One of our favourite things about the holidays is coming home to our families traditions. We both arrived home for the holidays at the end of this week and nothing put us more in the spirit than our mom’s Christmas decor and our dogs lounging by the fire. That being said, a huge part of holiday tradition for us surrounds food. Timeless recipes that have been in the family for years...that have evolved into crowd favs and known staples. In the spirit of giving, and the spirit of eating, we thought we'd share some of our top favs with everyone.
A few of our favourite Christmas recipes:
M: Bits and Bites- these are a world favourite and are demanded every year by coworkers, friends, and family alike. The recipe was on back of the Shreddies box when Kare and Bri were first married. They have since mastered it.
6 cups Shreddies
5 cups Cheerios
1 bag pretzel sticks
1 can mixed nuts
1 can cashews
1 bag Goldfish or President’s Choice Penguins
3 cups vegetable oil
2 tbsp Worchestershire sauce
3 tsp garlic salt
Toss dry ingredients in large roast pan, stir sauce and pour sauce over ingredients, mix well then bake at 250 degrees for 2 hours with no lid, stirring every ten minutes. Sprinkle with garlic salt half way through baking.
T: Cheesecake- This cheesecake is a family favourite and it’s not a Smith holiday meal without it appearing. It’s simple yet delicious and guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser.
1 ¼ cup graham cracker crumbs
¼ cup white sugar
⅓ cup melted butter
Mix crumbs and sugar then pour in melted butter. Mix and press in dish. Heat at 300 for 15 minutes and then let cool.
1 package cream cheese
1 cup icing sugar
Blend cream cheese and icing sugar together.
1 package dream whip
Prepare 1 package of dream whip and mix and whip with the cream cheese and icing sugar mixture.
Spread over graham cracker crust and refrigerate until cool.
Spread your favourite pie filling (cherry, blueberry, etc) or fresh fruit!
M: Ginger Sparklers- Kare was addicted to these before Mad was born. She couldn’t stay ahead of herself with the batches. It goes without saying, my ‘surprise’ red hair hasn’t skipped a generation and is instead a result of actual ginger. Thanks Kare.
⅔ cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
¼ cup molasses
2 cups flour
2 tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
1 tsp ginger
1 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp cloves
Cream together butter, sugar, molasses and egg until fluffy. Mix dry ingredients and stir into creamed mixture. Shape into balls and roll in sugar. Bake at 350 degrees for 7 minutes.
T: Peanut Butter Balls- Anyone who knows me knows that peanut butter is easily my favourite food group. These PB balls are always my first choice from Aunt Gale’s plate of homemade holiday treats.
½ cup corn syrup
½ cup brown sugar
Melt over hot water until hot
Remove from heat and add:
1 cup peanut butter
2 cups corn flakes
Mix well together and stir into cornflakes. Roll into balls.
As the Christmas parties vamp up, goodie trays-a-plenty, we'll be reaching for our favourites and more. The holidays are a time to indulge... in the cooking and baking we all look forward to every year and in the many traditions of the season.
Merry Christmas from bronze&gold!!
Lots of love,
Mad & Teal