If you’re looking for Christmas gift ideas I can tell you from experience that everyone I know loves to receive homemade goodies. Cookies, breads, cupcakes, biscotti… you can hardly go wrong. And then there’s homemade caramel corn. OMG! This is a gift that everyone absolutely loves! It’s super crispy, light, and so delicious! That’s what I give every Christmas and people start asking me in October if I’m making caramel corn again this year. That’s because there is no store-bought product that even comes close. And my recipe is simple. You don’t need a candy thermometer or any fancy equipment.
I just pop the corn in the microwave (my paper bag method) and stir in an easy syrup (made in five minutes) with butter, brown sugar, vanilla, and corn syrup (this is not high fructose corn syrup – they are not the same). Then you stir it up and bake it. I don’t make it for myself very often because I can’t stop eating it. So it’s a Christmas treat for me too. If you want to feel like Santa Claus next week and see big smiles on happy faces, give homemade caramel corn. Click here for the recipe. – Jenny Jones
Guess what? There is no difference between frozen and freshly made pecan balls. I tested them myself and asked two other people to do a blind taste test and no one could tell the difference. This is good news because anything you can make ahead for the holidays is helpful. I’m sure there is more than one way to freeze these delicate Christmas snowball cookies but here is how I did mine:
- Once they were completely cool and after the second roll in powdered sugar I gently placed them in a freezer bag so they were not touching.
- I removed as much air as possible from the bag and placed them gently in the freezer.
- To thaw I let them thaw overnight in the refrigerator and then brought them to room temperature.
- Then I gently rolled them in powdered sugar again to freshen them up.
So there it is. This is how you can freeze your homemade pecan balls and have extra time for…. making more! Click here for the recipe. – Jenny Jones
Here’s a closeup of my Crispy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies. They are big! These are the ones made with 100% whole grains and no butter. Before baking you press them flat with a fork and they spread even more when they bake and come out super thin and crispy. I made them last night and the recipe makes twelve. There are five left. Click here for the recipe. – Jenny Jones
What a treat to see your photos of my recipes. My thanks to everyone for sharing them. Feel free to include where you are from and send your photo to: YourPhotos@JennyCanCook.com
CARIANNE MADE MY NO KNEAD BREAD & CRUSTY ROLLS
“Hello Jenny, So I made your Faster No Knead Bread for Christmas. Mmmm it was easy and tasted great! So today I thought I’d try the No Knead Crusty Rolls too. But I really liked how the bread came out of my Dutch Oven so I stuffed them in there. 😊 I found a pie pan that was the same size as the Dutch Oven to let the dough rise in while the Dutch Oven heated in my oven (just so it would fit). I also brushed them with Butter as you can see. I was planning to show the before and after pics but…..they were so pretty and good they got eaten before I remembered to take the after pic. Thank you for the recipes and have a wonderful New Year Jenny!”
NIKTA MADE MY PECAN BALLS (SNOWBALLS)
“I made these before Christmas and everyone loved them, specially my two year old grandnephew, who asked me “come house, bring cake pops!” Here I am, making a double batch! Thanks for all the inspirations, Jenny!”
TRACEY MADE MY NO KNEAD CRUSTY ROLLS
“Dear Jenny, I’m also a London girl and your buns turned out great. Each step you gave made it so easy not too mess up ! Even my French sister-in-laws don’t have a problem, without needing to understand English. Keep up the good work, we never get tired of your videos or recipes. Thank you Tracey.”
EVELYN MADE MY CHRISTMAS PECAN BALLS
“These will disappeared as soon I serve them for Christmas party tonight. Thank you for sharing.”
GHIMIE88 MADE 3 NO KNEAD BREADS: PLAIN, RYE, AND OLIVE-CAPER
“I made Jenny’s no knead artisan bread again tonight. Fail-proof recipe ~ turns out well every time, and my family finishes it in no time and asks for more! Inside is soft with some nice big holes – make me feel like a pro! 🙂 THANK YOU, JENNY! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas.”
“Jenny’s No Knead Bread recipe is the BEST! I have added different fruits and nuts at different times, and all turned out delicious. This bread has olives and capers (I have too much capers in my fridge). I often give this bread away as a gift, wrapped in wax paper and a string ribbon tied around it, then placed in a zip-lock bag. Practical, edible, delicious gift appreciated by family and friends who received it. On Thanksgiving, i woke up early to bake this bread in my relatives’ home. I wanted to do something nice for them as a guest. My relatives were so excited about the bread. We sat around the table and ate the bread together, dipped in olive oil or butter on bread. Bread was gone in no time including the crumbs. Spending time together this way was so meaningful and memorable – THANK YOU SO MUCH, JENNY!”
MARIA MADE MY LEMON BROWNIES & CINNAMON RAISIN BREAD
JULIE MADE MY CINNAMON ROLLS
“Thank you so much, Jenny, for your cinnamon rolls recipe! These are the BEST cinnamon rolls I’ve ever made. They’re so fun, easy and quick to make! I’m so grateful to you because they are my family’s favorite dessert. I’d like to bake them for Christmas. The additional pics are to show the inside and how delicious and soft the roll is/looks. Happy Holidays, Jenny!”
NIKTA MADE MY WHOLE WHEAT NO KNEAD BREAD
“Another success! This time, I made your no knead whole wheat bread (with one cup of white). Thanks and have a wonderful weekend, Nikta.”
JACEK MADE MY NO KNEAD BREAD
“Hi Jenny, My name is Jacek. I made your no knead bread and it’s great. Let me just add that I have next to no experience baking yet your recipe was easy to follow and delivered great results. Thank you and all the best.”
NOMIN MADE MY SIMPLE WHOLE WHEAT BREAD
“Dear Jenny, I love your recipes! My family and I in love with this easy healthy whole wheat bread!!!! Me and my spouse stopped buying store breads since summer and now I can bake my own breads 🍞 Your are my savior! Thank you Jenny!”
KATHIE MADE MY SIMPLE WHOLE WHEAT BREAD
“Jenny, I made your simple whole wheat bread and it was wonderful. We ate the whole loaf in 2 days! Thank you for the easy and delicious recipes! I will be trying the whole wheat rolls for Christmas dinner! Happy Holidays!! Kathie Davis ~ Asheville, North Carolina.”
KATHY MADE MY NO KNEAD BREAD
“Hi Jenny! I finally made your no knead bread and it was easy and delicious! My family loved it! Thanks as always!”
ALI G MADE MY SIMPLE CHOCOLATE CAKE WITHOUT BUTTER
“Wow! Husband approved. I had Aldi cocoa, a Myer lemon and I cheated (putting 2 Tbsp butter ONLY in the glaze to thicken it). Thank you SO much. A dear friend whose beautiful little boy is deathly allergic to eggs will love this. Ours turned out delicious! May the LORD Bless and keep you always. Yummo! Only wish I could claim this recipe as my own. 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐”
ELIZABETH MADE MY NO KNEAD BREAD
“Hi Jenny, so glad I discovered you on youtube. You are a very funny lady to watch! Last night I prepared some dough (half whole wheat and half white flour) and I put it in the oven this morning. Soooo easy! Even though I am Dutch myself, I never used my ‘dutch oven’ for baking bread, but I will from now on! I love this no-knead bread (ongekneed brood). Thank you for sharing this recipe! Elizabeth, from the Netherlands”
ADRIANA MADE MY PIZZA
“Hi Jenny, as I promised, I´m letting you know the great pizza I prepared today with your recipe. It´s the first time I make pizza, so I also decided to make a home made sauce and topped the pizza with sliced calamata olives. Used a rectangular pan because it was what I had available. I just baked it while we watch the Barcelona – Real Madrid game. My husband loooooved the pizza!! It´s just a delicious pizza. Thanks a lot Jenny! (I should have prepared two pizzas!! hahahahahaha)”