Blast from the Past: Holiday Baking

I’m starting up a little series of posts that feature old blog posts.  Kalissa and I have been going back and looking at them.  It’s been fun.  I started blogging in June of 2009…WOW.  Ten years.  I’m so glad I’ve kept the blog as a diary of sorts.

It seems in December of 2009 I was busy baking.  I typically do quite a bit of baking around the holidays.  I had Kramer’s sweet tooth to keep at bay back then.  This year…I think I won’t be doing as much.  Kramer’s not here to eat it and the rest of us, except for Craig, don’t have an amazing metabolism.

Every year I make these.  I especially make them if I have kiddos around.  I don’t know if they have an official name.  It’s just pretzels, rolos and M&Ms.  They are the perfect thing to have little ones help with.  They can unwrap all the rolos.  They can help place the M&Ms.   Here is the LINK to that recipe.

RoloPretzelCandy
Star Cookies are another Christmas time treat I typically make.  I have one of my kids, Buck, who doesn’t eat the star and only the cookie…weird.

This was a double batch.  I make them with chocolate stars or with Hershey’s Kisses.  Either way, they are good.

StarCookies
Next up is one of my absolute favorite Christmas treats.  Many people have never made them…check out the recipe.  Have you made them???…
These are turtles.  I’m warning you in advance.  These are so quick to simply pop in your mouth and you have no idea how many you ate….well at least it’s that way for me.

Turtle-1
You really need to follow THIS LINK to read the recipe.  It’s unusual.  You need to boil a can a sweetened condensed milk to make them.  I started making these as I thought that was the strangest recipe ever…so strange I had to give it a try.

They aren’t a pretty candy…but delicious, YES.

This wasn’t a cookie or candy treat, but I also shared this recipe…Ah…a pumpkin roll.  It’s a HUGE favorite here and Kramer loved it.

PumpkinRoll-1
I remember being so afraid to try this recipe.  I didn’t think I could ever make anything that fancy.  HA!  It’s actually really easy once you do it a couple times…it sure looks like a person went to a lot of work though.  I’ve tried a couple recipes for them…this one is an Amish recipe and is my favorite.  You can find it HERE.

If you follow the post, I took pictures of all of the steps so it shouldn’t be too hard if you want to give the recipe a try.

Those are the recipes I shared in December of 2009.  Each and every one of them are recipes that I use to this day.  That’s how you know they are good satisfying recipes…if you asked my kids, these are signature recipes.

8 thoughts on “Blast from the Past: Holiday Baking

  1. Ginny

    I ate my first Rolo M&M candy when I moved to ND. They are heavenly and I really like the idea of pecans instead of the M&M. Very Turtle-y!

  2. Sandra B

    These all look great! We make the Rolo/Pretzel/M&M ones every year and they are a favorite for everyone. You can eat a whole bunch of them before you realize it since they are small. I use the pretzels that are about an inch square.
    I think everyone has favorite recipes that are used over the years and it is just not Christmas without them. Something else we have every year are Magic Cookie Bars. (Recipe on Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk can, or you can just Google Magic Cookie Bars) Yum!
    Reading your post makes me realize that I need to make my shopping list of ingredients so I can get everything I need for a marathon “sweets” making day soon…usually do them about a week before Christmas…
    Thanks for a great post!

  3. Donna

    I’ve made the star cookies (peanut butter cookies with kisses, right?) and the pretzel cookies but not the others. Also cutting back as most of the family won’t be here for Christmas.
    Love and prayers

  4. ColleenM

    Jo,
    I’m on the same page as Buck. i always pick the Hershey’s kiss off the cookie. I’m not the biggest fan of Hershey’s Kisses, not sure why but once they get heated they are even less desirable to me. Weird, I know!

  5. Liz A.

    You can use the Instant Pot for the sweetened condensed milk. Google dulce de leche and instant pot. I usually put it into glass canning jars and cook it that way.

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