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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Fudge Dipped Crescent Cookies - A Holiday Tradition

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     For me, the holidays are all about tradition.  Don't get me wrong, it is fun to change things up a bit and try new things. There are just some things you HAVE to have in order to make it Christmas.  For me, two of those things are Hallmark and Christmas cookies.

     Every year MiMi gets each one of us a Hallmark ornament.  She had no ornaments when she got married and wanted to be sure that our trees would be full of special ornaments when we had our own homes.  MiMi and Pops decided to buy a dated Hallmark ornament to celebrate their first Christmas.  By the next year they were tasked with buy two ornaments.  One for themselves and one for their newborn baby, me.  That's a tradition they chose to keep even as their family grew to 6 children, a son-in-law and a grandson.  MiMi spends quite a bit of time picking out the perfect one for each of us.  As we have moved out, we take our ornaments with us.  Now every year as we hang the ornaments we get to relive the memories of our childhood.  We still keep each ornament in its original box.  Matt thought I was absolutely nuts the first time he saw the crate of ornament boxes come out.  He went to work with tales of me un-boxing each one as I hung them.  He came home with the knowledge that we are not the only crazy ones who do that.  It turns out some of his coworkers did the same thing!



     Another tradition that continues to make Christmas special in our family is an overabundance of Christmas cookies.  MiMi asks everyone to pick a favorite for her to make.  There are six of us kids, plus Matt, Jax and Pops.  So that means 9 kinds of cookies.  Then she makes each on in bulk.  We are aware that any invitation to visit in December probably includes time rolling, dipping, cutting or decorating cookies. Every years she says she is going to make fewer cookies, but every year she ends up with a whole room devoted to cookies and chex mix.  (Not that anyone complains.)  Add to that the fact that my grandpa loves to make a few of his favorite cookies for Christmas.  My aunt also bakes in bulk and brings tin after tin of cookies when she visits.  My cousins also enjoy baking too.  So we end up with a room of treats at my grandma's house too.


      My love for baking Christmas cookies needs to be fulfilled too.  So I have started delivering cookies to friends and neighbors. I also bring small trays of favorites to MiMi and grandma's house. Of course I keep a few at the house, I can't not have any cookies around on Christmas.  I just figure we don't need a whole room of cookies for the three of us!


     These cookies are one of my favorites.  They are cookies my Maw-Maw made for Christmas.  MiMi makes them every year too.  When Uncle Bob used to come for Christmas, these were a must have on his list as well!  They are the best combination of buttery cookie and rich fudgy coating.  One bite and you will fall in love!



       Rather than dip the cookies in candy melts or melted chocolate, you make a fudge to dip them in.  You are going to find your self coming up all sorts of things to put this on.  MiMi thinks the extra is the BEST topping for ice cream.  I have used it to frost other cookies as well.  It sets up perfectly for stacking, but doesn't have the snap of straight chocolate.  You have to try it!  Go ahead and make a couple of batches, turn up the Christmas music (Hallmark has a great Pandora station) and make an afternoon of it!


     These crescent cookies are perfect snuggled among a selection of other cookies for holiday trays.  I added a heartfelt Hallmark Greeting Card from Walmart to share an extra sentiment to the trays I deliver to friends and neighbors.  They always have the best cards to send a little holiday cheer.  I have been known to spend an obscene amount of time standing in the card aisle reading each card until I find just the right one.  While I was there, I picked up a retirement card for my Aunt Donna.  She is taking the plunge and retiring.  I made her a special tray of cookies and sent a small gift to help keep her busy during her retirement.  Hallmark has cards for everything!  



    Click here to save $1.00 off of a two Hallmark Greeting Card purchase at Walmart, minimum $1.00 purchase required.  Take advantage of the savings and #SendHallmark this holiday season!

     There are so many great cards and ornaments to choose from.  You can click here to see more! Which card is your favorite and what are your favorite Christmas traditions?

Fudge Dipped Crescent Cookies

Ingredients:

Cookies:

1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 cups flour
1/2 cup chopped pecans
3/4 tsp vanilla

Dipping Fudge:

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
3 T butter
1/2 cup milk
3 cups sifted powdered sugar

  1. Preheat oven to 375 F
  2. Mix all of the cookie ingredients together. It will be crumbly at first, but it will come together. 
  3. Shape dough into crescents (or small balls) and place on cookie sheets.
  4. Bake until lightly browned, about 8-10 minutes. 
  5. Allow to cool on the cookies sheet.
  6. For the fudge, melt chocolate chips, butter and milk in a double boiler.  Whisk in the powdered sugar until smooth. 
  7. Dip cookies in fudge and place on wax paper until completely set.
  8. Store in a airtight container. 
     
     

24 comments:

  1. It was so much fun to read how family traditions are still so much a part of your Christmases. Grandma was telling me that she always wants peppermint ice cream for Christmas and I was telling her about how she MUST try this fudge on it. We need to bring some to her Christmas Eve. She will understand what she's been missing all these years. I look forward to everyone opening up the ornaments I chose this year. I found perfect ones for everybody again this year.

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    1. It'll be fun to see what you picked for everyone!

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  2. These cookies look delicious and what a great little gift for neighbors, family and friends! I can't wait to try these crescents! #client

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    1. Thank you, Samantha! I started dropping off cookies a couple of days ago and have seen some empty trays already, so I think they were all a hit!

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  3. Oh boy -- dipped in fudge?? SOunds and looks delicious :) If I'm not able to make these before Christmas, they are still going on my to make very soon list instead :)

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  4. I love the idea of making cookies as gifts, thank you for sharing the recipe!

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    1. They are perfect gifts for people who are hard to shop for or those that you just want to give a token "I was thinking of you" gift!

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  5. That is a lovely looking cookie gift that you have made. Anyone would be happy to receive it.
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    Kathleen

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    1. Those turned into empty trays pretty quickly! The next round of cookies is all baked up and ready to go. I just love passing out cookies!

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  6. What a great post Carlee, and I just love your Crescent Cookies! Thanks so much for sharing your talent with Full Plate Thursday and have a great day.
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    Miz Helen

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    1. Thanks Miz Helen, they are definitely a family favorite!

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  7. These sound so tasty!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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  8. I love these cookies! The shape, and the fudge coating. If I decide to add one more cookie to the list for Christmas, this is the one!

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    1. Aren't they fun? It just isn't Christmas without them!

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  9. Ooh, these sound amazing! Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday, hope to see you in the new year!

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    1. Thanks so much for hosting! We love these cookies every year!

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  10. We are also a family with a million cookies at Christmas. We certainly don't need more, but I may just have to add this recipe to the mix! Thanks for linking up with us at Merry Monday!

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    1. I know, every year we say we are going to pare back but we never do! Oh well, I love delivering cookies to people too. I did eat quite a few of these before they all got delivered though!

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  11. Thanks for the great recipe! I enjoyed seeing the warm Christmas spirit you have at your house!

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    1. It has been extra fun this year watching my little guy get excited! Have a merry Christmas!

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  12. Fabulous!! I hope you had a great holiday! Thank you for linking up to Creative K Kids’ Tasty Tuesdays. I have pinned your post to our Tasty Tuesdays Pinterest Board! I hope you can come back and party with us again tomorrow!

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    1. Thank you! We had a great Christmas, I hope you did too!

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