My Holiday Recipes

Butter Tarts

2 eggs, beaten
1 c. brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. butter
1 cup raisins
pinch of salt

Combine ingredients. Fill tart shells (this is where I get lazy and buy my own shells, so no recipe for those) 2/3 full of mixture. Bake at 350F for 12 minutes until filling is set and pastry baked.

**Me and Joelle don't like raisins, so I always make some without -- they are SO delicious!!**


Graham wafers
1 c. butter
1 c. brown sugar
1 c. chocolate chcips
nuts (optional)

Line a cookie sheet with tin foil and spray with Pam cooking spray. Lay crackers side by side on the sheet. Melt butter and add brown sugar. Bring to boil on  medium heat and stir for 5 min till it looks like caramel. Spread over crackers, bake @ 350F for 5 min. Sprinkle with chocolate chips and spread while warm. Add nuts if desired (I use sliced almonds).

Festive Fudge

2 2/3 cups chocolate chips
300ml sweetened condensed milk
1 cup chopped nuts (optional)

Melt chocolate with milk over low heat. Stir until chocolate is completely melted and smooth. Add nuts, if desired (I never do). Spread in wax paper-lined pan. Chill until firm.

Seven Layer Dessert

1/2 c. melted margarine
1 1/2 c. graham crumbs
1 c. coconut flakes
1 c. choc chips
1 c. peanut butter or butterscotch chips
1 can sweetened condensed milk
sliced almonds (optional)

Swirl melted butter around a 9x13 pan. Add graham crumbs and spread evenly. Sprinkle on coconut flakes and chocolate/peanut butter chips. Drizzle on the sweetened condensed milk over top and sprinkle with sliced almonds. Bake at 350F for 20 minutes.

Chocolate/Peanut Butter Crunch

1/2 c. smooth peanut butter
1/4 c. corn syrup
1/2 c. Rice Krispies
chocolate chips

Mix PB and syrup together. Add rice cereal and mix until all combined. Shape small pieces into 2" logs (makes about 20-25). Place on parchment paper on a baking sheet. Chill for 1/2 an hour. In another bowl, melt milk chocolate in the microwave, stirring every 30 seconds. Dip each log into the chocolate and place back on the pan so the chocolate can harden.

**I just did 1/2 a cup of chocolate chips at a time since it seems to harden quite quickly**

Coconut/Graham Wafer Squares

This recipe is found in the Mennonite Treasury:

Bring to a boil:
1/2 cup butter or margarine
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup milk

Take off heat and add:
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup crushed graham wafers
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional -- I don't use nuts)
1 cup cocunut

Line 9x13 inch pan with whole graham wafers, put filling on top, add another layer of wafers and cover with icing.

The icing recipe they use (called "Jeanie's  Icing for Squares") is the following:

Cook together and then cool 2tbsp. flour and 1/2 cup milk.
Mix separately:
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup Crisco
1/2 cup sugar
Beat together well, then add cooked mixture.

**NOTE: I didn't make the Jeanie's Icing, I just made a simple butter icing recipe from the back of the Icing Sugar package**

Soft White Cookies

2 cups sugar
2 eggs
3/4 cups lard or crisco
2 cups buttermilk
4 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp vanilla
pinch of salt
7 cups of flour

Mix together sugar, eggs, lard and buttermilk. Add remaining ingredients. Roll out dough and cut into desire shapes. Place on a pan and bake at 350F for 10 minutes.