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Countdown To Christmas Sweet Treats Recipes

Doing a countdown to Christmas on the blog has become a tradition we, as a family look forward to.
Our first countdown was in 2016 and we did 24 Christmas crafts.
In 2017 we did 24 Slimming World Buffet recipes and last year we did 24 Christmas Cookie recipes. This year we’ve decided to do a mixture of fudge and Christmas bark recipes – delicious sweet treats for the most wonderful time of the year šŸ™‚

Christmas sweet treats

Here are the sweet treats recipes we’re going to be sharing over the next 24 days:

  1. Salted Caramel Bark
  2. Nutella Fudge
  3. Peanut Butter Bark
  4. Mars Bar Fudge
  5. White Chocolate Christmas Tree Bark
  6. Terry’s Chocolate Orange bark
  7. Snowman Bark
  8. Christmas Fudge
  9. Fry’s Peppermint Cream Mint Swirl Bark
  10. Maltesers Fudge
  11. Oreo Bark
  12. Reese’s Fudge
  13. White Chocolate and Daim Bark
  14. White Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge
  15. Almond & Cranberry Bark
  16. M&M Fudge
  17. Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge
  18. White Chocolate Fudge
  19. Shortbread Teddies Bark
  20. Bailey’s Fudge
  21. Toffee Popcorn & Marshmallow Bark
  22. Oreo Fudge
  23. The Grinch Bark
  24. Gingerbread Fudge

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Homemade Mincemeat Recipe

When I was little, my mum would buy jars of mincemeat, strawberry jam and lemon curd so she couldĀ make mince pies, jam tarts and lemon curd tarts at Christmas. There were four of us children and we could get through a huge amount of these goodies so she’d always make a big batch. When I had my own family, I tried doing the Christmas baking like my mum used to do, but I’m a really terrible pastry maker. They always seemed to turn out too hard to chew! Now I buy the mince pies from Tesco!

Complete Farmhouse Kitchen Cookbook

This year I want to try again, but not only do I want to get better at making the pastry, I also want to make my own mincemeat. Ant has a battered copy of TheĀ Complete Farmhouse Kitchen Cookbook which I always turn too when I want to find a traditional recipe for something. I don’t know how traditional most of them actually are but it just feels like they should be! Mincemeat recipe from The Complete Farmhouse Kitchen Cookbook

Traditional Mincemeat Recipe

I’m using Dorothy Sleightholme’s mincemeat recipe because she cooks the apples and it says doing so helps the mincemeat last longer. Yields nearly 2kg


  • 450g apples
  • 15g butter
  • 225g each of currants, raisins and sultanas
  • 125g candied peel
  • 125g dates, chopped small
  • 225g soft brown sugar
  • 175g grated suet
  • grated rind and juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • 4 tablespoons rum


  1. Peel, core and finely chop the apples.
  2. Melt butter in a pan, add apple and cook gently to soften. Leave to go cold.
  3. Add the cooked apple and the rest of the ingredients to a big bowl and mix well together.
  4. Leave in the bowl, covered, stirring occasionally for the next 24 hours.
  5. Put in cold but sterile jars, do not fill quite to the top. Place waxed paper discs on top of the mincemeat and cover with jam-pot covers.
  6. Label and store in a cool, dry, dark place.
bowl of mincemeat and jars for canning