It’s that time of year again for Christmas baking. Even though Christmas is less than two weeks away, I still haven’t started any of my baking yet and I blame it all on global warming. Yes, that’s right, global warming a.k.a. climate change. IT’S +10C OUTSIDE these days and the temperature doesn’t go below zero overnight! Two all-time record high temperatures were shattered in the last two days. There has been no snow (this time last year we had 25 cms of snow) and the grass is still emerald green and growing! How’s a person supposed to get into the Christmas mood? I’ve tried by getting out my Christmas village and decorating the house to raise my Christmas spirit….. I usually do most of my Christmas baking a few weeks before Christmas and freeze the baked goods in tins in my garage but since it’s unusually warm, my garage isn’t cold inside. This year, I’ll be baking the day before Christmas unless we get a sudden cold snap.
I want to share my favourite Christmas recipes including Hello Dollies, Chocolate Chow Mein Clusters, and Rice Krispy Squares. You’ll find my other Christmas recipes I previously posted for Cherry Cheesecake, Chocolate Cocoanut Macaroons, and Peanut Brittle by clicking on their names.
Hello Dolly Recipe
I have no idea where this name came from! I got this recipe from Karen Sibbett almost 45 years ago. My son Darin really, really likes these.
¼ cup butter
1 cup graham wafer crumbs
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup shredded, unsweetened cocoanut
1 cup of chocolate chips
1 can sweetened condensed milk
Melt butter in a 9X13” pan and spread around including sides. Add graham wafer crumbs, spreading evenly around. Add the walnuts, cocoanut, and chocolate chips sprinkling evenly. Top with sweetened condensed milk.
Bake at 325F for 20 minutes on the oven rack that is place one slot higher.
Cool completely and then cut into one inch, bite-size squares. These freeze very well.
Chocolate Chow Mein Clusters Recipe
I believe that my son Taylor prefers these.
In the top of a double boiler, combine:
½ cup butter
1 ½ cups chocolate chips
½ cup butterscotch chips
¼ cup peanut butter
Stir often until melted.
In a bowl, mix:
2 cups dry chow mein noodles
1 cup peanuts
Add to melted mixture, stirring well to combine all the ingredients. Spoon blobs on a cookie sheet. Cool then store in a container with a well-fitting lid. Freezes well. Serve at room temperature.
Rice Krispie Squares Recipe
Of course, who wouldn’t love these anytime – my grandchildren sure do!
In a large pot, melt:
¼ cup butter
1 package of marshmallows
Add and quickly mix:
½ teaspoon vanilla
5 cups Rice Krispies
Press into a buttered 9X13” pan. Cool. Cut into bite-size squares…… or bigger.