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A belated Merry Christmas and the last of the Christmas Goodies: Peanut Brittle

I’ve had this post half-written for almost a week now, but instead of scrambling to finish it in a timely fashion, I choose to kick back and celebrate with my Mr. 5 and my family.

Though it has already come and gone, I just want to take the opportunity to wish you all a very merry, and belated, Christmas!

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Hope the day was everything you hoped it to be, and you made lots of wonderful memories with your loved ones and found some special goodies under the tree!

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Peanut Brittle has been a part of my Christmas experience for many-a-year. Growing up, we didn’t live in a neighborhood exactly, nor did we live out in the country. We had one neighbor, a wonderful older couple, Bill and Catherine, who lived across the street and were like surrogate grandparents to my sister and me.

Every Christmas, Bill would stop over with a big box full of delicious homemade candies that he whipped up himself. The box had divinity, peanut brittle, fudge, and I’m sure other confections which slip my mind at the moment. He instilled an appreciation and love of homemade candy that I didn’t really explore until I became an adult.

Also, my dad really likes peanut brittle. That kind of helped me look into making it, too.

This isn’t his recipe, but I make this peanut brittle with Christmas memories of Bill’s candy in mind.

Mom’s Best Peanut Brittle

1 C sugar
1/2 C corn syrup
1/4 C water
1/4 tsp salt
1 C raw peanuts
2 TBSP butter, softened
1 tsp baking soda

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Christmas Goodies: Aunt Diana’s Kahlua Fudge

This fudge has been a delicious Christmas staple in my family for years – I couldn’t really tell you how long; it just seems like it has always been around. Growing up, my Aunt Diana would make many batches of this delicious confection every year, and every year she would always gift a brick of it to my dad. I remember staring it in the fridge, knowing how special it was, and wishing I was in the fudge gifting club.

Aunt Diana was an amazing baker and cook, and she LOVED Christmas so much. She was with us much too short of a time, and it only seems right that I share her beloved fudge recipe today, on the 5th anniversary of her passing. So, here’s a fudgey toast in honor of her memory; a shout out and some love to my dear Aunt Diana.

Aunt Diana's Kahlua Fudge

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Christmas Goodies: Pfeffernuesse

Christmas is a prime time for sweets, AKA fattening up for the Winter, so I figured it was time I started to get a move on.  I’ll be dedicating a few posts this month in celebration of yuletide confections.

In this spirit, I’ve started my holiday baking off with some sweet little pfeffernuesse!

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This recipe makes tiny, crisp, delicious cookies full of anise (which you either love or hate, there seems to be no in between!  Such a polarizing flavor.).  I also thought this was a bit of a perversion on typical pfeffernuesse, as it doesn’t contain any pepper, (pfeffernuesse literally means “pepper nuts” in German) but learned more from Wikipedia.

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