Browsing Category Holiday

Aunt Gloria’s Famous Sugar Cookies

An oldie but goodie sugar cookie recipe from my Aunt Gloria who was a cook by profession and an amazing baker! No other sugar cookie recipe comes close this one! Depending on your cookie size, you could get 3-5 dozen, even more. I make them for every occasion, birthdays, all holidays, showers, any excuse to make them. My cookie cutter box is huge! They are…

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Cream Cheese Finger Cookies

“A delicious cookie to add to your recipe box that has been around for decades if you don’t already have it.  This version of the classic finger cookies is similar to the Butterball Cookie or the Mexican Wedding Cookie, but the cream cheese make it more rich and gives it a nice velvety, smooth texture.  Enjoy!” INGREDIENTS: 1 cup butter, softened 8 ounces cream cheese,…

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Libby’s Pumpkin Roll ~ with a Twist

For a twist, I kept the same Libby’s Pumpkin Roll recipe you can find anywhere, and you can also find it on my website by typing Pumpkin Roll in the search.  For a change to this well-loved classic dessert, I added 1/2 cup of mini chocolate chips to the cream cheese filling mixture. Instead of sprinkling the top with confectioner’s sugar,  I beat 2 cups…

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Bird’s Nest Cookies for Easter/Spring

“Easter/Springtime baking fun with the kiddies!  Just frost some sugar cookies and decorate with tinted coconut for the nests and jelly  beans for the eggs and you have Bird’s Nest  cookies.  You can use chocolate frosting instead of white. Or you can use different cookies: maybe chocolate chip, peanut butter, whatever you want. Enjoy!” INGREDIENTS: Sugar cookies, or any kind of cookie White or chocolate…

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Date Balls~No Bake~Buttery and Yummy!

“A very delicious, buttery date ball cookie with lots of dates and walnuts.  It is so easy to make on top of the stove!  This vintage recipe goes back decades and it is fantastic!  I got it from my mother who got it from my Aunt Mary C. who was famous for making them every Christmas.  Our family loves these a lot!  For variation, you…

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Fruitcake, Light in Color

                              “As a child, I watched my Aunt Gloria make this delicious fruitcake right after Thanksgiving. I updated her recipe just a bit with a glaze, but her techniques work so well and they guarantee success every time! She baked the cake in a paper-lined tube pan and she wrapped the…

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Loaded Pumpkin Cookies

“Crispy outsides, chewy insides… success! I finally mastered the pumpkin cookie the way I wanted them! Most pumpkin cookie recipes are delicious, but their texture is soft and cake-like. You have to do certain techniques to get the outside of pumpkin cookies crisp, because the added pumpkin puree in a cookie batter makes them soft. For crispy outsides, lightly spray the cookie sheet with non-stick…

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Apple Cranberry Walnut Pie

This is one of my favorite holiday pies! It is such a tasty combination! I have tried several recipes for this pie, and combined some techniques and ingredients to come up with the way I like it. To me, this is my best way. Cooking the filling for a few minutes beforehand makes it a success every time! I like it with lowered sugar and more…

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Colcannon

          “Cabbage, potatoes, leeks, and kale together make colcannon, that delicious traditional Irish dish people love around St. Patrick’s Day, or any day!  It goes really well with lamb chops or anything lamb, and corned beef.  I think the leeks make it so-o good!  There are many variations for colcannon.   You can also make it a complete one-dish meal with chunks…

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Bailey’s Irish Cream Brownies

“Get your Irish on and make these AMAZING brownies, perfect for St. Patrick’s Day!  If you’ve never tried them, you are missing a great treat!  And they are so easy to make with a brownie mix!  Double the recipe to make a larger batch, because I think you may need to!     Enjoy!” Makes: 16 brownies INGREDIENTS:   BROWNIES: 1 brownie mix (19.8 ounce box) ½ cup…

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Waldorf Salad

Waldorf Salad, that simple mixture of apples, raisins, walnuts, and celery, with a  slightly sweet, sour cream dressing has been a favorite for generations!  It originated at the famous Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York in 1893.   Waldorf Salad shouldn’t be swimming in a lot of dressing, and this recipe doesn’t do that.  I like the using different color apples and dark raisins for contrast.  It is…

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Rum Raisin Apple Pie

Servings: 8 “If you are one of those die-hard rum raisin fans you have to try this adults only, kicked-up-a-notch, gourmet apple pie that is not hard to make at all. I adapted this recipe from Epicurious so you know it has to be great! For an even stronger rum taste you can keep the cooked rum raisin mixture at room temperature in a covered…

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Strufoli ~ (Honey Balls)

                       “Strufoli has to appear in our house sometime during the Christmas holiday, or someone will complain! These little fried nuggets of dough, sweetened with honey are in all the bakeries in December. Our family’s homemade version has a sweetened dough, the honey mixture is softer, and the little nugget balls are made smaller compared to most strufoli you will find. Made this way…

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Pumpkin Raisin Date Nut Bundt Cake

“If you love pumpkin loaf bread, this is pretty much the same except it is larger and baked in a bundt or tube pan. It is so moist and really, really good!     Enjoy!” Servings: 16 INGREDIENTS: 2 1/4 cups sugar 1 cup canola oil 3 eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 can (15 ounces)solid-packed pure pumpkin 3 cups flour 2 teaspoons baking soda…

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Raisin Sauce

“A sweet and tangy blend of raisins, pineapple, lemon juice and maraschino cherries.  It wouldn’t be a complete ham dinner in our family without the appearance of this raisin sauce! It is delicious!   This makes a lot, so divide it in half, or quarters if  you need a smaller amount.  It is my favorite raisin sauce recipe.   Enjoy!” Servings: 18 2 cups brown sugar…

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