Today a co-worker brought in these awesome homemade chocolate-peanutbutter-fudge topped brownies...completely decadent!! They were soooo good! and sooo Southern (some of you know what I'm talkin about :)) these are Christmas goodie good....probably put me right to sleep in a half hour or so...:)
Makes me wanna break out the recipes I usually reserve for the holidays and make something really yummy....which I've been comtemplating for several evenings already.
Our family has a few things we make at holiday time that are surrounded by tradition and memories. My kids beg for them and beg to make them each year. One is sugar cookies which aren't special in the recipe but everyone loves to cut out and decorate them and all my kids have participated since they were 3...this year will be Jada's turn to get involved in the making and maybe I'll get her Poppy in on it too. He's very artsy so he would turn out some holiday shaped masterpieces, I'm sure, all the while educating Jadabear on how its done...:)
Another traditional goodie we made, usually as a family, is one we creatively call "chocolate balls" lol....they are a timeless tradition in our family and waaay better than their boring name implies....we usually end up making several batches so that everyone can participate and so everyone gets some to take home...because we eat a lot along the way... :)
Here's the recipe..straight from my memory...well I did double check with my mom to be sure... :)
1 C graham cracker crumbs (if you don't use Nabisco Honeymaid they don't taste right)
1 Bx confectioners sugar
1 & 3/4 sticks melted butter, margerine works fine
2 Tbls peanut butter
3/4 C chopped pecans
3/4 C shredded coconut ( we leave this one out...no one likes coconut)
1 tsp vanilla
mix well and roll this mixture into small one inch balls
place on a cookie sheet lined with waxed paper
insert a toothpick into each ball
freeze for 1/2 hour
melt together 3/4 of a 12 oz. bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips and
2 oz. parafin in a double boiler
dip frozen balls into the melted mixture and set back on the waxed paper to harden, remove toothpicks.
makes approx. 100 pieces
YUM! we keep them in the fridge to keep the chocolate coating firm.
(Note: Parafin is wax...plain ole' candle wax, and can usually be found in the section carrying canning supplies or the baking section...it hardens the melted chocolate into a candy like shell)
Ouch, that sweet tooth is screaming! I may not be able to wait til its officially "holidays"..I may have to go home and make something tonight!
Do you have holiday cooking traditions or recipes you'd care to share?