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My Favorite Christmassy Things (And Two Giveaways!)



Welcome to My Favorite Christmassy Things blog tour as 12 authors (inlcuding me!) count down the days until Christmas by sharing our favorite Christmas things! Today is my turn and I'm sharing about my favorite Christmas FOOD

Let me tell you, picking a favorite Christmas food was SUPER easy!

CHRISTMAS COOKIES!!

I actually think we should give a medal to the person who decided to make cookies an annual part of the Christmas food menu! Who doesn't love cookies?! Especially nowadays when there are SO many different kinds, especially at Christmas.

When I was growing up, my mom was a huge fan of gingerbread cookies, and she made them every Christmas, frosting the gingerbread boys and girls in red and green. As it turned out, I wasn't (and still am not) a fan of gingerbread cookies. So in junior high, I decided to bake my own Christmas cookies and started making frosted sugar cookies.

That tradition followed me into adulthood, and every year I still make frosted sugar cookies (now with my kids). My favorite recipe calls for 3 sticks of butter! (Yes, I know a sinful, but delicious pleasure!)

Of course, with marriage, I had to take into consideration my husband’s favorite Christmas cookie, his Nana’s jam tart cookies. Thankfully, I fell in love with not only him, but his Nana’s cookies. And so every year, I make jam tart cookies too.

Because I like to share the wealth, here’s Nana’s recipe!

Jam Tart Cookies:

Ingredients:

1/2 cup butter
1/3 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 2/3 cups flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda (mixed with a few drops of water)
Jam (Apricot or Raspberry)

Directions:

Cream butter, sugar, egg, and vanilla. Add flour and baking soda. Form dough into the size of walnuts. Make a hole in the center with your finger. Fill the hole with jam.

Bake at 375⁰ for 10 to 12 minutes until golden brown.

Frosting: While the cookies are still warm, mix confectioners sugar, vanilla, water (enough to make the frosting run slowly). Dribble the around the edge of the warm cookies.
 
My youngest daughter a few years ago helping me make jam tart cookies!

By the way, it's perfectly acceptable to eat jam tart cookies for breakfast because they have fruit in them.

Hungry yet?! What is your favorite Christmas food?



Visit the all the stops to check out additional giveaways!



Dec 10: Catherine West - Welcome to My Favorite Christmassy Things

Dec 10: Cynthia Ruchti - My Favorite Christmas Tree

Dec 11: Tamara Leigh – My Favorite Christmas Carol

Dec 12: Lauren K. Denton – My Favorite Christmas Disaster

Dec 13: Ronie Kendig – My Favorite Christmas Movie

Dec 14: Jody Hedlund – My Favorite Christmas Food

Dec 15: Elizabeth Byler Younts – My Favorite Christmas Ornament

Dec 16: Beth K. Vogt – My Favorite Christmas Decoration

Dec 17: Rachel Linden – My Favorite Christmas Service

Dec 18: Courtney Walsh – My Favorite Christmas Memory

Dec 19: Rachel Hauck – My Favorite Christmas Book

Dec 20: Susan Meissner – My Favorite Christmas Vacation

Dec 21: Catherine J. West – My Favorite Christmas Gift



GIVEAWAY #1 

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Enter by midnight on 12/21/18 USA Eastern time! Winners will be drawn on 12/22/18 and posted on Catherine West’s site.

Draw open to US addresses ONLY, with apologies to our international readers.

Major Prizes:
1st: All 12 Print Novels
2nd: $50 Amazon gift card and $20 Starbucks Gift Card
3rd: $50 Amazon gift card



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93 comments:

  1. I too love Christmas cookies and usually make about six different kinds. Some from childhood and other favorites gathered over the years.

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  2. I love to make candy. Buckeyes, chocolate and peanut butter fudge and potato candy.

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  3. I love Banket. It's a Dutch treat my late husbands mom made every christmas

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  4. I love peanut butter fudge. It's also my dad's favorite, and I use the same recipe that my grandmother used to make it fif him every year.

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  5. I love my grandma's divinity. She has passed away, but she shared her secrets and recipe with me before she did.

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  6. I love Christmas baking,and love Scandinavian special treats like krumkaka,but my favorite to eat are peanut butter blossoms.

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  7. I have to agree - it is always the Christmas cookies that I look forward to! That icing and all the decorations on them. YUM

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  8. My entire family would have to say it is the buckeyes we make every Christmas! It is our favorite!

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  9. My mother used to make the best refrigerator fruit cake cookies.
    I shared the giveaway on my Facebook page.

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  10. Sugar cookie cutouts are my favorite. And peppermint Hersey kiss cookies!!

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  11. Red velvet cake and Charlotte rouse

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  12. My favorite Christmas food is Pecan Sandies (cookie recipe from Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook).

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  13. I love snickerdoodles and my aunt's Apple cake
    marypopmom (at) yahoo (dot) com
    Merry

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  14. My favorite Christmas treat is puppy chow. I only make it at Christmas time, so I count it! =)

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  15. My favorite Christmas food is fudge.

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  16. Ham! (I also really like cinnamon rolls and buckeyes and pretty much every cookie in the world, but I'm trying to limit sugar.)

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  17. I love anything, even pretzels, coated in chocolate! My aunt would send Oreos in white chocolate to our house around Christmas, and I always liked that. :-)

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  18. The homemade chicken kiev I make for Christmas dinner, and a monster New-York-style crumbcake with fresh coffee for breakfast while we open gifts!

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  19. My favorite Christmas foods are peanut butter blossoms and fudge. My peanut butter blossom must be made with Brach's stars. I'm a chocolate snob!

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  20. Oh, this is hard to choose. It might be our traditional homemade fudge, or our family's version of Christmas cut-out cookies, or our birthday cake for Jesus -- a fresh orange layer cake my mom made for us on our birthdays each year while I was growing up. Like I said, hard to choose! :)

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  21. I shared on Facebook and Pinterest.

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  22. Hopefully this is not cheating, but my favorite "food" is actually a Starbucks chestnut praline Frappuccino. Yum!

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  23. Christmas cookies really are the best!

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  24. I love Black/ Rum Cake and Sponge Cake

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  25. I love making my grandma's chocolate fudge and special breads. I just love all the baking!

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  26. I love vanilla caramels but only make them at Christmastime.

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  27. The cookies I liked least as a child are now my favorite seasonal cookie - Russian Tea Cakes. I only ever have them during this time of the year.

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  28. I shared about both giveaways on Facebook :)

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  29. I love peppermint & many items w/peppermint are only available at Xmas—ice cream, cocoa, peppermint bark to name a few.

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  30. I love sugar cookies and jam thumbprints!

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  31. Shared on Facebook and Pinterest!

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  32. My favorite cookie is my mom's recipe for Swedish Spritz Butter Cookie.

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  33. I used to love any sort of sweet I could get my hands on, this year I've had a lot of food sensitivities start up again so I have to find something new. But I'm going to accept the challenge!

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  34. Anything chocolate! Candy, cookies, fudge, nuts covered in chocolate (especially dark chocolate!) Hot chocolate...(I might have an addiction...)

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  35. I love my Great-Aunt's recipe of sweet potato bread, which is a delicious composition of mashed sweet potatoes, raisins, dates, nuts, cinnamon, and nutmeg mixed in with the typical flour/oil/sugar base.

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  36. Christmas sugar cookies are the best!!

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  37. My favorite Christmas cookies are Peanut Butter Blossoms. And even thought I'm gluten-free now, with small modifications I can still enjoy them!

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  38. My favorite Christmas food has to be my mother-in-laws secret chocolate pie recipe 😁

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  39. My favorite Christmas food is my mom's Swedish Tea ring

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  40. I don't know if I can choose my favorite Christmas food, considering the amount of Christmas cookies we make each year. ;) Today, though, we made Fudgy Bon-bons, which are amazing--especially with dark chocolate kisses in them.

    CutePolarBear

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  41. I pinned the cover graphic to my Pinterest Book Giveaways Board with a link to the giveaway.

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  42. My favorite Christmas food is the cookies and candies we only make at this time of year.

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  43. I pinned the cover photo to my Pinterest special giveaways page.

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  44. Grandma's Christmas cookies, of course! And my own homemade fudge...

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  45. Pinned on Pinterest - https://pinterest.com/pin/357965870380870847/

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  46. My favorite Christmas food is cookies also, especially the sugar cookies I make from my grandmother's recipe. Merry Christmas!

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  47. I love to bake cookies, year round really, but especially this time of year! My Mom usually does the sugar cookies (from my grnadma's favorite recipe), I love to make peanut blossom cookies and magical mint kiss cookies.

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  48. I love warm cookies from the oven with a glass of cold milk.

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  49. I like dark chocolate fudge. I shared giveaway on Facebook and tagged you. I also pinned on Pinterest.

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  50. I love the sugar cookie recipe that my mom got from a coworker--it has the perfect blend of spices (cinnamon, allspice, etc.) to make them the perfect Christmas sugar cookie.

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  51. my favorite is cinnamon rolls that we make from scratch! it is alot of work but well worth it in the end, we always seem to make them around christmas, so we started making them for other people instead of doing a cookie tray and people love it!

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  52. I discovered this recipe a few years ago, and now it’s my favorite Christmas cookie, especially because I love all things mint!

    www.therecipecritic.com/peppermint-meltaways

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  53. I shared the giveaway post on Facebook!

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  55. Shared on Facebook.

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    Several years ago, my husband started getting up much earlier than everyone else (except for me because I usually stay up all night on Christmas Eve) and making homemade Beignets from SCRATCH using the original Recipe from Café du Monde in New Orleans, LA. We always have enough to share with our next door neighbors (also my distant cousins).

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  58. I like chocolate covered pretzels.

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  59. Shared giveaway on Facebook.
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  60. My favorite Christmas food is our family's Swiss bread. It brings back memories of my Swiss grandma. We also have some Swiss cookie recipes that we sometimes make at Christmas.

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  61. Since my clown name was Cook E. Lady, I think the answer is quite evident that it's COOKIES. I fondly remember all the cut out cookies by brother and I made and the hours of entertainment decorating them. When I make them now, the memories give me that warm cozy feeling.

    Also love our recipe for cinnamon rolls that is always a Christmas must have. Hubby and I love to bake together. We combined my Mom old recipe with one hubby as making before we even met to come up with a cross between sticky bun and cinnamon rolls for a gooey layer with pecan on the bottom, lots of pecan - raisins and cinnamon mixture in the middle, and a sugary glaze on top all for some delicious eating and warm memories.
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  62. Unfortunately my favorite Christmas food is the chocolate fudge we make. Why we don't make it any other time of year, I don't know. But it's a good thing we don't!

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  64. My favorite Christmas cookie to make are homemade Christmas shaped sugar cookies. Other than that, our food changes each year. I LOVE the Orphan Train series & am excited tI read the 3rd story. Thank you for this opportunity!!!

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  65. Christmas food, especially treats are the best!!!
    My mom's homemade fudge is a must to make every year, peppermint bark, pull-aparts (Carmel and pecan monkey bread), and popcorn cake are all top favorites too! Yum!

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  66. One of my favorites is my Aunt's roasted brussell sprouts dish & I absolutely love baked sweet potatoes.

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  67. My favorite thing to eat is chicken nachos from our local authentic Mexican restaurant! And that goes for ANY time of year, lol!

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  68. Kimberly LinaburgDecember 21, 2018 2:06 PM

    My favorite Christmas food is Nutrition bars although they're not so healthy with chocolate, nuts, coconut, Special K cereal and butterscotch chips!

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  69. I actually like the Danish Butter cookies in the tin. I rarely eat them, but like to at Christmas.

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  70. Peanut Butter cookies, peanut butter fudge, and fresh apple cake.

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  71. Shared giveaway on Facebook 12/21/

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  72. Great giveaways! I shared giveaway #2 on Pinterest here: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/102245854025980335/

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  73. I have shared to facebook here: https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10209846160750325&id=1822046754

    Thanks for the great giveaways!

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  74. Shared on Facebook.
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  76. Hello! It's been awhile. I hope your holidays were great--I love jam cookies! Have a great 2019.

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