Reason to SMILE #348 – Christmas Edition: The CHRISTMAS SWEETS

Reasons why we all make the resolution to loose weight every new year:

Sugar cookies shaped like Christmas Trees, Reindeer, Candy Canes and Santa

Chocolate Chip Cookies made from the Nestle Tollhouse recipe on the bag

Gingerbread men

Peanut butter and Hershey’s Kisses cookies

Pecan Crescent Cookies

Shortbread cookies

Divinity

Candy Canes

Peanut butter balls (or Buckeyes)

Chocolate covered cherries

White Chocolate Peppermint Truffles

Boy, oh boy! I’m gaining weight just thinking about all these delicious Christmas treats.

There are so many treats to choose from at Christmastime and everyone has their own special sweets that they look forward to making or eating during the Christmas season. For me, it’s peanut butter cookies and strawberry candies. I don’t make either but my mom does. They are my favorites of all her wonderfully delectable creations. (I did try to make the strawberry candies last year but we’re just gonna leave that experience in the past. 😉 )

Now, here’s what you need to know about peanut butter cookies. Unless they have the criss-cross on the top, they are not worth eating. You know what I’m talking about, don’t you? After the cookie dough is prepared, it’s rolled into a ball and placed on a cookie sheet. Then, the back of a fork is pressed down onto the ball and then again in another direction to make a criss-cross pattern on the top of the cookie. Kind of like a culinary hashtag!

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As for the strawberry candies, you really have to try them! They are very sweet, though, so you should probably only eat one or two at a time. However, they are addictive. Eat at your own risk!

Ingredients:

3 packages strawberry gelatin
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup coconut
1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions:

In a large bowl, mix all dry ingredients.
Mix in condensed milk and vanilla.
Cover and chill for at least one hour.
Shape into berries using about a teaspoon each.
Roll in red sugar.
Dip top of berry in green sugar to create the leaf.

Enjoy!

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