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Christmas tree made with veggies.

Holiday Veggie or Fruit TreeA festive holiday centerpiece can be created with vegetables or fruits for family gatherings and parties. This page contains holiday veggie or fruit tree.

 

Cranberry orange kale on plate

Cranberry Orange Kale RecipeSauteed onions, cranberries, kale, and orange juice make a delicious warm side dish. This page contains a cranberry orange kale recipe.

 

Veggie Christmas Tree

Christmas Tree VeggiesWith a little arranging on toothpicks, your veggie platter can be an adorable standing Christmas tree. You can use any veggies and cheeses you desire. Happy holidays!

 

Easiest Gingerbread Man Reindeer Cookies

Making Gingerbread Reindeer CookiesThis is a page about making gingerbread reindeer cookies. Gingerbread and reindeer are symbols of the holidays. These delicious cookies will bring a smile to your face.

 

Taekwondo Christmas Cookies

Taekwondo Christmas CookiesThis is a page about taekwondo Christmas cookies. A sugar cookie with a martial arts theme can be fun for a taekwondo dojang school's holiday gathering.

 

Poinsettia pinwheel cookies

Poinsettia Pinwheel CookiesPinwheel shaped cookies can be made for the holidays and decorated to resemble a poinsettia flower. This is a page about poinsettia pinwheel cookies.

 

mini doughnut snowmen

Mini Doughnut SnowmenThis is a page about mini doughnut snowmen. These cute snacks are perfect for a holiday party.

 

Christmas Food

Christmas RecipesThis page contains Christmas recipes. There are many kinds of delicious, holiday recipes for special foods, goodies and beverages. Start your own family Christmas tradition.

 

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Cinnamon Roll Christmas Tree RecipesThis page contains cinnamon roll Christmas tree recipes. Christmas morning breakfast will be even more fun when you serve this clever cinnamon roll tree.

 

Christmas Breakfast

Christmas Breakfast TraditionsThe Christmas holidays are filled with many family traditions, including Christmas morning meals. This is a page about Christmas breakfast traditions.

 

Stollen

Stollen RecipesThis page contains stollen recipes. A German Christmas baking tradition, stollen is a fruit packed, yeast bread.

 

Slice of Christmas Pudding

Christmas Pudding RecipesThis page contains Christmas pudding recipes. The classic Christmas pudding is steamed in cloth. There are many variations on this traditional holiday dessert.

 

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A cup of Egg Nog.

Homemade Egg Nog RecipesA favorite holiday beverage that can be home made. This page contains homemade eggnog recipes.

 

Santa Cookie Ideas

No Bake Santa CookiesThis is a page about Santa cookie ideas. Cookies shaped like Santa are fun to make for the holidays.

 

Christmas candy - red and white peppermint candies.

Christmas Candy RecipesThis page contains Christmas candy recipes. Whether they are just for you and your family or part of a gift to someone, these sweet treats are sure to be a hit this Christmas.

 

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Red and Green Peppers AppetizerTo offset all the calories out there this season, serve green and red peppers. I clean and cut peppers in thin strips to fit into little plastic cups from the party store.

 

Two crossed candy canes and a tree shaped cookie cutter.

Recipes Using Candy Canes?This page contains recipes using candy canes. Using candy canes in holiday recipes is fun. You get to enjoy that pepperminty flavor in a number of treats. It is also a good way to use up leftover candy canes that are getting sticky.

 

Eggnog Recipes, Eggnog in a festive red cup with small ornaments on the saucer.

Eggnog RecipesEggnog is a favorite holiday beverage. Rather than buying it at the store try making it yourself. This page contains eggnog recipes.

 

Making a Gingerbread House, A gingerbread house and tree.

Making a Gingerbread HouseThis is a page about making a gingerbread house. A favorite past time at Christmas is making a gingerbread house. These adorable cookie houses are fun to decorate with icing and candy.

 

Glass stemmed dish filled with red and white candy cane cookies.

Candy Cane Cookies RecipesCandy cane cookies for many of us are a Christmas tradition. If you are looking for a new variation or are planning to bake these fun favorites for the first time you will be needing a recipe. This page contains recipes for candy cane cookies.

 

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Spritz Cookie Recipes?Heat oven to 400 degrees F. Combine all ingredients except flour in large mixer bowl. Beat at medium speed until creamy. Reduce speed to low; add flour. Beat until well mixed.

 

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Eggnog BreadPreheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease bottom of loaf pan. Beat eggs; add sugar, eggnog, butter, rum, and vanilla. Blend well. Add flour, baking powder, and nutmeg.

 

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Breakfast Sausage and Egg PuffGood for Christmas morning. In a skillet, brown sausage, breaking up any large lumps; drain. In a 2-quart casserole, layer sausage, bread, and cheese. In a bowl, beat eggs with remaining ingredients

 

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Lighter Egg NogWe love Eggnog for the Christmas holidays, but it is so expensive and so high in calories that I have found a way to reduce both the cost and the calories. I buy a half gallon jug of Eggnog (Yikes! $4.12), and pour it into a gallon container.

 

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Chicken a la Charlie From the movie "A Charlie Brown Christmas" Recipe series

 

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Christmas Snowball CakeThis is beautiful and delicious. Makes a great centerpiece for Christmas.

 

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Roasted ChestnutsPreheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Cut a 1/2 inch crisscross on the flat side of each nut. Be sure to cut through the shell to prevent the nut from exploding.

 

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SugarplumsSugarplums have been around since at least the 16th century in England.

 

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Savory Stuffing BreadTaste like the stuffing you would use to stuff poultry. It's great for toasted turkey sandwiches.

 

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Pecan RollsDissolve yeast and sugar in the lukewarm water. Scald 1 cup milk. Add the 3 beaten eggs to the slightly cooled scalded milk. Then add to yeast mixture.

 

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Cranberry Nut BreadMix together all dry ingredients. Combine egg, orange rind, orange juice and oil. Add to dry ingredients until moistened. Fold in cranberries and walnuts.

 

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Holiday Praline PieHeat butter, brown sugar, and nuts in saucepan until melted. Spread in bottom of pie shell. Bake 5 minutes at 450 degrees F and cool. Prepare pie filling with milk as directed; cool 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

 

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Orange PecansThis recipe is so easy to make, delicious to eat and a family favorite at Christmas. Combine first 3 ingredients in heavy saucepan. Cook over medium heat until mixture comes to a full boil.

 

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Chocolate BallsGreat Christmas candy! Mix and make into small balls sugar, margarine, coconut, vanilla, nuts and milk. Put in refrigerator for at least 1 hour, but overnight is best.

 

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Oatmeal CookiesAn every day favorite!

 

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Homemade Fruit MincemeatFor anyone interested in making Mince Pies this Christmas, I am sure you have been shocked at the price of store bought mincemeat. In my area it is around $8.00 for a l lb jar. I found the following great all fruit recipe on the internet:

 

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Easy Sweet PotatoesJust drain most of the liquid from your can of yams or sweet potatoes. Dot with butter and sprinkle on a bit of cinnamon and brown sugar. Cover with foil and set in the oven with your bird for the last 30 minutes (at 350 degrees F) or 45 minutes (at 325 degrees F.)

 

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Peppermint Chocolate Peanut Butter CookieTake 4 squares of chocolate, melt 2 minutes. Stir for 2 minutes more or until melted. Add 3 - 4 drops of peppermint. Can add more to the next batch if you want a stronger taste of peppermint.

 

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Reindeer Food Snack MixThis is a great party snack, after school snack or Christmas gift.

 

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Christmas Wreath CakeSift together: 2 cups flour, 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder, 1/2 tsp. salt.

 

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Blueberry Surprise French ToastHere is an amazingly delicious breakfast dish that is so easy, you won't believe it. It is also a great breakfast on a holiday morning, it is that special!

 

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Holiday PuddingCrush vanilla wafers or graham crackers and sprinkle them on the bottom of an oblong pan. Next, add a layer of English walnut pieces. Now make a pudding of the following:

 

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Easy Christmas CakeCream butter and sugar. Add eggs, 1 at a time. Sift dry ingredients together. Add dry ingredients alternately with liquid ones.

 

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Cranberry GloggPour juices and raisins in automatic coffee maker. In perk basket place spices and sugar. Allow to go through perk cycle. Remove basket with spices.

 

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Cranberry PinwheelsRecipe for Cranberry Pinwheels. Combine sugar, pineapple, flavoring and cranberries in saucepan. Cook until berries pop (about 10 minutes). Blend cornstarch with water and stir into hot fruit mixture.

 

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Sparkling Tree CakesRecipe for Sparkling Tree Cakes. PREHEAT oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease and flour two 9-inch round cake pans; set aside. Prepare cake batter as directed on package.

 

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Boiled Holiday Custard DrinkBoiled Holiday Custard Drink. Warm milk in heavy pan or double boiler. Add sugar, beaten eggs and cook slowly, stirring often until coats spoon. Remove from heat and cool.

 

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Ho Ho CakeRecipe for Ho Ho Cake. Sift dry ingredients together. Then add liquids, all but coffee. Last add hot coffee. Bake will be very thin. A very moist cake. Bake at 325 degrees F. for 35 minutes or until center of cake springs back when lightly touched.

 

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Easy Holiday Recipes?Please take time to submit your favorite EASY holiday recipes.

 

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Using Up Holiday Baking SuppliesAfter indulging in all of the rich baked goodies during the holiday, we are ready to return to plainer, less fattening fair. I usually have a lot of ingredients left over...

 

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Chocolate-Hazelnut Yule LogSprinkle kitchen towel with confectioners' sugar; invert hot cake onto towel. Start with short side. Roll up cake in towel. Cool completely. When cool, unroll cake; spread with 3/4 cup frosting. Re-roll without towel...

 

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Chocolate Nut WreathsTie licorice into bows; reserve. Line baking sheets with wax paper. Stir nuts into chocolate. Drop mixture by 1/4 cupfuls onto baking sheets...

 

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Chocolate Candy Cane CakeBake 50 minutes to 1 hour or until toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes on wire rack. Loosen cakes from side of pans with spatula or knife...

 

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Yuletide LogsOn Christmas, put them on fire and watch them as they put out the most beautiful, lasting glow.

 

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Frosty Chocolate NogIn a medium saucepan, combine milk and chocolate drink mix; heat over low heat until hot, stirring occasionally, for each serving, place 1 scoop ice cream in each cup; add 3/4 cup hot milk to mixture.

 

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Christmas Fruit PunchThe ginger ale added just before serving will make this a bubbly, sweet holiday punch.

 

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Nutty NiblersJust made these and they are tasty and so easy.

 

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Peppermint SnowballsIn a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar; add vanilla. Stir in flour; knead until well mixed. Reserve 1/2 cup of dough; shape remaining dough into 1-inch balls...

 

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Fudge CakeCream butter in a large mixing bowl. Gradually add sugar, beating well at medium speed. Add eggs, one at a time. Combine buttermilk and soda, stirring well...

 

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Quick Holiday TreatsIf you really hate to bake, try dipping Oreos, pretzels, or dried apricots in melted chocolate to have some "homemade" holiday treats.

 

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Chocolate Mousse DessertButter an 8 inch springform pan and line the edge with lady fingers. Melt chocolate chips with butter and coool. Separate eggs; beat yolks with water, then slowly add to chocolate mixture...

 

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Holiday Sweet and Crunchy Snack MixMIX all ingredients in large bowl. STORE in tightly covered container at room temperature...

 

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Candy Cane Shakes and Christmas LightsWhen our family goes sight seeing to see Christmas lights we always go to McHughs first and get candy cane shakes to drink as we drive around.

 

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Maple CandyCook the maple syrup, cream, and butter for 9 minutes after the boiling point is reached...

 

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Grandma's FudgeThis recipe has been handed down, but never written with exact measurements...

 

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Cute Peanut Butter Snowman TreatsThis is so simple but so good. My family expects it every year. Spread peanut butter between two buttery round crackers (I use Ritz) and dip into melted white chocolate or white candy coating. Place on wax paper until set. I put several peanut butter and crackers together first, then start dipping.

 

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Buche De NoelA French Christmas cake shaped like a log!

 

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Oatmeal CarmelitasCombine flour and oatmeal, brown sugar, soda, salt and butter. Press 1/2 of the crumbs into a 9x13 inch pan...

 

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Hot Buttered Rum BatterEasy recipe for making your own batter mix.

 

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Molasses Kris KringlesRecipe for Molasses Kris Kringles.

 

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Chocolate Revel BarsRecipe for Chocolate Revel Bars.

 

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Christmas Cookie SwapAt this time of year, the start of the Christmas Season, many people start thinking about what cookies they will be sharing in Holiday Cookie Exchanges. Whether you are swapping cookies with family, neighbors or co-workers, it can be difficult to decide on just what types of cookies to make!

 

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Good Fudge RecipeCombine sugar, milk, and butter. Stir and cook until softball. Add chips, marshmallow creme, and vanilla. Beat until cold and pour into pan.

 

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Chocolate Mint Candy PiePrepare brownie mix according to package directions and bake in a greased 9 inch round cake pan. Set aside to cool. In a large bowl, dissolve the coffee powder in the water...

 

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Egg Nog IcingServe on any cake you're serving for the Christmas Holidays, topped with the fresh grated nutmeg.

 

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Caroling or Tree Trimming PartyAfter a night out caroling with friends and/or relatives, invite everyone back to your house to help trim your Christmas tree and serve up the following drinks and snacks.

 

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No Bake Gingerbread HouseUsing an empty milk or juice carton, graham crackers and royal icing, create an adorable gingerbread house with your kids. This is so easy and so much fun. Making these has become a tradition at my house.

 

Nut clusters as a festive treat.

Coco-Nutty ClustersThese tasty coconut candies are a great holiday treat.

 

No Bake Santa Cookies

No Bake Santa CookiesHere's a cute no bake Santa cookie to whip up on an hour's notice. Use Nutter Butter cookies from your local supermarket. Just dip top in (head end) melted white chocolate and sprinkle with red colored sugar.

 

Cranberry orange kale on plate

Cranberry Orange KaleThis warm kale dish is so easy to make with just a handful of ingredients. The colours of the red berries and bright green kale make a perfect dish for the holidays.

 

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12 Days of Classic Christmas CookiesFrom the cookie left out for Santa to the gifts of cookies we give our neighbors, the cookie is one of the symbols of Christmas. Now a lot of people have gotten away from baking some of the great Christmas Classics so I present them here to you for your baking pleasure.

 

Santa luncheon

A Santa Theme Christmas LuncheonWith the holidays almost upon us, I like to give my girlfriends a little time off. So I invite them all over for a little holiday luncheon that is a fun way to take a break from all the baking and Christmas shopping.

 

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Hot Chocolate Mix?I am interested in the recipe for hot chocolate in a jar, using dry butter milk, dry creamer, etc. I would like this for our foster kids to give as gifts.

 

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Planning an Authentic German Style Christmas?Our family has started a new tradition as of last year, choosing a specific country and doing their traditions and meals, etc. for Christmas. What a wonderful time we had with Italy.

 

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Christmas "Goodie" Recipes?I am looking for some good Christmas recipes for me and my daughter to make this year. We both are really into cooking and this is something I never did with my mom as a child.

 

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Microwave Divinity Candy?When cooking microwave divinity do you use the same time given regardless what the power level on your oven?

 

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Making a Christmas Cake (Fruit Cake)?How do you tell when a Christmas cake is cooked?

 

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Leftover Candy Cane Recipes?Does anyone know any good/easy recipes to use up a few boxes of leftover candy canes? I would like to be able to possibly melt them into something because they are still tasty, but sticky too!

 

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