Tuesday, November 21, 2006

The shopping list

As promised, I have compiled a list of the needed ingredients for an assortment of the Christmas baking projects. I may have missed an item or two, but this gives you a good start, and you may want to break up the shopping if you get paid more than once a month!

The following are items you may already have on hand:

baking soda
almond flavoring
cream of tarter
corn syrup (light)
red food color
green food color
canola oil
baking powder
ground cloves
ground ginger
ground allspice
rolled oats (NOT instant oatmeal)

Shopping list:

thick preserves in a flavor of your choice
1 box vanilla wafers
1 can sweetened condensed milk
crystallized ginger
2 dozen eggs
5 pounds granulated sugar
1 pound brown sugar (light or dark)
10 pounds all purpose flour
5 1/2 pounds shelled pecans
2 pounds dark chocolate chips (or milk chocolate if you don't like dark)
2 packages butter flavored Crisco stick shortening (NO transfat in this!!)
1 pound powdered sugar
1 pound butter (some recipes won't tolerate substituting the shortening)
8 ounces cream cheese
1 pound cottage cheese
12 ounces milk chocolate chips
10 ounces white chocolate chips
1 pound fruit flavored gum drops (NO black ones!)
1 pound whole candied cherries
1 pound shelled walnuts
1 pound candied pineapple
2 pounds dates

I promise, even the odd sounding ingredients (cottage cheese??) will be needed in the next few days worth of recipes!

Now go check out your cupboards and get ready to shop and bake.

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