

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Happy Baking! 

Disclaimer, the attached picture is not a thumbprint cookie. I have not made mine yet, but when I do I will update my picture then.

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Gingerbread House

25 Day Christmas Countdown

Day 24

Amazing Gingerbread Houses 

08698D62-D465-4C7E-89DF-2F06C512DB77I 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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Christmas Monkey Bread

25 Days Christmas Countdown

Day 19

56E1E3E2-3836-483A-8F02-6FFDCA5D5861This 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.