Christmas!

Merry Christmas everyone! Well I guess a day late!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas! My last few days before Christmas was busy with making goodies for classrooms, teachers, friends and as well as hosting Christmas dinner.

Here are just a few shots of what I made before Christmas…no its not all Instant Pot related but it was fun to make…

So this year was my first time making toffee…didn’t know it was so easy to make! Just a lot of stirring but I made at least 5 batches and were a huge hit!  I sent some to friends, made some for one of my 3 year old’s teachers and made some for my family!

I used this recipe but instead of pecans and almonds I used pretzel rods I crushed in a plastic bag and added sea salt and cayenne…

 

I made what seems to be a million cookies for my boys’ classes…and for them to eat at home…for the cream cheese sugar cookies see my recipe below…

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Cream Cheese sugar cookies

I have made these sugar cookies for a couple of years now and my friends and family love them!

Ingredients
Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies
  • 1 cup butter I like to use unsalted
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
Royal Icing
  • 4 large egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 5 cups confectioner's sugar
Instructions
  1. Add butter, cream cheese, and sugar into mixer bowl and blend at low to medium setting in a mixer

  2. Add egg, vanilla and almond extracts and blend on medium

  3. Add flour and baking powder and mix on low setting first then medium until well blended using a spatula to scrape the sides

  4. Once blended well, wrap in plastic wrap and/or parchment paper and chill for 8 hours or overnight

  5. After chilling, either flatten with a rolling pin (flour your rolling pin first) and use cookie cutter or make small round balls and flatten using the back of your measuring cups (that is what I did)

  6. For the royal icing, add all the ingredients and start off at low setting on your mixer and then go high until the icing turns white and thick...icing can be refrigerated if not being used right away (just make sure you cover with a wet paper towel to keep it moist)

Now before I go onto the next food I made, I have to warn you that I am not a decorator when it comes to food as you can see from the cookies…I want to be able to decorate so that it has characters or pictures on them but just doesn’t work for me but I am working on it…

For my 4 year old’s teachers, I made them my Salty and Spicy Dulce De Leche and sent it with an apple

 

And then I made individual cheesecakes for our Christmas dinner and topped it with the dulce de leche

 

Now I did use my Instant Pot for Christmas dinner…I made several batches of snow crab legs and claws, and homemade gravy with my 2 Instant Pots at the same time but of course I didn’t have time to take pictures but will be recreating it very soon so that I can show you how I made them.  We also have steak (which I also do not have pictures of) but that was made on the stove and in the oven (I haven’t made a meal in the stove in a while because of my Instant Pot).

So how was your Christmas? I want to know!