What are the holidays with out a whole lot of baking?

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on November 11, 2008

Holiday baking has always been a huge part of the Christmas season. My mom, sisters and I get together once or twice before Thanksgiving, and again just before Christmas, throw on some aprons, and spend the entire day baking away!

Of course, we must try everything as it comes out of the oven! So, we grab a cup of hot tea or coffee, and plop down with a plate of yummy goodness. I can taste the pumpkin cake, cinnamon rolls and apple pie now… Now, that’s the sweet life!

This year we will be using PureVia, a new, all-natural, zero-calorie sweetener from Whole Earth Sweetener Company, in place of sugar in our hot beverages. PureVia is made from the sweetest part of the stevia plant, and is set to hit store shelves just in time for holiday baking!


Make it a tradition!

While PureVia is not yet available, I do hope you check often to see where it can be purchased!

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Shasta November 11, 2008 at 7:36 am

My favorite holiday recipe is my grandmother’s eggnog recipe, she passed away a few years ago but her recipe lives on and the whole family loves it!



rachael November 11, 2008 at 7:49 am

i think my favorite holiday recipe would have to be…my mom’s crescent cookies. she actually hasn’t made them in years – but they are so good! almondy and covered in powdered sugar!


cutie pie November 11, 2008 at 9:07 am
Andrea November 11, 2008 at 9:19 am

Holiday recipe. I wish i had a really good one. We make this peppermint chocolate pie that is really good, it’s only for CHristmas. Thanks. =)

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Kristie November 11, 2008 at 9:51 am

I have never made them myself, but my mom always makes sticky buns for breakfast Christmas morning. Unfortunately, I’m never there for breakfast anymore, but it is still one of my favorites!

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MrsAdams06 November 11, 2008 at 11:06 am

My favorite holiday recipe is chocolate peppermint cookies. They are delicious. I just started to make them last year, and they were such a big hit that I plan to make them every year now.


Chelle November 11, 2008 at 12:40 pm

There are so many yummy recipes for the holidays…a couple of my favorites would be the classic pumpkin pie and homemade sugar cookies with homemade icing…delish!

Great giveaway, thank you so much!


Bebemiqui November 11, 2008 at 8:28 pm

I love to make divinity with maraschino cherries in it!


janetfaye November 12, 2008 at 2:54 am

My favorite holiday recipe is my mom’s recipe for traditional stuffing.

Thank you!

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Andria November 12, 2008 at 6:02 am

My favorite holiday recipe is my moms eggs benedict with hollandaise sauce. What a fun tradition. Thanks.


Mrs. Bargain Hunting Wife November 12, 2008 at 6:48 am

My mom’s seven layer salad is to die for! I love it so much!

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Sara November 12, 2008 at 7:06 am

my favorite are my grandfather’s Belgian cookies. He is no longer with us, but I carry on the tradition making them for the family.

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soonergal11 November 12, 2008 at 7:08 am

I always look forward to the sweet potatoe casserole. It’s just not a dish I make or crave throughout the year EXCEPT for around the holidays!


Patricia November 12, 2008 at 8:13 am

My favorites are a Date nut Cake my mother made, a fudge recipe she had, and a brocolli-cheese-rice side dish.


Super Blogger Girl! November 12, 2008 at 9:45 am
Pat November 12, 2008 at 10:16 am

My favorite is pumpkins pie, the recipe on the back of Libby’s pumpkin.
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ellen cunningham November 12, 2008 at 11:30 am

My favorite recipe to make are my stuffed mushrooms because they seem to be such a big hit at our Christmas eve parties. Thanks for the chance, sweetascandy579 at yahoo dot com.


pintolinda November 12, 2008 at 12:35 pm

My favorite recipe is a shrimp curry recipe from my mother-in-law.


forex November 12, 2008 at 12:55 pm

Homemade cheese cake


stormvikki November 12, 2008 at 1:16 pm

My favorite Christmas recipe – pecan pie! The only time of the year I indulge. Thanks for offering the contest. I look forward to trying the new sweetner when available in stores.


Skywaywaver November 12, 2008 at 1:47 pm

My personal fave is a crumb coffee cake that I only make at this time of year. More crumb than cake, yum! LOL
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Dianneo November 12, 2008 at 2:20 pm

I love to bake tons of cookies. the family favorite Butterscotch Cream Cheese Bars:
1 12oz Butterscotch chips
2 Cups Graham cracker Crumbs
1 Cup Chopped Walnuts
1 8 oz pkg. Cream Cheese softened
1 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
1 tsp vanilla 1 egg
Metal Pan 350 degrees Glass dish 325
Greased pan or dish. in Medium sauce pan melt morsels & butter & stir in crumbs & nuts. Press 1/2 of the crumbs & nut mixture in bottom of dish or pan. Beat cream cheese til fluffy–beat in milk, vanilla & egg mix well, pour over crumbs mixture & sprinkle remaining on top. Bake 20 to 30 min, longer for smaller dish or pan. ENJOY! This is the best recipe. Happy Holidays.
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valerie2350 November 12, 2008 at 3:22 pm

cranberry sauce :)


Chick_w_Wit November 12, 2008 at 4:10 pm

Yum, definately shortbread cookies….ahhh now you have me thinking about them!!


NateAndJakesMom November 12, 2008 at 5:28 pm

My favorite recipe for the holidays is a dish called Sweet Potato Crunch. Gosh I would love to share this recipe but I have been sworn to secrecy. I know, that sounds stupid but I had to beg to get it from my friend who made me promise I wouldn’t tell her family that I have it nor could I share it… It is really that good!!

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Anonymous November 12, 2008 at 8:10 pm
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Linda November 13, 2008 at 1:10 pm

My favorite holiday recipie is Chocolate Chip Log Cookies that I made every year for Christmas.


furygirl3132 November 13, 2008 at 5:34 pm

My favorite is my late mother’s wreath cookies that she made with my grandmother’s old cookie press. They had cream cheese in them and little red cinnamon dots for the hollyberries. When I was a kid, she made them for me all the time, I really miss those cookies! Thanks so much for such a wonderful giveaway!



sweetsue November 13, 2008 at 7:00 pm

My mom makes a wonderful fried twisted dough. Their called kliners and go perfect with coffee.The new sweetener sounds great, I will keep my eye out for it!
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Lisa Young November 13, 2008 at 8:28 pm

My favorite holiday recipe is my mom’s monkey bread. It’s been a family tradition for over 20 years, and it’s a hit at every party I bring it to.


noreen November 14, 2008 at 2:52 pm

We love making my grandma’s molases cookies


angie November 15, 2008 at 10:44 am

My fave recipe is simple. The peanut butter cookies recipe. Yum!


Rachel November 15, 2008 at 10:50 am
tiffanybeth November 15, 2008 at 6:46 pm

definitely pumpkin pie yummmeeeee


Chelle November 16, 2008 at 9:24 pm

Our favorite holiday recipe is one that is a little unusual but has become a tradition – it is jello pie!

It is made with a graham cracker crust, cream cheese/whipped cream layer and then raspberry jello with pieces of apple in it! So good!

Thanks for the chance to enter and win!


tami November 16, 2008 at 10:06 pm

my mom’s sugar cookies of course! hers taste better than any others in the world!!!


Tara November 17, 2008 at 12:54 am

Love Hello Dolly Bars. Blogged about it here: http://weightingforperfection.blogspot.com/2008/11/holiday-recipe.html

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Tara November 17, 2008 at 12:57 am

I have your button on my sidebar

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Shelly November 18, 2008 at 1:54 pm

My favorite is my grandmother’s plum pudding


Julie D November 19, 2008 at 12:00 am

We make caramel corn. We started with Paula Deen’s recipe. (So you can imagine how much butter we use!) But we adapted it to work for our family.


Mommyhood is Thankless November 19, 2008 at 1:35 am

MY mom used to make cranberry bread that was really delicious!



wigget November 19, 2008 at 11:28 am

my favorite holiday recipe is my husband’s pumpkin pie and his mom’s veggie bars.


kaylee8 November 21, 2008 at 2:05 pm

My favorite is the green bean bundles wrapped with bacon and topped with a brown sugar/butter sauce!


Bonggamom November 21, 2008 at 11:27 pm

My favorite holiday recipe is sticky toffee bars (we call them Food for the Gods in the Philippines). Yum!

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Doreen November 22, 2008 at 5:24 pm

My favorite holiday recipe is my Mom’s homemade stuffing! Yummy! :) purposedrivenlifeyou (at) gmail (dot)com


Doreen November 22, 2008 at 5:25 pm

I have your holiday button up!purposedrivenlifeyou (at) gmail (dot)com


djolsen November 22, 2008 at 6:55 pm

This makes me laugh, 50 years ago when i got married, I couldn’t cook. zip, nothing. And I still am a terrible cook. BUT! that first year I made yeast rolls and they turned out good. My family has never recovered and no matter how many of us there are to divide up who’s bringing what, It is a foregone conclusion that I will bring rolls because no one trusts me with any thing else.


redfuzzycow November 22, 2008 at 11:16 pm

banana bread! the holidays aren’t the holidays without banana bread


donna444444 November 23, 2008 at 1:13 am
Lisa November 23, 2008 at 4:56 am

My favorite holiday recipe is a chocolate cookie I created years ago.


Amber November 23, 2008 at 4:06 pm

My favorite thing at thanksgiving dinner is my Aunts homemade Turkey Dressing! Yummo

Can’t wait to eat it thursday!!




calgirl November 23, 2008 at 5:39 pm

My favorite recipe is a 7 layer bar cookie.


[email protected] November 23, 2008 at 5:40 pm

My mom’s pumpkin pie. I cannot replicate it.


Samantha P November 23, 2008 at 10:27 pm

Watergate Salad is a fun treat

1 cup JET-PUFFED Miniature Marshmallows
1 pkg. (4-serving size) JELL-O Pistachio Flavor Instant Pudding
1 can (20 oz.) DOLE Crushed Pineapple, in juice, undrained
1/2 cup chopped PLANTERS Pecans
1-1/2 cups thawed COOL WHIP Whipped Topping
Make It

COMBINE marshmallows, dry pudding mix, pineapple and pecans in large bowl until well blended.

ADD whipped topping; stir with wire whisk until well blended. Cover.

REFRIGERATE at least 1 hour before serving. Store leftovers in refrigerator.


lunadelmar November 23, 2008 at 11:10 pm

I actually have 2 fav recipes that are over 60 yr old. One from my great grandmother for Italian Christmas cookies and one for fruitcake cookies to die for
Thank you for a great contest . I have never used this product but I would love to try it as I use aspartame in my coffee and Splenda . I understand that they really are not good for you at all
Happy Holidays
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Rebecca November 24, 2008 at 1:08 am

My favorite holiday treat is Aunt Maude’s Pumpkin Pie. Family lore has it that Aunt Maude (many greats before her name) supported her family through the great depression by selling these pies for a quarter each. It is not your traditional pumpkin pie, it is light and airy and has a custard layer in the middle. I cannot share the recipe, as it is a secret. My grandfather would turn over in his grave if I shared. He would not even give it to his second wife, as she had not been in the family long enough, LOL!


bboyle November 24, 2008 at 8:22 am

I love a vegetarian stuffing made with soy italian saugages, chard and french bread.


jassmg2024 November 24, 2008 at 9:40 am

My favorite is white chocolate bread pudding with frest raspberries. Very festive!


beccawdeal November 24, 2008 at 9:52 am

My favorite recipe is my grandmother’s strawberry jello salad.


Carolyn November 24, 2008 at 11:28 am

Everyone’s favorite are the Chocolate Covered Orange Peels, that I make. The recipe is not complicated, but it is time consuming and no one wants to make them, so I do. They are a big success!


zwriter November 24, 2008 at 1:46 pm

I love when someone makes chocolate cover pretzels – the sweet and salty together – yum.


bison61 November 24, 2008 at 1:55 pm

my favorite recipe is sliced sweet potatoes with cream and cinnamon-baked

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klp1965 November 24, 2008 at 2:04 pm

my mother always made homemade cream puffs for christmas.she passed away in 1989 and i have never ever been able to get mine to come out like hers used to :(


Brenda S. November 24, 2008 at 2:30 pm
Paulie November 24, 2008 at 5:59 pm

I really like the yams with the burnt marshmallows on them. I can believe I only get this dish once or twice a year.


tigger210 November 24, 2008 at 7:27 pm

My favorite holiday recipe is Peanut Butter balls. Or recipe uses Special K cereal. Of course, they are dipped in chocolate. Yum!
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Peggy November 24, 2008 at 8:11 pm

I make apple pie,its the best,or I like it the best. My kids love Pumpkin pie and of course I make all the nut breads too. I love this time of year


The Consumer Queen November 24, 2008 at 8:43 pm

My kids and I spend the day making chex mix, dipped oreos and pretzels, puppy chow and tons more. They love to be able to do it themselves!


Cindy November 24, 2008 at 8:50 pm

My favorite recipe is my mom’s stuffing. Nobody can make it like mom.


Sienna Richardson May 11, 2010 at 1:49 pm

i used Stevia extract as a sugar substitute because i am diabetic. Stevia is really sweeter than sucrose.*~,


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