Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to all of you from Brett and me. Oh yes, and from Teal’c, our furry child.

 If you like Christmas recipes, stick around and I’ll give you some of my faves. 
Do you have any traditions in your home that your family and friends always expect?  We do. First of all it seems to be centered on food – go figure! Brett, my sweetheart hubby cooks the best prime rib Christmas dinner for all our children and grandchildren.  It’s the dinner of the year.   His prime rib is succulent. Sorry, he won’t let me in on his secret for cooking the perfect prime rib, but here are my recipes that I add to our special Christmas Day.
Besides making all the fudge, rice crispy squares, and sugar cookies that everyone has for Christmas, I always add two more to my list:
Christmas Sandies (if you’re a coffee lover, these are to die for…
1 cup butter (please use REAL butter) I find real butter makes a huge difference in baking
1/3 cup sugar
2 teaspoons water
2 teaspoons vanilla (REAL vanilla)
2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup nuts (I love walnuts)
Cream butter and sugar
Add water & vanilla
Blend in flour and nuts – chill
Shape into balls or fingers.
Bake on ungreased pan 325 degrees for 20 minutes
Roll into confection sugar and serve
Christmas Sandies lower right
If you’ll look at the small plate between the cake and the Sandies, you’ll see my son-in-laws favorite – Fudgy Brownie Cups
1 Package of Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry Sheets (this is where I got the recipe)
4 squares of Baker’s Unsweetened Chocolate
¼ cup butter (remember REAL butter)
¾ cups sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla (REAL remember)
2 tablespoons flour
Thaw sheets
Microwave chocolate and butter on high for 1 minute
Stir in sugar
Mix in eggs and vanilla and flour
Unfold sheets and roll into rectangle
Cut 20 squares
Press pastry squares into bottom of each muffin cup of the muffin pan
Spoon 1 tablespoon chocolate mix into center of each pastry
Bake 15-20 minutes 400 degrees
Sprinkle with powder sugar

 If you would like my Christmas Jell-O recipe that’s always expected on our Christmas table, you’ll find it on
Also, everyone needs a cheese ball to serve when friends and family come over – my son makes the best cheese ball every holiday, including 4th of July. His cheese ball recipe is on my website at
I’d love to hear about your traditions and your recipes for the holidays.
It’s been fun and I do wish you and your families and friends a very Merry Christmas.

Love, Judy

By the way, you still have time to enter my contest to win Sherry Gail's Jewelry set. Information found at



  1. Thanks for the recipes! My family's big tradition is Kranz Kugen--a German Coffee Cake. I know that on Christmas morning all my relatives across the States will be feasting on the same delicious treat and remembering all our happy times!

    Here's the recipe!
    Kranz Kuchen
    4 cups flour
    3 Tbsp. sugar
    1 cup shortening (can use butter flovored)
    ½ tsp. salt
    2 eggs
    2 pkg. yeast
    ¼ cup warm water
    ¾ cup milk

    Filling: butter at room temperature, sugar, cinnamon, English walnuts (or any nut you desire)

    Icing: Powdered sugar mixed with a little water.

    Mix like pie crust the flour, sugar, shortening, & salt. Beat eggs. Soften yeast in water then add to milk. Combine all and mix. Set in refrigerator until cold or overnight.
    Divide dough into 4 pieces. Roll out like pie crust, spread with butter, sprinkle with sugar, cinnamon, & nuts. Roll like jelly roll and shape like horseshoe. Place on ungreased cookie sheet and let rise 1 hour. Bake at 350 for about 25 min. or until slightly brown.
    Cool. Pour a thin layer of icing over top. Makes 4 cakes

  2. OMGosh, I'm so glad you replied with a recipe. It really sounds delicious and I've already copied, pasted and printed it out. I can't wait to try it. I hope you and Bud have a wonderful Christmas. Utah is looking a lot like Christmas - snowed all last weekend and is starting to snow again tonight. We'll be having a beautiful white Christmas. Love Judy


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