Just TEN days until Christmas. Wow, this year has gone by so fast, just like the last year. The last decade. It kind of scares me how fast time flies, and how many things change. I don’t know about you but I don’t like change. For five decades we have been gathering at my parents’ home to celebrate Christmas. We’ve done everything exactly the same, held to our traditions. That brings a sense of comfort and belonging. But time is a harsh task-master and I can see the changes coming as health issues for aging parents take a toll, and my family is facing a potential cross-country move.
I don’t like it. Not one bit!
But in the meantime, there is comfort food. I bet you thought this was going to be a depressing post. Admittedly it took a different turn than I had planned.
With Christmas fast-approaching, I want to make the most of every day. Enjo
So I’m gearing up to bake and be creative, outside of writing, that is. The best holiday treats are ones that are easy-peasy to make. Nothing complicated for me right now—I have a deadline looming just on the other side of Christmas.
But there are so many GREAT recipes out there, it’s so hard to choose. I love trying new things, but I also stick with the tried and true, especially when my kids make a special request.
Are you ready for these special request easy recipes? Here we go. All you’ll need in addition to short list of ingredients is a microwave.
DOUBLE DECKER FUDGE
I acquired this recipe years ago and I’m not sure where it came from, so I can’t give credit, where credit is due. Double Decker Fudge is almost like a batch of homemade peanut butter cups, except it’s much richer.
1 12 oz bag of chocolate chips
1 12 oz bag of Reeses peanut butter chips (approximate)
2 small cans of sweetened condensed milk
2 Tbsp of butter
Line a 9 x 13 pan with foil. (important step so the fudge wont’ stick) Combing the peanut butter chips, 2 TBSPs butter, and 1 can of the condensed milk in microwave safe container, and melt in the microwave, stirring every 30 seconds until melted. Pour into the pan.
While the peanut butter mixture is setting, combing chocolate chips and 1 can of condensed milk in microwave safe bowl and nuke the mixture, stirring every 30 seconds until melted. Pour over the peanut butter layer and spread. Chill in the refrigerator until hard, then cut into squares.
Next up is. . .
There’s nothing easier than this fudge, and it tastes amazing. Again I don’t remember the original source of this easy recipe, but a google search sent me to Betty Crocker where I also found the recipe, along with a variety of other similar, easy fudges.
1 can of chocolate frosting
1 package chocolate chips
Combine one can of chocolate frosting and one package of chocolate chips in microwave safe bowl. Melt, stirring every 30 seconds until creamy. Pour into 9X9 baking dish. Chill until set.
Link to ideas for other flavors of fudge: http://www.bettycrocker.com/how-to/tipslibrary/cooking-tips/frosting-fudge
Have fun with this one!
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