I think I can speak on behalf of everyone on the planet that the holidays are a hectic time. Even if you don’t celebrate a specific holiday, you can’t avoid the fact that the season is here because there are tons of people everywhere, at all times. Airports, malls, grocery stores, train stations, highways, there are just people anywhere you look which makes day to day tasks sometimes very difficult. The chaos also enhances my scatter brained-ness by about 60% so I need to try and find every way possible to remain in focus and on task.

One of my favorite things about the holidays is baking cookies and candy, but it can be very stressful, so with 13 days until Christmas it is time to get organized. Every year I figure out the treats I plan to make, most of them are traditions but I like to add a couple new ones each year. So this is my attempt to get organized, figure out what I need, and not lose my list like I have the four other times I have sat down and done this.

The best way for me to get organized is by going through all of my recipes and deciding what to make. I write each item down, their ingredients, and it also serves as a reminder as to what supplies I will need:

  • Parchment paper
  • Plastic wrap
  • Aluminum foil
  • Wax paper

I also like this method of planning because I might think I have enough sugar, but if every single recipe I have calls for at least one cup of sugar I should probably pick up an extra bag. Nothing is worse than being in the middle of baking and realizing you are out of something you desperately need. I hope you can make use of this organizational tactic in your own kitchen this holiday season and stay tuned for the recipes to follow on each of these items!

Traditional Items

Cinnamon Sugar Nuts

  • Eggs
  • Vanilla Extract
  • 1 pound of nuts (original recipe called for pecans, I normally get mixed nuts because this mixture is great on everything)
  • Sugar
  • Cinnamon
  • Salt

Peanut Butter Balls

  • Peanut butter (I normally do one batch of creamy and one batch of crunchy)
  • Powdered sugar
  • Chocolate chips
  • Almond bark

I do some white chocolate, some milk chocolate and also mix almond bark with coordinating chocolate chips. Whenever I use white almond bark and chocolate I add a little vanilla extract as well.

Chocolate Covered Pretzels

  • Pretzels (any shape or design, I normally use the regular heart-shaped ones and the pretzel rods)
  • Almond bark
  • Chocolate chips
  • Vanilla extract
  • Sprinkles

Again I do some milk chocolate, some white chocolate and then decorate with sprinkles.

Peanut Butter Fudge

  • Butter
  • Peanut Butter
  • Vanilla extract
  • 16 oz powdered sugar

Sugar Cookies

  • Butter
  • Sugar
  • Egg
  • Vanilla extract
  • Flour
  • Baking powder
  • Salt

Debut Items

Ree Drummond’s Sweet, Spicy, Smokey Roasted Almonds

We need a treat that will break up all of the sweetness that will be on the candy tray.

  • Bacon
  • Butter
  • Brown Sugar
  • Five Spice
  • Cayenne
  • Salt
  • 8 cup of almonds (I will probably just get more mixed nuts because I’m indecisive)

Reese’s Nutter Butter Cookie Truffles

I saw this recipe on Facebook and I was like “YAAASSSS! Get in my belly!”

  • 16 oz Nutter Butters
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 8 oz mini Peanut Butter Cups
  • 12 oz milk chocolate chips
  • Shortening

Chocolate Chip Cake Mix Cookies

This is not a new recipe, I have made this countless times, it’s just a delicious and simple recipe that I would love to include in my holiday treats

  • Yellow or White Cake mix
  • Eggs
  • Vegetable oil
  • Chocolate chips

Peanut Butter M&M Cookies

This is not a new item but a new recipe and hopefully it turns out great!

  • Butter
  • Peanut Butter
  • Sugar
  • Brown sugar
  • Egg
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Salt
  • Baking soda
  • Flour
  • M&M’s

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!!

Let’s get to baking!

 

 

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