Holiday Treats

Tonight we are officially starting our Christmas baking, and I thought I should share some of our favorite recipes as well as some new ones. As I’ve said before, we’re trying to keep it healthy this year, but still good. I find that just making something together is fun, no matter what it is. (Okay, it does help to have a sort of nice goal, haha.) First are our favorite “Peanut Blossoms” recipe:

Peanut Blossoms

48 Hershey’s kisses
1/2 cup shortening
3/4 cup peanut butter
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
1 egg
2 TB. milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
Granulated sugar

Directions:
Heat oven to 375. Remove wrappers from chocolates. Beat shortening and peanut butter in large bowl until well blended. Add 1/3 cup granulated sugar and brown sugar; beat until fluffy. Add egg, milk, and vanilla; beat well. Stir together flour, baking soda and salt; gradually beat into peanut butter mixture. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Roll in granulated sugar; place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Immediately press a chocolate piece into center of each cookie; cookie will crack around edges. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Makes: about 4 dozen cookies. Enjoy!

The 2nd recipe is a HEALTHY recipe that my sister found- note: we have not tried this recipe yet. So you may not want to try it until you hear my review, or you may be daring and say “I’m just going to make them anyways!” Either way, they sound good, and I’m hoping they will be : )

Pumpkin Pie Spice Bliss Balls

1 cup fresh Medjool Dates
1 cup Walnuts
1 tsp. Pumpkin Pie Spice
1/4 cup Pumpkin Puree
1/2 tsp. Vanilla extract
1/2 cup shredded coconut
Extra coconut for rolling in

Directions: Mix all ingredients in a food processor. Roll into small balls and then dust in shredded coconut. Makes: About 15 balls. Enjoy!

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