Friday, December 2, 2011

23 Days Til Christmas


My Christmas list every year has included cooking equipment and tools. My friends thought I was a little weird asking for things like a blender and stand mixer for Christmas. When I try to remember at what age my love of cooking began, I can't because I only remember always wanting to be in the kitchen.

What I love about Christmas is that it is a time to think about others. I have been blessed with my talent for cooking and especially love using it during this time of year. I believe sometimes the best gifts are those that are handmade vs. store bought. The thought and time put into homemade cookies, candies, breads, and cakes take your gift to special level. Ok so maybe I am being partial because I love when my neighbors bring over a plate full of candies and cookies. I have a sweet tooth!


Not all your Christmas goodies have to be full of butter and sugar though. I gave a Christmas nutrition/cooking class last year to a group of kids. We made snowmen apples. These weren't your normal caramel apples. Instead of caramel covered apples, melted peanut butter covered the apples and then finished with an avalanche of coconut snow. The kids decorated their snowmen with pretzel arms, candy coated sunflower seed eyes, and raisin buttons. This is a guiltless treat for both young and old.

To kick off December and the countdown to Christmas, I want to do something special for all of you. Beginning today, I am giving away a gift every day until Christmas. Your chance to win is easy. Simply either comment on my blog post or answer a question if I post it on my blog. Each winner will be randomly selected. Can't wait to hear from you!
Please include your name and email address so that I can contact you!

What is your favorite Christmas treat?

Answer and you could win a Gift Card $25 William Sonoma Gift Card



78 comments:

  1. My fav x-mas treat is rx a gift card because it lets me pick out exactly what I want!!! Happy Holidays!

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  2. My favorite Christmas treat is peppermint bark. Nothing else comes close for me.

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  3. I like that you've doubled the fun of the 12 days of Christmas all the way to 24! We're gonna have to come up with new lyrics

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  4. My favorite Christmas treat is my mom's homemade "Snowball" cookies! :)

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  5. I make delicious thumbprints! I like them with rice krispies on the outside for a little crunch and then strawberry jam in the middle.
    I only make them during christmas time otherwise I would make them every week!

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  6. Puppy chow! I could just sit there, watching a movie, eating the stuff! *:D

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  7. I love just iced sugar cookies...my late grammies recipie and we make bake and frost them as a family.

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  8. I might have to try those peanut butter apples.. But nothing can replace the caramel chocolate covered gourmet apples :-D
    Yummy!

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  9. Hi five Whitney! I always wished for FOOODDDD and baking materials like cute cookie mould shapes for Christmas or birthdays! Really love to bake n experiment new dishes! Hoping for a new whisker this year! :)

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  10. My favorite treat is chocolate covered peanut butter balls. My neighbor makes them every year and brings them over.

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  11. a few years ago a friend showed me how to make cocoa/bourbon balls...they are fabulous! Those are my favorite.

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  12. My favorite Xmas Treat is adding peppermint into my chocolate mocha coffee and hot chocolate drinks.

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  13. So many to choose from! I'd have to say since I only started celebrating a couple years ago, it has to be my mother-in-law's peanut brittle! she makes it up especially for us to snack on.

    oh and gingerbread cookies!

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  14. My favorite treats are Buckeyes! It was a family staple around the holidays and who doesn't love the peanut butter/chocolate combination?
    I recently took a cooking class where we learned how to make white chocolate fudge with cranberries, almonds and orange zest. That one is quickly becoming my second favorite. :)

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  15. Peppermint Bark with an assortment of added nuts. :)

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  16. I just want to meet you again! :DDD hahaha. but actually i want a strawberry cream cup cakes! :D nomnom

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  17. Haystacks!!!! I must avoid them at all costs, because I will eat them all! :)
    My favorite thing to make and give away is Peanut Brittle

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  18. My favorite Christmas treat is homemade cherry winkle cookies. It's my great grandpas recipe.

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  19. For all my neighbors I make a bottle of apple pie shots. It is incredible for sipping heated up in a coffee mug. I put it in a decorative bottle with a bow. I also make a lot of bread bowls this time of year. Even a garlic butter one stuffed with Spaghetti.

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  20. My favorite treat would have to be a Czechoslovakian cookie made with ice cream, butter, flour and fruit. It's called a Kolacky (pronounced Ko-lahch-kee). Delicious!

    My favorite gift this year would be a signed copy of your cook book though ;-)

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  21. My favorite Christmas treat is divinity. I love that stuff this time of the year

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  22. My favorite Christmas treat is definitely my mother's Russian Tea Cakes - she makes them really dense, still moist on the inside - totally amazingly delicious.

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  23. My favorite Christmas treat's are no bake cookies! My mom has always made them and they are the best!

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  24. My mom's nutroll. Been a long time since I've had it. The smell and warmth when she was baking it was outstanding.

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  25. My favorite Christmas treat is my Great-Grandma's popcorn balls. They are soooo yummy! My name is Jennifer and my e-mail is jenniferkaman@yahoo.com. I hope I win!

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  26. my fav christmas treat is strawberry cream cupcakes..just love how fresh and moist they are..but really any kindof cupcakes are great...

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  27. My favorite Christmas treat is apple tart fine with ice cream. We eat it as a dessert on Christmas eve.

    Merry Christmas Whitney!

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  28. My favorite Christmas treat is praline - graham crackers with a brown sugar/pecan glaze topped with mini chocolate chips!

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  29. Wow that is hard Whitney just choosing one. But my top 3 would be egg nog; Buckeyes; and peppermint bark.

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  30. Oops I forgot to say my fav Xmas treats are candy canes! Though I may get diabetes :(

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  31. This is so hard.... Vanilla bean icecream with peanuts in it :)

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  32. My favorite christmas treat is homemade apple cider. I love to smell it simmering. Ladyangelarenee@gmail.com

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  33. I love eggnog, I make a honey flavored one. Also I learned how to make peppermint ice cream pie which everyone in my family looks forward to every year!

    pcruse55@gmail.com

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  34. my favorite christmas treat is Philadelphia Sticky Buns! Can't wait to start making them soon so I can give them away to family and friends who are eagerly waiting for them. :-)

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  35. Favorite Christmas treat is a Peppermint White Mocha. I know I could get them anytime of the year, but I always wait until the holidays - they just taste better at Christmas :)

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  36. My favorite Christmas treat is hot cocoa. Also, we always have trays of tasty things to snack on around the house and I love our sweets tray, especially when I get to contribute to it!
    amadea90@yahoo.com

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  37. Every year, my mom, my two young sisters and I bake a TON of cookies. Most of the recipes are scribbled down on stained pieces of paper passed down by my grandmother (who I never met). Aside from it being a "treat" to have a connection to my family's lineage... the best Christmas treat are BY FAR my mom's "killer cookies." They are small, thin, rectangular/square cookies (about an inch or two in length) but are PACKED with flavor (nuts, coconut, CHOCOLATE). That's why they are called killer cookies -- there's so much packed into them that they'll kill ya if you eat too much. My name is Gia and my e-mail is mancini.ga@gmail.com!

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  38. all tbe fun flavored coffee drinks!

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  39. Whitney, I absolutely love pralines, the soft New Orleans kind made with buttermilk.

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  40. Probably molasses cookies. Used to make them with my grandmother when I was little and is treat that says Christmas to me.

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  41. My fav treat is Martha Washington candy. Only have is at Christmas and is such a treat! Time consuming but worth it!
    Cassandra, wigginite@aol.com

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  42. Wow...hard to choose just one edible treat, but I would say Mom's chocolate fudge. Pure, simple, a special splurg. Thanks, Whitney.

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  43. I love home-made apple and spice bourbon with my mom's peanut butter and Hershey kiss cookies!

    Steve

    gforcebay@hotmail.com

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  44. favorite Christmas Treat...It's gotta be the Christmas cookies!
    Michele
    michelejoie at gmail dot com

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  46. Divinity is my favorite Christmas Treat


    Melissa Johnson
    hopejsmom@yahoo.com

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  47. I would have to say Hot Chocolate! :)

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  48. My Grandmother's Date Nut Roll! It just wouldn't be Christmas if I didn't make them. My "Nanny" was a wonderful cook and so many of her recipes are lost to me like her coconut cake with coconut custard between the 3 layers and 7 minute icing on the outside. She only used fresh coconuts and I got to drink the milk from the coconut. The Date Nut Rolls I will preserve for future generations ♥

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  49. Mine has to be chestnuts cooked over hot coals (or roasting on an open fire or in the oven, lol). But the smell and taste of chestnuts definitely signals the Christmas season for me.

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  50. Eggnog is my favorite :]
    Not directly tied to Christmas, but eggnog has always there to drink at family holiday parties since I can remember. I'm actually going to see if I can find ways to incorporate the Eggnog taste into some pastries this year :]]

    Carlos V.
    VidalesCarlos@Gmail.com

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  51. My favorite is homemade caramel rolls that I learned to make from my mom that I bake while we open presents on Christmas Day

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  52. My favorite Christmas treat is baking traditional decorated christmas sugar cookies with my daughter. Red and green sugared bells, trees and stars. So many great memories!

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  53. Praline cheesecake!! I make it every Christmas.

    Dana
    pink234shop@yahoo.com

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  54. My favorite treat is baking my Grandmas olf fashioned Almond freezer cookies!

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  55. I started cooking when I was 4. At six I mad an Easter salad. Scrambled raw eggs, jelly beans and coconut. My dear dad ate it all. I have since improved greatly. Cooking is my passion but I never went professional as I am very sensative to heat and could never handle the heat of a professional kitchen.

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  56. My favorite treat is my Mama's meringue cookies! :)

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  57. My favorite treat is my Moms shortbread

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  58. Oreo Cream Cheese balls. My daughter likes to help out in the kitchen, and that's her favorite thing to make.

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  59. @Jeff my younger sister loves oreo cream cheese balls

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  60. @Sandy I make pralines every Christmas

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  61. @Michele J you won the gift card! I have sent you an email.

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  62. I loved hearing all of your Christmas treats! Check back tomorrow for the next giveaway!

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  63. My favorite treat are gingerbread cookies!

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  65. Each year on Christmas Eve a dear friend of the family would deliver goodies. Among them was the most scrumptious red velvet cake you can imagine. I would wait for the luscious red cake with heavenly cream cheese frosting. Best of all she made the cake twice as big as a normal one. Nice since there were eight of us! YUMM !

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  66. I love making sand tarts, so that the kids can decorate them. Those were my memories with my mom, who is no longer with us. I love blonde brownies, too.

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  67. I'm such a screw up. That post went under my son's name. It should have been under me. Goodmorning everyone,
    Christy Lauzon

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  68. Hey nice blog!....whats your favortie fried fish recipe??

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  69. What I want for Christmas? well, the 1st thing is Justin Bieber's new album UnderTheMistletoe :)) and the 2nd thing is the Measuring Utensils used for baking :x I can hardly buy them in my country Vietnam, so... :(

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  70. Sausage bread. I forgot about it until someone just requested I make it.

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  71. My favorite Christmas treat is pecan tassies, I only make them during the holidays so they are extra special!!

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  72. @LCriner a friend of mine makes really good pecan tassies. I can't wait to get the recipe from here and try to make them.

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  73. @JC I don't like to fry much so I do an oven fried catfish in an iron skillet. It gets crispy without swimming in oil.

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  74. @Trang in Vietnam are baked desserts not common? Or is it it not common to measure the ingredients

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  75. I know the contest is over, but chocolate dipped peanut butter balls. My mom had my brother and I roll the balls and dip them in the chocolate. We loved helping her and it made us feel important to be a part of the big xmas bake! I love them to this day (as does my entire family) and we always know they will be on the treat table at all the family gatherings during the xmas season! I would love to try those oreo cream cheese balls, if someone would share a recipe that would be great! Christine @ pzebra4@gmail.com

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