December 21, 2015

12 Days of Christmas Gifts from the Kitchen: Day 12

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Margaret's Morsels | Cheese Ball


I started this series with my go to Christmas gift from the kitchen, Chocolate Covered Ritz Cracker Cookies.  I want to end the series with the gift my mother made and gave to friends, relatives and neighbors for close to 30 years.  Instead of something sweet, she gave people a small cheese ball and a sleeve of Ritz crackers.  Why Ritz crackers?  When made in a log shape, a slice of the cheese ball fits perfectly on a Ritz cracker.

Margaret's Morsels | Cheese Ball

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December 19, 2015

12 Days of Christmas Gifts from the Kitchen: Day 11

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Margaret's Morsels | Loaf Cake

My most popular recipe in 2013 -- and my fourth most popular of all time -- is my grandmother's made from scratch pound cake, or what we refer to as loaf cake.  Instead of making one cake, make multiple cakes by baking the batter in miniature loaf pans.  A nice touch is to bake and give the loaves in holiday themed pans like the ones pictured below.  The number of cakes will vary depending on the size of the pans you use.  The mini loaves will bake faster so remember to reduce the baking time.

Margaret's Morsels | Loaf Cake

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December 15, 2015

12 Days of Christmas Gifts from the Kitchen: Day 10

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Bar cookies might not come to mind at Christmastime, but for me they are the equivalent of a bow and go gift.  Bar cookies are a real time saver since they don't have to be rolled and cut out.  Frosting is easy since it's typically done in the pan -- not individually -- and can be as simple as a sprinkling of powdered sugar.  Lemon Bars are quick and easy to make, especially when they start with a tasty shortcut!

Margaret's Morsels | Quick and Easy Lemon Bars

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December 11, 2015

12 Days of Christmas Gifts from the Kitchen: Day 9

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Coffee Cake Muffins taste just like coffee cake, but with the ease of mixing up a batch of muffins.  Give someone a dozen, or bake them as mini muffins, put them in pretty Christmas tins and give them to several people.


Margaret's Morsels | Coffee Cake Muffins

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December 9, 2015

12 Days of Christmas Gifts from the Kitchen: Day 8

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Gifts from the kitchen aren't limited to cookies and candy.  This Cranberry Delight Spread makes a tasty gift.  An easy way to present it is in a small Mason jar or a seasonal bowl.  A nice added touch is to put some vanilla wafers or gingersnaps in a Christmas cellophane bag, tie the bag closed with colored raffia and attach a Christmas spreader for an all inclusive gift.

Margaret's Morsels | Cranberry Delight Spread

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December 8, 2015

12 Days of Christmas Gifts from the Kitchen: Day 7

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Kids love to help decorate these snowman cookies.  You don't even have to make the cookies.  They start with a package of Nutter Butters!

Margaret's Morsels | No Bake Snowman Cookies

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December 6, 2015

12 Days of Christmas Gifts from the Kitchen: Day 6

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Today's gift from the kitchen is a match made in culinary heaven!  Peanut Butter Brownies elevate brownies from ho hum to wow!

Margaret's Morsels | Peanut Butter Brownies

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December 5, 2015

12 Days of Christmas Gifts from the Kitchen: Day 5

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I thought I'd stick with yesterday's theme and share another candy recipe. I've made this Peanut Butter Fudge for Valentine's Day, but it's also wonderful to give as Christmas gifts.  One batch yields 70 pieces making it easy to cross several names off your list at one time!  You don't even have to turn on your stove to make this fabulous fudge.  It's made in the microwave!

Margaret's Morsels | Peanut Butter Fudge

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December 4, 2015

12 Days of Christmas Gifts from the Kitchen: Day 4

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Every year at Christmas, one of my former coworkers would give me a Mason jar filled with homemade chocolate covered cherries made by his wife.  She decorated the jar by attaching a round piece of Christmas fabric between the lid and the ring.  This added a touch of festivity to the delicious treat waiting inside.  I don't have her recipe, but I do have one that I shared four years ago.  If you want to make these, you need to plan ahead because the finished cherries need to sit five days before they're ready to eat.  


Margaret's Morsels | Chocolate Covered Cherries


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December 3, 2015

12 Days of Christmas Gifts from the Kitchen: Day 3

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If you love cinnamon, you'll love today's gift from the kitchen. These Cinnamon Cookies have cinnamon in the batter and on top of the cookie.  They're also easy to make when you're pressed for time.

Margaret's Morsels | Cinnamon Cookies


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December 2, 2015

12 Days of Christmas Gifts from the Kitchen: Day 2

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The recipe I shared yesterday is the cookie I've been gifting at Christmas for years.  However, with its blend of cloves, ginger and cinnamon, nothing smells more like Christmas to me than Molasses Sugar Cookies.


Margaret's Morsels | Molasses Sugar Cookies


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December 1, 2015

12 Days of Christmas Gifts from the Kitchen: Day 1

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This time of the year, I start getting emails with 12 days of Christmas cookie recipes.  Since I love giving gifts from the kitchen, I thought I'd share 12 recipes -- not all of them cookies -- that would make wonderful Christmas gifts.  I hope to share one or two new recipes, but I can't make any promises. As John Lennon said, "Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans."

What better way to start this series than with the recipe I shared five years ago in a post titled, "Gifts from the Kitchen."  I've been making these three (four if you use sprinkles) ingredient cookies at Christmas for years.  I prefer chocolate almond bark, but you can use vanilla if you want a white cookie.  Seasonal sprinkles add a festive touch to the cookies.


Margaret's Morsels | Chocolate Covered Ritz Cracker Cookies