Thursday, December 20, 2012

Christmas Candies and Cookies

The countdown is on and I am getting excited! These are the treats that will be packed into gift bags and boxes and will be served in my own home this holiday.

* ALL of these recipes are gluten free with traditional flour recipes included in each post as well.

Dark Chocolate Covered Butter Toffee is a great balance of sweet buttery toffee and bittersweet dark chocolate. That combination makes this our favorite Christmas candy. With just a few easy tips, this toffee is simple enough for a beginner.


Chocolate Dipped Coconut Macaroons are some of the easiest treats to make. With only a few ingredients to stir and then scoop, these can be made start to finish in very little time. As a bonus, macaroons never fail to impress.

Italian Pignoli Cookies (Pinon or Pine Nut Cookies) are the surprise hit from my kitchen this year. I've made them four times in the last two months and already have a request for more. Crunchy, chewy, sweet and nutty, these cookies are a perfect match for any almond-lover. Four ingredients and a food processor are all that you need in order to make these unique and unforgettable cookies.
Cranberry Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies are more commonly known as "those holiday cookies" in my house. My husband started calling them that after I made them the first time years ago. Warm spices, cranberries, chocolate and oatmeal are a perfect holiday flavor combination.

I Want To Marry You Cookies are my go-to cookie recipe. I make these cookies at least once a month and almost everyone that has ever tasted them asks for the recipe. Warm butter is blended together with sugar to create a rich toffee flavor that is irresistible in a chocolate chip cookie. This is the perfect cookie dough to keep in the refrigerator and freezer for spur of the moment treats.

Scandinavian Almond Bars are still the most requested dessert that I make. I've already made dozens of these bars this year and there is one more batch to be made for gifting before Christmas. Flaky, tender, almond flavored shortbread topped with sliced almonds and drizzled with a very light glaze.

Butter Tart Squares start with a buttery shortbread crust, topped with a gooey, sweet mixture of nuts and fruit then a crisp caramelized layer of brown sugar crust. This is definitely a one-of-a-kind dessert.
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  1. This is a serious collection of treats! They all sound delicious!

  2. You get all oooohhh's and awwww's from me! This is an amazing collection of delicious treats. I truly hope you have a wonderful Christmas with blessings throughout the new year!

  3. What a mouthwatering collection of sweet treats!
    Have a joyous holiday season, Mary.

  4. Oh man. I would love every single one of those treats... they all look delicious.

    Happy holidays!

  5. Beautiful! Toffee is last on my holiday candy list, I'm glad you posted a recipe. And I'm dying over those almond bars!

  6. What a delicious round up of holiday goodies! I do the same thing...bake my heart out the days before Christmas. I think toffee is my most coveted treat...and yours looks picture perfect. Merry Christmas, Mary!

    PS...I'd love some ideas for my St. Germain...but you can definitely wait till after the holidays :)