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10 Quick and Easy Christmas Baking Recipes Your Family Will Love

Make Christmas dessert a family affair.

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Christmas is almost here! Are you ready? Most households prepare a delicious homemade dinner to celebrate this joyous occasion, but have you ever baked as a family before? Why not turn your Christmas desserts into a family affair for everyone to enjoy? Here are 10 quick and easy baking recipes your family can try their hands at this year.

1. Reindeer Cookies

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Ingredients (for 20 servings):

1/2 cup and 1 tablespoon butter

1/2 cup and 1 tablespoon white sugar

1/2 cup and 1 tablespoon smooth peanut butter

1 egg

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon salt

1-2/3 cups all-purpose flour

1-1/4 teaspoons baking soda

Pretzels and chocolate chips as needed

Procedure:

  1. Preheat oven to 375-degree Fahrenheit.
  2. Mix all of the ingredients together, except the pretzels and chocolate chips, until they are smooth and creamy with a consistent texture.
  3. Separate the dough into 20 parts and roll each one into a soft triangular shape like a reindeer head. Press two pretzels in for the antlers and two chocolate chips for the eyes. Use a red chocolate chip for the nose if available.
  4. Bake until golden brown (usually takes about 10 to 15 minutes).

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2. Marzipan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients (for 10 servings):

300g pack ready-to-bake milk chocolate chip cookie dough

75g marzipan

1 zested orange

Procedure:

  1. Preheat oven to 395-degree Fahrenheit.
  2. Cut dough into 10 pieces. Roll them into a ball and flatten them.
  3. Cut the marzipan into as many chunks as you'd like and put some into each piece.
  4. Throw in the orange zest.
  5. Bake until golden brown (usually takes about 10 to 15 minutes).

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3. Christmas Pudding Crumble

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Ingredients:

30g butter

30g light brown soft sugar

1 apple

2 ripe pears

150g blackberries

½ tsp ground cinnamon

Ready-to-go crumble toppings or breadcrumbs as you prefer

Procedure:

  1. Preheat oven to 375-degree Fahrenheit.
  2. Melt and mix the butter and sugar on a pan with medium heat. Peel and core the apple and pears, and then cut them into bite-sized pieces.
  3. Add apples to cook for 3 minutes and mix well with the butter. Add blackberries, pears, and cinnamon to stir for 60 seconds. Pour the mixture into a ready-to-bake container.
  4. Add the toppings. Bake until the edges are getting crusty and golden brown (usually around 25 minutes).

4. Brownies

Ingredients (for 12 servings):

1/4 cup and 2 tablespoons butter

3/4 cup white sugar

1-1/2 eggs

3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1/4 cup and 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1/8 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon baking powder

Procedure:

  1. Preheat oven to 350-degree Fahrenheit.
  2. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium fire. Turn off the heat once it is melted and mix in the sugar, eggs, and vanilla extract. Mix with flour, salt, and baking powder.
  3. Pour batter into a greased pan.
  4. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes.

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5. Christmas Crackers

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Ingredients:

6 tablespoon olive oil

300g plain flour

¼ teaspoon chili flakes

1 teaspoon treacle

½ teaspoon fennel seeds

Procedure:

  1. Preheat oven to 355-degree Fahrenheit.
  2. Mix the olive oil, flour, and some salt. Pour 100ml water to stir until it forms a dough.
  3. Shape dough into a ball. Push a dent in the dough and put the chili flakes, treacle, and fennel seeds inside.
  4. Roll out the ball as thin as possible. Cut it into as many triangles as you can and as big as you want. Transfer the pieces onto a greased baking sheet. Bake for 12 minutes.

6. Apple Crumble

Ingredients:

1 cup self-rising flour

1 cup white sugar

½ cup butter

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

4 apples

Procedure:

  1. Preheat oven to 350-degree Fahrenheit.
  2. Mix flour, sugar, butter, and cinnamon well and nice. Leave ¾ cup for topping.
  3. Peel and core the apples. Pour a layer of batter into the dish followed by a layer of sliced apples. Continue for a few layers until you use up all of the ingredients. Pour the ¾ cup from before as the top layer.
  4. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes.

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7. Peanut Butter Cookies

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Ingredients (for 12 servings):

1/2 cup unsalted butter

1/2 cup crunchy peanut butter

1/2 cup white sugar

1 egg

1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

Procedure:

  1. Mix the butter, sugar, and egg together. Add flour, baking powder, and salt into the bowl, and mix nicely.
  2. Leave the dough in the fridge for an hour. Split the dough into 12 balls and flatten each one slightly.
  3. Preheat the oven to 375-degree Fahrenheit and bake until golden brown (usually takes around 10 minutes).

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8. Candy Cane Cookies

Ingredients (for 10 servings):

300g ready-to-bake cookie dough of any flavor you prefer

½ teaspoon of food coloring or as much as needed

Procedure:

  1. Preheat oven to 375-degree Fahrenheit.
  2. Divide the cookie dough. Pour food coloring into one half. If you want different colors, further separate that half of the dough and pour each color in accordingly.
  3. Cut the dough into smaller pieces depending on how big you want the candy cane to be. Roll them into cylindrical pieces. Pick one from the uncolored dough and one from the colored dough. Roll them together and gently bent one end to make the cane shape. Repeat for the rest of the dough.
  4. Bake for 10 minutes. Sprinkle some sugar or frosting if you'd like.

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9. Vanilla Bread

Ingredients:

150g plain flour

100g butter

50g vanilla sugar

Procedure:

  1. Preheat oven to 355-degree Fahrenheit/
  2. Mix all of the ingredients together. Cut the dough into any shapes that you'd like.
  3. Bake until golden brown (usually takes around 10 minutes).

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10. Chocolate Lava Cake

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Ingredients (for 5 servings):

170g semisweet chocolate

½ cup unsalted butter

¼ all-purpose flour

½ cup of sugar

⅛ teaspoon of salt

2 eggs

Procedure:

  1. Preheat oven to 425-degree Fahrenheit.
  2. Chop up the chocolate into fine pieces. Melt the butter on medium heat and mix the chocolate. Stir until completely smooth.
  3. Mix flour, sugar, and egg together. Pour the mixture in with the butter. Mix until there are no lumps left.
  4. Pour the mixture into 5 ramekins. Make sure you grease the ramekins beforehand, so they do not stick. Bake for 12 minutes.

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