Archives for December 2010

Gingerbread Men

     The last time I made gingerbread cookies was about twenty years ago when I was just a little kid. For a while I have been thinking about going back to my mom’s old recipe, but I can recall the cookies puffing up a lot and losing their special shapes. Online searches had me […]

Eggnog Fudge

     My husband loves eggnog-he has already gone through three cartons and it’s not even Christmas yet! I love baking fudge. Put the two together, and you have a very rich and festive treat.      To make eggnog fudge, I used my basic fudge recipe with some variations. I substituted eggnog for the […]

Butterscotch Pecan Ring

     My mom has been making her butterscotch pecan rings since I can remember. They are a holiday tradition in our family; I don’t remember a Christmas without them. Every year we make almost a dozen of them to give away to family and friends (and to munch on ourselves)!      This recipe […]

White Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Fudge

          I love experimenting with fudge. I have made dozens of different flavors over the past several years, and my newest one includes white chocolate peanut butter cups. The base of the fudge is made out of white chocolate and the addition of the peanut butter cups gives it some nice flavor and […]

Pumpkin Chiffon Cake

     I came across this recipe for Pumpkin Chiffon Cake in the November issue of Rachael Ray magazine. It was in the “Living Light” section because 1/12th of the cake is only 140 calories and it contains almost no fat. Initially, I was planning on making it for Thanksgiving. I opted instead to make […]


Baklava        Baklava is a special pastry that you may see popping up in the bakery section this holiday season. It is of Middle Eastern origin, and is composed of sheets of phyllo dough brushed with butter and layered with finely chopped nuts. Honey syrup is poured over the pastry after baking and […]

White Chocolate Coconut Caramels

     Christmas time means a lot of candy-making in my house. There is an overwhelming variety of treats one can make this time of year, and it can be hard to choose just which one. I love caramel, but I am not a huge fan of candy thermometers. I like this recipe because it […]

Cinnamon Bread

     One of the first recipes my mom taught me how to make was her homemade cinnamon bread. She first baked it when she was a teenager in home-economics class. Her method is unlike most cinnamon bread recipes, as it is baked in a square or round pan and has no yeast. This makes […]

Iced Pumpkin Cookies

Iced pumpkin cookies      Every Christmas, the one cookie I look forward to making the most is my iced pumpkin cookies. This will make the tenth season in a row for baking them, and it is no wonder that I go back to this recipe year after year.      These cookies are soft […]