Wednesday, December 8, 2010

12 Days of Christmas - Day 4 Event!


Meet Cain the "Elf"! Since Christmas 2008, my Nutmeg Gnome pattern has been made into a lot of gnomes and a ton of Christmas elves! Cain is made from sparkly ornament fabric and is decked out with red jingle bells on his toes and on the tippy top of his hat! He has a removable scarf to keep extra warm. 

For a chance to win this little guy... just leave me a comment letting me know what your favorite holiday cookie or dessert is! You only have 24 hours to narrow it down to only one sweet treat! We'll pick the winner by a random draw!

135 comments:

  1. Oh gosh he is way too cute for words!!!! Hmmm favourite holiday dessert is going to be tough to narrow down. Our family has a tradition of making lots of slices at this time of year. If I have to choose just one I'd say my own Rocky Road.

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  2. Stollen! Half my family is German so we get to enjoy this usually every year. Such a treat!

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  3. My favorite is white chocolate covered oreos that are only sold at Christmas. Which reminds me, I need to buy some...

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  4. Almond-cinnamon cookies in the shape of a star!

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  5. Favorite dessert of all time: classic pumpkin pie with whipped cream! mmmmm!

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  6. Hmmm, I would have to say the Oreo balls that my sister-in-law makes. amazing.

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  7. My favorite is my grandmad cherry jubilee. Cherries, vanilla oyddung, pound cake yumminess!

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  8. Homemade peanut butter fudge...without a doubt!

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  9. my dear mother in law who is more like a mother to me anyhow, always makes Russian Tea cookies and I die for them. they melt in your mouth and are completly delicious!!!!

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  10. Pumpkin pie with a big ole dollop of whipped cream on top. :)

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  11. My fav dessert would have to be my mom's peanut butter balls. She hasn't made them the last few years. I'm seriously contemplating a boycott of Christmas if she doesn't make them this year.

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  12. Buckeyes hands down! It is the only time of year I ever make or eat them since they are so addictive.

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  13. this time of year I go for anything peppermint!!

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  14. Oh Man... i am not much of a dessert person... so I will tell you a favorite holiday "treat" for me is my homemade sharp cheddar cheese ball with a touch of Canadiana - maple syrup!!! Delish!

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  15. I make a pear preserves cake that gets a very good reception from my family.

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  16. I love eggnog and anything eggnog flavored. Yum!

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  17. Too many to list, but my fav is definitely Choc peppermint cake. Bake a choc fudge cake, poke holes, pour a can of sweetened milk, then a jar of hot fudge, then a small container of cool whip. Top it off with crushed candy canes. Set overnight- the flavors ooze together and the candy cane forms a heavenly crust. Cut it up and taste pure yumminess!! I even use white candy canes and make this all winter! Tasty!!

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  18. Oh he is sweet !!!! I love Rich Christmas pudding with hot custard or cream ....yum yum

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  19. I have 2 favorite treats! Chocolate covered cherries, they remind me of my grandfather who used to give my sister and I a box every Christmas. My other favorite treat is/was a mint chocolate fudge my mom used to make. I think this year I'm going to hunt down the recipe and try to make it!

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  20. we love chocolate pound cake my great grandma used to make it and now my mom, my grandma, my daughter and I all make it together every year

    PREHEAT OVEN TO 325

    1 cup butter
    8oz ceam cheese
    1 1/2 cup sugar
    4 large eggs
    3 tsp baking soda
    1 tsp salt
    2 tsp vanilla
    1/2 cup of milk
    12oz mini chocolate chips

    BUTTER AND FLOUR TUBE PAN
    COMBINE BUTTER AND CREAM CHEESE IN MIXER THEN GRADUALLY ADD IN THE SUGAR AND EGGS
    THEN ADD THE REMANING INGREDENTS IN THE ORDER LISTED ABOVE
    BAKE FOR 60-65 min or until it passes the toothpick test
    Then Enjoy! :D

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  21. My all time favorite dessert, especially around the holidays, is Lefse. It is a Norwegian potato bread, and you generally put butter and sugar on it. I chose this as my favorite, not just because it is super yummy, but because it is a treat that my Grandma (who passed away many years ago) used to send to me as a Christmas gift (when you have 20 grandchildren, buying gifts could get a little expensive). Grandma knew it was my favorite, and since my parents and I lived 12 hours away from "home" and my mom didn't have the griddles needed to make it, she wanted to make sure that I didn't miss out. No store bought gift could ever take the place of Grandma's homemade goodies!

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  22. It's a toss up between my hubby's family's molasses cookies or my aunt's russian tea cakes!

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  23. Wow all these sound wonderful!!! I think my all time christmas eats would be my homemade caramels that melt in your mouth rolled in peanuts and dipped in chocolate oohh they are the best!! I think I will need to make some soon although I would also like to try Zoo Keeper-ette,s chocolate peppermint cake that sounds wonderful too! Sarah your elf is just too cute! Love the bells!

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  24. My mom's peanut butter fudge with nuts! She doesn't make it much anymore but when she did I would eat a lot of it until I got a weak stomach lol

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  25. He's too, too adorable Sarah!!!! I'm afraid I'm a little predictable, because my fave thing to bake for Christmas is gingerbread men!!! It took years to find a non-crumbling dough, and I make mini men as well as full-size for gifts and home-nibbling. :D

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  26. My favorite Christmas goodies would have to be 'Mound Balls' from Taste of Home. Oh my these are to die for!! But then so are your cute little creations, and yours don't add any calories or fat to my body!!

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  27. I just had a chocolate cupcake with pepermint frosting... I think I may have a new favorite holiday treat!!

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  28. stinking adorable. i'm boring. my favorite cookie all year long and including during the holidays is shortbread.

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  29. My favorite are soft ginger molasses cookies.

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  30. my fav christmas dessert is Trifle OMG the delicious custard the cake the strawberries and the bananas and jelly topped with lots of cream and the dash of alcohol YUMMY!! lucky i only eat this once a year.
    hugs
    Lisa Lee
    xx

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  31. My favorite christmas treat is sugar cutout cookies with frosting that my husband's german grandmother makes for us! Yummy! I can never make them as well as she can!

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  32. I love pumpkin pie, but my favorite is probably banket - a dutch pastry with an almond filling - love it!

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  33. My girls' favourite treat are the cookies we buy from school (which are an assortment of donated homemade cookies) to support a charity :) The types of cookies are always a SURPRISE!

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  34. Just one?!? I'll have to go with peppermint ice cream, but sufganiot is a close second.

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  35. a chocolate cream mint pie with chocolate graham cracker crust topped with crushed candy canes and whipped cream on the outer edge. Yummy!

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  36. How adorable!

    My favorite holiday treat is shortbread, I know its simple, but sometimes they are the best!! thanks for the chance at the give away!

    Lindsay
    lindsay @ mequilting (dot) com

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  37. We always have the good old traditional British Christmas pudding with brandy butter and cream in this house! Even better with some silver sixpences hidden in it. It may well be an acquired UK taste though :)

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  38. Pecan pie! It's the only time of year I will make and we look forward to it all year! Yum

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  39. Custard crown... warm! Mmmm you're all making me very hungry :)

    Cain is a real cutie!

    My email: kellyfegan@hotmail.co.uk

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  40. Gingerbread men!

    We have a difficult family to make treats for. My daughter Cami is Gluten and Lactose intolerant and my son Fynn is allergic to eggs so finding something I can make that everyone will like and looks like it's supposed to is near to impossible.

    I found a recipe to make gingerbread men ( on pig in the kitchen's blog) and then decorated the ones for my son and me (I cant eat eggs while he's still nursing so I eat the same as him) with chocolate drops and with royal icing for everyone else.

    We had a ton of fun reading the story and singing songs while colouring in gingerbread men printouts. The girls loved shouting out "Run, run as fast as you can! You can't catch me, I'm the GINGERBREAD MAN!!!"

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  41. What a beautiful doll! At this time of year I like to eat Turkish Delight

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  42. I thought I had posted but my comment isn't showing up! I can't eat most treats, but my kids' favorite is Fantasy Fudge - the stuff made with chocolate chips and a jar of marshmallow creme. :) They can skip everything else as long as we have that!

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  43. Cheesy footballs. They are so wrong and yet so right!!

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  44. I0m italian the I love our traditional holiday cakes as pandoro and Panettone. I made also some nut cookies my grandmother made when I was young....that's great!

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  45. Apple pie and vanilla ice cream, or anything chocolate!
    p.s. the jingle bells are such a great idea!

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  46. My husbands aunty makes the BEST apple pie, the base is made from crushed biscuits and melted butter and is about 2 inches thick - it must be seved with both cream and ice cream. VERY DECADENT!!! :)

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  47. Peppermint bark-I wait for it all year!

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  48. Cranberry Bliss Bar from Starbucks. Once I see those red cups and red trays start showing up I know its time and that first bite is always so amazing. The holiday season becomes real for me once I have one of those

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  49. I have started making a rum cake in the last few years that is out of this world! It is basically a doctored up yellow cake that has a glaze made from rum and sugar. All the booze is cooked, it's the flavor and sugar that is so yummy! I also love cranberry and pistachio biscotti with white chocolate drizzle. mmmmmm...

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  50. No Bake Cookies! They aren't strictly "holiday" but they are memories of making them at Christmas with my Grandma when I was a child. Now we make them for my family as part of their Christmas gifts. Yummy!!

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  51. Peanut Brittle! My aunt made it every year for the family. I miss living near her :(

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  52. He's so cute! My favorite is when you take peanut butter and put it between two ritz crackers then you dip it in either white or chocolate almond bark.....yummy!!!

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  53. Mum's Plum Pudding, the recipie for which originally came from the lovely elderly lady who lived next door during my childhood. But it has to be covered in custard, Brandy sauce and thickened cream. So awesome!

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  54. Cute guy, Tiramisu with chocolate, yummy

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  55. Cain is my maiden name and also my little boys name so your elf would feel right at home... My favorite is a cream cheese roll out cookie recipe that I have. Me and my son cut out, bake, and decorate cookies every christmas eve.

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  56. My favorite sweet treat has always been Cherry Cordials and this year I found a recipe to turn them into cookies using Cherry Jello, Sugar Cookie mix, and Chocolate chips! I can't wait to try it out!

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  57. My grandma makes the most delicious clothespin cookies. They are amazing!

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  58. white chocolate covered cookie dough balls
    Abby
    kiwisincanada@rogers.com

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  59. I love all the Christmas cookies, but if I had to narrow it down to one, I think it would have to be snickerdoodles,YUM!

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  60. Since I can only pick one....my grandmother still makes the best chocolate fudge. She only makes it for the holidays, and I've never tasted better...and that says a lot since I used to work for a candy store!

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  61. If I had to pick, which you are making me do. My favorite cookie or desserts, I would have to say are mini cheese cakes. I like to make the little ones b/c you can quickly sneak one in while cooking and the kids are none the wiser, especially if they are in the other room. NO cutting, and easy to hide. If you occassionally hide your sweets from your sweeties LOL

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  62. I'm a simple gal so don't get into those fancy schmancy desserts and cookies. I like the down-home, old fashioned desserts like pumpkin pie.

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  63. My favorite holiday dessert is banana cream pie. My mother in law only makes it for Christmas so I wait all year long for a piece of it! Yummy!

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  64. Peanut brittle, hands down!! My husband is a genius at making it, too!

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  65. My mother's pizzelle's. Traditionally they are made over Thanksgiving weekend then stored in a brown paper bag until just before Christmas when we are allowed to finally eat them. Last year my mom gave me one of her extra pizzelle irons so I made them this year with my daughter. So yummy!

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  66. So hard to choose, I love pumpkin bread with cream cheese, yummy!

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  67. Hope it's not too late! I like everything. Peanut butter fudge is by far my favorite.

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  68. Iced sugar cookies - my favorite to eat and decorate with the kids!

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  69. My favorite Christmas goody? Most certainly my grandma's peanut butter balls!!!!! She made them every year for ME. It wasn't until I was married that she told me how much she hated making them, but she knew that they were my favorite, so made 'em anyway. I now make them every year. I'm so glad that I had Grandma write down the recipe for me before she went home to be with the Lord. It's sort of bitter sweet making them every year, but they are my favorite! :)

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  70. He's cute! My favorite holiday treat is anything that has pumpkin in it...especially pumpkin spice latte's!!!

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  71. my favorite candies are coconut balls, my favorite cookie is my "handed down through the family" xmas cookie recipe that my kids and I make Dozens of and rarely are there any left for Santa :) It has lemon extract in the cookie and the frosting has a bit of almond extract and the combination of those two taste like Christmas to me :)

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  72. i adore traditional sugar cookies, they are THE most fun to decorate and just scream 'CHRISTMAS IS HERE'!!! and i LOVE this elf!

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  73. My MIL's German Chocolate Cake! Sugar Cookies! Fruit Cake (my version)! Pumpkin Cheesecake! Tiramasu! I like ALL Christmas sweets!

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  74. White Chocolate Cranberry Bark

    It's sooo simple & AMAZING!
    The perfect balance of sweet & tart (uses fresh beautiful cranberries!)
    Our kids & adults alike go crazy for it & it's gorgeous to gift too! At the first sight of snow - My co-workers start looking at me with weepy craving eyes LOL

    I've never used nuts because it truly is perfect as is but if you love almonds or macadamia etc... would be fabulous added in.

    Ingredients

    * 1 pound white confectioners' coating chocolate
    * 1/2 cup or more of fresh cranberries

    Directions

    1. Line one 10x15 inch cookie sheet with aluminum foil.
    2. Place white confectioners' coating (almond bark) in a microwave safe bowl, and microwave on medium heat until melted. Stir in cranberries (& nuts if desired)
    3. Spread mixture out on foil, cool, and break into 1 1/ 2 inch pieces.

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  75. I have a new holiday favorite: pumpkin bread with chocolate chips and macadamia nuts (recipe from The Kind Diet). I made it yesterday and it was such a hit that we decided to make it for family and friends for Christmas. Yummy and vegan too. :o)

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  76. I love Candy Cane Short bread cookies! My mom made them with me growing up :) I'm going to be making some with my children this year now that they are a bit older and can help more! They are white and red cookie dough kind of twisted together and then shaped into a candy cane. then you put a mixture of sugar and crushed peppermint on top as soon as you take them out of the oven - they are delicate and delicious!

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  77. My favorite has to bed my Nana's butter tarts. They are so heavenly delicious. I miss them, its been a few years since she's made them.

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  78. My daddy's almond pastries... they can't be beat. He got up every Christmas morning, EARLY, to start the dough, and even tweaked his own recipe. Alas, I can't even come close to replicating them. :'(

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  79. Chex Mix Muddy Buddys!!
    SO Easy!! Melt chocolate, peanut butter and butter add a hint of vanilla. Pour this melted mixture over rice chex cereal, mix to coat. Pour into a paper bag and add a box of confectioners sugar...shake up the bag and voila a crunchy , chocolate, peanut buttery treat!! They are so addicting....We only do it at christmas time! Kids LOVE them!!

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  80. It would either be Pumpkin Roll or Tandy Kake`it's the bestest!!!

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  81. Oh Wait!!!!!! ONLY ONE!!!! DANG_OK, TANDY KAKE!!!!

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  82. He is so sweet!!!!

    My favorite treat for the holidays is my mom's Chex Mix. She makes a TON of it every year, along with 5 or 6 other goodies for friends & family. I can always count on several giant tubs of it hanging around at my parents' house when I "happen" to be in the neighborhood!

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  83. I love almond ball cookies with powdered sugar!!

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  84. Sugar cookies with a little peppermint extract in the shape of candy canes! I love them!

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  85. Pepernoten, a little dutch ginger cookie treat given out by Sinterklaas. Betcha can't eat just one!

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  86. What a cutie:) I have to say that I love pizelles & fudge:) But this year I found a great Black Forest Cake recipe LOL!

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  87. My favorite holiday treat is peppermint bark! Yum!! I plan on making some today!! It's so easy and so good!!

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  88. My mother's homemade cut out cookies with tons of frosting on top!!!

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  89. I love white chocolate covered ritz cracker peanut butter sandwiches, they're my hands down, no question favorite!

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  90. I love chocolate chip cookies!

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  91. My favorite is a treat my mother-in-law makes. They are called Yummies. They are saltine with brown sugar and butter (like carmel) and chocolate chip melted and pecans on top. Sooooo good!

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  92. My mom always made applesauce cake. So that is what I have been making.

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  93. I love my husband's sweet potato pecan pie. Mmmmmmm.....

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  94. Our family tradition at Christmas is to make kifflies. They are a Hungarian cookie. They have a walnut and raisin center wraped in a pastry crust and rolled into a cresent shape. The tradition goes as far back as I can remember.

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  95. Oooh, old fashioned gingersnaps! not the break your teeth kind you find in the stores, but the softer ones made with molasses. I make a double batch each year just for me!

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  96. butter cookies are my fave, and this little guy is adorable! : ) Thanks for the chance, Abi

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  97. My favourite at the holidays is home-made nanaimo bars....not the nasty store bought ones. My Aunt has an amazing recipe for some delicious ones!! =) Mmmmmm.....my mouth is watering just thinking of them! LOL! =)

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  98. I love custard pie! And eggnog. I drink as much eggnog as I can between Thanksgiving and New Years, cuz then it's gone for another year!

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  99. "Panetone" has been a Holiday tradition in my family as far as I can remember.
    It is a very moist and fluffy type of fruit cake. DELISH !!!

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  100. whipped shortbread - mmmmmmmmm....

    That elf is so darned adorable!!

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  101. I LOVE the sugar or peanut butter cookies with the Hershey's kiss on top. That bite of chocolate is a little bite of heaven. :)

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  102. I love family funs chocolate crinkle recipe. These cookies taste just like the glazed chocolate krispy kreme doughnut. I make these every year for christmas.

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  103. My favorite Christmas cookie recipe is my Memere's Date Nut Pinwheels. She died the day before Christmas many years ago. My mom took over the tradition of making the pinwheels, but when she was diagnosed with Alzheimer's a couple of years ago, I had her teach me how so the tradition would not be lost. They are tricky and time consuming to make, but soooo worth it, not just for the taste, but for the warm memories that come in every bite!!

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  104. I have to pick just one?

    Apple Schnitz Pie that my dad used to make, I have tried and tried to perfect his recipe since his passing. It's good but not nearly as good as his were.

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  105. Snickerdoodles is my favorite!

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  106. My father always get a Christmas log made with pears, it's so good. It melts in your mouth, just can't wait to this year's Christmas super!

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  107. OOOOO can I put two??? Russian Tea Cakes or home made Hot Cinnamon Glass Candy. YUM!

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  108. candy cane peppermint cookies!

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  109. My favorite is the fruit pies I start making just before Thanksgiving and finish up with by the New Year. It has strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and a a few blueberries. I don't make a lot of cookies (although double fudge are good), but, everyone requests the pies.

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  110. I love the gnomes! My favourite thing to bake at Christmas is my mom's sugar cookies. I vividly remember decorating them every year with my mom and grandma, now I get to decorate them with my kids :)

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  111. Millionaire Balls. I have no idea what's in them and probably wouldn't even like them now, but My Mom and I made them together when I was a kid and I miss her a lot around this time of year.

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  112. Buckeyes are my all time favorite. If I only had time to make one kind of cookie this year, this is what I would make. Yummy, peanut butter and chocolate!!

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  113. We made my favorite every year which is Hello Dolly Squares. I know it has other names but that's what we've always called them. Yum!

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  114. For me, my favorite cookie is the sugar cookie with peppermint frosting. Yum! And I'm making some with my kiddos this weekend.

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  115. My favorite dessert is pumpkin pie. The smell of cinnamon and nutmeg baking in the oven really rings in the holidays! But trying to make a pumpkin pie from scratch? Nah, too labor intensive for me. The canned pumpkin works just fine! :)

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  116. My must have is the Rum Balls I remember making with my Grandma who passed away when I was 12. The tradition of making them every year makes her still feel close.

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  117. i love love love lemon meringue pie!! but i dont know how to make it.. my mom usually only makes it at christmas.. but sometimes i can convince her to make it at thanksgiving!!!

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  118. Not for the taste, but for nostalgia, rice pudding with an almond hidden in one of the bowls.

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  119. Gotta love my grandmother's sugar cookies!

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  120. Has to be the peanut butter M&M fudge my husband makes, so bad for me but tastes so good.

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  121. Chocolate Crunch Cookies with a mint M&M or mint chip on top! YUM!!!

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  122. My mother-in-law makes the best butter cookies. She's an awful cook (I mean really terrible. My husband grew up thinking he was a picky eater, but after he left his parents' house, he realized he wasn't at all, but that his mother's cooking was just that bad), but a FANTASTIC baker. I LOVE her butter cookies and look forward to them all year.

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  123. Spritz cookies or sugar cookies with lots of frosting!

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  124. our favorite is sugar cookies with cream cheese in them!! yum yum then lots of frosting on top

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  125. Thank you for playing along! I think I will be doing some baking this weekend! lol

    The giveaway is now closed!

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  126. Peanut Butter Blossom cookies! The peanutbutter cookies with the hershey kiss in the middle!!

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