Susie Q’s Top 10 Holiday Desserts

top 10 desserts pin.pngAs you all know the holidays are just around the corner and I’ve already been getting requests for my Fudge! I’ve also been getting requests for some of our family’s favorite recipes… some of which will be making it on our table here shortly!

If you don’t see what you are looking for be sure to check out Mama’s Recipe Box under the Keeper of the Home tab! You’ll also notice that there are no Cookie recipes listed as I have another post scheduled that will be dedicated just to the cookies that Santa loves around this time of year.

Some of these recipes are not that difficult and you can let the kids help… and make some great memories as well!

Grab a plate and maybe a big ole can of whipped cream and dig in!

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Chocolate Covered Eggs

Updated on 4/20/19 to include a few new flavor varieties!

This is one of those recipes that I could’ve sworn was posted at one time but I can’t find it anywhere. With the Easter holiday quickly approaching I have been asked a couple of times for the recipe and just now took the time to look for it… hence the reason for this post.

You can cover these with white chocolate or any chocolate that you prefer if you like. I can remember my Mom using the ‘leftover’ chocolate scrapings that my dad would bring home from the Hershey factory when we lived in PA. That was so good! We have also used the candy coating that you can find in the baking aisle but mostly we use chocolate chips now.

While the most popular shape for these candies is the egg shape you can also shape them and decorate them in a variety of different shapes, sizes, and colors for whatever the holiday or occasion. I try to decorate the eggs differently to identify the filling inside because it gets quite confusing when you make several different flavors.

We also like to try out different flavors and variations so there is a base recipe that you can adapt and experiment with. I have also seen some variations with candies like M&Ms and Reese’s pieces mixed into the filling… yum!

Just have fun and let the kids help with this one! I have many fond memories of helping to make these as a child. We also made these in high school for many fundraisers and sold out every time. Continue reading “Chocolate Covered Eggs”

It’s All About The Fudge!

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Yes! It’s that time of year when I make a lot of FUDGE! I’ll probably be sick of Fudge this time next week but it’s good stuff and everyone loves it so much that they request it every year.

In case you haven’t tried your hand at making Fudge or if you are just needing a couple of good recipes I’m reposting the links to our favorite varieties down below.

I’ve tried a lot of Fudge recipes in the past as we always loved my mom’s Fudge. When we moved to Florida we weren’t as close to my mom as we once were and I had to figure out how to make it for my family… well, it was either that or spend a fortune in gas driving to visit grandma everytime we got a hankering for Fudge!



The kids and I went shopping today for supplies and I’ve ordered a few really cute tins to put the delicious treats in. As soon as the tins get here we will get started in the kitchen.

I promise that these recipes are fairly easy to make and we always have great success with them. I love that the base recipe can be changed for different flavors and this makes it one of my favorite candy recipes ever!

Here are the links to some great Fudge recipes:

My mouth is craving some FUDGE! We hope you enjoy these as much as we do! If you have a favorite Fudge recipe or Christmas Candy recipe please leave a link in the comments below as we’d love to give it a try!

Eureka! I Found My Belt And A Lot Of Gold!

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Oh my! What a day we have had. As you know from yesterday’s post I was feeling a bit overwhelmed before we even made it to our dance… I finally found that missing belt though and you’ll never guess where. If it had been a snake it would have bit me… it really would have.

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Remember the pile of clothes I had laid out on the bed? Can you guess where it is? Take a closer look…

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See it now? I have no idea how it got there even though I am quite sure I must’ve done it before I put away my crinoline. I’ve never done this before so I’m really quite puzzled as to why I did that but it is safe and sound where it belongs now.

Crazy thing is I didn’t really even need it last night as it wasn’t quite the right shade… sigh. Here’s a quick pic of my outfit… I was hoping to get a better pic last night but that never happened either.

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Haystacks aka Noodle Cookies

As promised I will share the recipe for the cookies we made earlier today. These are super easy to make and I had made two batches, or about four dozen cookies, in less than 30 minutes.

I’ve always called them haystacks but Mr. Awesome knows them as Noodle Cookies. You can probably add other ingredients, desired or maybe even swap the butterscotch chips for chocolate ones.

Mr. Awesome likes them without marshmallows but with plenty of peanuts. The kids like them with marshmallows. That’s how I ended up making two batches.

Haystacks aka Noodle Cookies

Haystacks aka Noodle Cookies printable recipe

Ingredients:

  • 11-12 oz bag butterscotch chips (you can also use semi-sweet chocolate chips)
  • 3/4 c. Peanut butter
  • 10-12 oz Chow Mein Noodles
  • 1/2 – 1 c. Salted peanuts, optional
  • 3 1/2 c. Mini marshmallows, optional

Directions:

Line two baking pans with wax paper.

Place the chips in a medium to large size bowl. Microwave on 50% for 1-2 minutes or until mostly melted.

Stir in the peanut until smooth.

Add other ingredients and stir until well coated.

Drop by spoonfuls onto the prepared pans.

Cool in the refrigerator for 10-20 minutes.

Enjoy!

Haystacks aka Noodle Cookies

(‘Cooked’ version)

Cooked Haystacks aka Noodle Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 11-12 oz bag butterscotch chips (you can also use semi-sweet chocolate chips)
  • 1 14-oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 3-oz can Chow Mein Noodles
  • 1/2 – 1 c. Salted peanuts or almonds, optional

Directions:

Line two baking pans with wax paper.

In a heavy saucepan, over low heat, melt the chips with the sweetened condensed milk.

Remove from heat.

In a large bowl, combine the noodles and nuts.

Stir in the melted chip mixture until evenly coated.

Drop by spoonfuls onto the prepared pans.

Cool in the refrigerator for 10-20 minutes.

Enjoy!


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Peanut Butter Bites

I don’t remember where this recipe came from but peanut butter and chocolate are almost always winners here. The kids have fun rolling the balls and dipping them in the chocolate. Eating them is lots of fun too 🙂 Continue reading “Peanut Butter Bites”

Peanut Butter Fudge

This is an alternate version of the Milk Chocolate Fudge Continue reading “Peanut Butter Fudge”

Butter Pecan Fudge

This is an alternate version of the Milk Chocolate Fudge Continue reading “Butter Pecan Fudge”

Peppermint Bark

This is an alternate version of the Milk Chocolate Fudge. I get a lot of requests for this one! Continue reading “Peppermint Bark”

Milk Chocolate Fudge

This is a family favorite and I am always getting requests from family and friends for this yummy treat! It is easily adapted to make other flavors that will be listed at the bottom of the page. Continue reading “Milk Chocolate Fudge”

Crockpot Chocolate Peanut Clusters aka Reindeer Poop

I know the holidays are when we make the most candies here at our house. These little candies are so super easy to make and so yummy to eat. Continue reading “Crockpot Chocolate Peanut Clusters aka Reindeer Poop”

Easy Peanut Butter Fudge

Easy Peanut Butter Fudge

Easy Peanut Butter Fudge

Ingredients:

  • 2 c. sugar
  • 1/2 c. milk
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 3/4 c. peanut butter

Directions:

Bring sugar and milk to boil. Boil 2 1/2 minutes, remove from heat and stir in vanilla and peanut butter. Let cool and enjoy!