Merry Christmas

Wow!  Where has the year gone?  Once again it has flown by. This year as in years past I was able to make and share homemade goodies from my kitchen.  The only difference this year was they were gluten free.

As usual I found some wonderful recipes while web-surfing and is my habit I made changes to some to others there was no need.  One of my first finds was for Chocolate Covered Coconut Bon Bons….oh yum.  This is one of those recipe that I choose to change.

Chocolate Covered Coconut Bon Bons
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 1/2 lbs powdered sugar
1 (7 oz) bag sweetened coconut
2 1/4 cups coarsly chopped pecans
1 (12 oz) bag semi-sweet chocolate chips

In a large mixing bowl cream the butter, add in milk and powdered sugar.  Mix until well combined.  Stir in coconut and pecans.


Place the mixture in freezer for 30 minutes or until well chilled.  With slightly dampened hands, form the chilled mixture into 1/2 inch round balls.  


Place 10 oz of chocolate chips in a medium size, microwave safe bowl.  Microwave at 50% power for 1 minute.  Stir and continue to microwave at 50% powder at 30 seconds intervals until chocolate is melted.  Remove from oven and stir in remaining chips.


Then the fun begins.  With 2 spoons dip the chilled candies into the chocolate.  Place on a cookie sheet that is lined with waxed paper or a spilat baking mat.  When well set, place candies in a covered container and store in refrigerator.  


This recipe makes an abundance of candy, over 100 pieces making it a wonderful find to fill out goodie boxes.  


Lazy Gourmets Peanut Butter Truffles were a gigantic hit and so easy to make.

Then at Gluten Free Hubb I found a fantastic recipe for Gluten Free Red Velvet Cupcakes (From a Box).  Since I was making these to share with co-workers and friends, I used mini-cupcake pans.  The recipe made 36 mini-cupcakes and 6 regular cupcakes.  They got rave reviews and no one knew they were gluten free.  



What is Christmas without cookies?  I made and shared No Flour Peanut Butter Cookies.  Another great gluten free find.  From Good Housekeeping I stumbled upon Paula Deen’s Pecan Clusters.  I made them a little more festive by using candied cherries in red and green.



Let us not forgot Texas Millionaires.  Unfortunately I did forget where I found the recipe sooooo….next time I will write it down.  For now I will kick back and enjoy Christmas with my children and grandchildren.

Merry Christmas to All!


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