Company is coming and you haven’t anything prepared. Here are some simple Christmas Baking recipes that don’t take a lot of time and you don’t have to be a pastry chef either. They are so simple to make and you probably already have the ingredients in your kitchen. More importantly they taste delicious!
Christmas Baking Recipes
English Toffee Squares
Preheat oven to 275F. In large bowl with an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar until creamy. Separate egg, then beat yolk into butter mixture; cover and reserve the egg white. In another bowl, stir together flour and cinnamon; add to butter mixture. With your hands, spread dough evenly over bottom of a greased 10 by 15-inch rimmed baking pan. Beat egg white lightly, then brush over dough to cover evenly. Sprinkle pecans over top; press in lightly. Bake for 1 hour or until firm when lightly touched. While still hot, cut into 1/2-inch squares. Let cool in pan on a rack. Store in an airtight container.
Cream together butter, 1 1/2 cup flour, and powdered sugar. Pat in a 13x9x2 inch baking pan. Bake 18 minutes at 350 F or 325 F if using a glass pan. Beat together the rest of the ingredients and pour over crust. Bake an additional 25 minutes. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.
Pistachio Christmas Ribbon Bars
1/2 pound unsalted butter or margarine, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon salt (omit this if your pistachios are salted)
1/2-2/3 cup raspberry or strawberry jam
2/3 cup pistachios, chopped
Preheat oven to 325 F. Combine butter, sugar and egg; beat until thoroughly blended. Stir in flour and salt. Spread one-half of dough into 9 inch square pan. Bake 10 minutes; remove from oven. Spread jam to within 1/2 inch of edge. Add pistachios to remaining dough. Drop by spoonfuls over jam to cover. Bake 35 minutes until top is golden brown; cool. Cut into squares.
Measure sugar into bowl & sprinkle with water. Cream butter into sugar with a wooden spoon. Add flour and salt and knead dough with your hands until dough pulls away from side of bowl as well as your hands. Press dough into a ungreased 9 x 13-inch glass baking pan. Spread it flat right into the corners. Prick with fork about at 1 inch intervals. Sprinkle all with 1/4 cup white sugar. Bake at 275F for one hour or until pale golden. Cut while hot into diamonds or rectangle shapes. Let cool.
White Christmas Bars
3 cups Rice Krispies (rice bubbles for you Aussies)
1 cup dessicated coconut
3/4 cup powdered milk
1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 oz mixed candied fruit, chopped
2 oz red and green candied cherries, chopped
1/4 cup raisins
1/2 cup white vegetable shortening (Crisco)
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
Brush a 9 x 13″ pan with oil. Line base and sides with paper. Combine Rice Krispies, coconut, powdered milk, powdered sugar, and all fruit in a large bowl. Chop up the shortening, place with the chocolate in the top of a double boiler over simmering water. Stir until mixture is melted and smooth. Combine chocolate and Rice Krispie mixture. Press into the prepared pan and refrigerate until set. Remove from the pan, allow to stand for 10 minutes. Cut into squares with a sharp knife.