Camper Christmas Recipes

Christmas is a time for traditions, for coziness, and for eating too many sweets! But you can never really have too many sweets in the house around Christmas time, right? If you find that you do, put together a little care package for a friend or neighbor! It is sure to put a smile on their face and warm their heart in this time of much needed kindness. Whether you’re baking for yourself, your family or your friends, we wanted to compile a list of delicious Christmas treats for our campers by our campers! So, without further ado, here are some of our camper’s favorite and most special Christmas recipes.

1. Coconut Dream Bars

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Coconut Dream Bars. A decades old favorite recipe that’s super easy to make and the perfect treat for coconut and chocolate lovers. Freezer friendly for the Holidays too!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups graham wafer
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk (300ml in Canada, 14 oz. in the US)
  • 2 cups unsweetened dried coconut
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups chocolate chips
  • 3 tbsp. butter or whipping cream

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 
  2. Grease a 9×9 inch baking pan and line it with parchment paper.
  3. Melt the 1/2 cup of butter and mix together with the Graham crumbs and sugar.
  4. Press the crumb mixture firmly into the bottom of the pan.
  5. Bake for 10 minutes.
  6. While the bottom layer is baking, stir together the sweetened milk, coconut & vanilla extract.
  7. Spread the coconut mixture evenly over the previously baked graham crust layer.
  8. Bake for another 10-15 minutes, or until the edges just start to turn brown. Be careful not to overbake or the cookie bars will be too dry.
  9. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely in the pan.
  10. When cool, melt together the chocolate chips  and butter (or whipping cream).
  11. Spread evenly over the cooled coconut layer and let stand for an hour or so for the chocolate to set.
  12. Cut in squares and enjoy.

2. Cream Cheese Brownies

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These Cream Cheese Brownies are rich, chocolatey fudgy brownies with a cream cheese layer and frosting!

Ingredients

Cream Cheese Layer

  • 1 package cream cheese ( 4 oz.)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp. flour
  • 1/2 cup maraschino cherries, well drained and cut up

Brownie Layer

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 walnuts, chopped
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1/4 cup cocoa
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine

Icing Layer

  • 1 1/3 cups icing sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 3 tbsp. butter or margarine
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. hot water or coffee

Instructions

Cream Cheese Layer

  1. Beat together cream cheese and egg
  2. Add sugar and flour, gradually beating until well blended
  3. Stir in cherries, set aside

Brownie Layer

  1. Beat eggs until frothy
  2. Add sugar, flour, walnuts, salt
  3. Melt together butter and cocoa, while stirring
  4. Add cocoa mixture to the rest of the ingredients and stir well
  5. Spread 2/3 of the brownie mixture in a greased 8×8 pan
  6. Carefully spread cream cheese filling
  7. Cover completely with remaining brownie mixture and bake at 350 degrees F for 30-35 minutes
  8. Add Frosting

Icing Layer

  1. Put all ingredients into a bowl and beat until combined
  2. Spread over brownies

3. Oreo Cheesecake Balls

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Keeping with the cream cheese theme, these Oreo cheesecake balls are not only delicious, but super easy to make! No baking required!

Ingredients

  • 36 Oreo Cookies, finely crushed
  • 1 pkg. (250 g) Philadelphia Brick Cream Cheese, softened
  •  2 pkg. (225 g each) Baker’s Semi-Sweet Chocolate

Instructions

  1. Remove 1 Tbsp. cookie crumbs. Mix cream cheese and remaining crumbs until well blended.
  2. Shape into 42 (1-inch) balls. Refrigerate 30 min.
  3. Melt chocolate as directed on package. Dip balls in chocolate; place in single layer on parchment- or waxed paper-covered baking sheet.
  4. Sprinkle with reserved crumbs.
  5. Refrigerate 1 hour or until firm.

4. Nanaimo Bars

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A Canadian classic, Nanaimo bars are sure to be a hit with all of your friends and family!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 2 tbsp. cocoa
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1 tsp. milk
  • 2 cups icing sugar
  • 2 tbsp. custard powder
  • semi-sweet baker’s chocolate

Instructions

  1. Blend together graham crackers, and coconut
  2. In a double boiler, stir and cook butter, cocoa and white sugar until smooth (do not boil!)
  3. Remove from heat
  4. Beat in egg
  5. Add to the graham cracker and coconut mixture and press into 10×10 inch pan
  6. Beat together melted butter, milk, icing sugar and custard powder until smooth
  7. Spread over graham cracker mixture
  8. Melt 3 squares of semi-sweet baker’s chocolate and pour over
  9. Refridgerate

5. Christmas Crack

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With this classic Christmas treat, saltine crackers get a double dunking: first in caramel and then in chocolate. The result is a salty, crunchy, chocolate-covered treat that’s nearly impossible to stop eating.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • Chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper
  3. Line bottom of the sheet with saltine crackers
  4. Cook the brown sugar and butter in a pot on medium heat for 5 mins.
  5. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla
  6. Pour over crackers and bake for 5 mins.
  7. Remove and top with chocolate chips
  8. Place back in the oven until the chocolate chips are shiny
  9. Spread chocolate chips with a spoon to cover the crackers
  10. Freeze
  11. Once frozen, break apart and store in freezer

6. Jam Cookies

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Jam thumbprints are one of the most classic Christmas cookies (and we hear they’re one of Santa’s favorites!). With a buttery shortbread base and warm jam center, they’re the ultimate indulgence.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp cream of tartar
  • Strawberry or raspberry jam

Instructions

  1. Cream together butter and sugar
  2. Add egg and vanilla and mix well
  3. In a separate bowl, mix flour, salt, baking soda and cream of tartar together
  4. Add to butter mixture
  5. Roll into balls and place on baking sheet
  6. Press down in the center of each dough ball with your thumb
  7. Fill hole with jam
  8. Bake at 400 degrees F for 12 mins

7. Shortbread Cookies

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Christmas Shortbread Cookies – adorable, delicious, tasty and with only 5 ingredients! You need to add this lovely Christmas Shortbread Cookies to your Christmas!

Ingredients

  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 1 lb. butter
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 4 egg yolks

Instructions

  1. Combine butter and icing sugar
  2. Add egg yolks
  3. In a separate bowl, mix flour and salt
  4. Add flour mixture to butter mixture
  5. Roll out on floured surface and cut out shapes
  6. Bake at 350 degrees F for 10 mins, watching closely
  7. Cool and ice

8. Peanut Butter Balls

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Peanut butter balls are certainly an old favorite. Chocolate and peanut butter is a combination that is hard to beat!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp. softened butter
  • 2 cups icing sugar
  • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 3 cups Rice Krispies
  • Semi-Sweet baker’s chocolate or chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Mix peanut butter, butter, and icing sugar together
  2. Add coconut and Rice Krispies
  3. Refrigerate for 15 mins. before rolling
  4. Roll into 1 tbsp. sized balls
  5. Place on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet
  6. Freeze for 1 hour before dipping
  7. Melt baker’s chocolate or chocolate chips in a double broiler
  8. Dip, place back onto baking sheet and freeze
  9. Store in the freezer

9. Peanut Butter Balls…Again!

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Love peanut butter balls, but not a fan of the crunch the coconut and Rice Krispies provide? We’ve got you covered with this simple but delicious peanut butter ball recipe!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 1 tsp. almond extract
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • Semi-sweet baker’s chocolate

Instructions

  1. Mix together all ingredients and roll into balls
  2. Place ball onto parchment paper-lined baking sheet
  3. Freeze for 15 mins before dipping
  4. Melt baker’s chocolate
  5. Dip and place back on baking tray
  6. Return to freezer

10. Sweet and Salty Cookies

These sweet and salty cookies are the perfect combination of flavors and textures!

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt (optional)
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups chocolate chunks
  • 2 cups coarsely broken rippled potato chips
  • 1 cup small pretzels, broken into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup unsalted peanuts (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  2. Combine flour, baking soda and salt in a small bowl
  3. beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large bowl until creamy
  4. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition
  5. Gradually beat in flour mixture
  6. Stir in chocolate chunks, chips, pretzels, and peanuts.
  7. Drop rounded tablespoons onto ungreased baking sheets
  8. Bake for 9-11 minutes or until golden brown

11. Gingerbread Cookies

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Last, but certainly not least, the quintessential Christmas cookie: a classic gingerbread. That warm spice just seems to embody the Christmas spirit!

Ingredients

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. ginger
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/4 ground cloves
  • 3/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup molasses

Instructions


  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, baking soda and salt
  2. In a large bowl beat together the butter and brown sugar until fluffy (about two minutes)
  3. Beat in egg and vanilla extract, followed by the molasses
  4. Slowly add the flour mixture to the butter mixture while mixing on low speed
  5. Divide dough into two equal pieces. Form each dough into a round, flat disc shape, and wrap in plastic wrap. Chill in the fridge for at least 4 hours or overnight.
  6. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line baking trays with parchment paper
  7. Let your dough warm up for 10 minutes at room temperature before rolling
  8. Flour the counter and your rolling pin. Unwrap the dough and sprinkle flour on both sides. Roll out to about 1/8-1/4 inch thick. Cut into shapes
  9. Transfer cookies to the lined baking trays and bake for 8-10 minutes
  10. Repeat with the rest of the dough, being careful not to re-roll the dough too many times


 Family Christmas recipes are so personal, nostalgic and sweet (pun intended), often one bite of a special family Christmas treat can transport us to Christmases past and remind us how it felt to be a kid around the holidays! With many of us preparing to stay safe and spend a quiet holiday in the comfort of our own homes, now is the perfect time to try your hand at one (or all!) of these recipes! We wish all of our campers a safe and happy holiday season! See you in the new year!

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