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Time For Christmas Cookies!

16 Comments | Written on December 20, 2011 at 5:00 am , by

The holidays are my absolute favorite time of year.  There is just one problem…  Why is it that time seems to move in fast forward?!  With travel, shopping, and work, it can be so hard to just sit back and enjoy this wonderful season!

Christmas is only a few short days away and I am just now getting around to making cookies.  Since I am on a bit of a time crunch I decided to make two “shortcut” recipes this year.  One no-bake cookie and “faux” toffee.  I can honestly say, they are now ranked among my favorites!

This holiday season save time, without skimping on flavor!  

Gorgeous!

No one will believe these no-bake nuggets are so simple to prepare.  I rolled them in red and green sprinkles for Christmas, but you could certainly use chocolate sprinkles or your favorite color and enjoy them anytime of year.

My favorite twist to this recipe is the splash of Coke or Pepsi.  You could even use cherry cola to give it another flavor spin!

NO-BAKE CHOCOLATE COLA NUGGETS

1 cup (6 oz. package) semisweet chocolate chips

1/2 cup cola beverage (regular Coke or Pepsi)

3 Tablespoons light corn syrup

1 Tablespoon rum extract

2-1/2 cups finely crushed vanilla wafer crumbs

2 cups sifted powdered sugar

1 cup finely chopped walnuts

Chocolate sprinkles, or candy sprinkles

1.  Melt chocolate in top of a double boiler over hot water; remove from heat.  Blend in cola, corn syrup, and rum extract; then stir in cookie crumbs, powdered sugar, and walnuts, mixing thoroughly.  Mixture will be sticky-stiff.  Cover and chill about 2 hours, or until stiff enough to handle.

2.  Form mixture into small balls; roll in chocolate sprinkles to coat.  Place in single layers on wax paper or foil-lined pans.  Cover loosely and chill overnight to firm up and to mellow flavors. Makes about 6 dozen.

I grew up with my mom’s English Toffee every Christmas.  It is absolute perfection, but it can also be a bit temperamental and definitely time consuming.  I have heard about the “saltine cracker” shortcut toffee recipe, and this one sounded just as easy with a little twist.  Here graham crackers are topped with chewy pecan toffee and a layer of rich chocolate.

They taste great and make an outstanding gift!

EASY PECAN GRAHAM TOFFEE

8 whole graham crackers (2 1/2 by 4 1/2 inches)

1 cup (1/2 lb) butter

1 1/4 cups firmly packed light brown sugar

1 cup finely chopped pecans

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup (6 oz.) semisweet chocolate chips

Place crackers side by side in a single layer in a 9 x 13 inch baking pan.  Set aside.  In a 1 to 2 quart pan, melt butter over medium heat.  Stir in sugar and nuts; cook, stirring often, until mixture comes to a boil.  Continue to boil until mixture reaches 238 degrees F. on a candy thermometer (4 to 5 minutes).  Remove from heat, stir in vanilla, and immediately pour over crackers, spreading to cover completely.  Bake in a 375 degree oven until very bubbly (about 5 minutes).  Remove and immediately sprinkle with chocolate; let stand until melted (2 to 3 minutes).  Spread over topping.  Cool completely.  Cut into 24 squares; then cut each square in half diagonally.  Makes 4 dozen crisps.

Looking for more Christmas cookie ideas?  Check out some of these decadent creations from a few fabulous food bloggers!

We want to hear from you:  What are your favorite Christmas cookies?  Leave a comment below and tell us all about them!  Share a link if you have one!

 Snowflake Cut-Out Cookies from Tidy Mom

Chocolate Chili Dulce de Leche Cookies from A Communal Table

Pomegranate White Chocolate Cookies from Two Peas and Their Pod

Peppermint Bark Smookies from What’s Gaby Cooking

Ugly Christmas Sweater Cookies from I Am Baker

Grandma Rose’s Butter Cookies from The Urban Baker (Perfect for Hanukkah too!) 

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