4 Moms share Quick and Easy Holiday Recipes {linky}

Merry Christmas from the 4 Moms!  This week we’re sharing some of our favorite holiday recipes.  With a lot of little ones underfoot, my favorites are quick and easy.  They also happen to taste pretty good.  🙂

If you’re a longtime reader, these recipes may look familiar to you.  Just smile and nod and pretend I’m not telling the same stories over and over again.

I plan to make my very-favorite Poor Man’s Toffee for this weekend’s annual tamale party with the extended family.  I’m glad some of my own household will be out of town, because then I won’t have to feel guilty if only half of the pan makes it to the party.

Poor Man’s Toffee

makes 50 pieces – great for gifts

  • 1 1/4 cups butter, divided
  • 35-40 saltine-style crackers
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cups finely chopped walnuts

Pay attention.  This happens quickly:

  1. Melt 1/4 cup butter; pour into foil-lined jelly roll pan.
  2. Arrange crackers over butter, evenly spaced.
  3. Melt remaining butter; add sugar and boil 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Remove from heat and add condensed milk. Spread over crackers.
  5. Bake at 375 for 10-12 minutes, until bubbly and slightly darkened.
  6. Remove from oven, cool 1 minute, and sprinkle with chocolate chips. Let stand 5 minutes (until chocolate is soft and melty) and spread.
  7. Sprinkle with nuts; press lightly into chocolate.
  8. Cool; refrigerate until chocolate is set.
  9. Remove foil and cut candy.

Yum! Rich, delicious and very impressive, and much faster and easier than it sounds. No one can ever guess the saltine cracker base – it tastes a lot like Almond Roca.


Another very easy recipe that we make for holiday dinners is cranberry sauce.  After making our own the first time several years ago, we all decided we would never go back to the canned goop.  It’s quick and easy, just like the title of this post promises, and delicious!  The young ones in our family love that they can easily cook something this pretty for a formal meal.

Fresh Cranberry Sauce

  • 12 oz bag of cranberries
  • 1/2 – 3/4 cup sugar (white or brown)
  • 1/2 cup water

Combine and simmer in microwave (covered) or on stovetop til berries burst, about 10 minutes.  Stir and mash a bit as they cook.

Chill thoroughly and serve in a pretty dish.

Really, that’s it.  You thought it would be harder, didn’t you?

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Cheater’s Fudge

So easy you’ll never go back.

  • 12 oz. bag of chocolate chips
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • optional additions: walnuts, marshmallows, etc.

Just combine ingredients in a medium saucepan and stir over medium-low heat until melted and combined.  Pour into buttered or wax-paper lined 8×8 pan, chill, and cut into small squares.


Effortless Eggnog

I love eggnog and have no qualms about the raw eggs in traditional recipes, especially since most of our eggs come from our own hens.  However, this recipe is super easy, delicious, and satisfies those who are concerned about raw eggs.

  • 1/2 gallon milk, divided
  • 1 package instant French vanilla pudding mix
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg

In a large bowl, whisk 3/4 cup milk and pudding mix until smooth. Whisk in the sugar, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg. Stir in remaining milk. Refrigerate until serving.


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  1. Wa-Hoooo! Happy New Year to the Coghlan Clan!

  2. Merry Christmas, Kim. I trust you and yours had a wonderful day.

  3. Katie Hignight says:

    I made the fudge last night and added a bunch of walnuts and marshmallows. It is beautiful and so yummy!! I sent some with my husband to work today and we’ll be taking it traveling to share with our families tomorrow! =)

  4. I made the toffee yesterday for our bible study. Everyone loved it! I just made a second batch for neighbor gifts. Thanks for the recipe! Also, my daughter just made the egg nog and it has a great flavor. We will maybe use a heavier milk next time, because it tasted pretty thin using skim. Thanks for sharing!!!

  5. I made your poor man’s toffee as a present for several people. I hope they liked it because I LOVED it. Thus, I think I will not make any more this year…

  6. So does this mean the chickens moved to town with you?

  7. I don’t think your linky is working, Kim! On the other hand, it could just be my computer and if so, well, never mind. 🙂

  8. Yum…I’m going to have to try the fudge and eggnog recipes. usually I wouldn’t worry about the eggs, but while pregnant I don’t know if I’d feel ok with it.

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