12 Days Christmas Baking: Slow Cooker Christmas Candy

 

I’m so excited about today’s yummy Christmas recipe, but even a wee bit more excited about all the fun packaging supplies I scored yesterday at Hobby Lobby! 

While I’ve found quite a few cute tins, bags, and wraps at Michael’s and the Dollar Tree for Christmas baking, the fun ways to gift at Hobby Lobby just made me so happy. (As you can see in the video ~ they just made my day!)

I’d love for you to download your free 12 Days of Christmas Baking Grocery List and Cookbook over HERE. I’m amazed at how much easier it is to get ready for Christmas with a plan in place, and having this list has just made Christmas easier at our house this year.
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I’d love for you to join me, and can’t wait to spend this month taking care of our families and friends while we prepare for Christmas! If you’re making any yummy recipes this month, I’d s0 love for you to leave a comment and share what you’re making.

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12 Days of Christmas Baking Day 2: Muddy Buddy Chex Mix

 

Today we’re making Muddy Buddy Chex Mix ~ sooooo good! 
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You can download your grocery list and cookbook HERE ~ definitely one of our favorites, and I’d love to hear what your family makes each Christmas too.
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12 Days of Christmas Baking Day 1: Hello Dolly Bars

 
I’m so excited to finally get back to cooking (and baking!) this week! 

 

We’re starting a new 12 Days of Christmas Baking series (you can download your grocery list and cookbook HERE), where I’ll be making a yummy Christmas treat 6 days a week over on Facebook Live, then sharing it here.
 

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Because my poor family was pitiful in November since I pretty much banned cooking after Crocktober (eek!), I decided to try to go ahead and get dinner done too this morning. Here’s what I made today:

 

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Southern Living Chunky Apple Cake

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I’ve posted this recipe each fall since I first started blogging, and it’s one of those recipes that no one should miss (so I feel it’s my duty to re-share!)  If you haven’t tried it yet, add the ingredients to your grocery list this week, and enjoy. 🙂 

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This is by far my favorite fall treat, and when my daughter and I made it last week she even made a cute little video to show the process. I could make this cake all year long and never grow tired of it, but it just sounds so good in the fall and makes our home smell delicious!

Note – I’m not sure why on earth the video has those few extra spots for “titles” in it – they didn’t show up when we were uploading it but apparently are in there somewhere – we’re learning! 🙂 
When I first found the recipe nine years ago I was teaching preschool “cooking and science” and my preschool classes made the cake – our entire church smelled heavenly! So, grab your apron and a few apples (you might love this apple peeler/corer too), and get baking.

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Southern Living re-printed this recipe in their October 2010 issue (along with a few variations), but I’m sticking with the original. 🙂
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Southern Living Chunky Apple Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs Publix 18 ct. on sale $2
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 4 Granny Smith apples, peeled and sliced I think any tart apple will do – we used a bag of apples on sale at Publix in last week’s sale.  (To see detailed apple information, check out this site!)  If you have an apple peeler & slicer it makes this so easy, and my kids love watching it work!  If not you may have a little more prep time on your hands.
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts, toasted (optional, but we’ve never used them)

Directions

  1. Stir together first 4 ingredients in large bowl until blended.
  2. Combine flour and next 3 ingredients; add to butter mixture, stirring until blended.
  3. Stir in apple slices and 1 cup walnuts.   (Batter will be very thick, almost like cookie dough.)
  4. Spread into a well-greased 13- x 9-inch pan. (It’s pretty sticky, so make sure to grease your pan well!)
  5. Bake at 350° for 45 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.
  6. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack.
  7. Spread with Cream Cheese Frosting; sprinkle with walnuts, if desired.

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Cream Cheese Frosting

note – you may want to double frosting – we always like extra!

Ingredients

  1. 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  2. 3 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened
  3. 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  4. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  5. 1/8 tsp. salt

To make the Cream Cheese Frosting . . .

Beat cream cheese and butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Gradually add sugar and salt, beating until blended. Stir in vanilla.

 

 

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Homemade Peach Ice Cream

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Note from Laurie: My friend Cheryl made this homemade peach ice cream, and it looks divine (and good for you too ~ yum!)

Hand picked peaches in the south (or anywhere) are soooooo good!  There is an orchard close to our home so we decided to go and pick some peaches for the first time ever.

 

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I was searching for a healthier recipe for peaches when this one for Peach Ice Cream popped up and I knew we had to try it.

 

I’m SO … so … so glad we did!

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Here’s what you’ll need to get started.

 

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Gather up your ingredients and peel and slice your peaches.  The riper the peaches, the easier they are to peel.

 

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Once you have your peaches peeled and sliced, pop them into a food processor or blender until they are finely chopped.  My little one loves peaches almost as much as cupcakes and couldn’t wait to help.

 

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Mix the remaining ingredients into a large bowl.

 

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Pour all that into your ice cream maker (this was a splurge Christmas present from last year and we have really enjoyed using it!)

 

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Once it’s done you can eat it right out of the ice cream maker and store any remaining in the freezer for up to two weeks.  Enjoy!!
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Homemade Peach Ice Cream

Ingredients

3 cups ripe peaches, sliced and peeled

1 cup fat free half and half

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup whole milk

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Blend the peaches in a food processor or blender until finely chopped. Put the peaches, half and half, sugar, milk and vanilla in a large bowl and mix well.
  2. Put the entire mixture into an ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturer’s instructions. Freeze any leftovers and enjoy!

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Peanut Butter Butterscotch Brownies

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If you’re looking for a super flexible recipe to use up whatever’s in your pantry, this is for you.

 

I add butterscotch, peanut butter and chocolate chips into mine, but you can take away any of the baking chips and it still turns out amazing!

 

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It’s my nine-year old daughters top five favorite desserts 🙂 and we sometimes add ice cream to it but it’s really perfect all on its own. Yum!

 

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Peanut Butter Butterscotch Brownies

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups light brown sugar

1 cup of butter (2 sticks)

1/2 cup of granulated sugar

2 eggs

2 teaspoons of vanilla extract

2 cups of all purpose flour

1 teaspoon of salt

2 cups of butterscotch, peanut butter and chocolate chips (you can decide how much of them to equal 2 cups)

1/4 teaspoon of shortening (use shortening do not substitute this one)

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350. Grease 15-1/2×10-1/2×1 in jelly roll pan (I had no idea what this was but head over HERE for an idea)

2.  Stir together brown sugar, butter and granulated sugar in a large bowl; beat in eggs and vanilla. Add flour and salt just until blended. (try not to over mix). Set aside 2 tablespoons of each of the baking chips of your choice. Stir in the remaining chips in the batter.

3. Spread the batter in the pan

4. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool completely.

5. Place remaining  2 tablespoons of each of the baking chips and shortening in a small microwave bowl. Microwave on high for 30 seconds, stir until smooth. Drizzle over bars.

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Oreo Stripe Delight

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Note from Laurie: Shannon made this recipe to share this week, and oh my stars it looks just amazing! If you need a chocolate fix this summer, this one’s for you. 🙂 

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This recipe is SUPER easy and tastes just amazing! It’s perfect to take to a potluck or any family function. We made this the other night with company and they asked to take some home . . .  it’s that good. 🙂

 

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I love all the layers and this dessert really comes together so easily, your kids will want to help out with this one.

 

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Oreo Stripe Delight

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Ingredients

  • 35 Oreo Cookies
  • 6 tablespoons of butter
  • 1 package cream cheese softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of cold milk
  • 1 tub of Cool Whip
  • 2 packages Jell-O Chocolate Instant Pudding
  • 3 1/4 cup of cold milk

 

Directions

  1. Place Oreo Cookies in a food processor blend until finely crushed. Transfer to medium bowl and mix in with the butter.  Press into bottom of 13 x 9 inch dish.  Refrigerate for 10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, whisk cream cheese, sugar and 2 tablespoons of milk in medium bowl until blended.  Stir in 1 1/4 cups of the Cool Whip and spread onto the crust.
  3. Beat pudding mixes and 3 1/4 cups milk with whisk for 2 minutes and let stand 5 minutes until thickened.  Pour the pudding mixture over the cream cheese layer and refrigerate for up to 4 hours.
  4. Right before serving, cover with the remaining cool whip and enjoy!

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Golden Oreo Strawberry & Cream Icebox Cake

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Golden Oreo Strawberry & Cream Icebox Cake

Looking for a yummy 4th of July treat? We made tried out this recipe from Life, Love and Sugar, and goodness gracious, it was fantastic. This Red Velvet Ice Cream looks amazing too ~ so many great recipes for the 4th!

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Ingredients

  • 2 – 3.4 oz packages cheesecake flavored pudding
  • 4 1/2 cups (1080 ml) milk, divided
  • 2 – 15.25 oz boxes golden Oreos
  • 1 lb package strawberries, sliced
  • 1 pint blueberries
  • 12 oz Cool Whip

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Make the cheesecake flavored puddings according to package directions (use 4 cups of the milk).

Put remaining 1/2 cup of milk into a small bowl – dip Oreos in milk quickly and place into the bottom of a 9×13 pan in a single layer.

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Spread half of the cheesecake pudding on top of the Oreos.

Add a single layer of strawberry slices on top of the pudding.

 

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Spread half of the Cool Whip on top of the strawberries.

Dip the Oreos in milk quickly and place on top of the Cool Whip in a single layer.

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Top Oreos with the rest of the cheesecake pudding.

Add a layer of blueberries, save about 1/3 cup for the topping.

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Top with Cool Whip.

Decorate the top of the cake with the strawberry slices and blueberries.

Refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.

 

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Ingredients

  • 2 – 3.4 oz packages cheesecake flavored pudding
  • 4 1/2 cups (1080 ml) milk, divided
  • 2 – 15.25 oz boxes golden Oreos
  • 1 lb package strawberries, sliced
  • 1 pint blueberries
  • 12 oz Cool Whip

 

Directions

  1. Mix cheesecake puddings according to package directions (use 4 cups of the milk).
  2. Place remaining 1/2 cup of milk into a small bowl. Quickly dip Oreos in milk and layer in bottom of a 9×13 pan.
  3. Spread half of the cheesecake pudding over Oreos.
  4. Add a single layer of strawberry slices on top of the pudding.
  5. Layer half of the Cool Whip on top of the strawberries.
  6. Dip Oreos in milk quickly and place on top of the Cool Whip in a single layer.
  7. Top Oreos with remaining cheesecake pudding.
  8. Add a layer of blueberries, saving 1/3 cup for the topping.
  9. Top with Cool Whip.
  10. Layer the top of the cake with the strawberry slices and blueberries.
  11. Refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight.

 

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We also made these super cute fruit kabobs to go along with dessert ~  the kids loved helping me make these and devoured each and every one of them. 🙂

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S’more Cones

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I’ve seen this idea for S’more cones all over the internet this summer, so finally we had to try them out! 

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Since Kroger’s Mega sale included a few deals on candy this week, we stocked up and then got our supplies together.

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All you need is foil,

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cones,

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toppings (we used Rolo and Reese’s bites),

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 and marshmallows.

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Fill them up . . . 

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and bake in oven at 350 for 5-7 minutes.

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Ingredients

  • Aluminum Foil
  • Ice Cream Cones
  • Marshmallows
  • Toppings: we used chocolate chips, Rolo bites, and Reese’s bites

 

Directions

  1. Fill cone with a mixture of half marshmallows and half toppings
  2. Wrap cones tightly with foil
  3. Bake at 350 for 5-7 minutes (can also grill for 5-10 minutes on grill)
  4. Enjoy!

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Strawberry Salsa

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A friend of mine mentioned this recipe for strawberry salsa, and I’m so glad she did! Since strawberries are in season here and have been priced so well, I loved trying out a new way to use them.

 

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My favorite strawberry recipe is still this strawberry pie, but this is a fun twist to serve at a get together. And, since fruit is so inexpensive while it’s in season, it’s a great way to take advantage of some great sales out there! Here’s the recipe so you can try it out too.

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I love all the fresh ingredients and it just looks SO pretty!

 

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STRAWBERRY SALSA

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 kiwis, peeled and diced
  • 2 Golden Delicious apples – peeled, cored and diced
  • 8 ounces raspberries
  • 1 pound strawberries diced
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons strawberry fruit preserves
  • 10 (10 inch) flour tortillas
  • butter flavored cooking spray
  • 2 tablespoons of cinnamon sugar

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DIRECTIONS

  1. In a large bowl mix kiwis, apples, raspberries, strawberries, white sugar, brown sugar and fruit preserves. Cover and chill in the refrigerator.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  3. Coat one side of flour tortillas with butter flavored cooking spray. Cut tortillas into wedges and place on a large baking sheet. Sprinkle wedges with cinnamon sugar. Spray again with cooking spray.
  4. Bake in the oven for 8 to 10 minutes and allow to cool. Serve with the salsa and enjoy!

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