It wouldn’t be Christmas without baked goods! Christmas Eve Eve is always a crazy baking day getting everything ready for the next couple days of family get-togethers. Instead of going all out with tons of different cookies and sweets for Christmas Day this year it’s a few of the faves to keep things light and a little healthier.
This year’s faves
Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bars Skinny Copycat
This recipe is adapted from SkinnyTaste Bliss Bars. These are honestly much better than the not skinny version! But, disclaimer, I have no actually had one from Starbucks because of my peanut allergy. They seem a little weird at first but then they become kind of addictive and now they’re a Christmas classic here.
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon orange zest
2/3 cup sugar
2/3 cup brown sugar, not packed
1/4 cup melted butter
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce ( peel 2 large apples, slice thinly, add a splash of water, microwave for about 5 minutes until it is mushy. )
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2/3 cup white chocolate chips
1/3 cup dried cranberries, chopped
8 oz of light cream cheese, softened
1/2 powdered sugar
2 oz of white chocolate chips, melted
1/4 dried cranberries, chopped
Line 9 x 13 in a pan with parchment paper. Combine sugars, butter, egg and vanilla until light and fluffy. Add in flour, baking soda, salt and orange zest until well blended. Fold in the unmelted chocolate chips and 1/3 cup of cranberries, spread evenly into the pan and bake 10-14 minutes in a preheated 350 oven. While the base is cooking, beat cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla until the frosting is well combined. Once the bars have finished cooking and cooled, ice them with the frosting, drizzle with a bit of the white chocolate and top with extra dried cranberries.
A simple classic that you can never go wrong with. This recipe is from Robinhood Flour.
1 cup softened butter
1/2 cup powder sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 baking powder
1 cup toffee bits, optional. I’ve actually never tried it with the toffee bits.
Preheat oven to 350, beat butter, powdered sugar and vanilla until creamy. The more time spent here the better! It makes the cookies nice and soft when the butter is fluffy. Add in all of the remaining ingredients, don’t over stir. Roll into balls ( mine were done in a cookie press ) top with sugar and bake for 7-10 minutes. Cookies will spread so there needs to be space between each cookie on the pan.
What are some of your holiday favourite treats? Have a safe and happy Christmas everyone!