Must Have Holiday Recipes

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Winter chill got you down? Never fear! I’ve assembled some great recipes to bring you some comfort and beat those cold weather blues.

We’ll start with one of my absolute favorites that my Mom always made for Christmas morning. It not only brings back fond memories but it is absolutely delicious.

Steamed Pudding with New England Nutmeg Sauce

-1 Cup Sugar

-1/3 Cup Butter

-1 Cup Raw Carrots (Grated)

-1 Cup Flour

-1/3 Tsp Cinnamon

-1/3 Tsp Cloves

-1/3 Tsp Salt

-1 Cup Raisins

-1 Cup Raw Potato (Grated)

-1 Tsp Baking Soda

-1 Cup Walnuts (Or Any of Your Choice)

-1/2 Cup Dates

Cream together the sugar and butter

Add grated carrots to creamed mixture and mix

Sift together flour, salt and spices 3 times (on the 3rd time, sift over raisins and nuts)

Combine the mixtures with all other ingredients and mix well

Pour the mixture into a small greased pot. Put the small pot with the mixture into a larger pot on the stove top.

Fill the larger pot with water to the halfway mark and bring to a boil.

Reduce heat to low and steam the mixture (covered) for 2 ½ to 4 hours until the middle is cake like.

Pair with New England Nutmeg Sauce and serve warm.

New England Nutmeg Sauce

-1 Cup Sugar

-1 Cup Boiling Water

-1 Tsp Nutmeg

-2 Tbsp Flour

-3 Tbsp Butter

-¼ Tsp Salt

Mix together the flour, sugar and salt.

Add boiling water gradually.

Stir until thickened and add butter and nutmeg.

Stir. Serve warm.

These next ones are a simple and sure hit for any get together!

Russian Tea Cakes

- 1 Cup Softened Butter

- 1 Tsp Vanilla

- ½ Cup Powdered Sugar

- 2 ½ Cups Flour

- 1 Tsp Salt

- ¾ Cup Chopped Walnuts (Or One of Your Choice)

Sift together your flour and salt.

Combine butter, vanilla and sugar and cream together.

Add flour mixture.

Roll into 1-inch balls.

Bake at 400 degrees for 10-12 minutes.

Roll twice in powdered sugar.

Best served cool.

The following is a homemade variation of the Mounds Bar with a graham cracker crust! Delicious!

Mom’s Mounds Bars

- 2 Cups Finely Crushed Graham Crackers

- ½ Cup Sugar

- ½ Cup Butter (Melted)

- 2 Cups Shredded Coconut

- 1 Can Sweetened Condensed Milk

- 1 Cup Chocolate Chips

- 2 Tbsp Peanut Butter

Mix together graham cracker crumbs, sugar and butter.

Pat the mixture into an 8 in by 12 in pan.

Mix sweetened condensed milk with shredded coconut.

Spread gently and evenly on crumb base.

Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.

Melt together chocolate chips and peanut butter in a small pan being careful not to burn.

Spread the chocolate and peanut butter mix over the coconut middle and cool.

Cut into squares and serve.

The following is a basic but delicious Flaky Pastry that can be used for a variety of sweet and savory dishes depending upon your taste.

Flaky Pastry (Makes 5 9-inch pie crusts)

- 4 Cups Flour

- ½ Cup shortening

- ¼ Cup Butter

- 1 Tbsp Sugar

- 1 Tbsp White Vinegar

- 1 Egg

- ½ Cup Water

- 2 Tsp Salt

Combine the first 5 ingredients in a large bowl.

Blend with fingers or a fork until the mixture resembles coarse meal.

Beat the egg in a bowl with water and salt.

Add to flour mixture until just moistened.

Divide dough into 5 equal parts.

Form into balls and wrap in plastic wrap.

Chill (At Least 15 minutes).

· For Pie Crust bake at 450 degrees for 8-10 minutes.

Dough can be prepared in advance and frozen until ready to use.

Finally we give to you 2 Festive cookies for the holiday season.

Cherry Date Nut Cookies

- 2 ¼ Cups Flour

- 2 Tsp Baking Powder

- ½ Tsp Salt

- ¾ Cup Butter (Softened)

- 1 Cup Sugar

- 2 Eggs

- 2 Tbsp Milk

- 1 Tsp Vanilla

- 1 Cup Chopped Nuts

- 1 Cup Finely Chopped Dates

- ½ Cup Maraschino Cherries

Sift together flour, salt and baking powder, set aside.

In a large bowl beat together butter and sugar until light and fluffy.

Add eggs and beat well.

Stir in milk and vanilla.

Add the flour mixture slowly and mix well.

Stir in nuts, dates and cherries.

Shape a level Tablespoon of dough into balls.

Top each cookie with a cherry quarter.

Bake on a greased cookie sheet 10-14 minutes at 350 degrees.

Dust with powdered sugar while still warm.

Wreath Cookies with Walnut Filling

For the Cookie

- 1 Cup Butter

- ½ Cup Sugar

- 1 Egg

- 1 Tsp Vanilla

- 2 ½ Cups Flour

Cream together butter and sugar.

Gradually beat in egg and vanilla.

Blend in the flour. Dough will be soft.

Remove ¼ Cup of the dough for the walnut filling.

Knead the dough until pliable.

Use a star shaped cookie press plate.

Press dough through cookie press onto greased cookie sheets in 3-inch strips.

Form strips into wreath shapes.

Make filling.

Walnut Filling

- ¼ Cup Reserved Cookie Dough

- 1 Cup Finely Chopped Walnuts

- 1 Tsp Maple Flavor

- ¼ Cup Light Corn Syrup

- Candied Cherries to taste

- Citron to taste

Combine the reserved dough with walnuts, vanilla and syrup.

Place 1 Tsp of filling into the center of the wreath cookies.

Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes.

I hope you are able to try one or all of these recipes that I raided from my mother’s handwritten notes (with her permission of course). You are sure to put a smile on your guests’ faces this season and all Winter long. Or, perhaps you can secretly indulge all by yourself. Thanks for being with us today and if you want my recommendation for the best of this list, make the Steamed Pudding with New England Nutmeg Sauce. It is festive, delicious and will certainly become a quick tradition.

Until next time.

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