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Christmas Cookies – Day 3

Today I am sharing Southern Living Christmas at Home Magazine’s cookie recipes of the 80’s.  I especially like the Shortbread Cookie Crumbs cookie.  It only has three ingredients and looks very easy to make. The Amaretto Dessert Truffles look good too.


This magazine is a keeper for sure and I have read over it from cover to cover several times over the last couple of weeks. I hope you have enjoyed these recipes as much as I have enjoyed sharing them with you,

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Christmas Cookies – Day 2

70s-cookiesToday, I am sharing cookie recipes.  These are from the 70’s and are also from the Christmas At Home Magazine by Southern Living. My favorite on this page has to be the peanut butter creams.  They are no-bake cookies and you could prepare them while you are baking a batch of brownies in the oven.

Happy Cookie Baking and thanks for stopping by.

Cookies for Christmas

My Mother and Granny were cooks.  They loved to bake at Christmas; however, neither one of them ever made Christmas cookies that I can remember.  Maybe it is because they grew up living on farms and did their Christmas baking from whatever was growing on the farm.

I love to bake at Christmas too but I really love to make candies and cookies.  I can really get carried away with that tradition of Christmas. Over the next few days I will share cookie recipes with you.  I love to browse through magazines and find new cookie recipes to try each year.  Today, I am sharing recipes from the Southern Living Christmas at Home magazine.


These cookies are featured in the magazine from the 2000’s. Looking at the recipes I can see how our culture has evolved because the Chai tea and the bacon probably would not have been so popular in the 70’s.  My favorite has to be the coconut snowballs.

I will continue to share cookies this week and I hope you have some time over the Christmas season to bake cookies.  Even if you use the refrigerated cookie dough, I think your family and friends will enjoy them.

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Easy Chocolate Cherries

It has been a tradition in our household to eat chocolate covered cherries while we decorated our Christmas Tree.  I really think my love for chocolate covered cherries came from my Daddy.  I remember his excitement of getting them for Christmas and my Granny (my Mother’s mother) gave him a box of them every year.  She must have thought it was a “man” thing because she gave Mr. D and my brother-in-law a box of the cherries every year for Christmas.

When Mr. D was diagnosed with Diabetes we thought that tradition was over with.  We did find sugar free cherries to purchase from Swiss Colony and from a candy store in Virginia (Nancy’s Candy Store in Meadows of the Dan).  However, we realized that the ingredients in the candy upset his stomach and made him feel bad.


Last year, I had a light bulb moment and decided I could dip Maraschino cherries in melted milk chocolate and they would be similar to the cherries that you purchase.  They aren’t quite as sweet as the boxes of cherries you see in the store but Mr. D loves them.

Here is how I made them.

1 jar of Maraschino cherries well-drained

1 12 ounce package of milk chocolate chips

Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave in 15 second intervals until melted.  Be sure to stir the chips at each interval.

When melted, dip the drained cherries into the chocolate with toothpicks.  Place on parchment paper until completely hardened.

There probably isn’t an easier candy or cookie that I make for Christmas.  I don’t think there is anything I could make that would be appreciated any more by Mr. D or me for that matter.

I plan to share some cookie recipes with you but I have looked at so many that I am totally confused at the moment.  Stay tuned. Who knows what I will come up with.

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Grits For Thanksgiving

To be honest with you, I have never thought of grits as a side dish for any meal.  However, as I was browsing through my Come To The Table Cookbook from the congregation at Duke University Chapel, I changed my mind.  I think either one of these recipes would be a great side dish for Thanksgiving.baked-grits

Cheese and grits is a great combination and would really be appreciated by anybody no matter where they are from.  Thanks for stopping by.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

Asparagus Casserole – The Pirate’s House Cookbook – Savannah, Georgia

Today, I am sharing a recipe from The Pirate’s House Cookbook, Savannah, Georgia.  It is a beautiful place to celebrate any holiday.

I think at Thanksgiving we sometimes ignore an inexperienced cook and I am sure the day can be overwhelming for a rookie.  I think today’s recipe would be a good choice if you are asked to bring a vegetable for a Thanksgiving feast.  I totally understand how we are evolving to only fresh ingredients.  However, at the same time, I can imagine an inexperienced cook dealing with fresh asparagus.


Of course, I know that if you are an experienced cook sometimes you just want to make something easy and I think this would be a great choice for an easy side for the Thanksgiving meal.  Isn’t it funny how you take two or three days to prepare the Thanksgiving meal and people expect you to cook again the next day?

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Fluffy Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes

When I was growing up in the South, we never had mashed potatoes for Thanksgiving.  We always had dressing and you poured the gravy over the dressing.  Mr. D always had mashed potatoes for his gravy.  He has taught me the importance of having mashed potatoes for Thanksgiving.

Today, I am sharing a recipe from Dorie Sander’s cookbook for mashed potatoes.dories-potatoes

I have used buttermilk in my mashed potatoes and it does make them very light and fluffy.  This recipe looks like a keeper to me.

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