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Like the rest of us, Moda designers appreciate holiday baking. (Well most of them—two don’t bake as portion of their vacation prep—Jo Morton stated she doesn’t so she’ll really feel better when she measures on the scale on January 1, and Kathy Schmitz claims her avoidance of baking is for the safety of her loved ones.) But for all the rest of us mere mortals, those with no super-human willpower or harmful culinary abilities, we present these recipes for your cooking and dining pleasure! Tasty Holidays! (And you can usually comply with Beth Snyder of 1Canoe2’s guidance for her Buttermints: “Eat a modest handful, then GIVE THE REST AWAY so you don’t eat them all in 1 sitting.” Or Vanessa Christensen’s: Cut into squares and appreciate the calories!)

Minick and SimpsonPolly Minick—Minick and Simpson

I am positive most have this recipe, but it was the favorite of the “Minick Boys” and we produced them every year and it is nonetheless requested when we meet. I’m creating them to take to a sons’ house this year

Peanut Butter Balls (some contact them Buckeyes, but with our son now at Michigan football we will go by their original name)

1 stick butter

1 lg bag of powdered sugar

1 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter

1 tsp vanilla

1 pkg (12 oz) chocolate chips

1 small piece of paraffin

Mix sugar, peanut butter, vanilla and type into little balls and cool

Melt chips and paraffin in top of double boiler—using toothpick put peanut butter ball into chocolate, not entirely covering. Makes a bunch, and can be frozen.

dp_a-quilting-life Sherri McConnell—A Quilting Life

This is our loved ones go-to sugar cookie recipe that I got from a dear friend over 20 years ago. The dough doesn’t demand refrigeration, so you can make them at a moment’s notice. The recipe makes a nice-sized batch of cookies that are soft and fantastic for frosting.  My youngsters (and now grandkids) adore them, and they never ever final long…even when I attempt to hide some in the freezer!

Super Sugar Cookies

two cups sugar

1 cup butter

three eggs

1 cup milk

1 tsp. baking soda

4 tsp. baking powder

1/two tsp. salt

1 tsp. vanilla (add last)

six cups (or more) flour

Mix sugar and butter. Add eggs. Mix dry components and add, alternating with the milk. Bake at 375 for about 12 minutes.

designer_betsy-chutchianBetsy Chutchian

A single of my most loved Christmas memories entails tiny green Christmas Tree cookies. The brief version of the story is : I married the boy subsequent door in spite of the truth he and his brother stole these cookies at at the finish of a party my parents hosted. I feel I was 10. Their mother called the morning after so embarrassed after discovering the boys had stuffed the cookies in their pockets.

Mother produced these cookies every Christmas until I married, and I’ve produced them ever since. They are nonetheless my husband’s favorite as effectively as that of my brother in law and my children. Next week my daughter and I will make them with my granddaughter.

This cookie demands a cookie press. Mine is Mom’s … Mirro brand, vintage 1950’s.


Christmas Trees

Preheat oven to 375 degrees

Bake 10-12 min. Commence checking at eight min. If your oven bakes hot, adjust your bake time.

1 cup shortening

three/4 cup sugar

1 egg

2 1/four cups sifted all purpose flour

1/8 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon almond extract

Green meals coloring

  1. Cream shortening, adding sugar steadily.
  2. Add unbeaten egg, sifted dry components, flavoring, and a couple of drops of green meals coloring. Mix effectively.
  3. Fill cookie press. Type cookies on ungreased cookie sheet, utilizing the tree template. Decorate with colored sugar or sprinkles.
  4. Bake, watching so they don’t burn.

Yield 6 dozen.

designer_fig-treeJoanna Figueroa—Fig Tree &amp Co.

This is a project that I do with my daughter for Christmas. It is the most straightforward thought and any age children can do it! We break ours up and put them in mason jars for teacher and neighbor gifts. So easy and so entertaining to make!

Ella’s Peppermint Bark


two packages semisweet or dark chocolate chips

2 packages white chocolate chips

1 1/2 tsp. peppermint extract

a handful of candy canes or peppermint candies crushed [place candy in a ziploc bag and crush with mallet. Do not turn it into dust… you want some nicer chunks]

  • Line a cookie sheet or jelly roll pan if you have one particular with aluminum foil.
  • Melt the semisweet chocolate in a microwave-protected bowl in 30-second intervals, stirring as you go for 1 to 5 minutes (based on your microwave). Do not overheat or chocolate will scorch. Stir in the peppermint extract. Spread the chocolate evenly on the sheet.
  • Chill till the chocolate has set, about 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, melt the white chocolate in a microwave-protected bowl in 30-second intervals, stirring as you go for 1 to 5 minutes (depending on your microwave). Do not overheat or chocolate will scorch. Stir in 1/4 cup of the crushed candy canes. Spread the white chocolate mixture evenly more than the dark chocolate. Sprinkle the remaining candy cane pieces more than the top. Chill for about an hour. Break into tiny pieces to serve.

designer_pat-sloanPat Sloan

My mother-in-law’s household has been producing this apple cake for years. I like it in the bundt pan, as then you get a good caramelized edge on the outdoors and the inside, which is the best part!

Madge’s Apple Cake

3 cups flour

two cups white sugar

1 cup corn oil

4 eggs

1/four cup orange pineapple juice

two 1/two tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

1/2 cup chopped black walnuts (typical are fine as well)

3 big apples pared and sliced into chunks

Mix topping

five tbl spoons sugar

two tsp cinnamon

Beat everything with each other until smooth. Grease and flower a bundt or tube pan and pour half the batter into the pan. Arrange half of the applies on best, sprinkle with half the cinnamon mix, and pour rest of batting on top with the rest of the apples and rest of cinnamon mix. Bake for 60 minutes at 350 degrees.


designer_zen-chicBrigitte Heitland—Zen Chic

This is a German recipe for shortbread we consume in the course of advent and at Christmas. They are referred to as Vanillekipferl

14 ounces/400 grams cold butter

4 2/3 cups/560 grams flour

3/4 cup/160 grams sugar

2 cups/200 grams finely ground hazelnuts

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Vanilla sugar or confectioners’ sugar for decoration (about 1 cup).

Reduce butter into little chunks. Mix flour, sugar and hazelnuts with salt. Mix on low speed till crumbs form. Add and mix in the vanilla, form dough in a ball. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour, then type rolls of ½“ diameter, reduce them to a length of 2“ and shape them like crescents. Bake at 175° degrees—for German ovens (about 350 Fahrenheit) and 15 minutes. You have to watch over the final minutes of baking, so they don’t get burned.

dp_1canoe2Beth Snyder—1Canoe2

Consume a modest handful, then GIVE THE REST AWAY so you don’t consume them all in one sitting.


1 stick of unsalted butter

1/2 tsp salt

four cups powered sugar (confectioner’s sugar)

two Tbsp complete milk

1/two tsp peppermint oil

a drop or two of meals coloring

Cream the butter, salt and milk together until totally smooth. Add the peppermint oil and mix till combined. 1/2 cup at a time, add in sugar until the consistency is like play dough. Separate four balls of dough and wrap with plastic wrap to preserve from drying out. Take the initial ball, add what food coloring you want, and knead with your hands till it is incorporated. Roll out a 1/two inch “worm” of the dough, and cut with a butter knife into three/4 inch pieces. Put all the pieces onto a cookie sheet dusted with powdered sugar. Repeat with remaining dough. Allow mints to air-dry overnight, or at least a handful of hours.

designer_gina-martinGina Martin

This is my mother’s carrot cake. My brothers and I love this cake so much that we requested it for our birthdays too. It is a dark, heavy cake and is great plain or topped with a cream cheese frosting.

Carrot Cake

3 cups flour

two cups sugar

two teaspoons cinnamon

two teaspoons nutmeg

two teaspoons cloves

1 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons baking soda

4 eggs unbeaten

two cups grated carrots

1 cup chopped pecans

1½ cups vegetable oil

Mix all dry ingredients. Add oil and blend. Beat in eggs. Add carrots and pecans. Blend nicely. Batter will be stiff. Bake in a  tube pan (no want to grease and flour it) 1 hour at 350º or till a knife inserted in cake comes out clean.

designer_brenda-riddleBrenda Riddle

Right here is a entertaining recipe that my Mom located in a magazine ad for Nestle—we nevertheless have the clipping!—and it became a family members favorite that we made at Christmas since I was tiny girl. (And us youngsters nevertheless make it!) A buttery shortcake cookie—dressed up with chocolate chips &amp walnuts. . . yummy! These are excellent cookies to freeze . . . and are great to take out and have with a cup of coffee or tea from time to time. I hope you appreciate these as considerably as we have over the years!

Cookie Brittle

1 cup butter

1 ½ tsp. vanilla

1 tsp. salt

1 cup sugar

2 cups flour

2 cups (12 oz.) semi sweet chocolate pieces

1 cup finely chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine butter, vanilla, &amp salt in bowl &amp blend effectively. Gradually beat in sugar. Add flour, chocolate chips &amp ¾ cup of the walnuts. Mix components properly (Mixture will be crumbly – &amp you may want to use hands to finish the mixing.) Press evenly into un-greased 15”x10”x1 pan. Sprinkle with remaining ¼ cup of walnuts more than leading &amp press lightly. Bake for roughly 25 minutes or till golden brown. Cool,  then break into irregular pieces. (We actually reduce them into 1”x 3” bars while warm &amp then pull apart when cooled.)

dp_vanessa-christenson-300x282Vanessa Christensen—V&ampCo.

Why is it my favourite? Did you miss that it took three minutes to make? Need I say a lot more?

Three-minute Microwave Mint Fudge 

1 -14 oz can sweetened condensed milk

1- 14 oz pkg of Andes chocolate baking chips

1- 14 oz pkg of dark chocolate chocolate chips

three tablespoons of butter

Location all in a microwaveable bowl, microwave for 3 minutes, stir and let sit aside for a few hours. Cut into squares and appreciate the calories.

designer_bonnie-and-camilleBonnie Olaveson—Bonnie and Camille

At our residence we adore to make these raspberry bars that are scrumptious and appear so festive.

Raspberry Pastry Bars

two cups butter

1 cup sugar

2 eggs

two tsp. vanilla

1/two tsp. salt

five 1/3 cups flour

Mix butter and sugar properly, add eggs and vanilla. Mix. Add salt and flour and mix. Press on to a cookie sheet.  Bake @375 for 10 min.  Press rows lengthwise in the dough about 1” apart, even though it is nonetheless hot, with a teaspoon.  Spread raspberry jam in the rows. Bake for eight min longer. Let cool and drizzle frosting on bars. Cut them in rows diagonally to make a quite diamond shape.

Frosting is powdered sugar, milk and almond extract. Mix to preferred consistency to drizzle.

dp_jen-kingwellJen Kingwell

The Great Aussie Pavlova

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas in my property with no this dessert. My girls and my nieces contact it Nanna’s Pav as my mum produced it every single year without having fail. Also handy if you have a gluten-cost-free diner.

6 egg whites at space temperature

1 1/2 cups (330g) caster sugar

two teaspoons white vinegar

1 tablespoon cornflour (cornstarch in the US I feel)

1/two teaspoon vanilla essence

Cream and fruit to dress

Preheat oven to 120°C. Line a baking tray with baking paper and draw a 20cm disc onto the paper. Turn the paper over so the drawn disc is underneath. Use an electric mixer to whisk the egg whites in a clean, dry bowl until soft peaks kind. Make sure bowl is clean, as any fat or spot of egg yolk can prevent egg whites from fluffing up.

Add 1/2 cup sugar and beat till dissolved, Progressively add the sugar, 1 tbs at a time, beating nicely right after every single addition, till the meringue is thick and glossy and the sugar is entirely dissolved. Rub a tiny amongst your fingers – if the mixture is nonetheless gritty, continue whisking until sugar dissolves. Add the vinegar and cornflour and gently fold to combine.

Spoon meringue onto tray. Use a spatula to shape into a disc, using the circle as a guide. Bake for 1 1/two hours or till dry to touch. Don’t let it brown. Turn off oven, leave door slightly ajar and permit to cool completely – this stops the pavlova cracking. Use an electric mixer to whisk the cream and vanilla till soft peaks type. Spoon onto pav. Best with fruit or what ever you want. Our family favourite is lemon curd, cream and fresh raspberries.

designer_kate-nelliganKate Nelligan

Here’s an simple cookie recipe passed down from my grandmother that I constantly make for the holidays.  It’s a easy and delicious brown sugar shortbread known as:

Elsa’s Scotchies

1 cup butter (no substitutes!)

3/4 cup brown sugar pressed down

two 1/four cups flour

1 tsp salt

Cream butter and sugar, add flour and salt progressively till dough holds together. Roll onto lightly floured surface to 1/8” – 1/4” thickness (if rolled as well thin they spread). Cut into your favored shape and place on un-greased cookie sheet. Bake in a slow oven, 300 degrees for 15 -20 minutes.

These are wonderful plain but I like to add a semi sweet chocolate drizzle which puts these over the leading!

  • Right after the cookies cool, hold them on cooling racks
  • Melt a cup or so of chocolate chips in the microwave
  • Spot the melted chocolate in a zip lock bag, the snip the corner (not too huge, but huge sufficient to have a nice flow)

Drizzle chocolate in rapidly zig zags or swirls. Get creative!  Let the chocolate harden ahead of storing. Take pleasure in!

designer_laundry-basketEdyta Sitar—Laundry Basket Quilts

Often the straightforward classic recipes are the initial ones to get snatched off our cookie platter to be enjoyed at a holiday party.  Here is a preferred recipe of mine for chocolate chip cookies.  These cookies come out a tiny crisp on the edges but nevertheless soft and gooey in the middle.

–          1 cup softened butter

–          1 cup white sugar

–          1 cup packed brown sugar

–          2 eggs

–          two tsp vanilla extract

–          three cups flour

–          1 tsp baking soda

–          2 tsp hot water

–          ½ tsp salt

–          two cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

–          1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)


–          Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

–          Cream collectively the butter, white sugar, and brown sugar till smooth.  Beat in the eggs a single at a time, then stir in the vanilla.  Dissolve the baking soda in hot water.  Add to batter along with salt.  Stir in flour, chocolate chips, and nuts.  Drop by large spoonfuls onto ungreased pan

–          Bake for approx. 10 minutes in oven or until the edges are nicely browned.

dp_franny-and-jane Frances Newcombe and Jane Davidson—Franny and Jane

1st up is Frances:

This is a mouth watering Lemon Pecan pie, it will make you place your fork down right after one particular bite and just say yum! Simple to make and will impress your guests.

three Massive eggs

1 1/two cups sugar, beat with eggs

1/3 reduce butter melted and cooled

Juice of 1 massive lemon

1 t. lemon extract

three/four cup of pecan pieces

Prepare pie crust (below). Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Beat eggs and add sugar, continuing to beat until blended. Add butter, lemon, and lemon extract to the egg mixture and blend. Add pecan pieces and stir lightly.  Pour the lemon pecan mixture into the pie crust.Bake at 300 degrees till done, about 45 minutes.

Pie Crust

3oz cream cheese, room temperature

1 stick of butter

1 cup of All-objective flour

Mix all components in meals processor and roll out in glass pie dish.

Now Jane‘s recipe!


Really like these biscuits (cookies). They would be good with pistachio as nicely. Christmas time is when we can loosen our belts and tuck into all issues naughty. These biscuits have all the luscious treats of the Season all rolled into a single. (I am sorry I don’t know the conversions for US measurements.)

Heat the oven to 180-190C (fan forced)


125g softened butter

2 cups of plain flour

1 tsp of baking powder

two tsps of vanilla

1/4 cup milk (low fat or skim)

1 cup of dark brown sugar

1/2 cup of shredded coconut

1/three cup of dried cranberries

1/two cup Cadbury white chocolate drops

1/2 cup of slithered almonds


Spot the almonds on baking paper on a tray and toast in pre-heated oven. Remove from oven and spot aside. In a huge mixing bowl, combine softened butter, brown sugar and vanilla. Sift flour and baking powder into mixture. Add milk and mix till batter is consistent. Add cranberries, coconut and almonds. Mix effectively. Line two baking trays with baking paper. Roll the mixture into balls and place on trays. Cook in the oven for about 15-20 mins (it depends on your oven). I like it when they brown on the base and when cooled are crunchy. Remove from oven and cool on baking racks. Get pleasure from!

designer_basicgreyRachel Brencheley—Basic Grey

My Mom’s Soft Frosted Gingersnaps

These are seriously to die for! Whenever I make them, they’re the most common point I serve and I’ve provided this recipe out a lot more than any other I have.

three/four cup crisco

three/4 cup butter

two cups sugar

2 eggs

1/four cup molasses

four cups flour

2 tsp cinnamon

two tsp ginger

2 tsp cloves

two tsp baking soda

1 1/4 tsp salt

Roll into walnut-sized balls. Roll in cinnamon sugar. Bake on ungreased cookie sheet @375 for 10-12 minutes. Drizzle with a runny mixture of powdered sugar, vanilla, and water.

designer_french-generalKaari Meng—French Basic

(Kaari’s recipe of option is the exact same as Polly Minick’s, even though Kaari DOES get in touch with hers Buckeyes. But notice they’re not created with exactly the exact same ingredients—that’s 1 of the wonderful things about cooking and quilting—seeing how things taste…or look…when you adjust them up a bit.)

Right here is my favorite candy/cookie recipe from my very best friend’s mom – every Christmas we would wait until she made these cookies and then eat so a lot of we would really feel sick!  I nevertheless make them—but have learned that one particular is possibly my limit!


1 pound of butter

two pounds of peanut butter

three pounds of powdered sugar

Mix all of the above components and chill overnight.

The subsequent day, melt a bag of chocolate chips and a tablespoon of paraffin (you can uncover this in the canning aisle). Roll out modest balls of the peanut butter mixture, the size of a walnut, and meticulously dip every ball into the melted chocolate employing a tooth choose. Be cautious to leave a small circle of peanut butter showing so that your ball ends up looking like a buckeye.

Dry on a piece of wax paper and pinch the hole made from the toothpick to make it disappear. Store in a sealed container in the fridge—unless you occur to have a sweet tooth and then—good luck!

How about you? Inform us the name of your favored holiday recipe and why you enjoy it.