Christmas recipes don’t have to break your monthly food budget to qualify as a holiday or celebratory dish. Thankfully, decimals in the purchase price of the ingredients don’t count in the enjoyment of a dish.
Here are three simple, inexpensive (if not cheap) recipes to contribute to a Christmas dinner and share with family and friends:
Old-Time Soft Sugar Cookies
½ cup shortening
½ cup sugar
½ cup brown sugar
¾ cup buttermilk
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups all-purpose flour
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
Topping: ¼ cup sugar + 1 tsp cinnamon. Mix together.
Cream together shortening, sugar, brown sugar. Mix in egg, then buttermilk and vanilla. Combine dry ingredients; stir into creamed mixture. Chill dough 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 400*. Drop mixture by teaspoons 2″ apart on lightly greased baking sheet. Sprinkle topping mixture on top of dough. Bake 7 to 9 minutes until set.
Mixed Berry Terrine
2 envelopes (1/4 ounce each) unflavored gelatin
2 cups white grape juice
½ cup sugar
2 lbs mixed fresh berries (or defrosted and drained mixed frozen berries)
1. Sprinkle gelatin over ¼ cup grade juice; let soften.
2. Heat sugar with another ¼ cup juice until dissolved. Remove from heat; stir in softened gelatin (#1) until dissolved; then stir in remaining 1 ½ cups grade juice.
3. Place berries in a 4×8″ loaf pan; pour gelatin mixture over them. Attempt to submerge berries completely. Refrigerate at least 3 hours, until firm.
4. Dip bottom of pan in hot water for 5 – 10 seconds and invert onto a serving platter. Shake to release. Slice to serve. Keep away from heat and hot dishes.
Baked Apples & Walnuts
Preheat oven to 350* or so. Core and deseed unskinned Golden Delicious apples. Slice into ¼ to ½ ” pieces and place into glass or ceramic “pammed” baking dish. Sprinkle with ½ tsp cinnamon and ¼ tsp nutmeg. Mix ¼ to ½ cup packed brown sugar among apples. Add a handful or two of walnuts into mixture. Scatter ½ stick of butter by pats among apple slices. Add ½ cup of apple juice or cider if you’re worried about them being too dry. Bake. Cover if higher slices begin to brown too quickly.
Serve when hot and sugar sauce is syrupy.
“Old-Time Soft Sugar Cookies.” Kroger Sugar Bag, undated.