by Candace Miller Photography, Montrose CO
Friends! The holidays are upon us and no doubt you are in the swings of work, wrapping, buying all. the. things., and trying to survive. BUT, your gifts for co-workers and friends don’t have to be expensive to be LOVED! So here is a pro tip! We have been doing this for years (please tell me if this sucks and you all hate getting this as a gift from us!!). Some of these we have not made in a while as gifts…but they make the rotation every once in a while.
**Spoiler alert** if you work with me or my husband you might figure out what your gift will be from us 😬
Every year, my family makes special treats for neighbors, co-workers, and friends within close proximity, and we wrap them up in a special holiday tin or treat box. I’m going to fill you in on the recipes we use!
Our classic fudge recipe is always a huge hit…and it’s super simple! You can add nuts or other fun things if you like or leave them out.
This is a double recipe because everyone loves it!
4 cups chocolate chips
5-6 cups marshmallows
2 tsp. vanilla
4 cups sugar
whole can evaporated milk
2 sticks of butter
-Mix butter, sugar, vanilla, and evaporated milk in pan and heat until golden and softballing. We use a glass of water and when a small amount dropped in makes a ball it’s ready. Or on a candy thermometer reads about 220 degrees…yes it’s below the softball stage.
-Remove from heat and add the chocolate chips and marshmallows. Stir until combined. Pour into 13×9 or larger cake pan and let cool
Caramels – SOOOO good!! We use a recipe that we found on pinterest for Homemade Caramels and we usually make them salted caramels.
Sugar Cookies!! This is not our personal recipe. We got this one from a friend…
1 cup butter
2 cups sugar
2 eggs, beaten
4-5 tablespoons water
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon baking powder
4 cups flour, sifted
-cream butter and sugar
-beat eggs until light. add to creamed mixture. beat well.
-add water and vanilla. add flour and baking powder
-turn out on floured board. knead lightly.
-roll dough out thinly and cut with cookie cutters
-bake at 375 degrees F for 8-10 minutes
For the icing we use a cream cheese icing:
1 pound butter, softened
3/4 pound cream cheese softened
powdered sugar to consistency
*teaspoon almond extract
Mix together butter and cream cheese until mixed well. Add powdered sugar a little at a time until the right text for icing cookies.
1 package oreos
1 package cream cheese
2 packages (8 oz each) which chocolate
In a food processor (or in a ziplock bag) crush oreos. Leave some crushed oreos for garnish. Take the crushed oreos and combine with cream cheese and mix well until combined. Chill. Once chilled roll into about 1-1.5 inch balls. Chill for a couple of hours. While the oreo mixture is chilling melt white chocolate. Dip your oreo balls into the melted white chocolate and drain off excess. Sprinkle a dusting of crushed oreo on top. Chill until set and ready to be served or gifted.
I hope you all enjoy all these wonderful treats as much as we do!
you montrose neighborhood kid and teen photographer,