MSM Christmas: Holiday Bakin’ 

December 23rd…for some folks today is a travel day or the last day before all the fun starts but in our house we’re right in the middle of family festivities! Our week kicked off with Christmas at my wonderful Aunt’s house. The first of, count ’em, FIVE family events we attend. The older I get the more blessed I feel that we both have the close knit families that we have. I couldn’t imagine a Christmas week without the hustle and bustle schedule that some avoid or dread! That being said, I’m well into my holiday baking…

cookies for days…

cake! (note the unruly puppy paws…)

and we know it isn’t Christmas in the south without homemade pecan pie!

Starting your holiday baking and looking for a few simple ideas? Take a look!

First, my EASY chocolate peanut butter fudge. (DISCLAIMER: this isn’t technically holiday baking…no oven or baking time required! This is PERFECT for the busy holiday party attendee in that you only need 10 minutes hands on) I first posted this fudge back in the summer in A Sweet Treat but it’s perfect for Christmas so worth the repeat! With a simple sugar substitution this recipe can be almost sugar free for any diabetic family members (think about it…how big of a bummer would it be to have to skip every holiday treat because they’re overloaded with sugar?!?) and like I said, it’s so simple to make! 10 minutes to throw it together and 30 minutes for it to set up you’re in business! 


Prep Time: 10 minutes

Set Time: 30 minutes


2/3 cup coconut oil (melted)

2/3 cup organic cocoa powder

6 TBSP powdered peanut butter

1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/4-1/2 cup of sugar OR sugar sub (personal preference depending on how sweet you want your chocolate) 


Mix all ingredients together with a whisk until smooth. Pour into an 8×8 pan and refrigerate 30 minutes or until set! Enjoy! 

Next on the list…Sparkling Cranberries. (DICLAIMER: still no actual baking! But a great addition to all those baked goods!) A BEAUTIFUL and tasty topper for a Christmas cake, cheesecake, or virtually any dessert that needs an edible, festive topper. This genius idea is NOT my own but I love it! Click here for Klienworth & Co’s  simple topper (Disclaimer: you will need 24 hours for this because they have to set overnight!) 


Happy celebrating from the Modern Southern Mrs! I hope everyone has lots of time with the ones who matter most, enjoys lots of tasty holiday treats, and most importantly, takes a break to be grateful for the true meaning of the season. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, y’all! 


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