Christmas Sweets – Christmas Treats

No matter you are 7 years old or 70, you love Christmas sweets – Christmas treats. Edible snowmen and fruit cakes spread holiday cheer and spirit. No holiday menu will be complete without them.

Mince Pie

This sweet Christmas pie remains a popular holyday treat enjoyed by many across Canada. The traditional filling for mince pies is mincemeat. Originally, mincemeat did always contain meat, though now the only meat present is the suet. Mincemeat is a mixture of a range of chopped dried fruit (such as raisins, dates, prunes, figs, apricots, peaches, apples and pears.), distilled spirits (usually rum or brandy) and spices (such as cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg). Pastry usually makes up more than half the ingredients in a mince pie, so it tends to be higher in fat but lower in sugar and nutrients than a slice of Christmas cake. Homemade mincemeat is the perfect ingredient for all your Christmas baking and makes a lovely Christmas gift all by itself.

Gingerbread

Making gingerbread house or cookies for Christmas is fun for the whole family. Actually, there is a wide variety of gingerbread baked goods, but all of them are typically flavoured with ginger, cloves, nutmeg or cinnamon and sweetened with honey, sugar or molasses. Rich and aromatic, gingerbread men, cookies or houses are just a Christmas classic. These traditional treats are perfect for the holiday season and gift-giving.

Cannot help mentioning a couple of lovely sayings about gingerbread from unknown authors:

“Come sit at my table and share with me warm gingerbread cookies and cinnamon tea.”

“Made special just for you, may this gingerbread man bring happiness to you.”

Butter Tarts

Christmas Sweets – Christmas Treats

Available in mini-bites or jumbo size these decadent and locally made treats are a roadside staple in Ontario’s cottage country.

Butter tarts are distinctly Canadian Christmas treats. Their recipe is of genuinely Canadian origin that came to us from the pioneer times. Butter tarts consist of butter, sugar, syrup, and egg filled into a flaky pastry and baked until the filling is semi-solid with a crunchy top. They can be kept for a long time without losing their delicious taste. Pecan tarts, raisin tarts, lemon tarts … you can celebrate any occasion with these quintessential Canadian pastries. And there is no one standard recipe; they vary according to the families baking them.

Fruitcake

Christmas Sweets – Christmas Treats

Fruitcakes are made for big celebrations. Large amounts of dried fruit, nuts, butter, eggs, sugar, spices plus brandy or sherry are all in one amazing treat for the holiday season. It can be covered with marzipan or royal icing. Given their rich nature, fruit cakes are most often consumed on their own. Figuratively speaking, friends and family are the fruitcake of our life – some nutty, some soaked in alcohol, some sweet, but when they altogether sit at the Christmas dinner table, you realize how wonderful to have them in your life.

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