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Holiday Candy Making December 12, 2009

Filed under: Life's Musings — Angie S. @ 12:22 pm

Every year my cousin Janeen and I get together a week or two before her annual Christmas party to make our candy and cookies.  It’s a fun holiday tradition for us both.  This year Monica and Gracie joined us.  While I don’t know how much “help” Gracie was it was cute to watch her.

Janeen actually started the weekend before by getting the Spritz cookies, surprise cookies, peanut blossoms, Ritz dipped, and butterfinger bites done.  What a huge help that was getting that out of the way!

After work Wednesday I came home and got the mounds balls, peanut butter balls and berry shortbread dreams mixed up so they could chill.  I had made the brownies for the petit fours and put them in the freezer Tuesday night as well as made BBQ turkey meatballs to put in the crockpot for supper Wednesday night.

When Janeen got off work and got to my house we all had supper and then rolled up our sleeves and got to work.  We rolled the peanut butter balls only to have Gracie re-roll them into logs.  She helped us stir the mixes and shook the spoon and got powdered sugar all over the place.  And when she was helping wash dishes she got more water on the floor then in the sink!  But by the end of the night we got accomplished what we had set out to do.  We made: haystacks, peanut butter balls, mounds balls, petit fours, gourmet pretzel rods, cornflake wreath cookies, berry shortbread dreams,  pretzel wreaths, and peanut butter fudge.

I still have a few things to do on my own: peanut butter cups, black cherry swirl fudge, molasses creams, pumpkin date cookies, cherry bon bon cookies, sugar cookies, cathedral window cookies, almond apricot bites, waffle cookies, chex mix, popcorn snack mix,  and a few new recipes I’m thinking of trying.  It will be a busy (and sugary) couple of weeks, but I am up to the challenge!

What a SWEET holiday Chirstmas is!

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