Sweet Christmas Treat Recipes

by Melinda

In a previous post I promised you more recipes and I keep my promises. Here are two more Christmas recipes of sweet treats to delight your family.


Or include these on gift plates of Christmas goodies for your neighbors. What better way to say Merry Christmas than with homemade treats from your own kitchen?  You’ll also add quite a flare to your holiday party when you serve these colorful and distinctive morsels.

What follows are two old-time holiday recipes from the late forties / early 50’s:

Christmas Cake Trees

2 cups sifted confectioner’s sugar
¼ cup soft butter
¼ cup light cream
1 teaspoon rum extract
3 cups flaked coconut
Red cinnamon candies
½ cup chocolate morsels
1 tablespoon vegetable shortening

Blend sugar, butter, light cream, and rum extract. Stir in coconut. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto waxed paper. Chill thoroughly.

Shape into cones about 1 ¾ inches high. Press green-tinted coconut onto sides of trees and decorate with red cinnamon candies.

In a small dish, blend over hot water (not boiling) chocolate morsels and vegetable shortening (or carefully melt and blend in the microwave). Remove from heat and dip bottoms of trees into chocolate. Chill on waxed paper.

Here’s a sweet way to enjoy some fruit this holiday season.

Frosted Orange Slices (a quick and easy recipe)

For each large seedless orange, thinly sliced . . . combine one cup sugar and ¼ cup water in a large skillet. Heat until sugar is dissolved; season – if you like – with whole cloves and pieces of stick cinnamon.

Arrange orange slices in flat layers in the skillet. It’s best to do just one or two layers at a time. Simmer gently until the oranges are well cooked; the peels will look translucent.
Drain slices on a wire rack. You can reuse the syrup for the next batch, adding a little more sugar and water as needed. Dry slices overnight, and then cut them in half.

Mix ¾ cup confectioner’s sugar with enough water to thicken; heat just enough to dissolve the sugar; do not boil. Dip half slices, one by one, into the frosting; drain; return to rack to dry.

There you have it. Two more delicious old-time Christmas recipes. Sweet treats that are festive and attractive to look at . . . and even more enjoyable to eat.  The Christmas Cake Trees are so unique!  Everyone will marvel at your creativity.

Any favorite recipes you’d like to share with us?

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wendy bailey December 4, 2010 at 9:40 am

I would love to find a old fashion christmas fruit cake that we always had as child and it had a almond icining… something like a plum pudding…thank you very much…and by the way I am cutting it close to have it done for our christmas day…lol

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Melinda December 9, 2010 at 11:31 am

Wendy,

In case you didn’t see it, I do have a recipe for Figgy Pudding in an earlier post, http://yulebemerry.com/christmas-recipe-figgy-pudding/ . That may be what you were referring to. In any case, good luck with your baking! Glad you found this helpful and Merry Christmas to you and yours!

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