Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Holiday Baking

I am thinking about some baking I want to do over the holidays and at the top of my list is my mom's famous cheesecake. 

I would love to share the recipe with you but I've been forbidden. 

Yes, forbidden. 

It's mom's recipe that she got from a very dear friend of hers many, many years ago and heaven help anyone who shares it. 

It's that good. 

Really and truly. 

So let's talk about some of the other things I'll be making, shall we?

Williams Sonoma - The Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies
You can't bake a bucket-load of cookies without including classic chocolate chip. Obvi. 

I made this recipe for Thanksgiving to bring to my sister's house. And those folks at Williams Sonoma surely know what they are doing - these truly are the perfect chocolate chip cookies. 

Of course I couldn't stop with the basic recipe. I used chocolate chunks and butterscotch chips instead of chocolate chips. 

They didn't last a full 24 hours. Oops. 

Mexican Wedding Cookies
No holiday baking extravaganza would be complete without Mexican Wedding Cookies. 

They look like tiny little snowballs when they are done and they absolutely melt in your mouth. 

Warning - there is no way under the sun you will be able to eat just one. 

Don't say I didn't tell you. 

Chewy Coconut Cookies
I made these Chewy Coconut Cookies for Thanksgiving also - they were a huge hit. A little less sweet than the butterscotch chocolate chunk but just the right amount of sweetness from the coconut to satisfy that after dinner craving. 

My sister was asking me for the recipe - well, here it is, sissy!! 

Amish Cinnamon Bread
Sheila from My Kentucky Living posted a recipe for Amish Cinnamon Bread recently At The Women's Room - that caught my attention for sure!

I need to make a batch of this for Christmas morning - the perfect thing to snack on with coffee while opening presents!  Thanks, Sheila!
Three Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies
What about these Three Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies? They look just far too easy NOT to make.

I mean, come on - seriously? I could make these in 15 minutes before work in the morning!! 

Hey, wait - that's a little scary!!

The Best Sugar Cookie Recipe Ever
One more cookie recipe that I will have to try this holiday season was posted by Carol at The Red Painted Cottage - I just spotted this recipe today and had to add it to this list!

Carol swears by these cookies and we're going to add them to our baking list this season for sure - thanks, Carol, for sharing your treasured recipe with us!!

Cream Cheese Pound Cake
Let's face it, though - sometimes you just need a little cake. A simple, buttery, moist cake. 

Elizabeth's Edible Experience has just the thing to satisfy that craving - this recipe for an incredible Cream Cheese Pound Cake - buttery, rich, delicious, smooth, sweet,just a hint of cream cheese.....mmmmmmm!

Chocolate Cream Pie with Vanilla Whipped Cream
But if it's chocolate you're craving  you need to try this amazing Chocolate Cream Pie with Vanilla Whipped Cream from How Sweet Eats. 

Her blog totally blows me away - her recipes are just sinfully amazing. 

Step away from the pie. 

Bread and Butter Pudding with Salted Caramel Whiskey Butter Sauce
This Bread and Butter Pudding recipe caught my eye when leafing through a magazine one day while traveling - I have never made bread pudding but I know my parents like it so it's been bookmarked to try out. I think I'll have to give it a trial run around the holidays and see how it turns out. 

Bread pudding is a big Irish dessert - perhaps my brother in law will be the perfect guinea pig for this recipe?

Crack Pie
And then there's this. The last hurrah. The final countdown. The fat lady has sung. 

This recipe scares the bejeezus out of me. 

It's very labor intensive and will take me at least three hours in the kitchen to make. 

And then there's a very good possibility it won't make it to the table at all....I will just eat every last crumb by myself. Averie over at Averie Cooks calls it Crack Pie for a reason. 

I'm scared. 

But it might have to happen. 

Hopefully I'll live to tell about it. 


  1. Yum! I'm coming to your house! ;)

  2. I think I gained 5 pounds just reading your post. They all look so good!

  3. Oh yum! So many goodies to try! Thanks for the mention! :-) sheila

    1. You bet!! Can't wait to try that yummy cinnamon bread!!

  4. LOL...looks like your oven must be going 24/7...I know people love cookie ladies...I sure do. The only cookie I could ever make and make well was was the only one I ever could afford to make. Blessings to you, xoxo,Susie

    1. I love a good oatmeal cookie with raisins and spice - mmmmm! Now I have another one to add to my list - thanks, Susie!

  5. I'll take a basket of them all please and a side of hot chocolate with double marshmallows to wash it down. Then I want seconds.

  6. Those ALL sound good BUT I copied that last one over to try for sure. Although I do think I will use the graham cracker crust- for one thing I don't think it would be quite so "heavy" or sweet using that, xo Diana

    1. You'll have to let me know what you think with the graham cracker crust, Diana!!

  7. You're so funny! I'm glad something chocolate showed up! Crack pie. Well, if you live to tell the tale, let me know just how good it was.

  8. Thank I'm hungry! :-) All of these look delicious! I love baking during the holidays...makes the house so nice and cozy!! I will expect the Crack Pie to be sent special delivery!! Hugs!!

  9. Mmm, cheesecake...we all have that one recipe that's top secret, well I have a couple! ;)
    All of these recipes look soooo good and I am definitely going to be making the chocolate chip cookies and the Amish cinnamon bread for Christmas.
    Now I need a bedtime snack! ;)

    1. I remember sharing mom's cheesecake recipe once with a good friend of mine and she freaked out when I told her!! Never again!!

  10. These desserts all look waay too good. You're tempting me! I'm currently doing no gluten and no sugar, though I might just have to indulge in a Christmas cookie or two when the time comes. ;-) I have a 3 ingredient peanut butter cookie recipe that's just peanut butter, pure maple syrup, and salt!

  11. I make delicious chocolate chip cookies with organic Lily's chocolate chips, almond flour and unsweetened coconut. Pyure brand erythritol is a great sugar substitute. A very healthy cookie.

    1. I'd love the recipe if you care to share?

    2. 1 1/4 cups of almond flour, 3/4 cup of unsweetened shredded coconut, 1tsp of aluminum free baking powder, 1/2 tsp of sea salt or pink salt, 1/2 cup of good quality butter (cabot, kerrygold etc.) 1/4 of pyure brand sweetner, 1/2 tsp vanilla extract, 1 egg, 1/2 cup of Lily's stevia sweetened choc. chips and chopped nuts of choice I like walnuts and or pecans. Bake at 325 for 14 minutes on a parchment lined baking sheet. Cool 5 minutes then remove to rack and cool completely. P.S. You could also use Swerve brand sweetener but you would use a 1/2 cup.

    3. Thank you so much!!!!! Can't wait to try this healthier cookie!!

  12. Oh my goodness, this all looks so good! Some of my blogging friends who live in the area are getting together for a cookie exchange. I'll have to check out these links because I'm a very basic cookie maker.

    I have to tell you - when I first started reading this post, I thought it said Holiday Banking. Then when I saw the word recipe I was really confused. Maybe I should step away from the computer. :)

    1. Somehow I seriously doubt a post about holiday banking will ever come from Mountain Mama!!! ha ha ha ha that's funny - you need a nap, Stacey!

  13. Yummmm! I think I gained 10lbs just looking at all the goodies lol! Thanks for sharing all the links.

  14. I made Averie's crack pie. It's a little sweet, but that's the nature of crack pies. The best chocolate chip cookie recipe I ever made was from a pretty old cookie cookbook. It calls for chunks instead of chips (which I see you've used) which are always better imo. I have a cheesecake recipe on the blog that I have to say is the best I've ever tasted. It's so light and creamy. Tell your mom we should have a cheesecake throw down! ;).

    1. Ok I'm heading over to find your cheesecake recipe - that's exciting!!!! Thanks, Doreen!


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