Sunday, November 29, 2009

Check out these chicks!

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Have you heard of these chicks before? I hadn’t until a few weeks ago. It was really kind of a weird little coincidence. I was in the bookstore picking up Pioneer Woman Cookbooks for a recent giveaway and my eyes locked in on a book called The Farm Chicks in the Kitchen. Loved the title and the design, but because I was over my limit on books for the day, make that month, all I did was thumb through the pages really quickly before I made myself leave.

But then, just two days later I received an email from none other than Serena, one of THE Farm Chicks. Seriously. Out of the blue. Two days later. Does stuff like that happen to you, too? Strange coincidences? It does to me all the time.

(Hmmm… The Pioneer Woman and The Farm Chicks. That’s kinda weird, too. Okay, I’m moving to the country.)

Anyway, it was a really short email message that said she wanted to send me something.

Curious, I said, ok. (I like surprises.)

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And boy was I surprised when several days later I received a package full of all of these sweet, sweet gift tags.

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Some with little cakes.

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And others with sweet messages.

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Plus there were all these fun recipe cards. (Forgive me for the extra blurriness. I was playing with different settings on my camera.)

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Some even had Christmas themes.

I had no idea they had all these cute products plus a cookbook. Impressive.

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Speaking of their book, I had to run out to the bookstore and get it right away.

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Wish I had seen this before trying to make a pie last week. Could have come in handy.

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The Farm Chicks love some pie. And the book has several yummy ones like this.

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Plus, it has fun, do-it-yourself projects throughout. I’ve never made scones, but if I do, I want a scone cozy to go with them. Cozy scones. Yes. I want my scones to be cozy. Adorableness. Cuteness doesn’t quite cut it here.

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Hi Serena. Thanks for sending me all the fun stuff. I love it.

Especially the necklace.

Oh, I forgot to tell you guys about the necklace. Well, it has a cake on the front of it and it’s just darling.

See.

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And, since Serena sent me two of them… well…

Would you like one? Then, we can both look super cute, adorned in cake.

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I’ll even throw in some of my gift tags and recipe cards, too. I’m a sharer.

Enter for a chance to win some fun Farm Chicks stuff
(necklace, recipe cards and gift tags)

Just leave a comment on this post and let me know:

  • What’s your favorite sweet or dessert at Christmas?
  • Leave your comment with a way for me to contact you if you win.
  • Deadline to enter is Monday, November 30th at 7 p.m. ET
  • TIME’S UP!

  • One winner will be chosen at random and announced sometime Monday evening on this post.

Good luck! Now, I’m off to read up about Farms and Chicks. If I’m not back soon, look for me in the country. I’ll be the one lost with lollipop sticks.

www.thefarmchicks.com

And, here’s the winner…
Wow, wow, wow, I am going to need the rest of the year to go through all of your favorites. So many things I like, too… especially fudge and so many that I have never even heard of. You guys should take a look through them if you get a chance and want some ideas for something new. Thank you for sharing. And the winner is… #2670… That’s you Heather. All you have to do to get your prize is send me some of your dad’s Keeflies. Just kidding. But really, I just looked those up and they sound great.

Winner

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becki said...

my mom makes these “cookies” (more of a candy, really), every year–melted caramels, cornflakes and coconut. they are me and my dad’s favorites. and now my son’s, too. :)

November 29, 2009 10:35 PM
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Lacy said...

Golden caramels – homemade, wrapped in cellophane and packaged with love for a growing list of friends and family…

November 29, 2009 10:35 PM
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Tracy Lee said...

I love peanut butter blossoms – peanut butter cookies with hershey kisses… yum! Thanks so much for the chance – super cute!!

November 29, 2009 10:35 PM
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Kathy C. said...

Pecan pie…it’s the best! Thanks for letting us know about The Farm Chicks!!! Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

November 29, 2009 10:36 PM
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Jenn said...

I don’t know if it’s my favorite thing, but we’ve always made sugar cookies and iced them with green and red icing. Although my mom’s icing never really got red so it was always pink and green icing! But hey – it was fun to lick the bowl!

November 29, 2009 10:36 PM
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Jules said...

homemade candy– caramels, english toffee and fudge…mmmm….

November 29, 2009 10:36 PM
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crystal said...

What a nice and fun giveaway. I found the below recipe when looking up a recipe for chocolate ganache frosting for birthday cupcakes.

These pretty much ROCK…

devil’s food cupcakes with ganache frosting

* GANACHE:
* 13 ounces heavy cream
* 12 ounces bittersweet chocolate (I use a bag of chocolate chips)
* DEVIL’S FOOD CUPCAKE BATTER:
* 1/3 c cocoa, preferably Valrhona or Cocoa Barry Extract (Supermarket cheap stuff works ok too as I have tried all kinds in moments of desperation)
* 1 c boiling water
* 1 teaspoon vanilla
* 3/4 c mayonnaise (I use fat free and it works fine)
* 2 c sifted cake flour (I rarely ever sift as I find that cake flour seems to always measure right. I know.. I should)
* 1 c sugar
* 1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
* 1/2 teaspoon salt

DIRECTIONS

Ganache: The original recipe called for the chocolate to be broken into fine pieces and put into a food processor & then to pour the cream into the processor, but thatt is too complicated for me as I do not have a processor. So I came up with my own version.

In a sauce pan bring your cream to a light boil.

Then pour in the chocolate chips and start stirring immediately. Keep going until you have a smooth mixture. At first this will seem like it’s not working as the chocolate hasn’t begun to mix with the cream. Then, in second it will start to form. Just give it time.

When you are done you are supposed to pour the chocolate through a sieve, but who has that kind of time. Turn off your burner and set aside to cool. Don’t be tempted to taste throughout the cooling process as you’re not supposed to touch the ganache until it sets.

Put ganache in fridge until you’re ready to use.

TIP: I usually wait until the very last minute to make these – when I need them in a few hours and I forget that the ganache has to sit over night in the fridge OR do what I do and let it sit enough to cool the pan and then put it in the freezer for about an hour or so (keep checking to make sure it’s not frozen. It will be perfect.

If you’re making these in a hurry, start making the batter. If not, make the batter when you’re ready to start baking your cupcakes.

Cake Batter: Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.

Line cupcake tray with cupcake papers

Whisk together water and cocoa. Set aside and let completely cool. (you can put this in the fridge too)

When cocoa mixture is cool, whisk in the mayonnaise and vanilla until smooth.

Meanwhile, combine dry ingredients in the bowl of an electric mixer and mix on low until combined.

Once mixed, increase speed to medium and beat in cocoa mixture for one minute. The batter is supposed to be thin, but I’ve seen it thin – medium as the temperature in my kitchen has been different.

Poor batter into a measuring cup with a spout and fill each cupcake 1/4 the way full.

Now take out your ganache and with a spoon make a small ganache ball and set one ball in the center of each cupcake.

Continue to fill each cupcake until it’s 3/4 the way full to prevent spilling batter.

Check to make sure your oven is at 375 and bake for 15-20 minutes until cupcakes are set. Poke with a toothpick to confirm they are done. The toothpick should slide out smoothly without any cake on it.

Once completely cooled (make sure you cool the cupcakes or your ganache will melt) frost with the rest of your ganache frosting. You should have extra ganache left over – about a cup.

November 29, 2009 10:36 PM
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Brittney said...

The caramel my husband makes….YUMMY!

November 29, 2009 10:36 PM
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Tummywise said...

Chocolate Yule Log. Can never have too much cake!

November 29, 2009 10:36 PM
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Amy Brooke said...

My Great Grandma’s homemade caramels with sea salt…to die for!

November 29, 2009 10:36 PM
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Jen Kuck said...

Reindeer Munchies…my best friend’s signature snack! It is unbelievably addictive!!!

November 29, 2009 10:36 PM
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Jennifer H said...

Ohhh. Pie. All of them.

November 29, 2009 10:36 PM
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April said...

Cookies and fudge

November 29, 2009 10:36 PM
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rachel h said...

my mom always makes monkey bread christmas morning, and i look forward to it every year! and pie. always pie.

November 29, 2009 10:37 PM
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Danielle S said...

hot chocolate made the real way (heating up the milk, putting in the cocoa, then the sugar, etc.) with mini marshmallows is the best!

danielle.2513@gmail.com

November 29, 2009 10:37 PM
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Eunice said...

The classic chocolate chip cookies and milk — can’t help but sneak a few into my mouth as we lay them out for Santa =)

November 29, 2009 10:37 PM
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Brooke Chambers said...

Hands down, pumpkin pie with whipped cream! It’s an obvious choice, I know, but I LOVE it ;)

November 29, 2009 10:37 PM
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Liz said...

snowball cookies!!!

November 29, 2009 10:38 PM
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Isabel said...

I always make delicious thumbprint cookies. Yum city! This is my recipe: http://forkbytes.com/2007/06/01/thumbprint-cookies/ :)

November 29, 2009 10:38 PM
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alisha in oregon said...

Popcorn balls with the kids is my FAV!

November 29, 2009 10:38 PM
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Stacy said...

My great aunt Mary’s fudge! Yum!

November 29, 2009 10:38 PM
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Deb McK said...

I’ve never heard of them but heading to their site right now! You always pass along great things and I do appreciate it! My family has so many favorites for me to make for Christmas I – from peanut butter kiss cookies to date balls and sausage balls and no-bake cookies, the list goes on and on! Thanks again for the great site!

November 29, 2009 10:38 PM
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Yaya said...

It’s soooo hard to pick a favorite! Between my mom’s pineapple tamales (yup pineapple) and all the other delicious breads coming out of my mother-in-law’s oven…..hmm. To be safe I’m going to pick my dark chocolate peanut butter cups :-)

November 29, 2009 10:38 PM
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Molly said...

It’s really hard to narrow it down, but I do love good Norweigan Kringle. It makes me think of being a kid again. :)

November 29, 2009 10:38 PM
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nicoleigh @ Farmgirl Chaos said...

Love the Farm Chicks! At Christmas…my mom makes dozens of cookies and candies. I can’t pick just one! But, maybe peppermint stick ice cream will top the list. Love that stuff!

November 29, 2009 10:38 PM
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Joy said...

My Christmas favorite would have to forgotten cookies! They are wonderful! My first batch will probably be sometime this next week. They do not last long in this house:)

November 29, 2009 10:38 PM
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Melissa M. said...

Sea Salt Carmels. Yum. My thighs love em to, they swell with joy every holiday season :)

November 29, 2009 10:38 PM
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Patricia Herman said...

Thanks for sharing this link and telling us about Farm Chicks.

My favorite Christmas dessert is homemade fudge. Its so delicious and just melts in your mouth. The recipe makes two cookie sheets and that’s enough to eat and share with family and friends during the Christmas season.

November 29, 2009 10:38 PM
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Gina F said...

Toffee!!

November 29, 2009 10:39 PM
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triplets07 said...

My Mother-in-laws Cinnamon Candy!!! She sends some to me every Christmas:)

November 29, 2009 10:39 PM
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Katie said...

My mother’s mince pies. Sweet fruity goodness!

November 29, 2009 10:39 PM
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Miranda said...

My mom makes this fabulous cranberry ginger relish. It’s fabulous!

November 29, 2009 10:39 PM
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Whitney said...

The absolute best is traditional sugar cookies. I love the process of making them and there is nothing quite like pulling out the sprinkles and making colored frosting!

November 29, 2009 10:40 PM
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Carrie M. said...

Fudge. My Mother-in-law has the BEST recipe. I’ve already made two batches and looking forward to a couple more before the holidays are over.

November 29, 2009 10:40 PM
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Adriana S. said...

Hot chocolate with lots of whip cream. Yum.

November 29, 2009 10:40 PM
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Ruth said...

I love homemade breads made with squash/veggies and lots of nuts: think pumpkin bread, zucchini loaf, etc, carrot walnut quick bread.

I can be contacted via email or at my *new* blog, andapinchofsalt.wordpress.com

November 29, 2009 10:40 PM
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lynn said...

Give me mince meat pie with real whipped cream!

November 29, 2009 10:40 PM
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Joanna Wilkins said...

Those red-and-white braided peppermint flavored candy cane cookies.

November 29, 2009 10:41 PM
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Coral said...

Bakerella you are just too awesome!! Love your blog!! Love Sunday evenings because of you!!
My favorite Christmas sweet is a tie between the “Crock Pot Candy” and Fudge. If you enjoy chocolate peanut clusters, you will enjoy crock pot candies. The Fudge has Velvetta Cheese in it-can’t taste it, just for the texture of the fudge. The recipes are just too easy!!
Thanx for being sweet to us!! =)

November 29, 2009 10:41 PM
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Linda J-H said...

Cherry Winks. Otherwise know as Heart Attacks since a small batch uses 8 egg yolks and a pound of butter. I would never make these except at Christmas where I can give the majority of them away.

November 29, 2009 10:41 PM
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Annie said...

My favorite has been a recent find, and it is Eggnog Cheesecake. I don’t remember where I first got the idea, but oh my word it is delicious.
I’ve made it every Christmas for the last few years and my husband loves it.

November 29, 2009 10:41 PM
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Kristin said...

I love Cinnamon Sugar Cookies! Yum!

http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Cinnamon-Sugar-Cookies-2/Detail.aspx

November 29, 2009 10:41 PM
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Catherine said...

My favorite is an old family recipe – Hannah’s Butter Cookies. Hannah was a German lady who lived behind my mom’s family when she was young. My mom and her sisters passed down the recipe to me, my sister and my cousins. We all make them every year!

November 29, 2009 10:41 PM
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Tammy H said...

I wanna be a farm chick!! Love the tags, the necklace, the recipe cards – thanks for the website link . . . . . .

As to Christmas favorites: Toffee, fudge, gingerbread men, brioche santas, rolled sugar cookies, great grandma’s spritz cookies, linzer hearts. . . . . . If it has butter, sugar and vanilla I am there!!

November 29, 2009 10:42 PM
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Jenni said...

I think my favorite Christmas sweets are iced sugar cookies, or maybe puppy chow. Yum.

November 29, 2009 10:42 PM
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Jenn Elton said...

I like my mom’s hand dipped chocolates best at Christmas!

jvanchiere@yahoo.com

November 29, 2009 10:42 PM
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Mandy R said...

Divinity! My grandma would make it every year and I can’t find any that tastes nearly as good as hers did. I keep looking though!

November 29, 2009 10:42 PM
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Stephanie Armstrong said...

I would have to say the super cute sugar cookie cut out cookies that my 2 kiddos help make and decorate !
A special family tradition :)
then we make some for friends and family.

November 29, 2009 10:42 PM
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Liz said...

Strufoli!!! I really need to learn how to make them so I can have them all year round!

November 29, 2009 10:42 PM
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Shana said...

I love Gingerbread cookies! Yummm! So many goodies to enjoy this time of year =)

November 29, 2009 10:43 PM
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Shauna Vallery said...

It has to be homemade decorated sugar cookies! The holidays wouldn’t be the same without eating and decorating them with my tow little boys!

November 29, 2009 10:43 PM
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Kelli said...

hmm this is a hard one, but I am going to go with cake balls! I created my own little twist on the cake balls and my family goes crazy for them!

November 29, 2009 10:43 PM
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Courtney said...

Christmas is all about cookies for me. I love to host a cookie exchange each year. My favorite cookie is a chocolate crinkle cookie. Yum!

court326@hotmail.com

November 29, 2009 10:43 PM
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Yvonne said...

Almond paste ‘snowball’ bonbons!

November 29, 2009 10:43 PM
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ValerieWitte said...

I love scones…mmmmmm

November 29, 2009 10:43 PM
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Heather said...

I LOVE peanut brittle. Luckily I have a friend who makes peanut brittle to die for!

November 29, 2009 10:44 PM
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steen said...

One of my favorite Christmas treats is hot chocolate with a candy cane stirrer. Peppermint is one of my favorite flavors, especially mixed with chocolate!!

November 29, 2009 10:44 PM
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Shelley said...

I love anything over the holidays that my mother cooks. I miss her home cooking from childhood and the spread that is always on the table!

November 29, 2009 10:44 PM
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Erin W said...

We do banana pudding at our house, always goes over well – and rarely any leftovers.

Christmas morning is reserved for orange sweet rolls!

November 29, 2009 10:44 PM
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Lorraine Rose said...

pecan pie!

November 29, 2009 10:44 PM
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Katie said...

At Christmas, I look forward to my Grama’s donuts. She only makes them once a year now because we all love them so much that she’d be baking everyday if she took every request. I’m hoping that cake balls will become a new family favourite. I’m making some right now!

November 29, 2009 10:45 PM
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Emily Harris said...

My favorite Christmas sweet is definitely sugar cookies with plain old frosting. They have to be decorated cutely of course!

November 29, 2009 10:45 PM
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Nikki said...

Funny you should mention pie. My ABSOLUTE favorite Christmas dessert is Sugar Pie. It’s from my French-Canadian heritage and I swear you’ll never taste anything more sweet and delectable in terms of pie. Not to mention I love cutting out maple leaves to adorn the top of the pie to make it even more festive for the holidays.

November 29, 2009 10:45 PM
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Amy Elizabeth said...

I work in a dentist office and the best part of the season is when our patients show up for their appointments with homemade cookies. Such a delicious surprise in the middle of the day!

November 29, 2009 10:45 PM
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Kimm Geria said...

My favorite dessert is Brownie Trifle. Also, my traditional peanut butter balls me and my kids make every year.

~Kimm~

kgeria@cox.net

November 29, 2009 10:46 PM
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Jessica Lawson said...

My ultimate favorite Christmas treat is chocolate candy cane bark! So smooth and delicious!

November 29, 2009 10:46 PM
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zeevee said...

Family tradition is to make oil/sugar cookies…mmm

November 29, 2009 10:46 PM
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Anne said...

My mom’s rum cake. Delish.

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krista walker said...

I love eggnog. I just found a recipe for eggnog pumpkin pie I hope to try this Christmas!

November 29, 2009 10:46 PM
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Debbie said...

Christmas Kuchen is always a treat!

November 29, 2009 10:47 PM
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Nisa S. said...

Mmmmm it would have to be Mexican Wedding Cookies! Something about the powdered sugar reminds me of snow!

November 29, 2009 10:47 PM
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Kaitlin said...

Sugar Cookies

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Lucky said...

I love EGG NOG! I love the sweet taste and having it nice and thick and cool and yummy. It just coats your mouth and makes everything taste like Christmas! Egg Nog is so delicious I wish I could have my cereal in it. I wish I could have egg nog ice cubes to cool my water. I want boiled egg nog soup before I dive into a piece of egg nog coated cheesecake. I love love love Egg Nog!

November 29, 2009 10:47 PM
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becky said...

Hmmm… Every Christmas I like to make tiramisu!

November 29, 2009 10:47 PM
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Jenn Eats Nutritiously Now said...

My favorite Christmas treats are my Aunt Tammy’s butter cut-out cookies.

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danielle said...

christmas would not be complete without my grandmas homemade cheesecake covered in a fresh strawberry glaze!

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Angela said...

my absolute FAVORITE holiday dessert are your Red Velvet Cakesters!! :) i made them for Thanksgiving (and added nutella to your frosting recipe) and they were a HUGE hit. i’ve already gotten requests to make them for Christmas and seeing as how easy they are to make, I am happy to oblige!

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Heather said...

I have so many Christmas sweet favorites….can I name more than one? Chocolate Covered Pretzels, Chewy Gingerbread Cookies, and cupcakes…red velvet! Yummy! I hope I’m not breaking the rules. There are too many to only pick one. Oh, I thought of one more….cinnamon rolls on christmas morning.

November 29, 2009 10:48 PM
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Kitty Murray said...

Pumpkin pie and egg nog

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Sheila said...

My favorite holiday dessert is “Tembleque” (which is a Puertorrican style coconut pudding). This recipe reminds me of my childhood .

shortizsmog@gmail.com

November 29, 2009 10:48 PM
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Katie said...

My favorite dessert for Christmas is sugar cookies. I can’t wait to make some with my daughter this year!

November 29, 2009 10:48 PM
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Diane Weinhold said...

Wouldn’t be Christmas without Pumpkin Roll! Yum! =)

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Jessi said...

Every year for Christmas Eve I make a Yule Log cake. We started this tradition on a whim about 10 years ago and it has stuck every since. I look forward to it every holiday season

November 29, 2009 10:49 PM
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Lori said...

My grandmother’s pecan roll is definitely my favorite. It’s super delicious and made with Mimmie’s love!

November 29, 2009 10:49 PM
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Amberma said...

Flan! My husband is from Puerto Rico and we celebrate Christmas Puerto Rican style. Yumm!

November 29, 2009 10:49 PM
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Catherine Sebright said...

I love gingerbread!!! fresh out of the oven!

November 29, 2009 10:49 PM
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Abbey Porter said...

PUMPKIN ROLL!!!!! i start making it around thanksgiving and insist on making it every week until Christmas! its my favorite holiday dessert!!!!!!! and everyone loves it!

November 29, 2009 10:49 PM
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Cecilia Kuhn said...

My fave is Pecan Tassies that my mom makes and now I make too. Their little pecan pies made in a mini muffin tin. They are so good.

November 29, 2009 10:50 PM
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EBPitcher said...

My favorite is Cranberry Nut Bread. It reminds me of Christmas since we always ate it on Christmas Morning.

November 29, 2009 10:50 PM
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Lacey Greco said...

my favorite christmas treat is these chocolate coconut candies my mom always use to make. Last year after a few years of their absence i asked her how they were made. All it was was german chocolate cake icing dipped in chocolate. I laughed at how simple it was. definiatly going to make some this year.

November 29, 2009 10:50 PM
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Christine said...

I love decorated sugar cookies and reindeer chow (Chex Muddy Buddies). I also love seeing what new kind of cookie I get when I go to cookie exchange parties.

November 29, 2009 10:51 PM
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Taryn Layton said...

I made Martha Stewart’s chocolate thumbprint cookies last year for the first time and I am craving them again already…I also love soft ginger cookies!

November 29, 2009 10:51 PM
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Shawnee in Oregon said...

I really like Russian Tea Cakes/Mexican Wedding Cookies. Never made them before, but they are what I head for on cookie trays. They are on my must-make list for this year.

I have their cookbook and it’s a joy! I’d LOVE that cute necklace!! LOL!

November 29, 2009 10:51 PM
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Melanie said...

Definitely Hello Dolly Squares or Chocolate Mint Squares (think nanaimo bars, but with mint filling)….sooo good.

November 29, 2009 10:52 PM
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Michelle said...

Christmas dessert must be icing covered christmas sugar cookies!!!!!!!!!

November 29, 2009 10:52 PM
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Jessie said...

PUMPKIN PIE. It may be sterotypical…but it’s just so good. Also anything peppermint chocolate :)

November 29, 2009 10:52 PM
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Lana said...

Pecan Pie. Don’t know why, but the holidays are right without Pecan Pie. lanasouth@yahoo.com

November 29, 2009 10:52 PM
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Tegan said...

Hmm…. so many yummy things to choose from! Probably sticky date pudding with toffee sauce, X-Mas must-have!!! xx

November 29, 2009 10:53 PM
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Kristin said...

Sugar cookies with tons of icing. Yum.

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Bailey said...

Oh thats a difficult question. I love trying new things and usually have a new favorite every year. This year its going to be peppermint bark…I just know it ;)

November 29, 2009 10:53 PM
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