Freutcake http://www.freutcake.com a modern take on nostalgic food Mon, 18 Dec 2017 18:37:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 https://i1.wp.com/www.freutcake.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/cropped-Freutcake-bundt-cake-logo.png?fit=32%2C32 Freutcake http://www.freutcake.com 32 32 28568341 Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies + Leinenkugel’s Berry Weiss http://www.freutcake.com/in-the-kitchen/dessert/cookies/peanut-butter-blossom-cookies-leinenkugels-berry-weiss/ http://www.freutcake.com/in-the-kitchen/dessert/cookies/peanut-butter-blossom-cookies-leinenkugels-berry-weiss/#comments Mon, 18 Dec 2017 10:00:51 +0000 http://www.freutcake.com/?p=20145 Peanut butter blossom cookies paired with Leinenkugel’s Berry Weiss Beer is the perfect beer and cookie pairing for a holiday party!

Peanut Butter Blossom Christmas Cookie Recipe

This year I am ditching all of my pre-conceived notions about milk being cookies’ perfect match. I’ve teamed up with Pints and Plates to share the most amazingly unexpected combination, a recipe for classic peanut butter blossom cookies paired with Leinenkugel’s Berry Weiss beer.

Peanut Butter Blossom Christmas Cookie Recipe

This is a match made in heaven. It reminds me of a grown-up peanut butter and jelly sandwich. When Pints and Plates came to me with the idea of a beer and cookie pairing, I loved it! What a fun holiday idea for grown-ups and perfect for holiday entertaining.

Peanut Butter Blossom Christmas Cookie Recipe

Peanut butter blossoms have been a long standing favorite holiday cookie contender. Soft peanut butter cookies baked until just slightly golden on the bottom and puffed then topped with chocolate kisses.

Peanut Butter Christmas Cookie Recipe

I can pretty much guarantee they will be a new holiday family favorite if they aren’t already! Plus, if you have little ones in the house, they will love to help press the kisses into the top of each cookie…and eat a few along the way.

Peanut Butter Blossom Christmas Cookies

Now for the grown up part, the beer. Set out a plate of cookies and pour a couple of glasses of Leinenkugel’s Berry Weiss. Even if you’re not a huge beer drinker, this would be a good one to try! It’s very fruity and effervescent so it makes a nice holiday dessert drink. It’s also a good one to sip on while making holiday cookies, I might add!

Peanut Butter Blossom Christmas Cookies

As for other cookie and beer pairings, Pints and Plates recommends a few:
Sugar cookies + Leinenkugel’s Snowdrift Vanilla Porter.
Shortbread cookies + Blue Moon Pacific Apricot Wheat.
Chocolate Chip cookies + Leinenkugel’s Snowdrift Vanilla Porter.
Snickerdoodle cookies + Crispin Original Cider.

For more beer and food pairings, recipes and inspiration, visit Pints and Plates. Which are you going to try? Wouldn’t it be fun to host a beer and cookie pairing party and have everyone bring a cookie and beer to share? Happy baking!

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Pints and Plates, however all opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the sponsors who keep Freutcake tasty!

Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies
 
Classic peanut butter cookies topped with chocolate kisses.
Ingredients
  • ½ cup shortening
  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ⅛ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar- for rolling
  • Chocolate kisses
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. With an electric mixer, cream together shortening and peanut butter. Add in granulated sugar,
  3. brown sugar, baking powder and baking soda and beat mixture. Add in egg, milk and vanilla extract
  4. and beat until combined. Add in flour and mix just until dough comes together.
  5. Roll dough into 1” balls and roll in granulated sugar. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake
  6. -12 minutes or until the bottoms are golden brown and the edges are firm. Remove from the
  7. oven and immediately press a chocolate kiss into the center of each cookie. Remove with a spatula
  8. to a cooling rack to cool before serving. Serve with Leinenkugel’s Berry Weiss for the perfect
  9. holiday pairing.

 

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Christmas Wreath Cookies http://www.freutcake.com/in-the-kitchen/dessert/cookies/christmas-wreath-cookies/ http://www.freutcake.com/in-the-kitchen/dessert/cookies/christmas-wreath-cookies/#comments Wed, 13 Dec 2017 19:05:55 +0000 http://www.freutcake.com/?p=20122 Christmas Wreath Cookies are not only one of my favorite holiday treats but are also easy to make, kid-friendly and the perfect cookie to leave out for Santa!

Classic Christmas Wreath Cookies, also known as holly wreath cookies, made with corn flakes and cinnamon candies are perfect for making with kids and leaving out for Santa on Christmas Eve.

I’m partnering with Munchkin today to share this recipe because it’s a great cookie to make with kids. Last week I decided to start a new tradition by making a batch with Millie. She is always so excited to “help” me in the kitchen and this was a fun cookie to make with her.

Classic Christmas Wreath Cookies, also known as holly wreath cookies, made with corn flakes and cinnamon candies are perfect for making with kids and leaving out for Santa on Christmas Eve.

Similar to Rice Krispies treats, these wreaths have just a few simple ingredients: cereal, marshmallows, butter, green food coloring and red candies.

Classic Christmas Wreath Cookies, also known as holly wreath cookies, made with corn flakes and cinnamon candies are perfect for making with kids and leaving out for Santa on Christmas Eve.

Traditionally these wreaths are made with cinnamon candies but you can use mini red chocolate candies if you want a “less spicy” alternative. The corn flakes give a nice crisp texture and make the wreaths look like holly.

Classic Christmas Wreath Cookies, also known as holly wreath cookies, made with corn flakes and cinnamon candies are perfect for making with kids and leaving out for Santa on Christmas Eve.

Just a splash of green food coloring gives them their green color and the red candies look like berries when you nestle them down in the leaves.

Classic Christmas Wreath Cookies, also known as holly wreath cookies, made with corn flakes and cinnamon candies are perfect for making with kids and leaving out for Santa on Christmas Eve.Classic Christmas Wreath Cookies, also known as holly wreath cookies, made with corn flakes and cinnamon candies are perfect for making with kids and leaving out for Santa on Christmas Eve.

In order make it easy for Millie to help make the cookies, I set out a large sheet of waxed paper to make the wreaths on as well as different sprinkles and nonpareils in my Munchkin Love-a-Bowls.™ She helped me mix the melted marshmallows, measure and add the corn flakes and shape the wreaths.

Classic Christmas Wreath Cookies, also known as holly wreath cookies, made with corn flakes and cinnamon candies are perfect for making with kids and leaving out for Santa on Christmas Eve.

Depending on the age of your child, they can be more or less involved in the shaping process. I rolled the mixture into balls and had Millie flatten and poke holes in the center of each to create the wreath shape.

Classic Christmas Wreath Cookies, also known as holly wreath cookies, made with corn flakes and cinnamon candies are perfect for making with kids and leaving out for Santa on Christmas Eve.

Classic Christmas Wreath Cookies, also known as holly wreath cookies, made with corn flakes and cinnamon candies are perfect for making with kids and leaving out for Santa on Christmas Eve.

Then I let her decorate away! I placed the cinnamon candies in a Munchkin Snack Catcher so that they didn’t spill all over the counter which was so helpful. She loved using the little spoons to sprinkle on white nonpareils to look like snow.

Classic Christmas Wreath Cookies, also known as holly wreath cookies, made with corn flakes and cinnamon candies are perfect for making with kids and leaving out for Santa on Christmas Eve.

Sprinkles and candies, lots of snacking on cereal along the way, and even a bit of marshmallow in her hair. It was a messy fun time and I was so glad we made that memory together. We’ll definitely be making these wreaths to leave out for Santa on Christmas Eve!

Classic Christmas Wreath Cookies, also known as holly wreath cookies, made with corn flakes and cinnamon candies are perfect for making with kids and leaving out for Santa on Christmas Eve.

Christmas Wreath Cookies
Recipe type: Cookie
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 14
 
Classic Christmas Wreath Cookies made with corn flakes and cinnamon candies, also know as holly wreath cookies, are perfect for making with kids and leaving out for Santa!
Ingredients
  • 1 bag mini marshmallows
  • 5 cups corn flakes
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) salted butter
  • green food coloring
  • red cinnamon candy
  • sprinkles and nonpareils (optional)
  • non-stick cooking spray
Instructions
  1. Line a cookie sheet with waxed paper and set aside.
  2. In a large pot melt butter and marshmallows over low heat, mixing frequently. Add in a green food coloring until you’ve reached a green color that you like for your wreaths and mix until all of the melted marshmallow is evenly colored.
  3. Remove from heat and fold in corn flakes with a wooden spoon until all of the flakes are coated.
  4. Allow mixture to cool slightly until it is able to be handled.
  5. Spray hands with non-stick cooking spray and gather mixture up rolling into small balls.
  6. Place on cookie sheet and flatten slightly. Poke a hole in the center and shape into a wreath.
  7. Decorate with 3 cinnamon candies and any additional sprinkles or sanding sugar.
  8. Cool until hardened before serving.

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Munchkin, one of my favorite brands for all things toddler. Thank you for supporting my sponsors!

Classic Christmas Wreath Cookies, also known as holly wreath cookies, made with corn flakes and cinnamon candies are perfect for making with kids and leaving out for Santa on Christmas Eve.

Classic Christmas Wreath Cookies, also known as holly wreath cookies, made with corn flakes and cinnamon candies are perfect for making with kids and leaving out for Santa on Christmas Eve.

 

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Grandma Elaine’s Orange Gumdrop Bars http://www.freutcake.com/in-the-kitchen/dessert/cookies/grandma-elaines-orange-gumdrop-bars/ http://www.freutcake.com/in-the-kitchen/dessert/cookies/grandma-elaines-orange-gumdrop-bars/#comments Tue, 12 Dec 2017 11:00:36 +0000 http://www.freutcake.com/?p=20097 Orange Gumdrop Bars are probably the most unique Christmas cookies you will ever try. Chewy cinnamon spiced nut cookies stuffed full of chopped orange gumdrop candies and topped with a fresh orange glaze while the bars are still hot. The result is a sticky Christmas treat that has been a favorite recipe in my family for generations. Today a group of my fellow blogger buddies and I are sharing some of their favorite Christmas cookies in a virtual cookie-recipe swap. I’ll link to all of their recipes at the end of this post…

Orange Gumdrop Bars

Passed down from my Great Grandma Ollie to my Grandma Elaine and now to me, these are not only my Dad’s favorite Christmas cookie but my Aunt Alice’s as well! It’s a well know fact that family Christmas cookies are top-secret on my Dad’s side of the family so when my Grandma and Aunt gave the ok to share this recipe, I felt down right proud to write this post and share the recipe with all of you. 

Orange Gumdrop Bars

Like any family recipe, everyone has their own (slightly different) way of doing things. According to the original recipe card, my Great Grandma added the orange glaze to the top of the bars while the cookies were still hot so that it melted down into the actual cookie leaving just a thin layer behind. When my Grandma Elaine makes them, her icing is much thicker on top because she doubles the amount of glaze allowing it to cool much thicker. I on the other hand think they look pretty with a thin glaze and just a sprinkle of dusted powdered sugar over the top. We all have our own ways of doing things. When you make these gumdrop bars for yourself, you can decide just how you like to finish them! I’ll include notes on the different glaze options at the end of the recipe.

Orange Gumdrop Bars

Now let’s get to talking about gumdrops! When my Grandma first gave me this cookie recipe over the phone she emphasized two things: use Land O’ Lakes butter (because it’s the only butter she bakes her Christmas cookies with) and make sure your orange gumdrop candies are fresh. My family uses the little sugar covered orange segment shaped candies available in the candy aisle or in the fresh bulk section of the grocery store. Grandma Elaine would have me (and all of you) “squeeze the bag” to make sure the gummies are fresh and soft. Using soft candies makes the chopping process a whole lot more time-consuming but the results are worth it. Just make sure you buy a little more than the 1lb this recipe calls for; there will be snacking involved! How could there not be when you’re cutting up an entire pound of fresh orange candy?

Orange Gumdrop Bars

Mix all of the ingredients: eggs, brown sugar, flour, salt, cinnamon, orange gumdrops, and chopped nuts together in one mixing bowl then stir in the cream of tartar & water mixture. The dough will be thick, which is how it should be, and it’s helpful to use your hands to press it into your prepared pan before baking. 

Orange Gumdrop Bars

While the bars bake, mix your icing. With real orange zest, melted butter, orange juice and powdered sugar, this is one of the best glazes I’ve ever tasted! In fact, I can see why my Grandma Elaine choses to doubles the glaze recipe.

Once they’re baked, these gumdrop bars look very unassuming. They make the house smell heavenly but the real beauty doesn’t come until you’ve let them cool and cut into them to see all of the little bits of chopped pecans and gumdrops inside. My Grandma usually makes these cut into little squares but I choose to make them bigger. What can I say, I’m not about portion control when it comes to my favorite Christmas cookies! 

Orange Gumdrop Bars

I hope you will give this family recipe a try and come back to let me know what you think! They really are a classic in my family and by far one of my favorite Christmas cookies. My Grandma Elaine reads almost every one of my blog posts and I’m sure she would be thrilled to see some of you trying this favorite recipe of hers. I hope your family will love them as much as mine does!

Grandma Elaine's Orange Gumdrop Bars
Author: 
Recipe type: Christmas Cookie
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
 
My family recipe for orange gumdrop Christmas cookies.
Ingredients
  • 4 eggs beaten
  • 2 cups light brown sugar
  • 2 cups sifted flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 pound orange gumdrop slices, chopped
  • ¼ pound (1 cup) pecans, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 Tablespoon cold water
  • For the Icing:
  • 2 Tablespoons melted butter
  • 3 Tablespoons orange juice
  • 2 oranges zested
  • 1 cup powdered sugar (plus more for garnish if desired)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line a 9x14" glass baking pan with parchment paper and grease well with either butter or cooking spray.
  3. Chop the orange gumdrop candy into small cubes and chop the pecans.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, mix together: brown sugar, flour, salt, cinnamon and nuts.
  5. Mix in the orange candy and using your hands, break up and clusters making sure that all of the gumdrops are separated and coated in the flour mixture.
  6. Mix in the beaten eggs and stir well with a wooden spoon until combined.
  7. Mix together the cream of tartar and water in a small glass and add to the batter, stirring well into incorporated.
  8. Spread dough into prepared pan, you may want to use greased hands to press dough into pan evenly.
  9. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes or until the bars are set in the center and the top is golden brown.
  10. While the bars bake, make the glaze.
  11. In a bowl mix together butter, orange juice, orange zest and powdered sugar. Note: I used 1 cup of powdered sugar but the original recipe of my Great Grandma's says to add as much as needed. You can start off with less and work your way up until the glaze comes together and is about the consistency of white school glue.
  12. Remove the bars from the oven and while still hot, pour the glaze overtop. Allow to cool and set completely before cutting.
  13. Dust with powdered sugar if desired.
  14. GLAZE NOTE: My Grandma doubles the glaze recipe by combining 4 Tablespoons melted butter, 5 Tablespoons orange juice, the zest of 2 oranges and powdered sugar.

For more Christmas cookies, check out these recipes from some of my blogger friends:

CookieSwapSquad

#ChristmasCookieSquad

Oatmeal Lace Cookies by Julie Blanner
Cream Horn Cookies (Lady Locks) by Michael of Inspired by Charm
The Best Peanut Butter Blossoms by Cyd of The Sweetest Occassion
Nordic Gingerbread Cookies by Melissa of The Faux Martha
Orange Gumdrop Bars by Freutcake

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