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December 14, 2022



Pizzeles!!! I've already made a double batch for our church holiday fair and will make another to share with my father who is now battling cancer. I'm afraid that this maybe the last year I can make them for him and it makes this Christmas bittersweet.


I know it says spring, but the red and green colors and deliciousness make it the most eaten cookie at Christmas.
Spring Biscotti

1/4 cup butter
3/4 cup white sugar
1 tablespoon orange zest
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs
1 egg white
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup white chocolate chips
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1 cup pistachio nuts chopped
In a large bowl, cream together butter, sugar, orange zest, and vanilla with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Mix in eggs and egg white one at a time, beating well after each addition. Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt; gradually blend into the creamed mixture using a wooden spoon. Stir in the white chocolate, dried cranberries, and pistachios. Cover, and chill for 30 minutes, or until dough is no longer sticky.
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Turn dough out on a lightly floured surface, and divide into halves. Form each half into a flattish log about 12 inches long by 3 inches wide. Arrange logs at least 3 inches apart on baking sheet.
Bake for 30 minutes in preheated oven, or until pale gold. Allow logs to cool on the baking sheet until cool enough to handle. On a cutting board, cut logs crosswise on a diagonal into 1 inch thick slices. Arrange on baking sheet.
Bake for an additional 15 minutes, or until golden. Transfer biscotti to wire racks, and cool completely. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

Dana Stein


Beth Seabolt-Brown

I love to make chocolate chip cookies. I use the recipe from Magnolia Table cook book and they are the best.

Nicole S

For me, it's definitely shortbread.

Nancy T

I only make these cookies at Christmas. We call them Snowballs, but they are also known as Russian Tea Cakes and Mexican Wedding Cookies.

Mexican Wedding Cookies

Servings: 2 ½ dozen
Prep Time: 10 min
Cooking Time: 20 min

1 cup butter, unsalted and softened
¼ cup powdered sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
¼ teaspoon salt
1 cup nuts (walnuts or pecans), chopped
1½ cups additional powder sugar for coating cookies, sifted

Pre-heat oven to 300 degrees.
Line two baking sheets with parchment paper
In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar at medium speed until creamy. Add vanilla and flour. Stir in nuts.
With a small cookie scoop, place round cookies on prepared baking sheets.
Bake for 20 minutes. Let cool for about five minutes. When you can handle with your fingers, roll each cookie in powdered sugar.

Robin Gray

My mom's recipe for Snowball cookies or sometimes called Mexican Wedding Cakes makes it seem like Christmas to me. Thanks for the chance to win something.


I just got myself a pizzelle maker this year so we are trying out recipes for a new tradition


Pecan Sandies or Moon Cookies as they are called at our house

Terri Kelly

Peanut Butter Blossoms. Peanut Butter Cookies with Hershey Kiss on top.

Melissa Haneline

We make a casserole that is lovingly referred to as "That Potato Stuff" since my mother found it in a magazine, but couldn't recall which one or what they called it. All quantities are ones you can adjust, but I've added suggested quantities to get you going.

You'll start with potatoes (4-6),
Velveeta (1/2 a large box or one small),
red onion (1 medium),
bacon (1/2 pound, but there's no such thing as too much bacon!) and
Miracle Whip (about 1-1 1/2 cups).

Boil the potatoes in the jackets, and then cube the cheese and chop the onion, and fry and crumble the bacon until the potatoes are done, 15-20 minutes depending on size.

Preheat the oven to 350.

Peel and cube the potatoes as soon as rinsing them in cold water allows them to be handled.

Mix enough Miracle Whip with the still warm potatoes, the cheese, the onion and half the bacon, then sprinkle with the remaining bacon and bake until bubbly.

It looks and smells kinda weird going into the oven, but magic happens when it bakes and the whole house/neighborhood smells like Christmas when it's done.

It's even better reheated if you can manage to have any leftovers.


Molasses cookies.


The weekend after Thanksgiving my husband makes an English style fruitcake that will cure until Christmas and I like to make pannekoeken to have with bacon for Christmas morning. I also make French macarons to give away, (and eat), as quick gifts.


Stollen with a marzipan center is our go-to holiday treat. So good toasted!


I make Bet Ya Can't Eat Just One My kids loved them growing up and I only make at Christmas time.
1 pkg White Chocolate chips
1 canister of Pringles lightly crushed
1 cup peanuts (skinless)
Melt the chips and add the Pringles and peanuts.
Stir and pour out onto wax paper. Let set and then break up into pieces.


Snickerdoodles are our family's favorite Christmas cookies too!

Lynn B

Sugar cookies to decorate and peanut butter blossoms.

Julie T/MI

We make our annual Dutch treat of “banket.” Sugary almond paste filling within fluffy butter pastry. Mmmm. Wouldn’t be Christmas without that! Here is a link to a good one:


I loved Starbuck’s egg nog latte. Note the past tense because they no longer make it as of this year. Very disappointed but I’ll live.😉 thank you for the giveaways.


My mom’s gingerbread snaps made the holidays special for me and I wish I had her recipe.

This recipe for crispy, spicy gingersnap cookies from HandleThe Heat is easy to make and delicious. I think the cookies are almost identical to mom’s.
Here’s a link for the cookie recipe:
Enjoy! Happy Holidays!


Homemade eggnog!!! But I recently discovered a recipe for Pumpkin Spice Cookies at “”, that is a new favourite for me.


I make an old family recipe called Pressed Fork Butter Cookies.
1/2 lb of butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 egg yolk
1/2 tsp, vanilla
2 1/2 cups flour
Combine ingredients in mixer and arrange on ungreased pan. Shape into balls (walnut-sized) and press with a fork. you can add chopped nuts.
Bake at375 degrees for 10-12 minutes.


Dutch Anise Cookies from

I could eat them all myself!


Thank you all for your delicious recipes!
My oven went out cooking dinner last Friday and all I could think of was no gingerbread cookies!!!Thankfully A new oven is being delivered tomorrow!
King Arthur Flour has A great gingerbread mix!

Diane Jespersen

I married a Dane and learned of the magnificent "cookie" called Pebernødder. Little sweet "nuts" that taste like the best gingerbread cookie you've ever had!

Chris Meier

On Christmas morning, I must have my homemade Swedish Yule bread with Mexican hot chocolate.


Latkes and a friend's macaroons.

Teri P

I know it sounds a little weird, but when I was a kid olives were my special Christmas food. We never had olives at home, so for our family get together‘s on Thanksgiving and Christmas I would make a beeline to the olive dish. Hey, maybe that’s why my favorite color is olive green!

Tamara H.

Snowball cookies and sour cream cut out cookies are the ones I usually only make at Christmas every year!

Jennifer Walker

The Christmas Crack my Mother-in-law makes! It’s all the things covered in white chocolate!!!!


I go into Detroit to and buy a couple dozen pierogi for a traditional Christmas Eve meal. Yum!

Hilda Clegg

I make a salted cod dish that my mother always made at Christmas. I am of Basque heritage and this was a recipe my grandparents brought with them from Spain. As many recipes from other countries, it is an acquired taste but I love it and only make it at Christmas.

Debra Cohen

We celebrate Chanukah, which this year coincides with Christmas. I make traditional latkes accompanied by this delicious brisket:
1 3 to 31/2 lb beef brisket
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 envelope onion soup mix
1/2 tsp garlic powder
3/4 cup catsup or barbecue sauce

Line a large roasting pan with heavy duty foil(I make mine doubled)
Place brisket in pan. Sprinkle the sugar, soup mix, and garlic powder over the brisket. Drizzle catsup over all. Fold ends of foil over brisket to seal securely.
Bake in 325 oven for 3 to 31/2 hours til tender.

The smell of this cooking is amazing!


Decorating the gingerbread and sugar cookies is a family event for the kids to show off their artistic skills.

Carmie Anderson

Eggnog makes the holiday special for me. Store bought for me as I can't drink homemade without thinking of raw eggs! Merry Christmas!

Teresa Knittingdancer

I make sausage balls every Christmas.

1 pound of sausage crumbled & browned
2 cups Bisquick
1 jar of Cheez Whiz

Mix all ingredients together and roll in small balls. Place balls on ungreased cookie sheet. I use parchment paper for easier clean up. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes or until golden brown.


My sister makes Maple Pecan Gluten Free Shortbread (Paleo) cookies and this year I’ve added them to my holiday season cookie line-up. The cookies offer a quick, easy, and very tasty alternative to all the sugary cookies we also love to indulge in this time of year. In fact, I’m making a double batch today for our neighborhood cookie exchange tonight!


Our tradition is to make my family’s homemade ravioli and my in-law’s homemade marinara. Thank you for the chances to win!


Snickerdoodles and gingerbread cookies make the holidays special for me. I also make breakfast hash because it is my kid’s favorite.

Gaylyn B

Due to my inability to stop eating this stuff when it's in the kitchen, I only make Chex Mix at the holidays. I start thinking about how good it's going to taste at Christmas time around Halloween.
I'm going to try some of the great sounding recipes so many of you have included in your post. First one up is the Potato Stuff! Thanks everyone.


Every Christmas my Mom makes sausage balls, and I LOVE them!

Kris LaVenia

I like to make homemade cinnamon rolls, too, for Christmas morning. I usually make a quiche to go with it (whatever is in the refrigerator). My husband makes cranberry mimosas and we keep it pretty simple. One casserole I love, but hubby thinks it's just OK, is from Southern Living:

He doesn't love sausage, so that's why he thinks it's just OK. If you like the ingredients here then I think it's definitely worth a try.

And I want to make that pull-apart Christmas tree recipe - it looks great!

Filomena Hack

Panettone, biscotti and sourdough brioche are our favourites.


On Christmas Eve my mom always made the biggest batch of lasagna you ever saw completely from scratch. Although no one’s ever found the recipe the thought of mom’s lasagna really puts me in a Christmas mood.


Cranberry Wassail.

I brew 1 quart of cranberry herbal tea and 1 quart of chai tea, then add the brews into a crockpot with 2 quarts of apple cider. I stir in brown sugar to taste, and top off with a bag of whole fresh cranberries. We leave it to simmer and fill the house with the smell of the holidays...and snag mugfuls throughout the day and evening.


Cookies! I love Christmas cookies. The one I usually need is the Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies. Happy Holidays!

Pam Bacci

The one cookie that I HAVE to make each holiday season are what we call "Spritz" cookies. They are made with a cookie press. I still have the "original" press that you have to turn by hand and by the time I'm done my hands are killing me :)'s not Christmas without those green trees and red wreath cookies!


My favorite sugar cookie cutout recipe:

Brenna Delosier

Fruitcake. I am the only one that likes it though.

Dana Snyder

I love a cheesy potato casserole! Another thing I love that my neighbor does is take grapes, pit a tooth pick in each one, dip the bottom with caramel and then dip the bottom in crushed peanuts. They are delish and everyone loves them!


Gingersnaps are a must for me! And, for some reason, Chex mix is always a sign of the season too.


We always make a special egg, sausage, and cheese breakfast casserole....only at Christmas!

Staci J

Rosettes is a favorite in our house.
They’re traditionally sprinkled with powdered sugar, but we like to dip them in icing.


Slow cooker cranberry pot roast. You can use a beef or pork roast. It is so simple and special at the same time. Here is a link to the recipe.


Cookies — any kind, and any time of year really. But what I can’t do without is my Mother’s simple Christmas sugar cookie recipe. Perfect for dunking in milk 60 years ago, and now perfect for dunking in coffee.


My favorite savory snack at the holidays is a cheeseball and crackers. My recipe is like this one,, but without the shredded cheese and with blue cheese and a jar of Kraft old English cheese. It’s so good—very hard to stop eating it!

Laura Quisenberry

I received a 4 layered ice-cream jello recipe over 35 years ago in a wedding shower gift. I made for the holidays when kids were little and now it is a requirement for every Thanksgiving and Christmas.
I also make a coffee cake on Christmas morning. when kids were little it weas Jesus's birthday cake and we would get up and put candle on it and sing "Happy birthday" to Jesus!


I don't really have any one thing I MUST have each year at this time. Those memories are long lost for me. But this year, I'm making popcorn balls. Those used to be part of our Christmas stockings every year and every year recently, I've forgotten to find some to buy. So, this year, I make. Also, my most recent obsession is Chex mix, can't go without it this time of year!


My mollases-spice cookies, my sister's sugar cookies, homemade caramels and other candies.


Good ole fudge from the the back of the Hershey's Cocoa Box....(the real thing)


Mushroom turnovers are a great little noshy thing:


My two favorite Christmas cookies are Kiflings, or Moon cookies as I called them growing up, and German Mennonite Peppernuts. My children have also adopted them as their favorite.

M Reedstrom

Red wine slush. It looks so pretty in a Christmas glass.


I must have egg nog--lots of egg nog! My favorite is made by WaWa which might only be available locally.


Russian tea cakes (actually a cookie) from Betty Crocker. Little powdered sugar snowballs with chopped pecans inside. They are delicious!


For Christmas Eve dinner my family always has to have shrimp cocktail.

Geraldine Scott

I don't know why, but Tex-Mex is a must have around here on the holidays...basically a 7-layer bean dip with tortilla good!


We've made this Overnight Blueberry French Toast for years- it's delicious and all the work is done the night before, which frees up Christmas morning for just popping it in the oven!

Just copy and paste to your browser - easier than me typing out the recipe. Thanks for the chance to win!


My family love chocolate covered cherries made with dark chocolate.


Usually I try to make healthy(ish) meals but on Christmas morning, I make an entire pound of bacon and we have that for breakfast. I also make bread because it makes the whole house smell heavenly. (I have a bread machine, set it on dough, and then bake it in the oven.)

Jan F

One thought is a brick of cream cheese with pepper jelly spooned over it, crackers on the side. The jelly comes in red or green.

Another is chipped beef (very thin slices) spread with whipped cream cheese, layered together, then rolled and sliced into bite-size hunks. They disappear much faster than the time it took to assemble them!

Favorite Christmas cookie is chocolate crackles, a chocolate dough rolled into balls, then rolled in confectioner’s sugar, and baked. Recipes abound online!

Jenn H

Soup! Ginger butternut squash is a favorite here but we did this one last week and it was great


Cornbread dressing with cranberry jelly!


I make these cranberry shortbread cookies nearly every Christmas. My mom started the tradition.

Robin V

My favorite cookie recipe is Peanut Butter Blossoms (recipe here: I’ve had this recipe for probably 40 years, and it is foolproof - although one year I doubled the recipe, except for the margarine, which I quadrupled. I figured out what I’d done, quadrupled everything else, used multiple bowls for mixing, and baked a lot of cookies!

Donna Norris

Cookies! I make sugar cookies to decorate, spritz, chocolate crinkles, Russian teacakes, and ginger snaps. Almost as fun as knitting :-).

Lisa L

I make this pie every Thanksgiving!
I also blind bake the crust for 18 min at 400F before adding the filling, and I usually use a LOT more pecans. It's a great pie!


We always do a lot of comfort foods when the weather gets cold...chicken pot pies, homemade soups, etc.

For the holidays, we always make a sausage and egg casserole (similar to this one

Karen Warren

Another one to say Fruitcake. It was my mother-in-law's recipe that I have continued throughout the years. She and my husband are no longer with us, but I continue to bake his favorite treat!

Kim Holbrook

Chocolate cookies with peppermint frosting and sprinkles!


My favorite holiday meals are the ones where we eat appetizer foods instead of full entrees. We go to Trader Joe's and stock up on anything that catches our eye and then enjoy food like veggie spring rolls and mozzarella sticks!

Cathy Sm

We make pecan shorts, aka white mouse cookies.


Christmas crack! Crackers coated in a toffee topping (brown sugar and butter), topped with chocolate and sprinkles. My favorites, and the name makes me chuckle.


Every Christmas Eve we go to the early service at church. Afterwards, we have a Mexican dinner of homemade Beef Enchiladas, Chicken Enchiladas, Spanish Rice, Refried Beans, and Tamales. (I do not make the tamales, lol).

Our favorites Christmas morning is Baked French Toast which I prep the night before. My husband gets up early that morning and puts it in the oven so it will be ready when everyone gets up.

Sara Moening

German sugar cookies -we make them for everyone! And I make buckeyes (peanut butter balls dipped in chocolate to resemble a buckeye).


I tend to change up the recipes that I make each year. Last year for breakfast I made air fried cinnamon bites; those were a big hit. My family makes pepperoni bread and pumpkin rolls only at Christmas. This year I am making gingerbread houses with my home ec class from scratch. It’s been an interesting experience so far! 😂

Paula Meisters

My mother always made orange roll to be eaten while we opened gifts. Then we’d have sausage strada for brunch. Christmas dinner was always prime rib roast with Yorkshire pudding. My sister-in-law and brother typically host Christmas now and she has been keeping the traditions alive (with a few new things thrown in). Merry Christmas everyone. And Happy Holidays!!

Tina Niesen

My favorite dish at Christmas is cheesy potatoes! Of course they are great anytime 😊

Susanna Eve

We make vegan peppermint bark


I spend the holiday season making and gifting English toffee. (Basic recipe, just not that many people make candy.) Christmas Day tradition corn pudding. And usually deviled


I like to make English toffee and peanut butter fudge, but due to health reasons, I can't have anything with sugar. This year, I plan to make lamb for dinner at the request of my son. It will be my first time making lamb.

Alexis T.

Chex mix! I have to get somebody to agree to hide it after I make it, because a few years ago I ate it all myself before the event and had to make it again.

New hot drink mix we've tried this year that's been a hit:

Chai Tea Mix (completely inauthentic and junk-foodie)

1 cup powdered coffee creamer
1 cup powdered vanilla coffee creamer
1 to 1.25 cups powdered dry milk, to taste
1.5 cups plain instant iced tea (decaf okay!)
3/4 to 1 cup sugar, to taste
2.25 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp ginger
1&1/8 tsp cardamom
1&1/8 tsp cloves
few dashes allspice

Whiz all ingredients in a dry food processor, starting with lower amounts of dry milk and sugar. Adjust for taste as needed. (I like more dry milk and the lesser amount of sugar.)

To use: Combine 3 scant Tbsp of mix with 1 cup hot water. (So 1 scant T of mix in 1/3 cup of water makes a great taste-test amount.)


My sister has been making vegan pumpkin rolls that I am really enjoying.

Julie Koss

We love to break “tradition” and have Christmas pasta. This recipe is from Rachel Ray and I have been making for years.

Sabrina Snyder

I make sugar cookies with lemon icing. My children, now adults, see lemon cookies as a symbol of Christmas.


I always make cinnamon rolls for myself and neighbors to have Christmas morning.

Rachel Mills

I usually switch up the sweet treats, but I have to make some kind of Christmas cookie, and to make golabki with a homemade marinara sauce for the impending new year.


We like to get the Dutch butter cookies in the blue tin. (I know, not homemade, but so good!) We look for them every year. But of course, homemade chocolate chip cookies and shortbread cookies are a must.


Without a doubt, peanut butter kiss cookies. They are my grandsons favorite cookie. And he doesn't enjoy peanut we call them kiss cookies. Then there's fudge and crockpot pretzel peanut clusters that fill the treat bucket.


Peanut blossom cookies!

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup white sugar + extra for rolling cookies
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 3/4 cup flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 egg
2 Tbs milk
1 tsp vanilla
Hershey kisses

Cream butter, peanut butter, sugar, and brown sugar. Add egg, milk, and vanilla to creamed mixture. Blend in dry ingredients. Shape rounded teaspoonfuls into balls (walnut sized). Roll in white sugar. Put on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 375F for 8 minutes, remove from oven, push Hershey’s kiss into center of each cookie, and bake an additional 3 minutes.

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