Well it is that time of year for Christmas cookies!!! One of my favorite things about this time of year. Growing up there were always a couple cookies that my mom would make every year. We used to make plates of cookies to take to each of our teachers and bus drivers, thanks to my mom’s wonderful baking. And today I am going to share one of my families favorite of those wonderful cookies. The even more exciting part of this cookie is that it tastes like fudge but it so so easy to make!!! Are you ready?
Peanut Butter & Chocolate Pinwheels
Ingredients: I am showing you how to make a double batch, because these are so easy and you can freeze them until you are ready to eat them or gift them. If you want to make a single batch just use a half a bag of chips and one can total of sweetened condensed milk.
2 cans of sweetened condensed milk
1 bag of peanut butter chips
1 bag of chocolate chips
2 tsp of vanilla
2 baking sheets
After gathering together all your ingredients, you will want to start by covering your baking sheets with foil and then heavily spraying them with your cooking spray. Next combine one can of your sweetened condensed milk and the peanut butter chips in a pan and heat on low heat in a pan. Stir constantly until the chips are completely melted. Then pour of half of your mixture onto each of your pans and spread into a layer covering the bottom of the baking sheet. It may not completely cover the entire pan, but spread it as much as you can. Then take your baking sheets and stick them in the freezer if you have space to let them cool down.
In the meantime combine the second can of sweetened condensed milk and the bag of chocolate chips. Same as you did with the peanut butter chips, stir constantly until the chips are completely melted. Then remove from the heat and add the vanilla. Remove your baking sheets from the freezer and evenly spread half of the chocolate into each baking sheet. Try to spread the chocolate to completely cover the peanut butter layer. When you are satisfied stick your baking sheets back in the freezer to cool.
After about 30 minutes remove your baking sheets from the freezer. Now as long as you sprayed your foil well, this should be easy. Start on the long side of your baking sheet and begin peeling your fudge from the foil and creating a roll. Once its all rolled up into a log then you can wrap it up in plastic wrap and stick it in the refrigerator or in the freezer. When you are ready to serve and eat these delicious treats all you have to do is slice them! And let me tell you they are AMAZING! Another thing that I usually add to these pinwheels is sprinkles, who doesn’t love some sprinkles. Before you put on the plastic wrap you can roll the log into some sprinkles, chocolate sprinkles are my preferred, but I was all out. It is more for decoration, but a nice added touch.
Christmas Tree Pizzas
And today I have one more FUN activity you can do with your kids. Every year at Christmas time I like to make Christmas tree pizzas. Last night we were celebrating Christmas with my sister before she heads out of town, so it was the perfect time for some Christmas Tree pizzas. Now I am all about making things simple at the holidays because things are crazy enough, so I used all pre-bought items. I usually like to make pizza crust, but lets be honest we all have plenty of other things to be preparing right now, so instead all you need is . . .
pizza crust (I actually prefer to use the Pillsbury crust, its usually found in the refrigerator section by the biscuits and crescent rolls.)
any other toppings
So basically all you have to do is pop open the pizza crust and roll it out into whatever shape you want. And please don’t judge my Christmas trees, they were really bad yesterday, but it gave the kids the idea of what they were. We made 2 that way they could each decorate one. While I was putting the sauce on the pizzas and the cheese, the kids worked on the ornaments. I gave them each a couple pepperonis each and a couple small cookie cutters, hearts are what we had this time. And they got busy using the cookie cutters to cut the pepperoni’s into fun shapes, and of course a star for the top of the tree.
When I was all done getting the sauce and cheese on, the kids added the ornaments to their trees and then we stuck them in the oven.
Its really that easy! And my kids love it!
And there you have a it. A few quick and easy Christmas recipes. What have you guys been busy baking? I’d love to see those recipes, send us a link!
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