Nothing says Fall or Christmas like Escalloped Apples!
It has been a LONG family tradition that we have Escalloped Apples with Ham for Christmas dinner - I've been making these since my kids were babies!
The fragrance of the apples baking makes way for the most delicious, tender and caramelized apple slices you have ever had!
SPRITZ COOKIES (BUTTER COOKIES)
Christmas just isn't Christmas until the Spritz Cookies are baked! As surely as every yuletide season turned, Mom would get out her "cookie gun" and enlist us kids to sort out the candies to decorate these favorite holiday cookies - always silver sugar balls or red M&M's for the Christmas Trees, and yellow M&M's for the center of each poinsettia.
And the tradition has been passed down generation to generation! My littles love watching the "cookie gun" in action now - they are absolutely fascinated watching the cookies appear out of the cookie press!
CINNAMON CANDY CANE COOKIES
Christmas time is always filled with memories of favorite holiday cookies - almost too many to mention!
These delicate butter cookies are one of the first cookies I made all by myself. by the time I was twelve I had received my first cookbook - the Betty Crocker Children's Cookbook, and I was so inspired!
Perfect for making with another baking friend - these are a really putzie cookie - it takes a bit of time and patience to roll the cookie dough ropes evenly and make these just so - especially if you have any perfectionist tendencies, but they just look so darn cute on a cookie platter on Christmas Eve!
HOLIDAY PRETZEL BITES
Have you ever had a sweet treat that should just be outlawed? Well, maybe not. These are so quick, so easy, and so versatile, and everyone loves them when we make them!
And these are essentially perfect - sweet and salty, festive-looking and so cute!
If you have little ones that like to help you bake, this is the perfect little party snack to have them work on, and they are always so proud to share their creations!
WHITE CHOCOLATE CHERRY FUDGE
We're dreaming of a white Christmas and some of this White Chocolate Cherry Fudge!
This creamy and sweet fudge is filled with sweet dried cherries and just melts in your mouth! Katie and I made this for the first time at the Viking Cooking School Candy Workshop, and it is crazy simple to make! Don't you think it's just the prettiest fudge ever?
From the time that I was little, this is the first cookie that I can recall making by myself - after my Mom had mixed up the dough for me! Pecan Puffs have always been one of my Dad's favorite holiday cookies, and I LOVE making them for him!
I was probably only five or six at when I started making these with Mom, but I do remember a huge sense of pride that I was making one of Dad's favorites especially for him. This is the first Christmas without my Dad, so I think I'll be crying when I make them this year, but his smile and wink when he would eat these are a wonderful memory!
Over the years, I have heard these cookies called by MANY other names...Russian Tea Cakes, Snowball Cookies, and even Mexican Wedding Cakes. I guess they are an international favorite!
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