It’s Christmas time…in the kitchen! And Mrs. Claus & the gift she always leaves

I guess you could say that our home is similar to Mrs. Claus’ kitchen…lots of goodies are being made and I’m thoroughly enjoying every minute of it.

Yesterday, I gave you my Frosted Sugar Cookie recipe, along with the Best Frosting EVER recipe.

Today, I will share two more recipes with you that are easy peasy.  Monster Cookie Dough Dip/Cheese Ball and Christmas Brownies.

This is soooo yummy!

Monster Cookie Dough Dip/Cheese Ball…this is soooo yummy!

A year or two ago, my Bestie gave me this recipe.  It makes a lot and it is super addictive.  It’s hard to eat only a little!  It is just that good.

Monster Cookie Dough Dip/Cheese Ball

1 8oz. package of cream cheese, softened

1/2 cup butter, softened

1 cup creamy peanut butter

1 cup powdered sugar

3 Tbsp. brown sugar

1 tsp. vanilla

1 cup quick oats

1 cup miniature plain M&M’s (I used the Christmas color M&M’s…so festive!)

1 cup miniature semi-sweet chocolate chips

Mix cream cheese, butter, vanilla, and peanut butter until smooth.  Stir in brown sugar and powdered sugar; mix well.  Next, fold in the oats, M&M’s, and chocolate chips.  Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.

Serve with Nilla Wafers or graham cracker sticks.

*To make it into a cheese ball, chill the dough.  Then, wrap it with plastic wrap and form into a ball.  Chill for about two hours.  Then, serve and enjoy!

A great dessert that is so easy to share!  (I love my Nora Fleming serving platter, too!)

A great dessert that is so easy to make! (I love my Nora Fleming serving platter, too!)

 

Because I am on a roll, I’ll share another recipe with you that is so easy to make.  You see, at this time of year, with all of the wrapping and caroling and ho-ho-ho-ing, I need things that are easy to make, yet delicious for loved ones to enjoy.

Christmas Brownies

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1 box of Betty Crocker brownie mix (milk chocolate or fudge)

Ingredients listed on the box (eggs, water, vegetable oil)

1 package of Nestle Toll House Holiday semi-sweet chocolate chips

Make the brownie mix according to the box.  Fold in 1/2 the bag of Holiday chocolate chips.  Pour into a greased 9×13 pan.

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Then, sprinkle the other 1/2 of the bag of Holiday chocolate chips on top of the brownie mixture.

The sprinkled chips on top add so much color!

The sprinkled chips on top add so much color!

Bake at 350 degrees for about 24 minutes (use the recommended baking time on the box, but do not over bake).  Cut into squares and serve on a festive platter!

 

Now, the next thing I’m going to share has absolutely nothing to do with baking.  But.  I thought I’d pass on a tradition that we have at our house.  It’s one of my favorites.

On Christmas Eve, we go to Christmas Eve Service at church.  Our church offers two services…one at 4:00 and 5:30.  This is just one more way we celebrate our Savior’s birth…the Reason for the Season.

When we return home, Mrs. Claus has stopped by and the boys always find a package from her.  Always, always…her wrapping is white tissue paper with lots of red ribbons and bows.

This was last year's picture.  Look at theses handsome boys :)

This was last year’s picture. Look at theses handsome boys :)

Mrs. Claus manages to stop by our house when while we’re out on Christmas Eve.  That clever little lady!  And she always leaves a family gift for us.  The boys always get pajamas and Christmas book for each of them.  Usually, she gives Hubby and I a new pair of pajamas in the package, too!  Or some years…when we didn’t need new pajamas, she brought the family a super soft blanket to use in the living room.  (This would be the faux fur blanket that I have on me ALL of the TIME, when I’m writing and blogging.  Boy, Mrs. Claus has great taste.  I love that blanket!)  She always leaves comfy and cozy gifts like this.  Love that Mrs. Claus 🙂

Nate and Maxim in their matching pajamas that Mrs. Claus left them...this picture was taken on Christmas morn

Nate & Maxim in their matching pajamas Mrs. Claus left them…this was taken on Christmas morning last year.  Look at those smiles!!

 

There you have it.  A few easy recipes to make and a Christmas tradition that we do at our house.  How about you?  What’s a favorite Christmas tradition that your family does?

Merry Christmas…two more days until it’s CHRISTMAS!!!

 

 

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