Christmas Cookies

christmas-cookies.jpgOver the next several weeks, our family will go to various Christmas programs where we will undoubtedly be asked “Parents please bring 2 dozen cookies for a time of fellowship afterwards” as if this were no big deal and we all have our Christmas cookies made and waiting for just such an occasion.  I wouldn’t mind this nearly so much if (A) “A time of fellowship” wasn’t really more like a time of unrestrained gluttony on the part of the participating children  and (B) I wasn’t already short on time this year.  To address these concerns I have been making these super-easy cookies on Sunday afternoons and storing them in the freezer (with the admonition to family that these are to be saved for later).  I thought I’d share a couple of them with you.

Sweet Grahams

24 square graham crackers

2 sticks butter (not margarine)

1c. brown sugar

1c. chopped nuts

4 oz. Chocolate

powdered sugar for garnish

Preheat oven to 325.  Arrange crackers on lightly greased springroll pan (or any cookie sheet with edges).  In a saucepan, bring butter and sugar to a boil for 2 minutes, then pour over crackers covering them well.  Sprinkle with nuts and bake for about 10 minutes.  Melt chocolate in microwave or over a double boiler and pipe/spoon over crackers. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.  When cool cut into 24 squares  (I would do more like 48) or break into pieces.

 

 

Easy Oreo Truffles

 

1 pkg  Oreos

1 8 oz brick cream cheese, softened

16 oz. Semi-sweet chocolate, melted

Crush 9 cookies in the food processor into fine crumbs, set aside for garnish.

Crush remaining cookies in the food processor into fine crumbs.  Add cream cheese and mix until well blended.  Roll mixture into 42 balls, approx. 1” in diameter.  Dip balls in melted chocolate, place on wax paper.  Sprinkle with reserved crumbs.  Refrigerate until firm or store in freezer for later use.

These are both super easy and rather decadent. MMMMMM.  Let’s not also forget the ever-popular white pretzels.  Oh Lord, give me strength to stay out of my freezer between now and then!

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6 thoughts on “Christmas Cookies

  1. Dawn’s Super Easy Throw Together To Take Anywhere Bars (NO, they’re not even remotely healthy) 🙂

    1 pkg graham crackers, crunched by available child and dumped into 13 x 9
    1 pkg chocolate chips
    1 stick melted butter (we’ve even been known, in a pinch, to cup it up in chunks and leave it like that – not best, but it works)poured over
    1 can sweetened condensed milk, poured over all

    Bake until you think you’re going to rip the oven door off – then eat with ice cream. VERY rich, requires coffee or fresh milk. 🙂 (Tea doesn’t quite cut it with these puppies)

  2. They ARE yummy, but I kid you not, you will contemplate ripping the oven door off before they’re done. 🙂 OK, so maybe only *I* contemplate that. But, they sure smell S.U.B.L.I.M.E.

  3. They sound a lot like “Barb Weaver Bars”–a hit through all generations at the Hilleson Farm. I’ve also heard them called seven layer bars 1.crushed grahams, 2. melted butter, 3. coconut, 4. butterscotch chips, 5. chocolate chips, 6. sweetened condensed milk. (O.K. it sounds like I’m missing a layer, but hey pretty good from memory!) Anyway, a few years ago, I actually met Barb Weaver at a funeral (apparently she had given the recipe to Mavis). Like a complete dork, I say “It’s an honor to meet the real Barb Weaver.” Edmund and Mavis start snickering under their breath and said Barb Weaver looks a little bewildered–she had no idea that her name was now synonymous with something so delicious.

  4. LOL I have NO clue what they are really called – we call them Sammy Bars because for the longest time every time a little boy called Sammy came to visit, he had chocolate smears on his face, the result of eating these bars, his very favorite. 😀 HOWEVER, our bars have never had such yummity things as coconut nor butterscotch. Mmmmmm.

  5. You know, I *think* that the bars you’re describing are what we used to eat when we were kids called “Hello Dolly” bars. I think I first remember them being called Dolly Madison bars as a *really* little girl, but Hello Dolly came on the scene in the late 60’s hence the new name. (OH MY!!! Doesn’t THAT date me – I remember seeing Hello Dolly in the theatre. I think, of course, I was still in diapers or some such.) 😉 😉 😀

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