12 Days of #Blogmas – Day 5

On the 5th day of #Blogmas my true love gave to me… FIVE Christmas Treats! #nomnomnom


Like seriously who doesn’t devour Christmas baking! It can be the same cookie as an easter cookie but you slap a Christmas tree on that thing and #BESTCOOKIEEVER No but seriously there are some really amazing Christmas treats that do only come out at Christmas time. My dads side of the family is Swedish. Like my Grandparents came over from Sweden on a ship (which I think is pretty cool). Thus amazing family food!

Here a FIVE FREE treat recipes for YOU!

Gingersnaps  (Side Notes: These are yummy! Make SMALL balls as cookies expand HUGE – makes about 7 dozen cookies. I like lots of cookies when I bake, that way, I don’t have to double recipes. ENJOY!)

1 1/4 c. butter

2 c. sugar

2 eggs / beaten

1 c. molasses

4 1/2 c. flour

4 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. cloves

2 tsp. ginger

2 tsp. cinnamon

Cream butter and sugar then add eggs; beat well. Add molasses. Sift flour with soda, salt and spices. Mix gradually into batter; should be stiff. Refrigerate for a couple of hours. Roll into small balls. Bake in 350 over on uncreased cookie sheet (or parchment paper) for 10 minutes.

Lefse (Side Note: Lets get real here. Lefse is hard to make. My suggestion is to order it from The Lefse House in Camrose (yes this place is legit!) The Lefse House also has their product sold in Sobeys and Safe Way in Sherwood Park. When you buy lefse, you put butter on it then brown sugar on top of the butter. Roll it and EAT! We eat this traditionally as a dessert.)

3 c. mashed potatoes

2 tbsp. margarine

3 tbsp. cream

3 c. flour

1 tsp. salt

Mash potatoes well, add margarine and cream. COOL and then add flour. Roll out one rounded tbsp. dough using flour to keep it from sticking. Roll very thin. Bake lightly on griddle. Have burner on medium heat.

Hardtack (Side Note: This recipe is lacking in some details so work with me on this. However the product result is amazing! I grew up eating this stuff. Possibly a better alternative to buns.)

4 c. homo milk (warmed)

1 1/2 c. melted tender flake lard

salt (yes this recipe said salt – so maybe to taste! These Sweds!!)

2 1/2 tsp. yeast Place in 1/2 c warm water with 1 tsp. sugar let rise

Mix in flour to make a manageable dough not too soft or stiff, let rise till more than double in size. Make into patties on floured counter. (My Swedish Grandma had a special roller that had dots all over it and rolled that over top at this point but I’m assuming no one has this haha) Bake in oven.


Creamy Cheese Sauce (Side Note: I make this ALL THE TIME with pasta! It’s my mother’s recipe and is well used. Literally you will NEVER buy cheese sauce again. These ingredients you will have on hand.)

2 tbs. butter

2 tbs. flour

1/2 tsp. sea salt

few grins of pepper (I like to put more pepper in the recipe)

1 c. milk

1 c. grated cheese (either cheddar or marble depending on the strong cheese taste you like)

1 tsp. braggs or soya sauce (We use braggs. Bragg Liquid Aminos is a non-GMO Project Verified liquid protein concentrate, derived from soybeans. It contains 16 naturally-occuring Essential and Non-essential Amino Acids)

Melt butter in pot on stove. Blend in four, salt and pepper. Pour in milk, cheese and braggs. Stir with a whisk. For a thick cream cheese sauce, increase the butter and flour to 1/4 cup each. Use with vegetables (yummy on broccoli) or pasta.

and lastly but these free recipes are not in any particular order;

Jam Jams (These are my husband’s favourite. He grew up eating them with his family and he now makes them every year… for himself)

1 c. brown sugar, firmly packed

1 c. shortening

2 eggs

6 tbsp. corn syrup

2 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. salt

1 tsp. vanilla

4 c. all purpose flour

Yield 4 dozen. Temp 350. Time 8 minutes. Cream sugar and shortening thoroughly, add eggs and beat well. Blend in the corn syrup. Sift the dry ingredients and add to creamed mixture. Stir until well blended. Roll thin, cut with round cutter and bake. When cool put together with raspberry jam; let sand two days before using.


Tried any of these yummy recipes? I’d love to hear about it! Post it in the comments below or share it on social media tagging @Saveymommy #Saveymommy MERRY CHRISTMAS!!


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