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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Christmas Preparations

Cookie Cutter Fudge

Spritz Cookies

We worked on Christmas goodies this afternoon. We made the fudge in Christmas tree cookie cutters, angels, and gingerbread men. They turned out so cute. I took them to the ladies at the bank this afternoon, and they were delighted! Wait until our mailman opens the mailbox tomorrow afternoon! He loves it when I leave treats in there for him.
Erin, with the help of the younger ones, used our Pampered Chef cookie press for the first time and made some pretty cookies. They were so yummy that she made a single batch yesterday afternoon that was gone by bedtime, so she made a double batch today. We made two plates to give away, and they've been eating on the rest of them all afternoon. There's still a small bowl of them left....for a little while.

Here's the recipe for the fudge:

1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

1 cup peanut butter chips

1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk

2 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened

1 teaspoon vanilla

Decorator icing or candies, if desired

1. Place each of six 3x1/2-inch mitten-shaped cookie cutters, or other cookie cutters in a simple shape, on 5-inch square of foil. Seal foil tightly around outside of each cookie cutter. Place on cookie sheet. Lightly spray cookie cutters with cooking spray.

2. In 4-cup microwaveable measuring cup, mix chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, milk and butter. Microwave uncovered on high 1 to 2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds, until chips are almost melted. Stir in vanilla.

3. Pour mixture into cookie cutter molds, filling to tops of molds. Refrigerate uncovered about 2 hours or until firm. Decorate with icing and candies. Carefully remove foil before giving as a gift.

I found that the fudge was very thick and was a little challenging to pour and spread in the cookie cutters. Just use your spoon and keep smoothing. I also found that a tiny bit leaked out of the bottom, but it peeled right off after they were set up. Very easy and very cute!!

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