This time of year I think about my grandmother. She passed away many years ago but I have many fond memories of visiting her house every weekend. On special occasions she would pull out her tattered recipe book and make some special treats. Caramel corn was one of those recipes and I carry on the tradition of making it at Halloween and Christmas. Sweet and crunchy this recipe is sure to please carollers or trick or treaters.
My English grandmother used to like having tea during the afternoon. I remember at tea time she always had a cookie tin filled with these Ginger Snaps. These cookies are crunchy and spicy. They’re sure to become one of your family favourites.
Mae’s shortbread is a recipe that my mom received from a close friend when I was little. My mom took the recipe and made it into a special treat for holidays. She’d meticulously cut out shapes of birds, bells and trees. These days I just roll the dough in a log and cut into disks for when I need a quick treat for friends and family.
At Christmas my family celebrates with food and family. One cookie which turns up again and again is the recipe for peanut butter bites. The chocolate and peanut butter are a great combination for any celebration or for when you just want a decadent treat. Enjoy!
1 cup chunky peanut butter
3/4 cups icing sugar
1/2 cup white chocolate
1/2 cup milk chocolate
Mix peanut butter and icing sugar together in a small bowl until mixture is well incorporated.
Cranberry orange loaf is a easy to make festive treat to have around the holidays. Filled with fresh cranberries and orange zest it is fresh and fruity. Try pairing the loaf with your favourite tea or eggnog.
At this time of year I start baking Christmas cookies and I often make Almond Spritz Cookies. These cookies are bite sized and flavourful. They are perfect when you want a small sweet treat. Enjoy with hot cocoa or eggnog.
When November rolls around I start baking cookies to put in the freezer for Christmas. Raspberry Almond Swirl Cookies freeze well and are delicious. They’re pretty on a Christmas platter or tasty just for tea time. For a different flavour cranberry jam or marmalade can be substituted for the raspberry.