It’s not too late to make Christmas goodies. I made Cranberry Pistachio Bark for my hubby to take to his Christmas party at work.

It was very easy and very yummy!

Christmas treats

I’m convinced that you can glam up anything by placing it in a cellophane bag!

Cranberry Pistachio Bark

Recipe: Okay, it is not really a recipe. It’s just instructions. I doubt you really even need that!

Line a 10×15 pan with waxed paper. Be sure to let the paper hang over the edge.

Melt Almond Bark. I used the vanilla. You can use chocolate if you like.

Spread the melted Almond Bark into prepared pan.

Immediately sprinkle with chopped pistachios and chopped dried cranberries.

Let it sit until set.

Cut into pieces.

Package in cellophane bags. (optional-only for glamorous gifts)

packaged candies

I was inspired by Ina Garten’s version of this bark. She added apricots to hers.

It’s not too late! Head in the kitchen and whip up some Cranberry Pistachio Bark for your friends!

Christmas candies

I have never been to a cookie exchange. I have never been invited or had one myself–sad, I know. I have always wanted to have one. Christmas seems to be the optimum time for such an event. Fitting one more thing into our hectic schedule seems a bit insane, however! To tell you the truth, I have not even done much baking this season. The kids have done more baking than I have. They have made  Oreo Balls, Rolo Turtles, and Gingerbread cookies.

I thought I would share some cookies that I have made in the past. You might get to go to one of those fancy cookie parties!

Just click the photo to get to the link.

Chocolate Pistachio Cookies

Chocolate Pistachio Cookies

These Chocolate Pistachio Cookies are so yummy! They would be super fancy to take to a cookie exchange!

Chocolate Mocha Chewies

Chocolate Mocha Chewies

Not the fanciest but delish!

Pink Lemonade Cookies

Pink Lemonade Cookies

Pink Lemonade Cookies would be a hit as a non-chocolate selection.

Chocolate Chip Cookies with Garbanzo Beans

Chocolate Chip Cookies with Garbanzo Beans

In the category of “different”, cookies with beans would definitely win, hands down!

Cake Mix Cookies

Cake Mix Cookies

You might not want to use red, white and blue sprinkles if you are going to a cookie exchange at Christmas time. I bet you can come up with some different colors though.

Applesauce Cookies with Caramel Frosting

Applesauce Cookies with Caramel Frosting

The frosting on these cookies is AMAZING! Just take the frosting and a spoon!

Coconut Lime Cookies

Coconut Lime Cookies

I love citrus!

Oatmeal Scotchies

Oatmeal Scotchies

Oatmeal Scotchies-a classic!

Swirly Cookies

Swirly Cookies

Red, white and green or aqua would be a nice alternative for Christmas Swirly Cookies.

Big Cookie

Big Cookie

Make it easy on yourself. Make one giant cookie! It would make a nice hostess gift.

Stamped Cookies

Stamped Cookies

I’m sure you could find a Christmas stamp out there somewhere.

Chocolate-Dipped Tea Bag Cookies

Chocolate-Dipped Tea Bag Cookies

Tea Bag Cookies-perfect for the tea enthusiast!

Falling Leaves Cookies

Falling Leaves Cookies

These would be cute with the same tree on a blue background. Then use snowflakes rather than leaves! Or use green candy melts to pipe a Christmas tree. Little dot sprinkles would look like lights or ornaments.

Pumpkin Spiced Cookies

Pumpkin Spiced Cookies

Pumpkin Spice-hello? YUM!

Cornflake Christmas Trees

Cornflake Christmas Trees

Okay, I don’t know if these Cornflake goodies qualify as a “cookie” or not. I doubt anyone would turn them away at a cookie exchange!

Have you ever been to a Cookie Exchange? Was it fun? Tell me all about it!

What kind of cookies are you making this year?

The other day I was chatting with my Mom about Christmas baking. I said something like, “Remember when you made those Christmas Wreaths out of Cornflakes?”

“Yes, ” she replied, “that was the Christmas you and your sister had chicken pox!”

“Oh, yeah! I remember we had little red caftans with gold trim that you had made us, ” I said. “And we were banished to the basement for the evening while y’all had a party!”

Ok, the basement banishment wasn’t so bad. We played with the electric train and fish-shaped Go Fish cards while we tried not to scratch.

I was pretty young, maybe 6 or 7. I guess those wreaths made a big impression on me. I don’t remember Mom ever making them again.

Just a couple of days after our conversation, I saw this on Pinterest:

It was the recipe for those Christmas wreaths!

I knew I had to make them!

They are very easy. Here is the recipe, thanks to Mr. Food.

Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
  • 30 large marshmallows (a 10-ounce bag contains 38 to 40)
  • 1 to 1-1/2 teaspoons green food color
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 cups cornflakes cereal
  • Red-hot cinnamon candies, for decorating
Instructions
  1. In a medium saucepan, melt butter and marshmallows over medium-low heat, stirring constantly.
  2. When melted, remove from heat and stir in 1 teaspoon food color and the vanilla. Add more food color, if desired. Stir in cornflakes.
  3. Drop mixture, 1 tablespoon at a time, onto wax paper. Decorate with candies. Let stand 30 minutes, or until cool.

I only had mini marshmallow. How many minis make a large? Well, if you surf around the internet you will find various different answers. Some say 10, others 12, others 15. One site I zoomed across, sorry don’t remember where, said one cup of minis for every ten large. Thank goodness this recipe called for a multiple of ten!

I tried making the wreaths. I thought I would just grease my hands then I could form the wreath. HA!

It was quite a mess. I happen to have Mom’s Wilton Christmas tree cake pan at my house. It was perfect! (I’ll tell you what I was doing with that in another post.)

I had bought tiny red and green M&Ms to use rather than red hots, so I put those in the pan first.

Then I smushed the cornflake mixture into the mold on top of the M&Ms.

No, this is not just a picture of one red M&M. I’m actually showing you that I put my Silpat liner over the top of my filled pan. Then I just flipped it over.

This is what happens when you press down too hard on the Silpat liner—broken candy.

They didn’t all get broken.

I thought they turned out cute. I do love cute food. Some went into goodie boxes we gave to a couple of friends.

Of course, we couldn’t send the all away. The Critics wouldn’t let me!

Critics’ Corner

Chip: It’s like a tiny little Christmas tree—only sweeter.

Megan: I love them even better than Rice Krispie treats!

Katie: They taste like a dream! A LOT of things would be hard to top this! (Hand over the yummy Cornflake Christmas Trees and nobody gets hurt! Ha ha!)