Monday, November 29, 2010

Books & Signings

I’ll start with the signings.

King of Prussia, PA. Short Hills, NJ and New York City, NY.

Three cities in three days…

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… and full of fun.

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… and meeting lots of great people.

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This is Esther. … I love putting faces with the people that I’ve emailed with. She makes the cutest little wire whisk necklaces.

You must check them out.

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… King of Prussia had lots of little cutie pies in the store.

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Lots of them.

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Lots.

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Including these charmers. So cute in their matching tees.

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Even the Williams-Sonoma folks joined in on the fun. This is Brian and Mandy. Loved them.

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Then in Short Hills, I met more wonderful people. These folks welcomed me with smiling faces.

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And cute cupcakes. The lovely young lady in the pink scarf above made these. We may or may not have shared a cry.

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This is Melanie. She’s a Pop Star of the Star Wars variety. Check em out.

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Look at these two. Stylish. Both of them.

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And these two. Smiling and having a great time, despite getting in a little car accident on the way to the signing.

So glad no one was hurt.

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I love these photos. Trying to get everyone to look at the same camera at the same time is easier than it sounds.

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Side wave.

Bye New Jersey.

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Hello New York.

Again… everyone was so fun.

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Including their sweetly painted fingernails.

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Families came out together.

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And young bakers did, too. This is Kaira. Another Pop Star.

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And here’s Nora. If you remember seeing the Cupcake Kabobs all over the web… well, she started that.

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Laughter all around.

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And look – it’s Rachel from Cupcakes Take The Cake. I was so glad to finally meet her. If you love cupcakes and you don’t know about this site, or you’ve been under a rock, let me introduce you.

New York was a fantastic way to end the Book tour – or so I thought.

There will be one more recap and then that’s it.

I hear a bunch of you cheering because that finally means more baking … right?! YAY! YAY! YAY!

Anyway… Toronto is coming up this weekend. And it turns out I’ll be at two locations.

If you’re in Toronto, and can’t make the Williams-Sonoma signing on Saturday, I’ll also be at Teatro Verde at 4:30 pm on Friday. Hope to meet you guys.

And as usual… if you attended a signing and see your photo in one of the slideshows below, feel free to use it. Thanks again for making the tour so much fun.

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Okay, okay … that was the signings.

Now for the books.

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I’m giving away ten of them. Ten Cake Pops books. And signed if you like.

  • To enter for a chance to win one, just leave a comment on this blog post and tell me what holiday treat you can’t wait to eat.
  • Deadline to enter is Wednesday, December 1st at 5:00 pm ET. Sorry, Time’s Up! Winners will be announced below.
  • Ten (10) winners will be chosen at random and announced by the end of the week.

Good luck guys!

Okay – Here they are. Here are the 10 Cake Pops Book Winners. Yay!

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835 – Betty-Ann – …any one of my husband’s authentic, hazelnutty, German Christmas cookies…love, love, love them!

3987 – Leigh McGilvray – I can’t wait to eat mincemeat pies this holiday season! My mum just sent me the recipe so I can make them for the first time : ) I know the smell will remind me of home.

738 – trifitmom – pecan bars i make, yummmmmmmmm

5084 – Paula – I can’t wait for … mmmm flan!

4748 – Ashley M. – I’m looking forward to cheesecake!

2180 – Nadia – I love making (and eating) beautifully decorated sugar cookies at christmas time too! … but first I’m making cake pops for my hubby’s workplace charity fundraiser on Thursday!!! Welcome to T.O. this weekend!

4718 – Stephanie – Broken glass torte…made by my grandma!

5721 – Rachel R – baking, eating and decorating some sugar cookies with my lil one.

54 – Chelsea A – I love French Silk Pie this time of year! It’s an annual treat that I limit myself to making only for Thanksgiving and Christmas. It’s almost the same recipe as PW! Also, I love all the pictures and stories you share from your signing. I am amazed you remember all the details!

2750 – Julie – Banana split cake!

Congratulations everyone!

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Melissa said...

The treat I can’t wait to eat? Orange fudge!
Love you hair by the way!

November 29, 2010 02:23 AM
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Nicoletta said...

I cant wait to eat cookies! Lots and lots of christmas cookies!

November 29, 2010 02:24 AM
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Tony said...

Peanut butter fudge! Mmmm!!

November 29, 2010 02:24 AM
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Stephanie said...

I can’t wait to take a bite of some holiday biscotti!

November 29, 2010 02:25 AM
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Elizabeth said...

I baked cute Halloween cake pops for my mother in-law in October. She LOVED them! She asked about putting rum in them and I tried it, they turned out SO yummy! Definitely one for the adults! I plan on sending out a few batches for Christmas as well as some kid-friendly pops and also my yearly almond joys… coconut mixed with karo syrup and refrigerated until hard then topped off with an almond and covered with chocolate… always a hit :)

November 29, 2010 02:25 AM
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aline said...

russian tea cakes!!!!
so good!

November 29, 2010 02:25 AM
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Naomi Elf said...

I can’t wait to have the rosemary-cranberry-jelly-pumpkin-cake I just made… it is cooling and waiting for a thin glossing of cream cheese frosting! :)

November 29, 2010 02:26 AM
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JILLIAN said...

Red Velvet/Peppermint Fudge Ice cream cake!!! It’s the best=)

November 29, 2010 02:26 AM
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Emily said...

Sugar cookies. I know it’s a simple thing, but growing up my parents were never really into the holiday season (they’re of a different culture), but there was this little lady down the street from us who would bake us cookies for Christmas every year. While I never got the traditional “Christmas” experience of eggnog and Santa Claus, her cookies are MY Christmas experience. I’m pretty sure my love of baking comes from her too.

November 29, 2010 02:27 AM
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Martine said...

In Alsace, in the North East of France, there is a region that was once German. They have a tradition of Christmas cookies and sweets that are called “Bredele” One in particular is my favorite : it’s a star glazed with royal icing which is basically nuts, almonds, honey and cinnamon.
These are cookies that I wait all year long and hardly resist when they appear in December on the supermarket’s shelves.
Still, I always buy them in the Christmas Market where artisans sell their traditionally made goods.

November 29, 2010 02:27 AM
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Kari said...

Dream bars! All of that yummy, gooey, calorie filled deliciousness!!!

November 29, 2010 02:27 AM
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Amy Robertson said...

Cream cheese tarts!

November 29, 2010 02:28 AM
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Meghan said...

Chocolate drizzled popcorn with some mint crunch sprinkles – mmm! My favorite!

November 29, 2010 02:28 AM
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Stephanie said...

my molasses cookies. so yummy!!

November 29, 2010 02:28 AM
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Caylen Robertson said...

Apple pie.

November 29, 2010 02:28 AM
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Erika said...

I have been making and drooling over your cake pops for a while now!! I tentatively have planned to make them for my family for Christmas dessert this year (time pending) but the ONE thing that is FOR SURE going to be at Christmas dinner (well, dessert)? Toffee-Salted Brownies (derived from your mint chip brownie recipe)…YUM!

November 29, 2010 02:28 AM
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Ashley said...

Christmas Cake Pops of course!

November 29, 2010 02:28 AM
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Denise Johnson said...

I can’t wait for fudge! And peanut brittle!

November 29, 2010 02:28 AM
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Carla G. said...

I make a killer toffee only once a year and it’s sooo good!! The recipe is from an old Williams Sonoma book I got years ago.

November 29, 2010 02:29 AM
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Elizabeth said...

Gingerbread man! Yum!!

November 29, 2010 02:29 AM
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Sara L said...

Gingerbread and chider…a delicious blend of hot chocolate and apple cider =)

November 29, 2010 02:29 AM
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Rawyah Sami said...

The rice pudding my grandmother make… mmm

November 29, 2010 02:30 AM
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Candice said...

apple pecan cheesecake: so easy to make and sssooo yummy!

November 29, 2010 02:31 AM
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Andrea said...

I cannot wait to eat crab cioppino! We have it (as a treat!) for Christmas Eve….yummy!
(of course, I can’t say no to all those Christmas sweets either)

November 29, 2010 02:31 AM
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Laura said...

Peppermint stick ice cream. Love!

November 29, 2010 02:33 AM
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christa said...

I cant wait to eat my dads homemade apple pie! mmmmm

November 29, 2010 02:33 AM
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His said...

I’ve never tried those candy apples…it’s not a ‘thing’ in Holland. So that’s something I’ve wanted to try for a while now. Maybe I’ll make some this christmas :)

November 29, 2010 02:33 AM
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suzanne k. said...

i can’t wait to eat some peppermint hot chocolate. yumm~

November 29, 2010 02:33 AM
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Heidi K said...

I can’t wait for the sugar cookies. Yum!

November 29, 2010 02:33 AM
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Hana said...

I’m dying for some mexican punch : ) I love it!

November 29, 2010 02:34 AM
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jennifer said...

I can’t wait to make the raindeer pops…well any of your designs are amazing though..it will be hard to choose!

November 29, 2010 02:34 AM
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Deidre said...

FUDGE!!! Yummy! :D

November 29, 2010 02:34 AM
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Mie said...

Lamingtons! I don’t know if they’re holiday treats exactly, but we only ever seem to get them during the holidays here!

November 29, 2010 02:34 AM
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Alie C said...

I am looking forward to my step-mom’s chocolate covered peanuts. I know, not really seasonal and not really fancy, but oh so yummy.

November 29, 2010 02:35 AM
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Ashley M said...

I can’t wait to eat my mother’s famous pecan pies! Every year she makes them and it sends me right back to my childhood. Mmmm! I also plan to make your chocolate pecan pies for Christmas! I can’t wait to see how those turn out! Happy holidays Bakerella!

November 29, 2010 02:35 AM
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Natalie D. said...

I can not wait to have some of my mothers christmas cookies! So incredible and such a classic treat.

November 29, 2010 02:35 AM
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Sarah G said...

Russian Tea Cakes!!! Or mexican wedding cookies, they have a bazillion names but I love them all. My mom makes the best ones ever and they are my favorite holiday treat!

November 29, 2010 02:37 AM
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Lora Joy said...

I can’t wait to make at EAT sugar cookies for my familes!

November 29, 2010 02:37 AM
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annie said...

cookies, cookies, cookies! =)

November 29, 2010 02:37 AM
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Lita said...

Ooh I cannot wait for the buttery shortbread we always have at Christmas…mmm…

November 29, 2010 02:37 AM
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PupCakes said...

I LOVE rugelah cookies. Honestly, the only time I have ever tasted them was when I bought a cookie assortment from Costco at Christmas time a couple of years ago. Now I can’t find them but they are delicious!

November 29, 2010 02:37 AM
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pawdua said...

My son and I eagerly await the coming of eggnog season. Of course, Christmas cookies are awesome too.

November 29, 2010 02:38 AM
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Amber Jones said...

……pumpkin crunch cake ;)

November 29, 2010 02:38 AM
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taca said...

a nice fudgy brownie with caramel topping~ yums!

November 29, 2010 02:38 AM
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Adrienne said...

almond roca and lefse!!!

November 29, 2010 02:38 AM
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Margaret said...

After reading this post, I could really go for some cake pops right about now! that wire whisk necklace is darling, by the way.

November 29, 2010 02:38 AM
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Aurora said...

Can’t wait to make and EAT some Holiday Cake Pop!!

November 29, 2010 02:39 AM
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Dara said...

Pumpkin chocolate chip cookies!

November 29, 2010 02:39 AM
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Brooke said...

Persimmon Pudding!! Yummy!!

November 29, 2010 02:40 AM
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Trish Watton said...

I cannot wait to eat new potatoes cooked whole then a little butter and fresh mint. then me and my boys are going to make gingerbread men so can’t wait for them either :)

November 29, 2010 02:40 AM
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Pammie said...

Can’t wait to eat Russian Tea Cakes! YUM!!!! Oh and chocolate of course, any kind…

November 29, 2010 02:41 AM
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liz said...

there are three (commercial) things i look forward to during the holidays:

1. a classic holiday sandwich from erik’s deli cafe (turkey, cranberry sauce, stuffing, and gravy, on rosemary sourdough bread)

2. a froo-froo holiday coffeehouse beverage (pumpkin spice mocha, peppermint hot chocolate, etc)

3. cranberry bliss bars (which i will have to try and make myself this year, for funsies)

… to say nothing of my sister’s candy.

November 29, 2010 02:41 AM
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Melissa said...

Sugar cookies

November 29, 2010 02:42 AM
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Kimberly L said...

The classic sugar cookie! Especially after they have been decorated and taken for a ride as an ornament on the tree!

November 29, 2010 02:42 AM
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ebony said...

My Aunt use to make some cookies that were rolled in powdered sugar with nuts in them. Sorry don’t know the name. They are the best

November 29, 2010 02:42 AM
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Lyn said...

Cheese Brownies

November 29, 2010 02:42 AM
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Gretta said...

I can’t wait to have my grandmother’s sour cream pound cake!

November 29, 2010 02:42 AM
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ClaireB said...

I am stuck in Bulgaria for the holidays, and I miss whipping cream and pumpkins. I’ll try to make my grandma’s famous cheesy broccoli cauliflower casserole. Most of the year I take my broccoli straight up with a twist of lemon juice.

November 29, 2010 02:43 AM
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Adi said...

I can’t wait to eat fruit pies! I think apple is my favorite.

November 29, 2010 02:43 AM
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Crystal said...

Tamales! Sweet pineapple tamales! YUMM!

November 29, 2010 02:44 AM
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Lauren Brown said...

Fudge Fudge Fudge! :)

November 29, 2010 02:44 AM
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Alex said...

I’m going to be making some sugar cookies with my nephew for Christmas and I think I’m more excited than he is!

November 29, 2010 02:46 AM
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Lindsay L said...

Fudge !!!
aldnlopez at gmail dot com

November 29, 2010 02:46 AM
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Cara said...

Maine potato candy…NEEDHAMS!!! :)

November 29, 2010 02:46 AM
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Niki said...

Definitly gingerbread cookies – in all shapes and sizes :D with a glass of milk

November 29, 2010 02:47 AM
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Alice said...

Mince pies with brandy butter mmmmm!

November 29, 2010 02:47 AM
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Mickey said...

Peanut butter balls are a tradition in our house! Can classic chocolate chip cookies! Yum!

November 29, 2010 02:47 AM
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Karla said...

my aunt’s double chocolate fudge cookies! yummy!

November 29, 2010 02:47 AM
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Kerryn said...

Definitely looking forward to some Christmas pud!!

November 29, 2010 02:47 AM
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Louise said...

Traditional British Mince Pies!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mince_pie

November 29, 2010 02:48 AM
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Jih said...

can’t wait to have fruit cake and food for the gods bars! hope you can send halfway around the world!

November 29, 2010 02:49 AM
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Ellie said...

I love my mom’s cranberry-pineapple jello that she only makes during the holidays. Since I didn’t go home for Thanksgiving this year, I’m especially looking forward to it at Christmas.

November 29, 2010 02:50 AM
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Manny said...

My mother-in-law makes a killer frozen dessert that is a layering of chocolate tofu, cream and peanut butter. I won’t be able to eat any this year as I’ll be spending the holidays overseas.

November 29, 2010 02:50 AM
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Jackie Fletcher said...

I can’t wait for my family’s traditional lil smokies in BBQ sauce, simple yes, but oh-so-yummy!!! Plus my Aunts delish cherry pie!!

November 29, 2010 02:51 AM
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Emily Gregory said...

Peanut butter blossoms, my friend. Yum!!!

November 29, 2010 02:51 AM
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brie said...

i can’t wait to eat my great grandmother’s sugar cookies! even if i have to veganize the recipe… :)

November 29, 2010 02:51 AM
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Viktoria said...

I would love to win a book
I cant be without the swedish pepparkakscheescake
In english gingerbreadcheescake (i think)
My husband me and our dog loves it!

November 29, 2010 02:51 AM
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christy :) said...

caramel popcorn! :D

November 29, 2010 02:51 AM
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Judith Bemmer said...

Mum makes the best trace bread. Just love it!

November 29, 2010 02:52 AM
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Kelsey C said...

I’m ready to eat my weight in pumpkin pie. And really just about anything i get the chance to bake now it’s cold enough outside to turn the oven on!

November 29, 2010 02:52 AM
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Heidi Ilustre-Boatright said...

My mother in laws cherry chocolate chew bars!!

November 29, 2010 02:53 AM
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Polyvorina said...

Macarons! I just want to make the perfect macarons. Failing that, meringue drop cookies. I mean, hey, I’ll have all those egg whites, right? ;)

November 29, 2010 02:53 AM
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Jen said...

mint brownies, chocolate mint cupcakes, peppermint bark, etc. december scream mint treats to me.

November 29, 2010 02:54 AM
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Terry said...

I can’t wait for the Christmas Cookies!!!

November 29, 2010 02:54 AM
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Niki said...

My mom makes this awesome cake with dried prunes for Christmas… Super tasty!!

November 29, 2010 02:54 AM
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Alba said...

I can’t wait to have a piece of Turrón de Yema, a typical spanish Christmas treat. Yumm!!!

November 29, 2010 02:55 AM
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JessicaG said...

I just CANNOT wait to eat FUDGE!!!! Any way shape or form, I’m only thinking about fudge… and winning this book…. hehe.

November 29, 2010 02:56 AM
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Katie S. said...

Mmmm…can’t wait to eat some yummy cake pops! :)

November 29, 2010 02:56 AM
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Anna said...

Latkas! Can’t wait to make a batch this week for Hanukah. And I can’t wait to finally taste a cakepop because I’m going to make them for the first time.

November 29, 2010 02:57 AM
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Annabel said...

Raspberrie bavarois! Made by my mommie, preferably.

yummms :)

November 29, 2010 02:58 AM
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Twinkle said...

mm everything! Christmas cake! Cookies! Yumm

November 29, 2010 02:58 AM
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Terri Ruetas said...

My mom’s Heaven Squares -they have a few kinds of chips, nuts, sweetened cond. milk and a Graham crust (probably more ingredients that I am forgetting). Heaven in a square :)

November 29, 2010 02:59 AM
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Tracy said...

Shortbread cookies and the ever-present candy cane is always fun.

November 29, 2010 02:59 AM
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Mags said...

Stollen! My mother makes a really good stollen, with and without almond spice (for the non-nutties of the world). I can’t wait to have some.

November 29, 2010 03:00 AM
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Sayaka H. said...

Any of my mom’s Japanese cooking, I’m so excited for my parents to come to Utah for Christmas!

November 29, 2010 03:01 AM
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Barbara said...

All of the traditional german cookies my mom makes – like Lebkuchen and Kokosmakronen (coconut cookies)! And trying out some new recipes i find online or in magazines/books!

November 29, 2010 03:02 AM
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Erin said...

“Angels on horseback” – they’re the most amazing Christmas treat. Glace cherries wrapped in streaky bacon held together with a toothpick – under the grill for about 5 minutes each side. mmmmmmm!

November 29, 2010 03:02 AM
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Christine N said...

Oh, I would love a copy of your book and signed, of course!!! Thanks for the chance!

November 29, 2010 03:02 AM
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Jaclyn said...

I can’t wait to eat black bottom cupcakes from my aunt. She makes them every year for christmas and that is the only time of the year I eat it!

November 29, 2010 03:02 AM
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Eileen said...

I bake tons of stuff this time of year, so it’s hard to pick what I’m looking forward to most.. I’m going to say my grandmothers butter kuchen. I had lost the copy my dad gave me when I was 20 and living on my own, he passed away a couple of years ago, and I never got it again..then my mother passed away a couple of months ago and the one thing I wanted most was the recipe box.. folded, and tucked in there in my grandmothers handwriting was her recipe.. yep..that’s what I am looking forward to most..baking it with my kids..

November 29, 2010 03:03 AM
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