Christmas 2009 Part 1 – The Baking

Now that Christmas 2009 has come to a close, I thought I’d do up a few recap posts to highlight some of my holiday. Alas, I have no pictures from our family dinner as it was at my aunt & uncle’s house, but I assure you it was delicious and we had a great evening.

First, I thought I would highlight all of the baking that went on before the big event.


The main dessert was a no-bake Cranmallow Cheesecake (recipe from the Treasury Of Christmas Recipe Collection).


This is a great, festive cheesecake. Very light, but with that great cheesecake flavour – perfect after your big holiday meal.


I also made a double batch of my new favourite square, Butter Tart Squares (recipe from One Smart Cookie).


Not familiar with butter tarts? They are apparently a Canadian thing (more info here). Usually, you would fill pastry shells with the ooey gooey filling, but this is so much easier, using a shortbread-like base.


I told you they were ooey gooey! And addictive to boot.


No Christmas would be complete without a cookie tray.


Now, I can’t take credit for everything on the plate – my mom is a fabulous baker as well. We had her family favourite Date Squares (recipe from the Five Roses Flour Cookbook). The secret to a great date square? Orange zest!


Mom also made the cutest item on the cookie tray – Coconut Peaks (recipe from Company’s Coming Most Loved Treats). These are melt-in-your-mouth delicious…and coconut, so they have to be good 😉


Now onto my cookie tray contributions – involving two essentials: chocolate and Kahlua.

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Kahlua Balls! Just my twist on rum balls, because I find the rum to be too strong. But switch it up for Kahlua, and you have one awesome treat. My cousin’s wife even requested I make these for their wedding! We rolled some in icing sugar


…and the rest in cocoa powder (mom thought they were too bitter, but I liked the contrast with the sweet interior).


Last, but not least, we have something completely new to my baking repertoire.


Poppy Seed Rugelach! I had one at a Jewish bakery about a month ago, and fell in love. I was determine to recreate them.


My search for a recipe lead me to the Food Network and Ina Garten’s Rugelach. The dough was simple to make, and yielded a light, flaky cookie. For the poppy seed filling, I just  mixed together equal parts of poppy seeds and white sugar. The cutting and rolling of the cookies was a bit labour intensive, but once I got the hang of it, all was good.


I hope you’ve enjoyed my recap of our Christmas baking. We have so much leftover, and I think I’m getting sugared out! Anyone want to help me eat some of this up?

Stay tuned for Christmas 2009 Part 2!

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12 Comments on “Christmas 2009 Part 1 – The Baking”

  1. December 27, 2009 at 6:48 am #

    All of your baking looks lovely! I’ve never seen anything like most of those things, but it all sounds delicious. Especially the Kahlua balls!

  2. December 27, 2009 at 6:53 am #

    I love all the cookies!
    Rum balls are one of my favourites, and kahlua sounds interesting!
    And poppy seed rugelach… poppy seeds are my drug 😀

  3. December 27, 2009 at 6:54 am #

    Talk about food porn!! All of these pictures made me drool. I think my favorite is the date bars mmmmmmm

  4. Sarah
    December 27, 2009 at 10:38 am #

    All of those look so good. I was drooling reading this post! I think the kahlua balls are probably my favorite. I would definitely help you eat the rest of it!!

  5. December 27, 2009 at 7:45 pm #

    Even though I’m too full, have had too much sugar, and am in no way hungry or even wanting food, I’m still drooling reading this post. Those desserts look sooooo good.

  6. December 28, 2009 at 6:24 am #

    All that baking looks fabulous! I love butter tarts…YUM! I didn’t realize they were a Canadian thing…lucky us!! 😉 The cheesecake looks like the perfect airy dessert for after a big meal. Great cookie tray, too. My Mom makes a mean rugelach!

  7. December 28, 2009 at 6:27 am #

    Everything looks fantastic!! Well done with your rugelach! I haven’t attempted those yet. Love the date squares!


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