Roasted Chestnuts

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire . . . My first taste of roasted chestnuts was on Regent Street in London one Christmas.  My parents took us to see the Christmas lights and store windows, and on a corner was man roasting chestnuts in a little brazier.  They were warm and buttery and rich tasting, […]

Mom’s White Fruitcake

Christmas isn’t Christmas without our mom’s fruitcake.  You either love it or hate it, but you know the holiday season has begun when she starts looking for her recipe!! 1/4 lb. chopped candied citron 1/4 lb. chopped candied orange peel 1/4 lb. chopped candied lemon peel 1/4 lb. chopped red cherries 5/8 lb. chopped candied […]

Almond Crescents

1 cup shortening (half butter) 1/3 c. sugar 2/3 c. ground almonds 1 2/3 c. flour 1/4 t. salt 1 c. powdered sugar 1 t. cinnamon Thoroughly blend the shortening/butter, sugar and ground almonds.  Sift the flour and salt together and then work the dry mixture in to the sugar mixture. Roll dough with hands […]

Cranberry Orange Tea Bread

1/2 cup pecans or walnuts 1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries, coarsely chopped 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 cup sugar 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon orange zest, finely minced 4 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces 1 large egg, well beaten 3/4 cup freshly squeezed […]

Cranberry Orange Cookies

Yes.  I fully understand that the Christmas cookie season is over.  But it’s always the season for a delicious cookie, and this is one of those.  My mom used to make an angel food cake (which I never like, Mom — sorry) with an orange glaze that she poured over the top which I absolutely […]

Mom’s Delicious Chocolate and Pecan Toffee

Christmas just isn’t Christmas until Mom’s toffee arrives! 2 c. (1 lb.) butter 2 1/2 c. sugar 1 package (8 oz) semisweet chocolate chips 2 packages (4 oz each) of milk chocolate 6-8 oz of pecans, ground Lightly butter an 11 x 15″ shallow baking pan and set aside. Combine butter and sugar in a […]

Walnut Snowballs

Russian Teacakes, Mexican Wedding Cakes, or the more plebian Butterballs–these are among our family favorite Christmas cookies.  All these instructions for just four ingredients!  My mother and I learned that we are not cut out to write recipes. . . together. 1 cup butter or margarine 6 T. of powdered sugar 2 c. flour 2 c. […]

Apricot Layered Cookies

These are my favorite “cookies” — my Mom makes these at Christmas time, and I look forward to them each year. Filling: 3 cups of ground walnuts (reserved 1/2 cup of the ground walnuts for topping) 1 ½ tsp cinnamon ¾ cup sugar Pastry: 3 sticks margarine (12 ounces) ¼ cup water 4 cups flour […]

Poinsettia Cookies

1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine, softened 1 cup confectioners’ sugar 1 egg, beaten 1 1/2 teaspoons almond extract 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon salt Red decorating sugar, for garnish 1. Cream butter in a large bowl with an electric mixer. Add confectioners’ sugar; beat well. Beat […]

Mark’s Toasted Coconut Marshmallows

Homemade Marshmallows: 3 packages unflavored gelatin 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar 1 cup light corn syrup 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting 7 ounces sweetened shredded coconut, toasted Combine the gelatin and 1/2 cup of cold water in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk […]