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6 Classic Christmas Treats For The Family

Christmas Treats are a great way to spread the Christmas Cheer without breaking the bank. They can let your friends, neighbors and family know that you are thinking of them and are a great way of letting those around you that you appreciate them and their hard work. Add a Christmas card or a nice handwritten note to tell them Merry Christmas.

You can leave Christmas Treats for

  • Your mail carrier
  • Sent to a service person in your family. My dad loved when his mom did this!
  • To your first responders
  • Your children’s school bus driver
  • Your children’s teacher
  • Your Sunday school teacher
  • Your pastor
  • Your trash collector
  • Nursing Home Residents (call first to make sure it is allowed)
  • Elderly neighbors
  • The widow or widower in your neighborhood
  • The crossing guard at your children’s school
  • Bring them to your office to spread the cheer there.
  • Hairdresser or barber
  • Nail Technician
  • Your babysitter
  • Local butcher or small business or farmer
  • Gardener
  • Mechanic

So, here is our Christmas Treat Countdown!

 

Christmas Treats 1 – Peanut Brittle

 

Peanut brittle on a white plate christmas treats

 
 

Peanut brittle was always a part of our Christmas history.  Grandma loved just about everyone and so there was always a lot of baking going on at our house to make sure that everyone got a little something and so it was with peanut brittle.  Peanut brittle always tugs at my heart and makes me remember the laughter, the love, and family that would gather during the holidays. 

Peanut Brittle Ingredients

1 Pound Roasted Peanuts
1 1/2 Cup Raw Sugar
1 Teaspoon Real Vanilla Extract
1 Cup Spring Water
3 Tablespoons Organic Butter
1 1/2 Teaspoons Baking Soda

 

How To Make Peanut Brittle
 

Preheat oven to 200ºF and then grease two cookie sheets. Mix sugar, water, and corn syrup in a medium-size pan on medium heat. Stir occasionally until the candy thermometer reads 240ºF. Stir in butter and peanuts. Cook stirring constantly until it reaches 300ºF and stir in baking soda mixture until light and foamy. Pour half of the brittle onto each cookie sheet. Spread about 1/4 inch thick. Cool for at least an hour and then break into pieces.

 

Christmas Treats 2 – Carmel Corn

 

photo of carmel corn Christmas Treats

 
Grandma loved to make caramel corn for everyone. We would get so excited when we would hear the popcorn popping away and smell the delicious caramel in the cast iron pot bubbling away. She would have pretty little containers for each neighbor and friend to put them in and the joyful faces of each one would bring such joy to my own heart.  We hope you will love this recipe as much as we have over the years and that your friends, neighbors, and family will be blessed with their own beautiful Christmas memories. 
 
Caramel Corn Ingredients
12 cups freshly popped popcorn
1 cup light brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 cup light or dark corn syrup
 1/2 cup salted butter
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
 
Directions:

Heat oven to 300 degrees. Grease two rimmed pan. Pop popcorn, and spread into the pans. Melt butter in a large pan over medium to high heat. Add sugar and corn syrup stir until combined. Bring to a rolling boil. Reduce heat to low and let simmer without touching for 5 minutes. Stir and then cook for 4-6 more minutes stirring every 30 seconds.  Turn off the heat and slowly stir in salt, baking soda, and vanilla. Be careful the mixture will bubble. Pour over popcorn and stir, make sure to coat all the pieces. Bake for 15-20 minutes. Remove and cool.  Once cool break up. 

 

Christmas Treats 3 – Grandma’s Peanut Butter Bonbon’s

Photo of grandmas peanut butter bon bons christmas treats

 

 Peanut butter bonbons are a treat from our father’s family.  His mom would make some every year and when he joined the military she would send him a shoebox full of her Christmas treats and one of them was peanut butter bonbons. These were his favorite things in the box and he would pass out all of these delicious treats to all of his buddies.  We hope you enjoy them!

Grandma’s Peanut Butter Bon Bons Ingredients

  • 1 pound of organic powdered sugar
  • 12 ounces of organic peanut butter or other nut butter
  • 1/2 cup or 1 stick of melted organic butter
  • 12 ounces of chocolate chips
  • Chopped Walnuts, peanuts or candy sprinkles (Optional)

How To Make Peanut Butter Bon Bon’s

Mix & shape into small balls. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. Chop walnuts, push a small piece into the center, then roll the dough through chopped nuts so that it is coated. Melt chocolate on top of double boiler. Dip balls into the chocolate mixture with a toothpick. put on wax paper to dry. If you don’t want the nuts or sprinkles you can skip that step and just dip the plain balls into the chocolate.

 

Christmas Treats 4 – Organic Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

Double Chocolate Chip Cookies on a pink flower plate

 

These delicious double chocolate chip cookies were a recipe I came up with as a teen. Grandma would always make chocolate chip cookies for the Christmas treat containers but I wanted to make something extra special.  These really are!  They have walnuts in them and so if you don’t like walnuts you can just omit them. We make them with organic ingredients but if you don’t have that, just use regular with no trouble. 

Double Chocolate Chip Cookies Ingredients

  •  1/2 Cups of organic flour
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking soda
  •  1/2 teaspoon of salt 
  • 1 cup of grass-fed butter
  • 1 cup of organic sugar
  • 2 pastured Eggs
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup of organic dark chocolate 
  • 1 cup of organic white chocolate
  • 1 cup of walnuts chopped (if desired)

Double Chocolate Chip Cookie Directions

Stir together in a large bowl the flour, soda, and salt. Then add softened butter and sugar. Mix until combined then add eggs and vanilla and beat well. Then stir in chocolate and nuts.
Bake at 375 for 8 to 10 minutes then pull out of the oven and allow to cool.
 
 

Christmas Treats 5 – Organic Peppermint Bark

 

 

homemade peppermint bark on a white plate christmas treat

Oh, this peppermint is so delicious and goes wonderfully in your Christmas treat container. This is delicious to sample with a cup of coffee, crumbled on top or your whipped cream on a cup of cocoa or just eaten out of the box. The peppermint is delicious without being overpowering.

Peppermint Bark Ingredients

  • 24 oz  Organic White Chocolate
  • 24 oz Organic Dark Chocolate 70 % Caco
  • 1 Container Of Peppermint Candy Canes
  • Stevia Liquid to taste
Directions To Make Peppermint Bark
 
Pound the Candy Canes until they are broken up. (we used a rolling pin. Just remember to put the Candy Canes in a bag before breaking them up or you will get a very large mess) Melt the dark chocolate and lay it on a wax paper-covered cookie sheet and allow it to cool and harden. Melt the white chocolate and sprinkle candy cane pieces over the top of the chocolate. Allow to cool and harden then break it up.
 

Christmas Treats 6 –  Toffee Bark

Toffee bark on a plate for a christmas treat

 
Ingredients for Toffee Bark
 
  • 24 oz Organic White Chocolate
  • 24 oz Organic Dark Chocolate
  • 1 Bag of Toffee
Directions For Toffee Bark
 
Break up Toffee. Melt the dark chocolate and lay it on a wax paper-covered cookie sheet and allow it to cool and harden. Melt the white chocolate and sprinkle Toffee pieces over the top of the chocolate. Allow to cool and harden then break it up.
 
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