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Wednesday, March 8, 2017 issue
Merry & Bright holiday treats

Today, schedules are busier than ever;

yet when it comes to the holidays,

we all look forward to spending time

in the kitchen and creating treats for those we care about. The holiday season is a perfect time to bring family and friends together to establish your own baking traditions. The pleasure everyone has remembering their favorite holiday treats is sure to keep you thinking of how to incorporate shortcuts into each recipe and yet deliver the memories.

Or recipes can be created to save time, and the end results are the same — family time together, expressing one’s creativity and starting new family traditions with updated versions of old-fashioned recipes. Keeping the pantry stocked with baking ingredients, cookie mixes and holiday chocolate candies will allow you to bake at a moment’s notice.

The Cupcake Christmas Tree recipe will be a delight to children, because it’s the perfect dessert

for little ones to decorate and they will enjoy the activity of building the tree and putting the star on

top. It could be a simple but lovely centerpiece for

the dessert table.

The following recipes are a good start to creating your own family traditions around the holiday season. For additional holiday recipes, decorating, gift ideas and family fun activities go to www.marsbrightideas.com.



Reindeer Pops

1 tube (18 ounces) refrigerated

sugar cookie dough

2/3 cup of flour

1 3-inch round cookie cutter

24 craft sticks

48 mini pretzel twists

2 bags (11 ounces) Dove Milk

Chocolate Gifts

Brown sprinkles

Snowflake sprinkles

1 bag (11 ounces) Dove Dark

Chocolate Gifts

Wax paper

1 bag (11 ounces) M&M’S Brand

Milk Chocolate Candies For

the Holidays

1 tube white decorative frosting

Holiday curling ribbon

1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

2. Knead sugar cookie dough with flour until smooth. Roll it out to 1/4 inch thickness. Press out 24 cookie rounds with cookie cutter. Transfer circles to ungreased cookie sheet.

3. Press craft stick into bottom of each circle; press 2 mini pretzel twists on each top for antlers. Bake cookies 12 to 14 minutes or until golden. Let cool on wire rack.

4. Melt Milk Chocolate Gifts in microwave 1 to 3 minutes, stirring occasionally until smooth. Spread spoonful of chocolate over each cookie and pretzel.

5. Sprinkle brown sprinkles over antlers and snowflake sprinkles between antlers as hair. Place 1 Dark Chocolate

Gift in middle of each cookie;

then place cookies on wax paper-lined cookie sheet.

6. Chill in refrigerator until chocolate is hardened, about 15 minutes.

7. Attach Milk Chocolate Candies For the Holidays with decorative icing for eyes and nose. Tie ribbon bow on each craft stick under reindeer’s head.

Makes 24 Reindeer Pops



Snowball Cookies

1/2 cup butter (or 3/4 cup

butter for moister batter)

1 1/4 cups confectioner’s sugar,

divided

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 cups flour

1 cup chopped walnuts

1/2 cup chopped Snickers

Brand Miniatures





1. Cream together butter, 1/4 cup confectioner’s sugar and vanilla.

2. Slowly blend in flour, nuts and Miniatures. Roll dough into 1 1/2 inch balls.

3. Refrigerate 30 minutes. Bake in preheated 350°F oven 12 to 14 minutes.

4. Remove from oven and let rest 5 minutes. Roll cookies in remaining cup confectioner’s sugar, covering each cookie completely.

Makes 25 to 30 cookies



Shortbread Candy Canes

1 cup butter, room

temperature

1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar

1 3/4 cups flour

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1 container white frosting

1 bag (11 ounces) M&M’S

Brand Milk Chocolate

Candies For the Holidays

1. Combine butter and confectioner’s sugar.

2. Add flour, salt and baking powder.

3. Roll out dough on floured surface to about 1/4-inch thickness.

4. Cut candy cane shapes with cookie cutter or knife.

5. Bake in preheated 350°F oven about 10 minutes or until light brown. Let cool.

6. Frost with white frosting and decorate with Milk Chocolate Candies For the Holidays.

Makes 20 cookies


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