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12 Days of Homemade Christmas 2016

December is here once again and that means it is time to bring out the cookies and holiday inspired sweet treats! Everyone has their own favorite and my family is no different. Like, for my husband, it just isn’t Christmas without Buckeyes and we always have some classic sugar cookies for my kids to decorate for Santa. Over the past few years, I have shared many of our tried and true favorites, so many that I wasn’t sure what to put on the list for this year. It is getting harder and harder so I switched gears a little bit and have been searching for and testing out some new recipes for this years 12 days of Homemade Christmas.

Homemade Christmas 2016 |My Hot Southern Mess


Caramel Corn

We have had a pretty busy weekend in our house. On Saturday my daughter and I participated in Wreaths Across America here  on Fort Bragg.
Caramel Corn | Country Girl Gourmet

This experience brought up a slew of questions as well as memories for my daughter of the only time she has ever been in a cemetery, after my grandmother’s death. This led into conversations about my grandma and all of our happy memories. One those memories was Caramel Corn. Every year during the holidays a bag of this was sure to pop up and a few years back when we were living in New Jersey my grandma was able to spend the holidays with us. On her list of things to make with her great-grandkids while she was visiting was caramel corn. My kid’s loved it and the tradition of Caramel Corn lives on in my family with us making her yummy recipe.
Caramel Corn | Country Girl Gourmet

My grandma’s recipe is pretty easy to make. In fact you do not even need the oven for it. The recipe is primarily made on the stove top and microwave. The recipe starts with making popcorn. While it is popping you can make the caramel sauce. The caramel sauce is made on the stove and takes less than 15 minutes to make. You do not need anything special for it other than a heavy bottomed saucepan. No thermometer, just bring to a boil on medium for 5 minutes and bam it’s done! Then all you do is pour the caramel over the popcorn and coat well and microwave the popcorn. Let it cool and then try not to eat it all. My family is addicted to it. Granted there are 6 of us but I can make up a bowl and it will be gone in a day! It really is good stuff! I am sure your family will love it as much as mine!

Caramel Corn | Country Girl Gourmet

Check out my 12 Days of Homemade Christmas for other great ideas!


Caramel Corn
  • 4 Quarts Popped, Popcorn
  • 1 Cup Peanuts
  • 1 Cup Brown Sugar
  • ¼ cup and 1 teaspoon Corn Syrup
  • ½ Cup Butter or Margarine
  • ½ Teaspoon Salt
  • ½ Teaspoon Baking Soda
  1. In a large bowl combine popped popcorn and peanuts.
  2. In a heavy saucepan combine brown sugar, corn syrup, butter and salt and cook on medium until it boils. Boil for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in baking soda.
  3. Pour caramel mix over popcorn, mixing to coat well.
  4. Cook in Microwave on high for 1.5 minutes then stir well, then cook on high 1 minute and then stir, next cook on high 45 seconds and then stir. Finally cook on high for 35 seconds Stir and then spread out and cool on wax or parchment paper.

12 Days of Homemade Christmas

It’s that time of year again Christmas time! Seriously, the year has just flown by how can it be time for Christmas again! I have been working hard to bring you my 12 Days of Homemade Christmas again this year. I have made a list, and have checked it more than twice. Heck, i’m still going back and forth with a few of the recipes. I only have a few more days until I start my list but it is coming and you will be able to find links to all 12 days here after they are posted. Just like last year the recipes range from super easy to others that take a little bit of patience and time. There will be cookies and candy and more!

The list is now complete! Check out my 12 days of Homemade Christmas! What treats will you be making for your family? I’d love to see your pics of my treats! Just use the tag #countrygirlgourmet on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest.

12 Days of Homemade Christmas | Country Girl Gourmet

Country Girl Gourmet’s 12 Days of Homemade Christmas

Day 1: Hot Cocoa Mix

Hot Cocoa Mix | Country Girl Gourmet

Day 2: Homemade Peppermint Patties

Homemade Peppermint Patties | Country Girl Gourmet

Day 3: Bacon Pralines

Bacon Pralines |Country Girl Gourmet

Day 4: Gluten Free Red Velvet Cookies

Red Velvet Chip | Country Girl Gourmet

Day 5: Gluten Free Snow Flakes Spritz 

Snow Flakes Spritz | Country Girl Gourmet

Day 6: Melt in your Mouth Toffee

Melt in your Mouth Toffee | Country Girl Gourmet

Day 7: Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies | Country Girl Gourmet

Day 8: Gluten Free Gingerbread Cupcakes with Maple Buttercream

Gingerbread Cupcakes with Maple Buttercream | Country Girl Gourmet

Day 9: Peppermint Bark

peppermint bark |CountryGirl Gourmet

Day 10: Caramels

Caramels | Country Girl Gourmet

Day 11: Peppermint Meringues

Peppermint Meringues | Country Girl Gourmet

Day 12: Cranberry Orange White Chocolate Chip Cookies (gluten free)
Cranberry Orange Chip Cookies | Country Girl Gourmet

From my Family to yours, Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from Country Girl Gourmet