Here are some Christmas food failures. On the top, a pound of chili bacon peanut brittle. Sadly, in getting the candy to the proper temperature, I burnt it. Not only did this waste $8.00 in bacon and other items, but it also meant a lot of scrubbing on my pan.
Below the failed peanut brittle is the failed fudge. I tried a new recipe from Parade magazine and the result was a half-fudge, half undissolved sugar concoction. The nuts and the fudge floated to the top, the undissolved sugar concoction sank to the bottom. In hindsight, I probably could have sliced off the good fudge top and saved it, but I didn't think of it in time. Also, there was a lot of scrubbing with this pan too.
There was also a Poor Man's Toffee which was only so-so.
I was rescued from my holiday prep doldrums by this recipe from Cooks Illustrated. They had me make chocolate cookies, bake them and place an Andes mint on the top of each cookie.
Then the mint is spread to make a delicious minty frosting.
The cookies stayed soft, the frosting stayed chocolate minty for many days. I finally took them over to my Aunt's house and left them there with the rest of the Christmas cookies, so I would stop eating them.