Erin of Garden Now - Think Later has been sharing her holiday decorating (beautiful!) and baking the last couple of days. Her picture this afternoon of goodies she got baked today encouraged me to chronicle what I've gotten done so far. (Plus, hers gave me some ideas of different things to try so maybe mine will do the same for someone else?)
In the middle are Almond Strips, a new recipe this year. One I'm going to keep! Really like them. They remind me of a cookie from my childhood, but I can't quite put my finger on what it might have been.
Upper left is a candy, Peppermint Ice. Crushed peppermint in almond bark and my mom used to make this. I can remember a time about 25 years ago when I stashed leftovers of it in a kitchen drawer and almost made myself sick one day with just one more piece. Just one more piece. Just one more piece. Since then, you can believe, I go easy on it.
Traveling clockwise to the right is a big tin of Peanut Clusters, then Toffee Bars which my dear dark-chocolate-lovin' husband talked me into making with bittersweet chocolate instead of milk chocolate this year. He's happy . . . but I think it changes the taste of them too radically and I don't care for them at all. (Do we see another batch made with milk chocolate coming?)
Next in line, bottom left, is another new recipe. Rum Balls. The jury is still out on these. I'm hoping they will change a little (mellow?) with age. Right now the rum flavor doesn't come through very well and they are a little too-too sweet for my taste.
I baked only the Almond Strips and made the Rum Balls today. (The Rum Balls were very putzy-putzy.) Yesterday I made the other three. I had plans for getting a lot more done today but we had drop-in company this morning which changed my schedule a little. That's okay . . . tomorrow is another day, and I'll do more then.
Right now, I think I've been absorbing sugar through my fingertips while making these goodies because I feel like I'm on a sugar overload (downer) as opposed to a sugar high (upper) and don't want to even look at them anymore tonight.
So what are you making in the way of Christmas goodies this year? Pictures, please!
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