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Holiday Treats

Tis the season to indulge in delicious, decadent desserts to satisfy your sweet tooth. My family and I love baking throughout the holidays and today I am going to share with you four of my favourite holiday desserts.

THE PERFECT MAPLE FUDGE

One of my favourite favours is maple and this is by far the best fudge recipe I have ever tried. My mom bakes this every Christmas and it’s defiantly a crowd pleaser in my family.

64 servings     Prep: 10 minutes   Cook: 20 minutes plus cooling

Ingredients

1 teaspoon plus 1 cup butter (divided)

2 cups packed brown sugar

5oz evaporated milk

2 teaspoons maple favouring

½ teaspoon vanilla extract

1/8 teaspoon salt

2 cups confectioners’ sugar

Directions

  •  Line an 8 inch with foil; grease foil with 1 teaspoon butter or use a loaf pan for thicker fudge
  • Cube remaining butter. In a large saucepan, combine cubed butter, brown sugar and milk. Bring to a full boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Cook 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat
  • Stir in maple flavouring, vanilla and salt. Add confectioners’ sugar and beat on medium speed for 2 minutes or until smooth. Immediately spread into prepared pan. Cool completely
  • Using foil, lift fudge out of pan. Remove foil, cut into 1 inch squares. Store in an airtight container

PEANUT BUTTERBALLS

This is a staple for the holiday season, a traditional recipe my mom makes every Christmas. It is peanut butter rolled in chocolate folks! How could you not like this?!

Ingredients

½ cup margarine

2 cups chunky peanut butter

2 cups icing sugar

3 cups Rice Krispies

2 cups chocolate chips

¼ stick paraffin wax

Directions

  •  Chill in fridge for about ½ hour than roll into balls
  • Melt 2 cups chocolate chips and wax in a double boiler
  • Dip balls into chocolate
  • Place on wax paper until cold in fridge

WELLINGTON BARS

This is perhaps my favourite treat over the holidays. Its rich carmel/ toffee taste melts in your mouth and is so satisfying that it shouldn’t be legal, making it a must try!

Ingredients

Crust

½ cup melted margarine

1 ½ cup oatmeal

½ brown sugar

½ flour

¼ teaspoon baking soda

Mix and press into a 9×13 pan and bake at 350F for 13 minutes or until light brown.

Topping

1 cup butter

1 cup brown sugar

1 can Eagle Brand evaporated milk

¼ cup corn syrup

Boil for 8 minutes in a heavy pot. Pour the topping over your crust than sprinkle with chocolate chips. Use a knife to swirl around the chocolate and leave out to cool. Once cooled cut into 1 inch squares and store in an airtight container.

NANAIMO BARS

It wouldn’t feel like Christmas without this classic treat!

Ingredients

Base Layer

1/2 cup margarine

¼ cup sugar

5 tbsp cocoa

1 egg beaten

1 ¾ cup graham crumbs

1 cup coconut

½ cup finely chopped nuts

Melt first 3 ingredients into a double boiler. Add eggs and stir until thickened. Remove from heat and add remaining ingredients. Press into pan.

Second Layer

½ cup margarine

3 tbsp milk

2 tbsp vanilla pudding powder

2 cups icing sugar

Blend all ingredients until creamy and spread over base layer.

Third Layer

2/3 cup semi sweet chocolate

2 tbsp margarine

Melt chocolate and butter over low heat. Cool. When cool yet runny, spread over second layer and chill in refrigerator.

Let me know what your favourite holiday treats are and if you try any of the above recipes. I wish you all a very fun and safe holiday season and a Happy New Year!

Until next time,

Xo Britt

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