Christmas Baking for those who hate Christmas Baking!

I get it. There are those of you who HATE to bake. And when Christmas hits, you hate to bake most of all! Well never fear – this week is just for you – it’s Christmas Baking for those who hate Christmas baking.

I’ve been putting off the baking this year. Don’t get me wrong – typically I love a good Christmas cookie – especially when I’ve made it (wink wink) but something about this year has me in a bit of a funk… Is it COVID? I’m not sure but I’m not as excited about getting out all the familiar traditional recipes and hunkering down for some solid baking days.

Many of our friends are throwing their hands up and saying “what’s the point this year?” We can’t have anyone over – who is going to eat it all? And as much as we may have more time than usual at home, the baking phase of COVID passed for most of us mid-April and we are OVER IT.

I was recently looking through the ol’ recipe index for some inspiration. It’s a gaudy binder I received many years ago from my Grandma that has pockets to store clipped recipes, or old written recipes from years past. Funnily enough, this is the binder I always consult when deciding on my Christmas baking for the year. Yup – I still have notes on recipes and I very rarely google any of my Christmas baking…

I’m old school that way.

So while I do love to bake, I dread the “gingerbread and sugar cookie” days of baking because OMG – it is so time consuming and MESSY. Hours go by and when you’re done, you have very little variety for so much time. This is NOT the Christmas baking for those who hate Christmas baking! Guess what folks – I’m going to suggest buying these ones. They are so much prettier done by true professionals – and who wants to be chasing around those little silver dragees on your floor for the next 3 months?

Never fear though friends, while searching through my recipe index, I found three delightfully easy recipes. Three baked goods you can complete in a couple of hours, and three yummy additions you could tuck in next to STORE BOUGHT sugar cookies and gingerbread on your baking tray … 🙂

These recipes are decades old and not original to me – in fact. one of the recipes is actually a Chipits Skor bits advertisement (from 2000) that I tore out of a magazine many moons ago. The other two I stole from my mom – who was the Christmas baking queen.

Christmas Baking for those who hate Christmas Baking

So today, our three recipes for Christmas Baking for those who hate Christmas baking are:

Graham Wafer Almond Bites

Gum Drop Cookies

Toffee Bits Triangles

While we can’t guarantee originality – we can certainly guarantee EASY – and stress free. Other than the Skor Bits, and the gum drops most ingredients you will have at home which also makes things easy.

The focus today is getting you BAKING and creating a few homemade treats to add to the treats you are buying. There is nothing like a tray of cookies on Christmas Eve with a little something for everyone and with some homemade love.

Graham Wafer Almond Bites

Perhaps the easiest way to get some Christmas baking in your freezer – these bites are sinfully delish and take no time at all to make.
Course Dessert

Ingredients
  

  • 3/4 box graham wafers enough to line your cookie sheet
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup sliced almonds

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your oven to 375F.
    Grab a cookie sheet and line it with graham crackers. Melt the brown sugar and butter together in a bowl and give it a stir. Pour the mixture over the graham crackers. Sprinkle the sliced almonds on top.
    Bake in the oven for 7 minutes and then turn off the oven and open it's door a crack. Let squares sit in the oven for 1 hour. Remove, and cut into squares while still warm.
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Gum Drop Cookies

So Christmasy and colourful on your baking tray – these cookies are chewy and delightful! They are also so easy and a cookie fav. for sure!
Prep Time 10 mins
Course Dessert
Servings 24 cookies

Ingredients
  

  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 3/4 cup flour you can substitute gluten free if you want!
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup Gum Drops (1 package of Nutty Club) We use Nutty Club – but you can just cut up jujubes if you can't find them!

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your oven to 350F. Prepare two cookie sheets by lining with parchment.
  • Cream butter and sugar together until well combined and light. Add the egg and the almond extract.
  • Slowly add dry ingredients until well mixed.
  • Stir in gumdrops
  • Drop cookies on cookie sheets – approx. 1 tbsp size will give you 24 cookies
  • Bake in oven for about 10 – 12 minutes. I start watching mine at about 9 – and usually pull out at about the 12 minute mark. You don't want them to get dark on top.
  • Let cool a minute on the cookie sheet and then transfer to rack until completely cool.
  • Store in a zip top bag in the freezer for Christmas (and hope that your kids don't eat them all before then 🙂 )
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If you need help finding gum drops – look for NUTTY CLUB FRUITLETS at SAVE ON FOODS or just cut up your favorite JuJubes into bite size pieces. These cookies are so good and so simple – you need to try them.

Toffee Bits Triangles

Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Dessert

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 1/4 cups Toffee Bits we used Chipits Skor Toffee Bits
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your over to 350F. Line a rimmed cookie sheet with parchment with overhang on the edges and set aside.
  • Beat butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg yolk and vanilla and beat until combined.
  • Stir in flour, and 1 cup of the toffee bits until combined.
  • Press dough into prepared pan and bake for 18 – 20 minutes until light brown. Transfer to a cooling rack
  • Immediately sprinkle the chocolate chips over the hot base. Let stand for a few minutes until the chocolate is softened. Spread chocolate evenly over the base.
  • Sprinkle with remaining toffee bits.
  • Cool until chocolate is set (about 2 to 3 hours on the counter or 45 minutes in the fridge). Once chocolate is set, cut into squares and then cut again diagonally to make triangles.
  • Freeze until Christmas 🙂
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Christmas Baking for those who hate Christmas baking

I promise you – you can make all three of these in an afternoon and not even break a sweat. Imagine in just a few hours having three different treats in your freezer for Christmas? Even if you hate Christmas baking I can guarantee you won’t hate me or these recipes when you try them.

Christmas Baking for those who hate Christmas baking

We’ve got you covered with some serious Christmas baking for those who hate Christmas baking… now skip to the kitchen and get started… 😉

If we’ve got you excited about Christmas baking today – why not try some of our other Christmas treats?

DAVEY CROCKETTS – gluten free

BEST BUTTER TARTS

NO BAKE ENERGY BITES

Send us some love and tell us how your afternoon in the kitchen went…

xx

C

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