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    Awesome Holiday Treats

    Figured for anyone stuck making holiday cakes, pies, and cookies and whatnot that I'd put up a few recipes of some of my favorite things to make that seem to get people calling for my blood if I don't make them and bring them to functions lol.

    First up, what seems to be one of everyone's favorite cookies that I make:

    Double Chocolate Chip Cookies


    1 1/2 cups (or 3 sticks) of butter, softened
    1 cup granulated sugar
    1 cup packed light brown sugar (I usually use a mix of light and dark though)
    3 eggs
    2 teaspoons vanilla
    3 1/3 cups all purpose flour
    1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
    3/4 salt
    4 cups (24 oz package) of Hershey's Semi-sweet chocolate chips (I usually use a mix of one 12 oz bag of semi sweet and one 12 oz bag of dark chocolate chips)

    Step by Step:

    ~Preheat oven to 375F
    ~In a large mixer bowl, beat the butter, sugar, and brown sugar until creamy
    ~Add eggs and vanilla then beat til it's light and fluffy
    ~In separate bowl, stir together flower, baking soda and salt, then gradually beat it into the butter mixture
    ~Once all added, slowly add in the chocolate chips
    ~Drop in rounded teaspoonfuls onto a lightly greased cookie sheet
    ~Bake for about 8-10 minutes depending on if you like softer or crunchy cookies

    Feel free to do the standard cool for a few minutes before transferring them to whatever either a wire wrack, or plate and whatnot.

    Enjoy your yummy delicious cookies <3 Fair warning though, depending on how big you make the cookies, these can make upwards of like 7 dozen. It's a huge recipe, but REALLY yummy and great if you have to worry about making them for a big group for holidays and what nots.

    (Now someone else post so I can add more recipes lol)
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    Re: Awesome Holiday Treats

    Quote Originally Posted by Yorin View Post

    (Now someone else post so I can add more recipes lol)
    I'll be happy to!!

    I got this recipe from I really wanted to make a Christmas Cake without having to prepare it for months. This recipe is mostly cake with just a little bit of fruit through it. Really, it's all about the Florentine topping.. which is amazing!

    The Night Before Christmas Cake

    • 175g unsalted butter, softened
    • 225g brown sugar
    • 275g self-raising flour
    • 1 tsp baking powder
    • 175ml buttermilk
    • 2 eggs
    • Grated rind of 1 lemon
    • Grated rind of 1 orange
    • 225g fruit mince
    • 2 tbs brandy

    Florentine topping:
    • 50g hazelnuts
    • 50g blanched almonds
    • 85g brazil nuts
    • 140g red glace cherries
    • 100g golden syrup

    • 2/3 cup (100g) icing sugar
    • 2 tsp lemon juice

    1. Preheat oven to 160°C. Grease and line base of a 20cm springform cake pan. Beat butter and sugar in bowl of an electric mixer until light and fluffy, sift flour and baking powder and stir into butter mixture with buttermilk and eggs. Stir in rinds with fruit mince and brandy. Spoon into pan and bake for 1 hour.

    2. Meanwhile, for florentine topping, place nuts, cherries and golden syrup in a saucepan and warm over a medium heat. When cake has cooked for 1 hour, remove from oven and spread topping over. Return for a further 15-30 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Cool, then transfer to a rack to cool completely.

    3. For the icing, mix together sugar and lemon juice, place in a piping bag with a small nozzle and drizzle over cake. Decorate with ribbon, if desired.

    Notes: You definitely want the springform cake pan. Don't worry too much if you pull out your skewer and it comes out a touch sticky. You don't want it to be completely clean because the cake will be a little bit too dry. The stickiness is probably just from where the golden syrup has seeped into the top of the cake.

    This is one cake that look better than the picture!

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    Re: Awesome Holiday Treats

    We make this cake every Sabbat, its "The Sun King's Birthday Cake", as Chickadee puts it.
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    Re: Awesome Holiday Treats

    This is another favorite that I get called out for if I don't bring it to functions, and it's super easy to make cause you don't have to worry about all the weird baking crap.

    Irish Cream Cheesecake with Chocolate Chip Cookie Crust

    Crust Ingredients:
    4 tablespoons unsalted butter
    1 1/2 cups crushed chocolate chip cookies

    Filling Ingredients:
    8 oz semi sweet dark chocolate
    8 oz milk chocolate
    1/4 cup of sugar
    1 1/2 cup cream cheese
    2 cups heavy whipping cream (lightly whipped)
    3 tablespoons Irish Cream Liquer (like Baileys or Emmets)

    Optional Stuffz:
    whipped cream or strawberries for topping
    pre-made cookie crust, in case you're in a hurry

    How to make:
    ~Lie bottom of an 8in pan with parchment paper and brush the sides with oil
    ~put the butter in a saucepan and heat til melted then stir in the crushed cookies
    ~press to the bottom of the cake pan and chill in the fridge for an hour

    ~or just buy a pre-made one and you're ready to go~

    ~To make the filling, put the dark and milk chocolates into the top of a double boiler and stir til melted. (or just heat slowly in a sauce pan and make sure not to burn it) then let it cool a little bit
    ~Put the sugar and cream cheese into a bowl and beat together til smooth, then fold in the cream. Next, fold in the melted chocolate into the cream cheese mix, and finally add the liqueur.
    ~Finally, spoon the mix into the cake pan and smooth out the surface and let it chill in the fridge for a few hours or until it's firm.

    Odd things to point out from experience making it:

    Honestly, it is a royal pain to find an 8oz bag of chocolate chips. Most I've seen come in 12 oz bags. It's OKAY to just dump the two 12 oz bags in there. It'll be a bit extra, and if you're using the premade crusts, you might wanna have two instead of just one. Other thing, don't worry if there's extra liqueur in it. It'll taste the same either way, I usually add a bit more to mine though
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