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Celebrate the Christmas season by bringing these homemade Christmas treats to your neighbors as a gift while you go Christmas caroling! These delicious Christmas treats recipes for caramels, cookies, fudge, and more are the perfect homemade Christmas presents!
Hey y’all, Tiffany here.
One of my favorite Christmas traditions (along with many others) that I grew up with was going Christmas caroling to our neighbors. We would always bring a plate of goodies along with us.
Now when I celebrate Christmas with my own family, we spread out Christmas gifts and celebrations over the course of several days. We try to keep Christ in Christmas all during December with our scripture study and also by doing service for others, including spreading Christmas cheer with caroling and goodies.
These Christmas treats are recipes that have been passed down in my family. The fudge, caramels, and turtles all come from my great-grandmother! I still make them every year with my own family, especially when we have a Christmas party and I want to stay in my Christmas budget. I hope you love them as much as we do!
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Great-Grandma Smith’s Fudge
- 4 1/2 cups sugar
- 1 can evaporated milk
Cook over medium heat for 8 minutes AFTER boiling.
- 12 oz. chocolate chips
- 1 tsp. vanilaa
- 2 Hershey bars (8 oz each)
- 1 cup nuts (optional)
- 1 pint marshmallow cream
- 1/2 cup butter or margarine
Break candy bars in to pieces and put all the ingredients into a large bowl. When the sugar/milk mixture is done, pour into bowl with candy. Stir fast – the fudge sets up quickly. Pour into a greased 9×13 pan (or slightly larger).
*Note: Cooking time may need to be adjusted depending on if you halve or double the recipe.
Great-Grandma Smith’s Caramels
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 cup dark Karo syrup (I used light last time and it worked fine)
- 1 cube butter
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 pint whipping cream
- 1/2 cup nuts (optional)
Combine sugar, syrup, and 1 cup cream in a saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Add 1 cup cream slowly. Cook to a hard ball stage, still stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Add nuts and vanilla. Pour in a 9×13 pan and mark in pieces while still a little warm.
*Note: the vanilla must be added after it’s done cooking or it cooks out.
Great-Grandma Smith’s Turtles
These turtles are absolutely delicious! Just make the caramel recipe above, only use pecans as the nuts in it.
Once the caramels have hardened, melt chocolate chips on the stove with a double boiler. If you’ve never done that before, here’s how it works:
- Fill a saucepan with 2 inches (5.08 centimeters) of water.
- Bring the water to a boil over medium heat. While you’re waiting to boil, put the chocolate chips in a second, smaller saucepan (or a heat-safe bowl)
- Take the saucepan off the burner. Set it down onto a heat-safe surface to protect your counter.
- Place the upper saucepan (or bowl) on top of your lower saucepan. Make sure that the bottom of your saucepan or bowl does not touch the surface of the water. If it does, pour some of the water out. Make sure that the fit is tight, and that no steam can escape.
- Wait for the chocolate to melt most of the way, stirring occasionally with a rubber spatula.
Once the chocolate has completely melted, dip the caramels in and set on wax paper to harden.
Note: make sure that the bowl with the chocolate and the spatula are completely dry, or the chocolate will turn white as it cools. The white isn’t harmful, it just doesn’t look as nice.
- 2 2/3 cups sugar
- 2/3 cup light corn syrup
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 egg whites
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
Cook sugar, corn syrup and water (use 1 tablespoon less water on humid days) in 2-quart saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly, until sugar is dissolved. Continue cooking, without stirring, to 260°F on candy thermometer or until small amount of mixture dropped into very cold water forms a hard ball that holds its shape but is pliable.
Beat egg whites in medium bowl with electric mixer on high speed until stiff peaks form. Continue beating while pouring hot syrup in a thin stream into egg whites, beating constantly on medium speed. (For best results, use electric stand mixer, not a portable handheld mixer since beating time is about 10 minutes and mixture is thick.) Add vanilla. Beat until mixture holds its shape and becomes slightly dull. (Mixture may become too stiff for mixer.) Gently stir in nuts.
Drop mixture from buttered spoon onto waxed paper. Let stand at room temperature at least 12 hours, turning candies over once, until candies feel firm. Store in airtight container.
Sour Cream Sugar Cookies
These sour cream sugar cookies are delicious, especially when topped with cream cheese frosting!
Phillip and I were married a week before Christmas, so my in-laws came to spend a few weeks in Colorado for the wedding. While we were on our honeymoon, our families spent time together. My mother-in-law loved these cookies so much that a few weeks after they returned home, she emailed me to ask for the recipe!
You can get the recipe for these cookies on this post here.
Seven Layer Bars
- 1 package graham crackers, crushed
- 1 cube of butter, melted
- 1 cup coconut
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- 1 cup butterscotch chips
- 1 cup nuts
- 1 can sweetened condensed milk
Combine the crushed graham crackers and the melted butter and pat on to the bottom of the pan to form the crust. Layer the following ingredients on top (coconut, chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, nuts). Pour the sweetened condensed milk over everything. Bake at 350* for 30 minutes. Cut and serve!
Have fun caroling!
Take your treats and hand them out while you go caroling! Then come home and the night with this delicious hot chocolate that you can make beforehand in a crockpot to be hot and ready when you get back.
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