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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Jillian said...

Homemade fudge. But only my mom’s recipe – other fudge doesn’t do it for me. And even though it’s my mom’s recipe, she claims that she doesn’t have “the touch” so guess who gets voted fudge-making slave every year? Oh hi, that’d be me!!
I have no idea what she’s going to do this year, since I just moved most of the way across the country from her.

November 29, 2009 10:54 PM
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Tiffany said...

I love homemade fudge- yum.

November 29, 2009 10:54 PM
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CMB said...

Hi there!
I love peanut butter balls (peanut butter, confectioners sugar, rice krispies mixed up and dipped in chocolate and then frozen- insanely good).

thanks! :)

November 29, 2009 10:54 PM
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KristiG said...

My favorite Christmas goody is sour cream sugar cookies. They’re cookie cutter cookies, but they aren’t super sugary. Yum!!

November 29, 2009 10:54 PM
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Teresa Williams said...

My favorite Christmas dessert is frosted sugar cookies from the Betty Crocker cookbook. My aunt would make these every year for our family Christmas dinner. One year she didn’t make them & I was devasted! A few days later, she made a batch & drove 30 minutes to our house to bring me a plate of them! I thought that was so nice of her & I’ll never forget it.

November 29, 2009 10:55 PM
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Kim O said...

I’m always loving me some pecan pie. And down south we call it “Pee-Can” thankyouverymuch!

Kim O

November 29, 2009 10:55 PM
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Janelle said...

I love cobbler. Any kind. Topped with whip cream. It’s the best!

November 29, 2009 10:55 PM
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Blair Winston said...

Any pumpkin-flavored treat makes my heart skip a beat this time a year! Pie, ice cream, cookies … it’s all SO good!

blaircw429@gmail.com

November 29, 2009 10:55 PM
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Karen said...

English toffee. Yummy!!

November 29, 2009 10:56 PM
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Missy said...

Nana’s Chocolate-Peanut Butter Fudge and a I make Christmas Crunch that has become a new tradition. Is it Christmas yet?

November 29, 2009 10:56 PM
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ButterYum said...

My favorite dessert at Christmas is homemade chocolate covered toffee. Amazing and totally addictive!

:)
ButterYum

November 29, 2009 10:56 PM
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Jen S. said...

My favorite holiday sweets are my Mom’s peanut Butter Blossoms (the ubiquitous peanut butter cookies with candy kisses on top). I am picky about this kind of cookie and often find other people’s too dry or not peanut buttery enough, but I love my mom’s! What cool chicks… I am going to learn more about them now! Thanks!

November 29, 2009 10:56 PM
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Sam Wayment said...

My favorite Christmas treat is Monkey Bread on Christmas morning!! Mmm, I want some right now!!

November 29, 2009 10:56 PM
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Stephanie said...

I dont have an absolute favorite, I make new stuff every year! I love changing it up! But, somehow sugar cookies always make their way to my table.
On another note, darn these country gals….I cant stop thinking country and since I didnt win a pioneer woman cookbook, well, I had to rush off and buy one, and I bet Ive made 10 things already! 10! Thats just insane….and probably some kind of record…plus, I cant stop daydreaming of my new kitchen in the country…*sigh*!

November 29, 2009 10:57 PM
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Mae said...

I LOVE sugar cookies, absolutely! :)

November 29, 2009 10:57 PM
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Sarah said...

Decorated sugar cookies. Peanut butter blossom cookies. Meringues. Pretty much cookies of all kinds are my favorite holiday treat.

Loving that scone cozy. Must learn how to make.

November 29, 2009 10:57 PM
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Rhiannon said...

Anythong peppermint :) yum yum yum

November 29, 2009 10:57 PM
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Sue said...

My favorite Christmas sweet is candy cane cookies:) Have them every year as far back as I can remember!

November 29, 2009 10:57 PM
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Karen said...

It doesn’t get much better than a slice of warm apple pie with a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream on top!

November 29, 2009 10:58 PM
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Maggie said...

I love ruggelach cookies and eggnog spice cake! Oh man now I’m hungry.

Email: Maggie.Lavelle@gmail.com

November 29, 2009 10:58 PM
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Lorie said...

I love trying out new recipes for cookies, bars, fudge, etc. The holidays, especially Christmas, gets my creative baking juices flowing!

November 29, 2009 10:58 PM
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Debi Boz said...

I love peppermint bark and peppermint ice-cream with hot fudge on top……….yummmmmy

November 29, 2009 10:58 PM
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Kayla Breedlove said...

Now something else to get hooked on!!! Have been hooked on PW since you shared…so great!

favorite sweet or dessert at Christmas? pralines – I’m a Louisiana girl!!!

November 29, 2009 10:59 PM
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Rebecca Brigham said...

Adorable stuff from the Farm Chicks. I’ll have to check them out!

November 29, 2009 10:59 PM
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Megan said...

Anything peppermint! I love peppermint ice cream. Also my grandma’s homemade candy. YUM!

November 29, 2009 10:59 PM
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Gina said...

Pumpkin cream cheese dip with Nilla Wafers… so gooood!

November 29, 2009 10:59 PM
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Linny said...

So cute!

Well, my favorite Christmas dessert is not really Christmasy. My family just makes it at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Derby Pie. A Southern thing. It’s so yummy! :-D

November 29, 2009 10:59 PM
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Stephanie T. said...

Fudge, with nuts. :)

November 29, 2009 11:00 PM
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Lindsay Woods said...

tiger butter…it’s a candy my mom makes..chocolate and peanut butter! so good!!!

lindsayrosewoods at gmail dot com

November 29, 2009 11:00 PM
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Deecy said...

I have a really BIG sweet tooth, so I love most all of it….but I think my favorite Christmas-time treat is homemade “moose munch!” I use my mom’s caramel corn recipe, then drizzle it with melted Ghiradelli chocolate chips. It is a party in your mouth! Mmmmmmmmmmm. (and a bit more cost effective than Harry & David’s yummy moose munch)

November 29, 2009 11:00 PM
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julie said...

Peppermint ice cream (from Graeter’s in central Ohio!) on top of a warm brownie with some hot fudge sauce.

November 29, 2009 11:00 PM
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Amy said...

Scandinavian inspired rice pudding, what’s yours?

November 29, 2009 11:00 PM
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mandy Gross said...

I absolutely love making christmas cookies! They are so delicious and super fun to decorate too!!

Mandy
iamwhole@yahoo.com

November 29, 2009 11:00 PM
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peachkins said...

my fave dessert at Christmas is fruitcake!

November 29, 2009 11:01 PM
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Jessica said...

Gingerbread men are my favorite!

November 29, 2009 11:01 PM
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crystal said...

Pumpkin or pecan!!!! OHHH Pick me please! :O)

November 29, 2009 11:01 PM
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Brianne said...

My newest favorite holiday treat is P.W. Christmas Rum Cake, you must make it if you’ve never had it before… it’s to die for!!!

November 29, 2009 11:01 PM
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erin g said...

sponge candy! it’s mostly a northern treat, i believe… i grew up loving it in western NY, but now that i live down south, i make for all my friends here and have got them hooked on it.

November 29, 2009 11:01 PM
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Fallon said...

How cute are those name tags!

I love peppermint bark and fantasy fudge. I can’t control myself when those 2 weapons are around. =P

November 29, 2009 11:01 PM
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anne said...

Scottish Shortbread..I eat sooo much of it over Christmas Break it’s almost a bit ridiculous!

November 29, 2009 11:02 PM
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Jamie said...

My favorite dessert changes often, but right now I can’t get enough cookies! I’d bake them daily if I could! :-)

harrison.jamie @ yahoo

November 29, 2009 11:02 PM
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Annie said...

Chocolate truffles! They are so rich and indulgent, can be decorated in all kinds of fun ways, and everyone loves them!

Happy holidays, bakerella! :-)

November 29, 2009 11:02 PM
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Julia said...

Every Christmas, my grandmother and I make sfingi (Italian fried puff pastries that can be dipped in honey or sugar). Everyone loves them and we leave them out for Santa instead of cookies! Santa has never left a single sfinge ;-)

November 29, 2009 11:02 PM
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sarah said...

so cute!! my favorite christmas treat…hmm….i think it would have to be my mom’s red hot apple cider recipe, and then all the cookies that you have to add to the list!!

sarahw5484@gmail.com

November 29, 2009 11:02 PM
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Ashlan said...

My favorite holiday treat is called pretzolocans. My husband and I made up the name for them. All they are are pretzels with a Rolo on top and a pecan on top of that. They are WAY easy to make. Place the pretzels flat on a baking sheet and put a Rolo on top of each one and stick it in the oven for a couple of minutes to let the chocolate get soft. Then pull them out of the oven and press a pecan on top of each one. Simple and very tasty! The sweet/salty combination is brilliant!!

It was one of the first treats I made for my husband when we first started dating. He loved them, and we continue the tradition every year!

November 29, 2009 11:03 PM
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Catherine from Canada said...

This is one of my favourites – and they feel really festive because of the red cherries and white chocolate!
White Chocolate Cherry Cookies from Baking Bites

November 29, 2009 11:03 PM
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Sarah said...

Plain pavlova, covered in sweet whipped cream. Gooey on the inside, crunchy on the outside, perfect for an Aussie Christmas and so much better than boring stolid Christmas cake!

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Stacey S. said...

Super cute stuff, thanks for the info. We make ginger cookies and gingerbread for decorating. Even my adult step-sons get into the act, or feel left out if I don’t leave a cookie or two for them to adorn. I love your site; it is inspiring.
Thanks

November 29, 2009 11:03 PM
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Amanda said...

My favorite Christmas sweet (for the past few years, anyways) is a double-chocolate chip peppermint cookie. I make a variation or two on it every year. Nothing says Christmas to me like chocolate and peppermint. Yum!

You can see a blog post about it here: http://themarthainitiative.blogspot.com/2009/01/christmas-cookies-in-january.html

November 29, 2009 11:04 PM
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Kate said...

Buttermilk Pie. With fresh whipped cream and raspberry sauce. By far the best dessert I’ve ever had.

November 29, 2009 11:04 PM
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Rachel said...

There are TWO deserts that are definitely Christmas to me. the first being the classic decorated sugar cookie. My mom and I do “Christmas Cookies with Grandmom” where my kids and all my nephews go to her house to decorate cookies and all the boys love it! The other is bite size Pecan Tassies. They look like miniature little pecan pies. We make them for Thanksgiving AND Christmas and we have made it into our little tradition every holiday.

November 29, 2009 11:05 PM
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Phyllis said...

My very phamous Scottish shortbread cookies. The recipe is from my SIL from Scotland. I have made them for many years and have created a great many shortbread cookie addicts!

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Stephanie said...

It has to be my moms pecan pie. YUM!!

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Mary said...

The book design (and the tags) are all so super cute! I love the “baked for you with love” tags, I will have to make some of those this Christmas, since I will probably be giving away lots of baking!

My favourite desserts are hard to narrow down…. this year I’m making reverse chocolate chip cookies (chocolate cookies with white chocolate chips) and using chopped red and green chocolate wafers instead of the white chocolate chips. I also love this delicious chocolate roll with creamy filling that my aunt makes – the filling is almost the consistency of a cream cheese frosting, but super duper smooth and creamy. So yummy!

monkeemaniac81@hotmail.com

November 29, 2009 11:05 PM
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kanmuri said...

My favourite dessert during the holidays is my grand-mother’s potato doughnuts! They’re just amazing!!

You can reach me through my blog!

November 29, 2009 11:06 PM
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Courtney said...

Anything sweet. Seriously though, we don’t have an “every year christmas dessert”.

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Kristen said...

Hands down my favorite Christmas treat is my family’s secret English Toffee recipe. It is something I only make around the holidays and it is melt-in-your-mouth delicious. I can’t wait to make my first batch of the season later this week!

November 29, 2009 11:06 PM
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JessW said...

Mmmm, shortbread cookies. So rich and buttery, love ‘em with a good cup of tea!

November 29, 2009 11:06 PM
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cara said...

This is such a hard question! There are so many good holiday desserts. I’ve been nostalgic this year for my grandmother’s anise bread, so I will have to say that…I want to make tiny ones to give to everyone at work this year.

carabou920@aol.com

November 29, 2009 11:06 PM
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Erin said...

I love to make snowball cookies! They are shortbread cookies with holiday colored chocolate chips and powdered sugar ‘snow’ on top. They look beautiful and taste fabulous!!

November 29, 2009 11:07 PM
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Maggie said...

I’m a sucker for good old fashioned sugar cookies around the holidays – decorated with family of course! There’s nothing more classic…

November 29, 2009 11:07 PM
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Ashley said...

I have so many Christmas treats that I love, but my favorite have to be my nana’s Butterhorns. They’re made with a rolled sour cream dough, cinnamon, nuts and sugar and then wrapped up like cresent rolls. So very delicious and I always remember my nana had a box of them stashed away for us at Christmas. This is definitely the most wonderful time of year!

November 29, 2009 11:07 PM
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Gladys said...

Peppermint bark! Pies, too.

November 29, 2009 11:08 PM
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Ashley Heisler said...

It’s a toss up between chocolate crinkles and decorated sugar cookies!

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Michelle said...

pumpkin roll pumpkin roll pumpkin roll
mmmm…
I think I’ll go make some now.
PS that necklace would look great on my neck. ;)

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Maria said...

My favorite Christmas dessert is Christmas cookies! My mom, sisters and I make them together. The best is when we make stars in all different sizes and it makes a tree out of the stars when you stack them. They are a hit for sure!

(mariaet123@gmail.com)

November 29, 2009 11:08 PM
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Jackie said...

Sugar Cookies with icing…yummy!

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Jessica said...

Gingerbread people. Its not Christmas without it. Though my husband would say fruitcake. Thankfully we make bo

November 29, 2009 11:08 PM
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Jessica Hinz said...

The dessert that really says Christmas to me is a pound cake recipe that I have baked since I was old enough to bake on my own. I eat it other times of the year too. but I absolutely must have my pound cake on Christmas morning. I send one to my parents too.

November 29, 2009 11:09 PM
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Kristin T said...

Well its not exactly a dessert but I love Starbucks Peppermint Mocha. Yum!

November 29, 2009 11:09 PM
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Cathy F. said...

What a fun treat!
My Fav. has to be my husband’s grandmother’s cut out cookies. This year I get to teach the 4th generation (my daughter) how to make it. Makes me happy just thinking about it. Thank you for offering to share with us. ha ha
abrewfam@comcast.net

November 29, 2009 11:09 PM
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Kelley said...

Chocolate Peanut Butter two tone fudge.

November 29, 2009 11:10 PM
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Laura Beth said...

I love a yummy Chocolate Chip Poundcake that I make . . . but I load up and sample ALL the desserts at Christmas!! :)

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Sarah said...

My favorite holiday snack is the little hershey kiss cookies. The ones where it’s a little cookie and the kiss on top.

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Kelsey said...

Candy Canes! Something so simple but so special!

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Beth said...

My favorite sweet is homemade cinnamon candy…yummmy!!!

November 29, 2009 11:11 PM
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Lauren said...

My favorite dessert at christmas time is basically, any kind of pie, cherry, apple, banana cream, chocolate cream, apple cranberry nut, apple blackberry….or punkin!

November 29, 2009 11:11 PM
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Caitlin said...

Pumpkin pie, with gingerbread as a close second.

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noreen said...

My favorite holiday sweet is cookies – my mom’s original sugar cookie recipe. It wouldn’t be the holidays without it!

Love the Farm Chicks stuff! Thanks for posting!

marando@q.com

November 29, 2009 11:11 PM
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Debbie in WA said...

Chocolate Peppermint Bark is my favorite holiday candy!

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Laura Brown said...

Good old fashioned fudge… with walnuts. Yum!

laurabrown3@yahoo.com

November 29, 2009 11:11 PM
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Posy said...

My mum always makes special Christmas cookies!

November 29, 2009 11:12 PM
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Bebe said...

Love your website! Love Sweets too!
Love the Farm Chicks!
Fun!! Fun!!

November 29, 2009 11:12 PM
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Annalisa said...

I make these double chocolate chip cookies and drizzle them with melted white chocolate and sprinkle them with crushed up candy canes….oh my goodness, so delicious!!!

November 29, 2009 11:12 PM
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Autumn said...

Hmm, that’s tough because I like ALL sweets and desserts. But if forced to choose I’d probably say my mom’s snickerdoodles!

November 29, 2009 11:13 PM
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heather said...

peanut butter blossoms are totally my favorite christmas treat!!

i wish that i would have seen that cute book when i was at the bookstore today!

hnramsey at yahoo dot com

November 29, 2009 11:13 PM
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Brenda said...

My favorite Christmas treat is the candy cane shaped sweet rolls I always make. We love to eat them with hot cocoa.

November 29, 2009 11:13 PM
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April said...

My favorite sweet for the holiday season would be some homemade snickerdoodle cookies! *yummm*

april_terrazas@yahoo.com

November 29, 2009 11:14 PM
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Ann @ House of Estrogen said...

My grandmother’s chocolate cake recipe is my favorite holiday treat. It is very similar to the chocolate cake recipe that Pioneer Woman posted recently – with the frosting that you pour on while it is hot. I just made your paradise pumpkin pie this week though, and it is a new favorite!!!

November 29, 2009 11:14 PM
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Colleen said...

Chocolate covered pretzel rods! I very rarely make them any other time of the year, but they are so, so delicious!

November 29, 2009 11:14 PM
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colleen said...

I have lots of favorites but my mom’s chess pie is about the best thing ever! She only makes it at Thanksgiving and Christmas so it is one hot comodity!

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katie k said...

My favorite sweets to eat at Christmas are my mom’s breakfast items, but my favorite to make are decorated sugar cookies. Each year, I tell myself that it’s too much work but the outcome and giving them to people is always worth the time I put into it. :D Thanks for all your wonderful posts!

November 29, 2009 11:14 PM
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Kristen Gregson said...

Christmas cookies and anything with mint in it. I adore anything minty!

kmgregson@yahoo.com

November 29, 2009 11:15 PM
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Kendall Calvert said...

* I love a good coconut cake at Christmas! Coconut cake and homemade toffee are my favorite Christmas treats.

Loved the blog!
kendalllw@gmail.com

November 29, 2009 11:15 PM
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Jennie said...

I would have to say i love butter cookies!! yummy!!

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Tina said...

My favorite would have to be the classic chocolate chip cookies that we leave for Santa! Luckily Santa enjoys them too…he always leaves a clean plate!

November 29, 2009 11:17 PM
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Michelle P said...

SHORTBREAD COOKIES!!!! Rolled in walnuts with a cherry in the middle… super yummy!

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Christina D said...

My absolute fave has to be my homemade peppermint bark. It is so good and a family favorite too. I am definitely not allowed to show up for Christmas without it : ) A very close second would be my Chocolate Chip Gingerbread…YUM!! I will have to run out and get that book now too.

November 29, 2009 11:17 PM
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amylouwho said...

We have a friend whose wife is Finnish and she makes this awesome sweet bread they share with us every year. It’s got cardamom (sp?) in it. It’s amazing.

other than that? probably homemade toffee. :)

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Krista said...

Molaska cookies, my Grandma’s famous recipe for molasses cookies! The only disappointment this year is, since I’m preggo, I can’t eat any of the dough!!

November 29, 2009 11:17 PM
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