Friday, December 4, 2009

Hershey Kisses: Recipes and a $100 Visa Gift Card Giveaway

(This is a compensated review from BlogHer and Hershey's.)


Here was my assignment: go to the Hershey Kiss Baking site, choose three recipes to try, and then eat the results. OH, MY LIFE IS SO HARD! HOW I SUFFER FOR MY ART!

Choosing which three recipes to try was challenging (WOE! WOE IS ME!). Kisses Peanut Butter Pie? Kisses Caramel Flan? Double Kisses Chocolate Cupcakes? Rainbow Rocky Road Brownies? Chocolate Fluted Kisses Cups? I wish I could have searched by kind of Kisses, because in searching through all the recipes for a recipe that would go with the Kisses I had on hand, I had to drool a LOT into my keyboard.

I went with trying three different version of those little round cookies with a Kiss in the middle that I believe are on every single holiday cookie plate ever born and with good reason: cute AND delicious.

The kids and I like to bake assortment plates for their teachers at the holidays: it's a good way to show the teachers we put some effort into their gifts in addition to signing the credit slip for their gift cards, and it's something the kids can do a lot of the work on themselves. A charmingly kid-misshapen cookie tastes just as good as a perfect one but means more.

We also like to bake for far-away family. We mail a box of gifts to my brother and his family across the country, and I like to add some holiday baking in there too, to make it more...holiday-ish. Like I'm not just sending a box of presents, I'm sending a box of HOLIDAY.

I have one older relative who's on her own now and doesn't bake for just herself, so a little treat box with one or two of each kind of cookie is just the thing: it's not hard for us to do when we're doing a bunch of other platters, but it's a way to show we're thinking of her, and it takes away the mental picture I have of her sitting in her "no sense decorating it for just me" house, not having any holiday treats because there's "no sense baking for just me." It's the kind of thing I hope someone does for me if I'm an older lady on my own someday (take notes, children).

I've read people who knit or sew saying that when they make something as a gift for someone else, they think of that person the whole time they're doing the project: they, if you'll pardon the slightly gaggy sentiment, "put love in every stitch" (sorry, I did warn you). Though such a sentiment wouldn't be my style to say, I DO feel that way when I bake for someone else: I think of that person while I'm measuring and mixing and baking, and it makes it more than just "a plate of cookies"---it's like I'm giving them my work, and my thoughts, and....fine, I guess I am the sort of person who says that sort of sentiment. I BAKE LOVE INTO EVERY BITE, ARE YOU HAPPY NOW??

So ANYWAY, this was an excellent opportunity to audition some new sentiments cookie contestants. I set my assistants to work unwrapping Kisses:

Unwrapping, unwrapping, oops

The first recipe I tried was Kisses Chocolate Chip Cookies. You make what is basically a small batch of eggless, leavening-less chocolate-chip cookie dough, and you wrap lumps of it around Hershey Kisses and bake them. And oh, they are sooooo good. The cookie part is crisp and buttery like shortbread, and then there is a big happy surprise of chocolate in the middle.

These reminded me so much of a care package my cousin Lee sent me after the twins were born. She included a big bag of cookies very similar to these, and they just about killed me dead with love and butter. Of all the gifts we got, those cookies are what I remember best. (It was the love! baked into every bite!)

Baker's notes:
  • I had a little trouble getting the knack of drizzling and eventually settled for something more like dolloping.

  • As an experiment I made some of the cookies with Meltaway Kisses---and I preferred them. The Meltaway Kiss flattened out a little more in the oven and also had a softer texture even when the cookie was completely cool.
  • This recipe is even easier if you have this Oxo Good Grips cookie scoop in size small: the recipe uses "scant tablespoons" of dough, and this little dealie measures---wait for it---in scant tablespoons! So I went scoop scoop scoop and measured all the dough lumps at once. This was also the right size scoop for each of the other two recipes.
Scooping all the scant tablespoons ahead of time


The second recipe I tried was Kisses Cocoa Cookies. They are similar to the Kisses Chocolate Chip cookies in their crispness and shortbreadiness, but they are CHOCOLATE and PECAN. Some baker's notes:
  • I thought they needed just a little more cocoa--maybe another tablespoon or two.
  • The recipe says to roll the cookies in powdered sugar when they're cool, but I preferred them without the powdered sugar, both in flavor and appearance (things rolled in powdered sugar seem grandmothery to me, and also they get powder on everything else in the assortment).


  • The recipe says to let the dough chill until firm enough to handle, but the dough I made was firm enough to handle already, so I went ahead and used it right away.

I made some of these with regular Kisses and some with Meltaway Kisses, and again I preferred the ones with Meltaway Kisses.

Then I did an additional experiment: I set aside about...1/6th?...of the dough, and I added another couple of tablespoons of Hershey's Cocoa to it, to make it super extra dark chocolate. Then I used CANDY CANE Kisses instead of chocolate Kisses. It wasn't perfect (the extra cocoa made the dough a little dry---next time I might try decreasing the flour a little, or adding a bit of milk---and the pecans were odd with the mint so I'd leave those out if I were making them all Candy Cane), but it was a very promising experiment and worth tinkering more. I lovvvvve chocolate and mint together.

Kisses Cocoa Cookie with powdered sugar outside and a Candy Cane Kiss inside


The third recipe I tried was Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies. These were the most trouble and completely worth it. It's like a chocolate brownie rolled in pecans, with white frosting and a Hershey Kiss on top. Baker's notes:
  • The recipe says to let the cookies cool 5 minutes before putting the frosting on, but I recommend waiting longer: the frosting melted off mine and dripped onto the counter.
  • The recipe calls for a half-cup of powdered sugar and I'd make that a nice rounded half-cup to make the frosting a little thicker.
  • My thumb might have been too long and rectangular for me to make thumbprint cookies successfully, because I got more of a shallow ditch than a nice round circle imprint. Next time I might use a soda bottle top to make the impressions, to help the frosting stay in better and look prettier.
So...mine were not as pretty as the ones on the recipe. But NOBODY CARED. They were so scrumptious, and they looked fine if you didn't have the original photo to compare them to (*stuffs photo deep into trash*). And next time they will be prettier: the first time with a new recipe is always a practice run.

(This is after I scraped the frosting off the counter and put it back on the cookies. So, you know, next time I'll let them cool a little longer before frosting them, is what I'm saying. And looking at them now makes me want to make another batch right this minute.)


All three of these definitely passed their auditions for this year's cookie platters, and I'm really happy to have some new recipes in my arsenal. I predict the Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies will be the most electrifying (they're the ones I'd grab first, if presented with an assortment), but I think the other two are just as delicious and will TRAVEL well---a very important feature for our annual tradition of mailing treats around.


There is a giveaway here, for a $100 Visa gift card. To enter, leave a comment below answering this question: What treat says "HOLIDAYS!" to you? For me it's a chocolate-crusted pumpkin cheesecake at Thanksgiving and a Lindt chocolate Santa at Christmas.

The rules:
  • Sweepstakes open to individuals who, at the time of entry deadline, are legal residents of the United States and are 18 years or older.
  • If you put a link to the giveaway on Twitter, you get an additional entry and can leave another comment saying so and linking to your tweet.
  • If you blog about the giveaway, you get an additional entry and can leave another comment saying so and linking to your post.
  • You also have SEVEN other chances to win: visit the BlogHer.com special offers page to get links to the other Hershey posts; you can leave entries on those posts, too.
  • The giveaway begins December 4, 2009, and ends December 31, 2009. I'll use a random number generator to choose the winner. Make sure the email address with your comment is correct---that's what I'll use to contact you if you're the winner (after 48 hours, I have to choose a new winner).
  • For the full official rules, see here: Official Rules of the Hershey's Sweepstakes
For more information: Hershey's Holiday website

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divrchk said...

My sour cream coffee cake says HOLIDAYS! YUMMY!

Shelly Overlook said...

I want some of divrchk's coffee cake!

Any of the multitude of Xmas cookies my grandma makes makes it the hoildays for me. I miss them!

Gina said...

For me, it's apricot cookies. I love them, but they only show up at Christmas.

Nowheymama said...

"I'm sending a box of Holiday." I LOVE that.

Russian tea cakes/snowballs/whatever you call them. Scott HAS to make them every year.

Jessica said...

Spritz cookies! Little tree shaped cookies with green sugar sprinkles on them!

Jessica said...

Also tweeted!

Suzannah said...

Rum cake! I only bake it during the holidays, because it calls for basically a yellow cake mix with huge amounts of butter, sugar, and rum, then some more of each drizzled on top. Soooo moist and delicious and rich and everything that is right in the world. I can't decide how I feel about nuts in it. They're good but kind of interfere with the moist decadence/gluttony.

Bitts said...

Pistachios. My dad always got a pound or two for Christmas so they are VERY evocative of childhood Christmases for me!

Fran said...

I am having so much trouble figuring out what to send this year. The majority of our gift list is people who are getting treats trays. This post did not help much becuase now there are 3 more contenders...delicious sounding, mouth-watering contenders.
The Holidays for me are represented by: Thanksgiving = pumpkin anything! This year it was pumpkin chocolate chip cookies...so good!!
Christmas = those yummy sugar cookies that are shaped and decorated and I have never gotten the hang of making.

Jewels said...

My mama's gingerbread cookies say "HOLIDAYS!" They also say "EAT ME I AM DELICIOUS!"

may said...

Man, those cookies look amazing. I'm totally going to try them.

Two things say "holidays" to me: peanut M&M's (no matter what time of year I eat them, I feel like I'm eating my Christmas stocking) and this holiday punch we make at Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's - pineapple juice, ginger ale, and this syrup called Zarex that almost nobody sells anymore. Yum.

Snoopyfan said...

I can't wait to try the first recipe you tried. That looks like all sorts of yummy! My favorite holiday treats are homemade peppermint bark and gingerbread cookies! Mmmm...

Snoopyfan said...

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Mary said...

Rumballs!

Jen said...

Two things. Um, maybe three. My mom makes this toffee with almonds and chocolate coating and it is amazing. My grandmother makes this delish breakfast bread...it's called Raisin Stolen but I have no idea if that is what other people call it. We seem to have a lot things in our recipe arsenal that are family specific. And last but not least, my mother in law's sugar cookies. I don't know what she does to make them so good but they are perfect: light, fluffy with crisp edges, not too sugary, sugar cookies.

Carolyn said...

Homemade fudge. It's so guilt-inducing I can only have it when it's a gift for the holidays. Luckily family and friends are always willing to help a girl out :)

Melospiza said...

Rum cake! Rum cake!

labibliovore said...

Little bits of caramel are my new favorite holiday tradition! Your children look like such adorable helpers.

Misty said...

I love no bake cookies...but not I need to find a peanut-butter free recipe. :)

Or candy canes, right off the tree? That IS Christmas.

Elizabeth said...

I adore that you bake love into every bite. All your cookies look amazing.
We always have candy canes and those chocolate oranges that you whack at Christmas, so those are the treats that make me think "Christmas". Although one year when I was a kid my mom made these sugar cookie balls with cherries on the inside and pink frosting on top, and I STILL think about those cookies.

megatonk said...

Gingerbread cookies. I make them every year and decorate them to look like family members, ha ha P.S. The Kisses Cocoa Cookie looks fantastic!

Clare said...

Cookies, definitely: gingerbread men, gingersnaps, snickerdoodles, almond cookies.

Robin said...

Mmmm...all kinds of Christmas cookies, but particularly plain sugar cookies with red and green sugar. Classic!

Marie Green said...

I'm not saying this to kiss butt, I swear, but my ALL TIME favorite holiday candy (all seasons) is the Candy Cane Kisses. These have even replaced the Canbury eggs for me!

Jess said...

Actually, and this is going to sound kiss-uppy but it's really true, Hershey's kisses are holiday-ish to me. I always got a million of them in my stocking as a kid, and as the flavors expanded, so did my mom's--er, Santa's--stocking choices. Yum.

Clarabella said...

A chocolate advent calendar & the Buntenteller (a German tradition in our family) that my Dad always makes with delicious Lebkuchen and chocolate and gummy bears. Mmm. Even when we don't make it home for Christmas, dad makes some for us & mails them to us. It's awesome.

Barb @ getupandplay said...

Ooh, i love holiday treats. Hot cocoa, chocolate oranges, candy canes... love it all!

Meltini27 said...

Every year since I was a kid we have made Pillsbury cinnamon rolls for breakfast christmas morning. We put them on a cookie sheet in the shape of a tree and color the icing with green food color and put a slice of maraschino cherry on each. I was with my boyfriend's family in Ireland last Christmas and I missed those cinnamon rolls so much.

nicole said...

Fudge! Fudge says holidays to me. And I found a really good, creamy recipe last year that is divine. Thanks for the chance to win, and for sharing the recipes and your notes.

Linda V said...

Chocolate filled thumbprint cookies.pr

Clarabella said...

My tweet about it: https://twitter.com/BrilliantOne/statuses/6346858295

Penny said...

The meringue cookies my mom makes...crunchy light outside filled with gooey chocolate chips. to.die.for.

Mary said...

Shortbread wreaths covered in green sugar with red hots as the holly berries.

g~ said...

Italian Christmas Cookies and the little Spritzer cookies my Mom makes say Christmas to us.

Meggan said...

What treat says "HOLIDAYS!" to you?
Lefse! My mom's side of the family is very, very Scandinavian so we make lefse every year around Christmas. It just screams "HOLIDAYS!" to me! The family gets together and makes several batches, helping each other mix dough and cook and flip the lefse and it's all very quaint and charming. Also delicious, because once it's cooked you slather a piece of lefse with butter and sugar and roll it up into a sweet, buttery treat. YUM.

Ms. Flusterate said...

Those chocolate oranges that you have to THUMP and CRACK open.

On Christmas morning--monkey bread!

Melissa R.

Megan said...

Gingerbread cookies! Crispy and gingery! NOM!!

Sally said...

Crispy Sugar cookies! The kind you roll into a ball and then flatten with the bottom of a glass dipped in red and green sugar. Those are Christmas classics in my family.

Jay and Amie said...

Gingerbread men (and women) - enjoying one appendage at a time of course. :)

Cindy said...

My mom's gingerbread men. Yum. No work involved except the begging for more!

Tracy H. said...

Peppermint Mochas from Starbucks means 'tis the season to me! YUM! That cookie with the mint kiss in the middle looks delish!

Marianne said...

Mulled wine! Oh, wine.

Shelly said...

pecan pie at Thanksgiving!

MonkeyBusiness said...

I would say sugar cookies with frosting and sprinkles - in christmas shapes!

Becky said...

Anything with pumpking gets me going, but to really say "holidays" I need one of my mom's homemade chocolate dipped caramels. Yum...

Cameron said...

Cinnamon Sugar Pecans, and Peppermint Bark. Both staples to bag up and give to neighbors, teachers and friends.

Rachael said...

I kid you not there are Swistle mint chocolate brownies on my counter cooling RIGHT NOW. Merry Christmas (Andes mints! mint chips of all kinds!)!

Angela said...

Christmas tree shaped Reese's peanut better um, cups, I guess.

sweetverve said...

I love those danish butter cookies that are sold in round metal tins around holiday time...mmm buttery.

kate said...

For me, definitely cookies: either chocolate chip or sugar cookies with those glitter sprinkles.

beyond said...

i have a strange one. chocolate pecan caramel turtles. the kind you get at the drugstore, not at the gourmet shop. my mother used to get a big box for the holidays, and i always thought it was such a fancy treat.

Kris said...

Mmmm... chex mix! and pumpkin pie! Maybe not together...

Jennifer said...

Cinammon swirl bread!

An October Wife said...

For me Andes Mints are the treat that says "holiday" to me. I know that's an odd one, but it's the one time of year I buy them and we use them to count down to Christmas on our calendar.

Amanda said...

I loved the pictures of your little helpers.

Melissa said...

Chex mix and peanut butter fudge. Tis the season!

T with Honey said...

My grandmother's pumpkin custard. And it has to separate with most of the pumpkin on top of the custard for it to be just right. Sometimes she tries to get the pumpkin to stay perfectly mixed into the custard but it doesn't taste the same that way.

Amy said...

Torrones say holiday to me. They are little Italian nougat candies that come packaged in adorable little boxes. Yummy, but luckily for me they are an acquired taste, so I get more when people don't like them.

nonsoccermom said...

I just like plain ol' peppermint candy canes. I'm not a big peppermint candy eater the rest of the year, but I love them at Christmas!

Oh, and pumpkin pie of course.

NikiN said...

It's candy canes and eggnog for me. Oh, and sugar cookies with coarse sugar sprinkles.

Mairzy said...

Martha Washingtons, which is the only candy my mom ever made, and she made them at Christmas. Mmm.

Jess said...

Lefsa! My Norwegian grandmother would be so proud if she new we still go to all the work to make it every year.

Kris said...

I LOVE those kelloggs flakes with marshmellows and green food coloring so they look like wreaths! My favorite!

Megan said...

Divinity candy says holidays to me!

Elizabeth said...

Oh no... this post and all these comments made me hungry! Time to start baking.

My treat is kind of embarrassing. My grandma makes killer rum cake and the best banana bread in the world around Christmas. My mom makes cinnamon rolls every Christmas morning. But the first thing that popped into my head was: those snack cakes shaped like Christmas trees with white frosting.

Allison said...

Bourbon bread pudding. YUM.

parkingathome said...

Orange rolls in the shape of a christmas tree with green and red sprinkles

Swistle's mom said...

Sampling Swistle's drop-over-with-groans-of-delight H. Kiss recipes says holiday to me!

Kate - behrk8@gmail.com said...

The holiday-specific reese cups - trees at Christmas, eggs at Easter, etc. Love those things!

kami said...

My Mom's rolled out sugar cookies with homemade butter cream frosting...YUMMO! It's not Christmas without em!!! :-)

I have taken over making these and I do it exactly like Mama did!

VirginiaMom said...

my Mom's "pinwheel" cookies

Annika said...

It's not December until there is Pfeffernüsse.

Christina said...

Any of the cookies my Grandma makes - these yummy marshmallow "stained glass" ones and these rice krispie date ones. Yum!

Christina said...

I twittered!
http://twitter.com/DinnerAtXtinas/status/6352954395

Mary said...

For me it's these little cornflake-marshmallow wreaths that my grandma makes!

Joanne said...

I think, for me, it's little Italian cookies that we did not bake ourselves, but bought at a NJ Bakery. YUM.

Bev said...

Every Christmas I make a cranberry-orange cheesecake with a chocolate crust. It's our favorite!

Julie said...

Peanut butter balls and party mix!

Courtney said...

Peppermint bark!

Kathleen said...

Rum balls for the adults and chocolate-covered pretzels for the kids. Yum! I can't wait!

Sarcy said...

Swistle, I'm with you on the chocolate/mint combo.
My holiday treat is After Eights, the thin, dark chocolate squares with mint filling. They were always at our holiday gatherings when I was a kid, and we never had them any other time of year. Last week, for the first time in ten years, I spent Thanksgiving with my far-away family and I got the warm fuzzies when I saw the plateful of After Eights.

Laura said...

my mother's cheesecake at christmas.

Blissed-Out Grandma said...

Potica--pronounced pu-TEET-sa--a sweet bread rolled thin and filled with ground walnuts and honey. It's eastern European, and a tradition in northern Minnesota where I grew up.

Girlie said...

My grandmother's sugar cookies, or black bottoms, or the "pink stuff" we have at christmas and thanksgiving. I love the pink stuff. Strawberry Jello mold is the best!

Alicia said...

When I think of holiday treats, I ALWAYS think of my Nana's fudge and peanut brittle!

This will be the second Christmas since she passed away... And she never told anyone her secret recipes. :(

-R- said...

Fudge. My mom makes amazing fudge, but she only makes it at Christmas-time.

Michele said...

Fairy food...yum!

Kristin H said...

I make these pumpkin cookie sandwiches, stuffed with this cream cheese concoction. YUM. These cookies? Also yum. Hersheys will be glad to know I'm going to try some of them.

michaelandjessica@hotmail.com said...

Homemade peanut butter cups and haystacks for sure!! Mmmmm...makes me want to sit by the fire and sing carols just thinking about it. Oooo, and something not sweet, but definitely a treat, cheeseball!

Bethtastic said...

Pecan Pie at Thanksgiving and Russian Tea Cakes at Christmas!

bouncyczech said...

hmmmm, a can of coca cola with my christmas dinner. It was such a treat having it as a kid (Eastern Europe during the Communist regime), every time I taste coke now I am instantly time traveling to christmas time.

Dr. Maureen said...

Gimme gimme gimme! And me, I like to make a cranberry cheesecake that uses cream cheese, sour cream AND heavy cream. It's reeeaaallllly good.

Lauren E. said...

Chocolate peanut butter balls. Mouth watering.

Hairline Fracture said...

We do slightly different things every year but I HAVE to have my mom's homemade sugar cookies. And now I always make "Pine Bark"--an easy version of chocolate toffee that uses saltine crackers as the base.

Hairline Fracture said...

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Jessica Waltman said...

Pecan tassies at Christmas, and my grandmother's poundcake. My sister's apple pie for Thanksgiving.

jos said...

dutch apple tart. with lots of whipped cream! mmmm. my mom always made it & now I do.

swistle, to make the cookies more chocolately you can just substitute some of the flour with cooca powder-- whatever amount of cocoa you add, leave out that amount of flour. you can actually turn most any cookie or cake into a chocolate one by doing this-- general rule of thumb is to substitute 1/4 of the flour for cocoa powder.

Melody said...

Every year at Christmas, my sister and I make Wookie Cookies, which is basically just a recipe for chocolate chip cookies that comes from a Star Wars cookbook. The cookies themselves aren't very holiday-ish, but making them is a tradition.

Also, the new favorite holiday cookie in my house is called Hidden Kisses. It's basically a Hershey's kiss wrapped up in a mexican wedding cookie, and then rolled in powdered sugar. These cookies are ACES. I've made them several times with milk chocolate, and then the last batch with dark chocolate kisses, and seriously, people love them.

Beth said...

I love this chocolate/nut/coconut bar thing that my Mom makes. It is decandent and probably a day's worth of calories. YUM

Kristi said...

Nanaimo bars!

Jen in MI said...

My Mom's Carmel Brownies, with red or green sugar crystal sugar on top, of course.

Ashley said...

Homemade fudge! Mmmmm.....

mrspooley said...

Davinity and chocolate oranges!

mrspooley said...

Here's my tweet: http://twitter.com/hummingboyd/status/6360720354

Kristin C said...

Tough one... I'd have to say peanut butter blossoms, or maybe peanut butter bon bons... or really anything with peanut butter and chocolate. Oh, wait, teacakes... or chocolate crackles.... augh, can't decide. I think the chocolate mint one you discovered looked delicious. I might have to try that one.

Just said...

I'm sure someone has said this already, but my holidays aren't holidays without sweet potato pie. They just aren't. Guess where my culinary heritage lies!

If I had to pick something more traditional, I'd pick this farina and coconut bar drenched in flower-water syrup. Truly more awesome than it sounds, and everyone knows how to make it but me.

Thanks for the opportunity... happy holidays!

St said...

These look yummy! The holidays to me are Hungarian Butter Cookies. They are too complicated for regular baking in my house!

St said...

And here's my twitter link!
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Danana Banana said...

When I was a kid, my dad made bread shaped like a teddy bear just for Christmas - I loved that!

K said...

Cranberry chocolate chip cookies!

Caitlin said...

My aunt has a holiday brunch/party every year and the menu is always the same. If she didn't have sausage quiche/scramble and those peanut butter cookies with a hershey kiss in the middle, I think I'd mutiny. Mmmmm, now I'm hungry.

Melanie said...

My Mom always made English toffee and peanut brittle, its not Christmas without them

Stacia said...

My mom's cookies are what I always think about over the holidays. Honestly, your thumbprint cookie recipe surprised me, because Mom had a Hershey's Kiss thumbprint cookie recipe that was completely different. It was a white/vanilla cookie with a thumbprint and, instead of jam (like in those old 1950s recipes) she put a Kiss. Yum. She also made pecan crescents rolled in powdered sugar and standard decorated sugar cookies. I love making the cookies she made, but my jeans usually complain about it, especially around the waistline.

Cindy said...

My coffee punch on Christmas morning.

Rah said...

Drooling on *my* keyboard, in solidarity with you!

Alexa said...

Why, my mother's Butter Nut Balls, of course! (More wholesome than that ended up sounding, I assure you. Like Russian Tea Cakes, with a whole pecan in the middle and rolled in powdered sugar).

cheryl said...

Decorated/frosted sugar cookies!

Mami2jcn said...

Gingerbread cookies!

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Xboyd said...

I hate to burst your bubble, but teachers I work with (and myself included) do NOT eat the homemade goodies given them by adoring students and families. We watch your children cough, sneeze and pick their noses (and if young, change their diapers). We watch their eating habits. We have to help monitor their cleanliness habits (hand washing, etc). Sorry. We appreciate the effort and love, but those goodies either get left thrown out, or given to some unsuspecting person. :D

Sara said...

Candy Cane cookies! MMMM!

Emily R said...

Being a big time baker myself, I'm a little embarrassed to say that chik fil a's peppermint milkshake is the most holiday, most delicious thing, and I look forward to it yearly.

melanie said...

i think it has to be these raspberry chocolate bars we make. yum. i can hardly wait for them to cool off!

melanie(dot)myatt(at)gmail(dot)com

Ashley said...

Peanut Brittle all the way! My dad makes a TON of it every year, and as kids it was always our "job" to carry the trays out to the porch to cool.

ashhatesdogs@yahoo.com

Felicia said...

Holiday = PIE mmmmmmm

felicia3 AT gmail

EmilyD said...

1)Decorated sugar cookies all December long!
2) Tamales on Christmas Eve!
3) Mimosas & sausage cheese balls on Christmas morning!

emilynicole7173 at gmail dot com

Laura said...

Gingerbread cake! Yes! And Pumpkin roll! OH! Don't forget the chocolate pecan pie!

I better turn the oven on now.

Frazzled Mom said...

Pecan Pie!

Jenny said...

Any warm delicious smelling dessert is definitely made more tasty by sharing it with family. that's my favorite part about the holidays. Family!
Jenny
jennyhasquads {at} yahoo dot com

deb said...

As a kid I got a chocolate covered marshmallow santa in my stocking every year so that definitely says holiday to me....but also sugar cookies with lots of red or green sugar on them

Susan said...

Chocolate dipped stuff...pretzles, oreos, ritz, peanut butter balls, etc....

Janice said...

Nothing says Christmas to me more than my moms butter cookies

lisa said...

as cliche as it sounds-- its the cookies with the chocolate kiss in the middle. I remember having those at every holiday family gathering.

Virginia Ruth said...

Oh man, there are so many! Lots and lots of cookie recipes that we only make in December... but I'd say the number-one is the sticky pecan rolls my mom makes to have with Christmas breakfast. Wouldn't be Christmas without them.

Ashley said...

Oh wow do all those recipes look delish! My mom's sherry trifle (which you can get drunk off of, btw) and chocolate oranges remind me of the holidays.

Julie said...

Oh, yum. Now I want to bake.

Holidays mean cookies, cookies, cookies. Chocolate chip are a requirement, and then sugar cut outs for the kids to decorate (that almost never get eaten because I have yet to find the perfect tasty cookie recipe that also works well with the rolling and cutting of the dough).

But it wouldn't be Christmas for me without our family friend's pumpkin bread. Truly the best I've ever had, and I'm still trying to finagle the recipe.

Emily said...

The sour cream cookies with cream cheese frosting that my aunt makes every year. And my mom's chex mix. Mmmmm, I can't wait for Christmas!

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CAQuincy said...

MONSTER COOKIES!!!

(Have you tried these yet? Exhausting, but quite yummy!)

http://caquincy.blogspot.com/2007/12/monster-cookies.html

And...YOUR peppermint brownies! Yum!

My mother just sent me a recipe for Pumpkin Cake that I'm eager to try.

Kim said...

This is kind of embarrassing, but it's when the stores put out those Little Debbie cookie wreaths. I saw them the night after Thanksgiving and have already devoured that first box.

Deanna G. said...

I'd have to say gingerbread cookies!

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Deanna G. said...

Tweeted!

http://twitter.com/calidreamin87/status/6402776294

CAQuincy said...

Tweeted!

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barb. said...

My family has a recipe for mint brownies with a melted Hershey's bar on top which is both very delicious and just right for the holidays. :) They are decadent and delightful.

barb. said...

Tweeted! :)

http://twitter.com/super_barb/status/6408603326

Mommy Daisy said...

Mmm, everything looks so good.

I look forward to homemade toffee at the holidays each year.

Mommy Daisy said...

I tweeted- http://twitter.com/mommydaisy/status/6410900494.

lucidkim said...

I have two but my favorite favorite cookies we've only ever had at Christmas (Santa loves them)...chocolate oatmeal cookies (using cookie cutters into shapes and decorated with buttercream frosting).

lucidkim said...

Also: tweeted! http://twitter.com/lucid_kim

(p.s. my other favorite that reminds me of Christmas is some kind of coconut/pecan/sweetened condensed milk ball covered with melted chocolate...yummy, yummy, yummy)

Erin said...

Decorated sugar cookies - I'm too lazy to make them any other time of year but HAVE to have them at Christmas or it just isn't the same!

Laura said...

Pie, pie and more pie!

el-e-e said...

For me it's Sand Tarts cookies. YUM. (Like Italian wedding cookies, from what I understand.)

These all look amazing, BTW.

Aimee @ Smiling Mama said...

How fun! I will definitely try at least one of those recipes. Cut out sugar cookies say "holidays" to me!

Beverly said...

Nothing says Christmas like decorated sugar cookies!

Beverly
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Shelley said...

Bourbon balls and buckeye candy says Holidays to me!

Tuesday Girl said...

thumbprint peanut butter kisses cookies and my pumpkin cheese cake say CHRISTMAS to me!

desperate housewife said...

My mom's chocolate cherry cookies and pecan date balls say Christmas. Also, my MIL's daintily frosted Scandinavian butter cookies- you will never want a crappy bakery sugar cookie after having one of those!

StephLove said...

Top Tier (the ones I'd feel it wasn't really Christmas if I didn't have): gingerbread cookies, fudge, buckeyes and ribbon candy

Second Tier: peanut butter cookies with Hershey's kisses, divinity, peppermint bark, Brach's gloria hard candy mix (not sure if they even make it anymore, haven't seen it in years).

Also, holiday drinks from Starbucks!

Casper said...

Hands down, it is the holidays when the eggnog appears!

Jennifer said...

My husband's special frosted cookies that he only makes at Christmastime say HOLIDAY to me!

Secret Mom Thoughts said...

Carmel delight cookies are the best at Christmas.

Melinda said...

my fav is the peanut butter blossom!

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Anonymous said...

The perfect culinary embodiment of the holiday season is definitely PUMPKIN BREAD! Or pumpkin pie! Or pumpkin ANYTHING! It's all good.

~Kendall
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Kathy said...

For me, it's my Danish husband's traditional Christmas Eve ris a l'amande...one of the few Danish foods I really get into! Sort of a rice pudding with mounds of fresh whipped cream folded in and a bunch of crushed almonds, plus one whole almond. Whoever gets the whole almond gets a prize.

Lani said...

the classic sugar cookie! All that frosting and sprinkles and all those cookie cutters!!! Oh GOOD times!!!

Amanda said...

My mom's potato chip cookies! Yes, they have potato chips in them, but you'd never know. They are so good!

Mimi said...

My grandma's divinity reminds me of Christmas always. She is 88 and still makes it every year!

CAQuincy said...

Did I mention I blogged about it? Um. Well, just in case I didn't--I DID, OK?

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Missy ~ said...

A very strange cookie my grandma makes every year for her cookie platters - captain crunch, mixed nuts, mini marshmallows and white almond bark. I eat at least 10 of these every year on Christmas Eve!

Mama Bub said...

My mom's fudge, for sure. I've tried to replicate it unsuccessfully. Now, I just eat my weight in it on Christmas Eve.

Erin said...

My go-to holiday cookie is the Peanut Butter Blossom/Crinkle - the peanut butter cookie with the Hershey kiss in the center. Oh! How I love these. Other hoiday-spirit-creating treats are my mother-in-law's cream of tartar sandwich cookies and her pecan pie bars. They are so yummy.

Erin said...

For some reason, Sees Candy. I guess maybe because in my town you can only buy it during the holidays when the set up a kiosk, because we don't have any chocolatiers here. CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT.

Deb said...

Go to: chocolate dipped pretzels and turtles. Easy, no baking, major chocolate. I have my priorities straight.

Tiffany said...

My Mom's pumpkin chocolate chip loaf is amazing, and always gets us in the holiday spirit. delicious!
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Amyella said...

Rice Krispy treats covered in chocolate and peanut butter fudge always say HOLIDAY to me!

They also say SWEATPANTS, but so worth it! :)

haydensmommy05 said...

Pumpkin rolls and pumpkin pie oh yeah and peanut butter fudge!! Yummy!
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haydensmommy05 said...

I tweeted!
http://twitter.com/Haydensmommy05/statuses/6471628522
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Sara said...

Eggnog and anything pumpkin flavored.

missris said...

Peppermint bark always done it for me. It is so easy and SO yummy!

kimmie said...

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip cookies and Peppermint bark! YUMMM!!

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Robin M. said...

Fudge... I alwyas make several types of fudge at Christmas.

Lil_Apple said...

100% my mother's almond cookies - adapted (and perfected!) from her italian mother in law. Happy Holidays, all!

Jennifer said...

There are so many holiday treats in our family, but I KNOW it's Christmas when my mil hands out her cookie trays and there are "bacon and eggs" on it (two little pretzel sticks side by side, with a blob of white chocolate overlapping them in the middle, then a yellow M&M pressed into the blob, M side down).

Joy said...

I like making candycane cookies

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JennaG said...

FUDGE

lissa said...

For me it is a toss up between clementines and anything peperment.

TJ said...

My mom used to bake 180+ DOZEN cookies every Christmas. Her gingerbread is definitely something that is Christmas-associated for me.

Melissa Haworth said...

I am baking like a mad woman for the holidays--thanks for the new recipe ideas--I hope I win :)

Anonymous said...

I just love making holiday treats.

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Anonymous said...

YUM!

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Catrisha T said...

Candy canes say holidays for me, that and the huge basket of chocolate that you can only get in Ohio from Bloomer's Chocolates.

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Najwa said...

For me it is mother's fudge.
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Anonymous said...

holiday lights and candy canes say "holidays" to me

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LStewart said...

Red Velvet Cake! That says Holidays to me.

Kimberly/Mom in the City said...

Sweet potato pie! kc@mominthecity.com

em-jay said...

Peppermint bark with white chocolate! Yum!!!! joyful.too at gmail dot com

Amber said...

I like Divinity candy, and gingerbread cookies! Soooo yummy :) Thanks for the giveaway!

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Amber said...

Tweet:
http://twitter.com/lipstickncandy/status/6554339086

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Wehaf said...

Candy canes say holidays to me! And hot chocolate.

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Kelsey Kim said...

Ginger molasses cookies...YUMM.
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Heather! said...

I don't know if non-Ohioans would know what these are, but the most 'holiday-y' treat to me is BUCKEYES!! The Buckeye is, of course, the State Tree of Ohio, and these treats look just like them. They are peanut butter and powdered sugar rolled into balls then dipped into melted chocolate. After a couple of hours in the refrigerator...mmmm!! Seriously...they're amazing!

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