Peppermint Chocolate Fudge (12 Days of Christmas Baking)

Looking for another favorite Christmas treat to try? Don’t miss this Christmas Crack recipe (aka Saltine Toffee Candy)

Peppermint Fudge

 

It’s day three in our 12 Days of Christmas Baking Series, and I’m so excited to share the simplest fudge recipe you can imagine tonight! I love baking and cooking up sweet stuff in my kitchen, so this is my favorite time of year . . . if it were up to me I’d give up meals completely and just live on dessert. :)

This is such an easy fudge recipe, and you can easily swap out the peppermint on top for a cup of marshmallows mixed in to make marshmallow fudge.  If you’ve got these 5 ingredients and 20 minutes of time, go ahead and get started!

 

Peppermint Chocolate Fudge

Peppermint Chocolate Fudge

Ingredients

  • 2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cups milk chocolate chips
  • 1 (14 ounce) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1/4 cup crushed hard peppermint candy
  • dash salt

Instructions

  1. Line 8x8 pan with parchment paper.
  2. Combine chocolate chips, condensed milk and salt in heavy saucepan and heat over low heat stirring constantly until chips are completely melted.
  3. Pour into pan and drizzle crushed peppermint all over fudge. Press peppermint into fudge lightly.
  4. Refrigerate for two hours, and cut into squares. To store, keep fudge covered in refrigerator.
http://passionatepennypincher.com/2013/12/peppermint-chocolate-fudge-12-days-of-christmas-baking/

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Chocolate Chip Pecan Pie (12 Days of Christmas Baking)

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This chocolate chip pecan pie might just be my favorite pie ever. My brother-in-law makes it every Thanksgiving, and if it were up to me I’d bypass the turkey and dressing completely, and gobble down this fabulous pie first (in fact, I’ve been known to do that a time or two!)

 

The recipe comes from Patti’s Restaurant in Western Kentucky (also home to the famous Boo-Boo Pie, and the largest Pork Chops you’ve ever seen), so you know it’s gotta be good.  In fact, it’s my go-to pie to make this time of year.

 

Because everyone needs a go-to pie to bake at Christmas, right? ;)

Here’s the recipe . . .

 

12 Days Christmas Baking: Chocolate Chip Pecan Pie

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup melted butter (it’s not as good with margarine)
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 6 oz. package chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 9 inch unbaked pie shell

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325.
  2. Mix together sugar and flour. Add melted butter and blend well.
  3. Stir in eggs, chocolate chips, nuts and vanilla.
  4. Pour mixture into pie shell. Bake in oven for one hour or until golden brown.
  5. Pie will wiggle a little when done; but will continue to set as it cools. Serves 8.
http://passionatepennypincher.com/2013/12/chocolate-chip-pecan-pie/

 

Looking for more penny pinched dessert ideas? Check out my favorite Christmas Crack recipe, and try out these Sweet Marie Bars!

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Sweet Marie Bars {12 Days of Christmas Baking}

 

It’s finally here  . . . the moment you’ve all been waiting for (right?} Yup, today’s the first day in our 12 Days of Christmas Baking Series to begin . . . my family’s favorite series of the year! ;)

 

As we get ready for Christmas in our home, I’ll share a few favorite Christmas treats along with a recipe or two from some guest bloggers, and would love to hear your favorite Christmas recipe ideas too. I tried out these No Bake Sweet Marie Bars for Thanksgiving this year and our family literally devoured them (seriously, they didn’t stand a chance once my nieces and nephews stepped foot in the kitchen), so it looks like a new treat will be added to our favorites list.

 

I have no idea what the history is behind the name “Sweet Marie Bars” is, so if anyone knows leave a comment to fill me in!  Either way, these would make a fantastic treat to snack on this Saturday afternoon, and you could easily wrap them up to give as a gift this year.

 

Note: It occurred to me after making these that you could probably substitute the corn syrup for honey, so the next time I make these I’ll try it out using honey instead.  If anyone happens to try it that way, let me know if it works for you!

 

No Bake Sweet Marie Bars

Ingredients

  • cooking spray
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup corn syrup
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 4 cups crispy rice cereal
  • 2 cups chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Spray 9x13 pan with cooking spray.
  2. Mix together peanut butter, corn syrup, brown sugar and butter in saucepan and cook on medium low heat until boiling.
  3. Add in Rice Krispy Cereal, then press into baking dish.
  4. Spread chocolate chips over the bars, and leave them for a few minutes to melt.
  5. Using knife or spatula, spread melted chocolate over bars.
  6. Refrigerate until bars harden, about 1 hour.
  7. Cut into squares to serve.
http://passionatepennypincher.com/2013/12/sweet-marie-bars/

 

Recipe adapted from All Recipes. Looking for more penny pinched dessert ideas? Here you go.

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Honey Bun Cake {Our Happy Birthday Jesus Cake}

It’s Day 12 in our 12 Days of Christmas Baking series, and I *think* I saved my favorite for last. (It’s hard to tell, there are so many recipes here that I just love!)

This is one of my all-time favorites though, given to me by a friend who baked it for our family soon after we had our third baby. I’m pretty sure that I ate nothing other than Honey Bun Cake for two days straight after she brought it! It’s undoubtedly the yummiest, moistest, make-me-the-happiest breakfast cake ever. . . I promise.

We usually bake it early Christmas Eve so it’s marked off our to-do list, and you can just imagine how yummy the kitchen smells the rest of the day (heavenly!) Last year my littlest (who was then just four), made several comments asking why we get all the presents when it’s Jesus’ Birthday. :) She thought we should make Him a Ladybug Cake, but was pretty content with this one after it was all baked up. Let me know if you try it out. . .I’m almost positive this one will become a favorite in your home too!

Honey Bun Cake {Our Happy Birthday Jesus Cake}

Honey Bun Cake {Our Happy Birthday Jesus Cake}

Ingredients

  • {For Cake}
  • 1 yellow cake mix Duncan Hines Cake Mix
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup oil
  • {For Filling}
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar $0.55/1 Dixie Crystals Sugar, exp. 12/31/11 (Publix Winter Savings Booklet)
  • 3 tsp. cinnamon
  • {For Icing}
  • 2 cups powdered sugar $0.55/1 Dixie Crystals Sugar, exp. 12/31/11 (Publix Winter Savings Booklet)
  • 3-4 tbsp. milk
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • {Note: my friend always doubles the icing, I usually use 3 cups powdered sugar, 5-6 tbsp. milk and 3 tsp vanilla, not quite double but a bit more than the original recipe calls for.}

Instructions

  1. Mix the cake mix, sour cream, eggs, sugar & oil.
  2. In separate bowl stir together the brown sugar & cinnamon.
  3. Pour 1/2 of the cake mixture into 9×13 pan. Then add the brown sugar cinnamon mixture.
  4. Pour remaining cake batter on top.
  5. Bake at 275 for 50 -60 minutes. (And just wait for your house to start smelling divine!)
  6. While cake is baking, mix the icing ingredients all up together and pour over cake after it's cooled slightly.
  7. Enjoy!
http://passionatepennypincher.com/2012/12/honey-bun-cake-our-happy-birthday-jesus-cake/

 

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Muddy Buddy Chex Mix

We love traditional Chex Mix at our house, but it’s always fun to also make these Chex Mix Mudy Buddies!  Here’s how to make this yummy Chex Mix at your house . . .  

Muddy Buddy Chex Mix

Muddy Buddy Chex Mix

Ingredients

  • 9 cups Corn Chex®, Rice Chex®, Wheat Chex® or Chocolate Chex® cereal (or combination) we used Rice Chex
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. Melt chocolate chips, peanut butter & butter on high for one minute, stir.
  2. Microwave another 30 seconds (or more) until mixture is smooth when stirred.
  3. Add vanilla.
  4. Place cereal in large bowl.
  5. Pour chocolate mixture over cereal, stirring until well coated (but be careful not to crush the cereal!)
  6. Add cereal & chocolate mixture to large plastic bag (2 gallon or larger is best)
  7. Then add powdered sugar and shake until cereal is completely covered.
  8. Enjoy!
http://passionatepennypincher.com/2012/12/muddy-buddy-chex-mix/

 

 

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Best Chocolate Chip Cookies {Ever}.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Here’s just a plain-ole’ nothing fancy chocolate chip cookie recipe for our tenth day of Christmas Baking, but I must say, these are the Best Chocolate Cookies ever.  (Seriously!)  When I was pregnant with my first child (and absolutely determined to be the perfect housewife who baked cookies all the time. . . ), a friend shared this recipe that she found on the back of a Kroger bag of Chocolate Chips. Perfection.

 

 

After baking them at least once a month for the last 12 years, I’ve got the recipe down by memory and figure when I’m old and grey you’ll find me in the nursing home baking up these cookies for all the staff. (Pretty sure I’ll have forgotten everything else in the world, but these cookies are not to be forgotten. ) If you just need a simple recipe that goes a long way and makes everybody happy . . . this one’s for you. :)

 

Best Chocolate Chip Cookes {Ever}.

Best Chocolate Chip Cookes {Ever}.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar (I use light brown sugar)
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teapoon vanilla
  • 12 oz. chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Cream shortening and sugars together until well blended.
  3. Add eggs & vanilla, mix well. In separate bowl combine flour, baking soda & salt. Mix with spoon, then add to shortening mixture and mix until well blended.
  4. Add chocolate chips.
  5. Bake in 375 oven for 7-9 minutes (I think the original recipe called for 8-10 minutes, but I bake a little closer to 7-8 because I like moist gooey cookies, you may want to cook them a little longer if you like them crispier!)
  6. When you pull them out of the oven lightly tap the pan on your counter top to “settle” your cookies. Let cool on wire rack (if you can stand to wait . . .) and enjoy!
http://passionatepennypincher.com/2012/12/best-chocolate-chip-cookies/

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Gooey Butter Cake

This Gooey Butter Cake recipe is one of those tried-and-true treats that everyone should enjoy at least once (maybe twice?) each year.  My wonderful step-mom (who’s the best cook and one of the sweetest people I know!) shared the recipe with me forever ago, and every time I make it my hubby reminds me I need to bake it more often.

 

The best part is it calls for only six ingredients, which you might just have already in your kitchen. It’s also a great way to use up all those bargain cake mixes that you may have stocked up on with coupons throughout the year, so you’ll be putting those penny-pinched deals to very good use. ;) Here’s how to get started . . .

 

Gooey Butter Cake

Gooey Butter Cake

Ingredients

  • 1 yellow cake mix
  • 1 egg
  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 eggs

Instructions

  1. Mix together a egg, cake mix, and butter. Press into bottom of greased 13x9" pan.
  2. In mixer, blend together cream cheese, 2 eggs, powdered sugar & vanilla.
  3. Pour cream cheese mixture over cake mix.
  4. Bake at 350 for 40-45 minutes.
http://passionatepennypincher.com/2012/12/gooey-butter-cake/

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Reese’s Peanut Butter Bars

It’s Day eight in our 12 Days of Christmas Baking series (thank goodness, because we’re just about sugared out around here!) I tried these Reese’s Peanut Butter Bars over the weekend and they were just perfect.   I found the recipe at All Recipes (love that place!) and while I tweaked it a bit with what we had on hand, they were simply delicious.

They keep best in the fridge, and you can choose to either use milk chocolate or semi sweet chocolate to top them with . . . either way I’m betting your family will love every last bite.  I can’t believe it’s taken me this many years to find these, but oh my heavens we’ll be making them again soon!

Reese

Reese

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 1/4 cup peanut butter, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups milk chocolate chips or semi sweet chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Combine first three ingredients in mixer on medium speed, then add in 1 cup of the peanut butter.
  2. Spread evenly over the bottom of an ungreased 9x13 pan.
  3. In small bowl, melt together chocolate and remaining 1/4 cup peanut butter in microwave fpr 30 seconds.
  4. Stir peanut butter and chocolate chips. If chips do not melt, cook in microwave an additional 10 seconds at a time until melted.
  5. Pour over the peanut butter mixture.
  6. Refrigerate at least 3 hours, or overnight.
http://passionatepennypincher.com/2012/12/reeses-peanut-butter-bars/

 

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White Chocolate Gingerbread Bars

It’s Day six of our 12 Days of Christmas Baking series, and I’m thinking I’ve found my new favorite Christmas recipe. Yesterday, while I was looking over my Pinterest boards I found this recipe for White Chocolate Gingerbread Bars(originally adapted from Martha Stewart), and couldn’t wait to try them out. They were perfect, and such a nice different treat to add this Christmas.

 

I had everything except molasses in my pantry, so I substituted with honey and they turned out just the way I would have expected, however they might be a wee bit richer with molasses. Either way, I’m pretty sure you’ll love with the results, and am betting you’ll want to add them to your gotta-make-each-year list too. They also pack easily, so they’re perfect if you’re getting recipes ready to share this Christmas season! (By the way, with the amount of butter these babies call for I definitely would have figured they were a Paula Deen recipe rather than from Martha Stewart, but apparently butter makes things better for everyone.  I’m pretty sure I’ve never made another recipe that called for this much butter!)

 

White Chocolate Gingerbread Bars

White Chocolate Gingerbread Bars

Ingredients

  • 2 3/4 cups + 1 tbsp flour
  • 1 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 2 1/2 sticks butter
  • 1 1/4 cups light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cups + 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 large eggs + 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • 1/3 cup molasses (I substituted with honey)
  • 10 oz, white chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 and spray 17x12" baking pan with cooking spray.
  2. Mix together butter, brown sugar and white sugar with a mixer until fluffy.
  3. Add eggs and yolk, 1 at a time and mix well.
  4. Add in vanilla and molasses (or honey if substituting). Reduce mixing speed to low.
  5. In separate bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, salt and spices.
  6. Slowly add flour mixture to butter mixture, beating just until combined.
  7. Pour into prepared pan and bake 350 for 25-30 minutes. Cool in pan on wire racks.
  8. Enjoy!
http://passionatepennypincher.com/2012/12/white-chocolate-gingerbread-bars/

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Rolo Bites

After running to Walgreens yesterday to pick up some more candy bargains with that $2/2 Hershey coupon, I decided we needed to try something out with Rolos. (I love those things!)  I checked my pantry and noticed a Betty Crocker Chocolate Chunk Cookie dough mix, and knew I was in business. Oh my heavens . . . these little Rolo Bites are plain ole’ happiness in a mini-muffin-sized bite. . .yum!  

The best part is you won’t need many ingredients at all, and I’m betting you’ll have most everything you need right in the pantry. You can also print this $0.50 off Betty Crocker Cookie Mix coupon to help you pinch those pennies while you bake this week!  Here’s what you’ll need . . .

 

Rolo Cups

Rolo Cups

Ingredients

  • 24 Rolos, unwrappped
  • 1 package Betty Crocker Cookie Dough mix and ingredients to make cookies (oil, egg and water)

Instructions

  1. Mix together cookie dough ingredients according to package directions.
  2. Bake at 350, 8-10 minutes in WELL-GREASED mini muffin tin (hint: if doing this again I'd use mini-muffin cups to make removing them easier from the pan!)
  3. As soon as cookies are baked, immediately put Rolo in the center of the cookie.
  4. Cool completely in muffin tins, so that Rolos harden back to their original consistency.
http://passionatepennypincher.com/2012/12/rolo-bites/


 

 Do you have a favorite Christmas treat that you love to make? Leave a comment sharing the recipe, and feel free to link to it on your blog or another page and we might sample it here . . . I love hearing your favorites!

 

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