Christmas Favorites!

Holiday Recipes that bring childhood memories that I wish to share.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!  I love this time of year.  With Christmas right around the corner, I thought I'd deviate a bit from What's for dinner and post a few of my favorite Christmas recipes.  I love to cook but come the holidays, I love to bake!  As a kid growing up Christmas Eve was the big night.  Tons of family and friends and being Italian, tons of food.  My mom was an excellent cook and I've had these recipes passed on to me.  I hope you like what I have to share. One of the recipes came from my mother in law as well. 

I have 1 cookie, 1 candy a bread and my favorite Christmas punch.

Snowball Cookies

These were always the first cookie my mom always made. People call them Russian Teacakes some call them Mexican Wedding cookies, but what distinguishes them from the others is that I triple roll them in confectioners sugar. Also it's the first thing I would go for on Christmas morning before breakfast, tastes great anytime.

1 Stick butter softened

1/2 Cup Confectioners Sugar

1 tsp vanilla

2 1/4 cup Flour

1/4 tsp Salt

3/4 Cup finely Chopped Walnuts (can use pecans if you like)

Directions:  Mix butter, sugar, vanilla.  Put together flour, salt.  Beat with hand mixer then add in your finely chopped nuts till the dough sticks together.

Roll into 1'' balls and place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Tip: I use a Silpat, non stick pad or you can use parchment paper.  Bake at 400 degree's for 10-12 mins.  Roll in confectioners sugar, do the whole batch, then roll again, then again.  The whole cookie is coated in sugar. 

Mom's Chocolate Chip Banana Nut Bread

This is not your average banana nut bread by any means. It's dense and has a different taste. I make about 4 batches of these and give as gifts.  Most people I know really enjoy this bread. I hope you do to.

1 Stick Butter softened

1 Cup Sugar

2 Eggs

2 Cups flour

1 Tsp Baking Soda

3 Medium Banana's mashed (sometimes I don't mash them just break them up in pieces and let the hand mixer do the rest)

1 small jar Marachino Cherries, drained and chopped

1 Cup Chocolate Chips (or a bit more-eyeball it)

1 Cup Chopped Walnuts

Directions:  Cream butter and sugar, add eggs, flour, baking soda.  Add in banana's, nuts and cherries.

Turn into 2 loaf pans  that has been sprayed with cooking spray so they dont' stick or you can butter and flour them instead, either way it works. You can also use  6 small tin pans, bake 350 for 50-60 mins. Until toothpick inserted comes out clean.

This recipe is Rice Krispy Candy. It was given to me from my mother in law and there is no baking involved so it's quick and easy!!!

Rice Krispy Candy

1 Package of White Chocolate Chips

2 Tbsp Chunky Peanut Butter

3 Cups of Rice Krispy's

1 Cup (or a bit more) of Mini Marshmallows

Directions:  On your counter place a long sheet of wax paper and secure the ends so they don't roll up. 

In a large bowl place the Rice Krispy's and the marshmallows and set aside. 

Using your microwave, melt the chocolate chips and peanutbutter till smooth. If you don't have a microwave, use a double boiler.  Pour the melted chocolate over the Rice Krispy's and Marshmallows and stir all to coat everything. Then drop onto wax paper by the teaspoonful. Only takes a few minutes and they are dried. So you have to work quick. Helps if you have a set of spare hands but usually I can do it on my own without it hardening too fast.

This last recipe, I don't have a photo of it but believe me, it won't disappoint. It's my mom's Christmas Punch which she made every year.  You can cut it in half if you like if you don't have a huge crowd.

Mom's Christmas Punch

First I make an ice cube for the punch. Use any tupperware or rubbermaid container to make it. Place orange juice and add marachino cherries and orange slices and freeze.

5 Alive Frozen Concentrate (Donelan's is the only Market that I've found the 5 Alive)

Cranberry Juice

Apple Juice

Sierra Mist

Peach Tree Schnapps

Rainbow Sherbert

Directions: Thaw concentrate, pour into bowl, then eyeball and add the cranberry, apply juice and sierra mist. Taste to your liking and adjust with the juices and add the SCHNAPPS!!! You can omit but leave the bottle on the side for those who do not want the Alcohol.   Dollop the punch with scoops of rainbow sherbert

I hope you enjoy!  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!



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