It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Christmas is just around the corner and it’s a perfect opportunity to gather with friends and family, open presents, play games and eat lots of delicious food. One of my favorite things about this time of year is baking. This holiday season I plan on making some tasty treats for friends and family that will be sure to delight them when they visit. Here are some Fun Christmas Baking Ideas.
Peppermint Whoopie Pie
Who doesn’t love a delicious whoopee pie? This festive take on the classic treat is sure to be a hit at your next holiday party!
1 stick of butter, softened to room temperature
1/2 cup vegetable shortening
1 1/4 cups solid-pack pumpkin
2 tbsp milk
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 tsp baking soda
3/8 tsp salt 11 ounces red and white striped Whopper candies
12 ounces cream cheese, softened at room temperature
In a bowl, beat together butter and shortening until smooth Add the pumpkin and beat for another minute or two In a separate bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and beat until well combined Divide dough in half, shape into disks and wrap in plastic wrap Refrigerate for at least 2 hours Preheat oven to 375 degrees F Line two baking sheets with parchment paper Remove one disk of dough from the fridge and place on a lightly floured surface Roll out to 1/4 inch thickness Cut out 24 circles using a 3-inch round cutter Place 12 circles on one prepared baking sheet, spacing evenly Press a Whooper candy into the center of each circle Bake for 10 minutes then remove from oven Let cookies cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack Repeat with remaining dough and candies cream cheese mixture In a bowl, beat together cream cheese and sugar until smooth Add the egg and vanilla extract and beat until well combined Pipe or spoon mixture on top of cooled cookies, then place on a baking sheet Freeze for at least 2 hours Remove from freezer 10 minutes before serving. If you have been looking for Fun Christmas Baking Ideas for a while, try this one with your friends.
These gingerbread men are the perfect festive treat! They’re easy to make and everyone will love them.
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup molasses
1 large egg
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F Line a baking sheet with parchment paper In a bowl, beat together butter and brown sugar until smooth Add the molasses and egg and beat until well-combined Stir in flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves Divide dough into four equal parts Using your hands roll each part into a long 1-inch thick log Wrap all logs in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours Unwrap the chilled dough Cut dough into 1/2 inch to 1-inch pieces To make a smiley face on each cutout, use toothpick or fork dipped in water Place cookies on prepared baking sheet Bake for 9 minutes Remove from oven Let cookies cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack Repeat with remaining dough and enjoy one of the best and fun christmas baking ideas right now.
Chocolate Covered Pretzels
These chocolate-covered pretzels are super easy to make and they’re sure to be a hit at your holiday party.
2 bags (11 ounces each) white chocolate chips
1 bag (12 ounces) dark chocolate chips
3/4 cup crushed pretzels
Line three baking sheets with wax paper Melt both kinds of chocolate in separate bowls Dip half the pretzels in the dark chocolate then place on the first prepared baking sheet Drizzle white chocolate over dipped pretzels. Scatter another half of pretzels over top Chill for 10 minutes before serving. If you are looking for quick, easy and fun Christmas baking ideas, give this one a shot.
Now that you have read this article, hopefully, you feel inspired to find a new recipe and try your hand at baking. There are plenty of other Fun Christmas Baking Ideas for families to enjoy together! So don’t be afraid to experiment with these fun ideas for your family.