Fun Christmas Recipes

Chocolate-Cherry Dips

chocolate cherry dips

Prep 30 mins ∙ Makes 30 servings ∙ Source Bhg.com


  • 1/2 of an 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped, drained maraschino cherries
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 60 vanilla wafers
  • 12 ounces chocolate-flavor candy coating, coarsely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons shortening
  • Red, green, and/or white jimmies


  1. For filling, in a medium mixing bowl beat cream cheese and powdered sugar with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Stir in cherries and almond extract. Spread filling on bottoms of half of the vanilla wafers. Top with the remaining wafers, bottom sides down. Cover and chill about 30 minutes or until filling is firm.
  2. In a medium saucepan cook and stir chocolate candy coating and the 2 teaspoons shortening over low heat until melted and smooth. Remove from heat. Using a fork, dip each sandwich cookie in melted chocolate coating, turning to coat completely and letting excess coating drip back into pan. Place dipped cookies on a sheet of waxed paper. Sprinkle with jimmies. Let stand about 30 minutes or until chocolate coating is set.

Nutritional Info

(Chocolate-Cherry Dips)
Per serving:
133 kcal cal.,
7 g fat
(4 g sat. fat,
0 g polyunsaturated fat,
2 g monounsatured fat),
4 mg chol.,
56 mg sodium,
17 g carb.,
0 g fiber,
13 g sugar,
1 g pro.

Chocolaty Melting Snowmen

fun Christmas rescipes

Prep 50 mins ∙ Cook 9 mins to 11 mins per batch ∙ Makes 4 servings ∙ Source Bhg.com


  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 pound vanilla-flavored candy coating, coarsely chopped
  • 20 bite-size chocolate-covered peanut butter cups, unwrapped
  • Brown and orange sprinkles or other candies and/or tinted frosting


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large mixing bowl beat shortening and peanut butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Beat in the granulated sugar, brown sugar, baking powder, salt, and baking soda until combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Beat in egg, milk, and vanilla until combined. Beat in the cocoa powder and as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Stir in any remaining flour.
  2. Shape dough into twenty 1 3/4-inch balls. Place balls 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
  3. Bake for 9 to 11 minutes or until edges are just firm. Cool on cookie sheet for 2 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool.
  4. Line a baking sheet with waxed paper. Place cooled cookies on prepared baking sheet. In a medium microwave-safe bowl microwave candy coating on 50% power for 2 1/2 to 3 minutes or until melted and smooth, stirring every 30 seconds. Spoon melted coating over each cookie to cover cookie and resemble melted snow. While coating is still tacky, add a peanut butter cup for a top hat and decorate with sprinkles or other candies to resemble snowman faces (If using frosting to make snowman faces, add it when the candy coating is dry.) Let stand until set.

Nutritional Info

(Chocolaty Melting Snowmen)
Per serving:
315 kcal cal.,
17 g fat
(9 g sat. fat,
2 g polyunsaturated fat,
1 g monounsatured fat),
10 mg chol.,
101 mg sodium,
38 g carb.,
1 g fiber,
28 g sugar,
3 g pro.