Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Cooking for the Holidays...and Recipes


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Today's topic is Cooking for the Holidays, which is something I enjoy and dread all at the same time!  ;)

Thanksgiving is held at our home each year and both sets of grandparents come over to eat and relax.  I do all the cooking for dinner and everyone brings a dessert.  I wish I could find more pictures of our spread, but I can't, so here is our turkey from last year.   ;)

My favorite dessert to make in November is a Pumpkin Nut Dessert!  It is soooo yummy and very easy to make!!!  I wish I had a picture of it, but you'll just have to make it and see for yourself.  EVERY SINGLE PERSON I have made this for has asked for the recipe!

Pumpkin Nut Dessert

For Crust:
1 box yellow cake mix (reserve 1 C)
½ C margarine
1 egg

Reserve 1 cup of the dry cake mix.  Using remainder of cake mix, blend together with ½ cup margarine and 1 egg.  Pat mixture into bottom and up sides of ungreased 9x13 pan.

For Filling:
1 large can pumpkin
2 eggs
2/3 C milk
1 C sugar
2 tsp cinnamon

Mix filling ingredients together and pour over crust in pan.

For Topping:
Reserved cake mix (1 C)
¾ C sugar
¼ C margarine
1 C nuts (walnuts or pecans)

Mix topping ingredients and sprinkle on top of filling.  Bake for 50 min at 350 degrees. 


Throughout December we always do a ton of baking leading up to Christmas!  Cookies, gingerbread men, bread, more cookies, desserts, etc.  Scroll down to see another yummy and easy cookie recipe.

Here is a very simple recipe for the Linzer Cookies.


1 package sugar cookie dough (14-16 oz) or make your own
3/4 cup raspberry jam, divided
2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar


1.  Bake cookies following package instructions.  Let stand 5-6 minutes, then transfer to wire racks to cool.

2.  Spread 1 tablespoon jam over bottom of 12 cookies; top each with a second cookie.  Sprinkle sugar over top and serve.



Brandy Brockhausen

I'm always on the look out for new cookie recipes. Thanks for sharing!

Lora @ my blessed life

Yes, those cookies look yummy! Those gingerbread people are adorable, too:)

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