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Sweet Holiday Treats

  • Dec 7, 2009
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It wouldn't feel like the holidays without these sweet treats!  This is my take on some traditional holiday treats.  I'm not a big fan of all of these, but they seem to be pretty standard at almost every holiday party that I've gone to.  Most are pretty yummy to snack and imbibe on while putting up Christmas decorations, hanging it, or to serve at a get-together.

Grub at the top.  Beverages at the bottom.  There are even a couple of adult ones! ;D
I love the name of this cookie! Oh, and I love sugar cookies, too :) Hint: I can't make cookies from scratch for the life of me, so I buy those bags of sugar cookie mix at Target or some other grocery store and add cinnamon to the mix, as well as roll the cookie dough in a cinnamon sugar mixture before baking. So good!
Gingerbread cookies
Whether it's a house, or a man, I still dig it :) I like my gingerbread really gingery for that extra spicy kick. Another great ginger food item to serve are ginger snaps, especially if they're really chewy and full of molasses.
Bûche de Noël
Chocolate log cake? Eff yes! I love unrolling my slice of the log and eating it like a fruit roll up. I especially like my log cake to be bursting with chocolate buttercream frosting. The buche de noel is a holiday must.
Cinnamon Roll
I buy the frozen Pillsbury stuff and bake 'em myself. They're so good that I can probably eat an entire pan by myself. I love how the gooey cinnamon mix and frosting form strings when these rolls are pulled apart. This is another treat that I enjoy unrolling apart to eat :)
Peppermint Bark
Mmmmm, my brother made a box of these this year. A thin layer of dark chocolate + A layer of white chocolate + Crushed candy canes = Winning trifecta. I love the contrasting taste between the mintiness and the sweet, as well as the texture. So good!
Popcorn Balls
When I'm in charge of making popcorn balls, typically not too many of them make it out to be decorations because I was too busy munching on them :x They're just so fun to chomp on! Another variation of this that I've use is making rice krispy balls, but those are only good for eating, not decorating!
Candy Cane
Quintessential holiday treat! I buy them to pass out, and people always give them to me, but I don't remember the last time that I actually ate a candy cane... Oh well, they're nice stocking stuffers and make a nice little embellishment for presents. Oh, and they taste great crushed up on peppermint bark ;)
My parents get like, five of these from their clients every year, and somehow, at least one always ends up with me, even though I'm not the biggest fan. This is just too dry for my taste. Sometimes, we also get this as a stollen in bar form. Still not a big fan, but the powdered sugar on top always tempts me to eat a slice.
Like the fruitcake, I always end up with at least one a year, if not more, thanks to my parents. They come in those boxes with the string handle. There was a time when I would have rather played kickball with a panettone than actually eat it, but in recent year, I've learned of ways to prepare it that make me actually like it. I like it toasted, as well as made into french toast. Yes, panettone french toast.
Christmas Pudding
I hate to be a Christmas treat downer, but I actually prefer my pudding creamy and not baked and hardened with chunks of stuff in it. Even if it is fruits and nuts.
Apple Cider
I like my apple cider fresh, as well as unpasturized and unsweetened, but that's hard to get around here. I love how it's opaque because it's unfiltered. Heat that baby up, stick a cinnamon stick in there and we're set! :)
Chai Latte
Okay, this isn't the most traditional holiday beverage, but it sure does taste like the holiday what with its cinnamon-y spiced taste and all. Plus, it's typically served hot, too, perfect for warming up on those cold days, not to mention give a slight caffeine kick should you need one!
I love making my own hot chocolate from scratch. I shave Trader Joe's Pound Plus Dark Chocolate bar into a pot of hot milk, and then add a bit of sugar to taste. I love it Mexican style, too, with a bit of vanilla extract and some cinnamon. A hit for all ages :)
Hot Buttered Rum
I'm still on the fence about whether I like my rum hot or cold, but I'll take it either way. A good hot buttered rum tastes like you're downing liquid caramel. As good as that sounds, that also means that it has a ton of brown sugar in it. Masks the alcohol nicely though, and hey, it's typically only served one month out of the whole year.
Egg Nog
Oh, eggnog. How I've tried to like it, but I can't get over the mucous-y consistency and weird aftertaste. Maybe I'll like it better heated up with a shot of rum. I'm sure it'll be less vicous once warmed up and that the rum would mask that aftertaste.

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September 17, 2010
Aaaarrrgggg this list has made me super peckish. Tea and fruit cake, now that's Heaven for me.
November 22, 2010
December 08, 2009
YUM! What is a "stollen" (from the fruit cake section)?
December 09, 2009
Just added it as a DP!  A stollen is like a fruitcake, except in loaf-form and it is covered in powdered sugar.
December 07, 2009
*drooling* I'm so with you on Panettone, Fruit Cake and Egg Nog (three big yucks in my book!). But, where's the fudge? Guess I have to make my own list ;p Have you ever tried Coquito? It's Puerto Rican egg nog, which I almost didn't try because that's how it was described to me. But, it has coconut milk, cinnamon and rum and it is SO good!
December 09, 2009
You're right, I forgot the fudge! At least you have it on your list ;P  I've never had coquito before, but I just looked it up, and holy whoa, it sounds delicious! :D
December 07, 2009
You're making me hungry!! no pecan pie? I'll pass on the popcorn ball...what the heck is a buttered rum? I think I'll pass, don't like tons of sugar in my drink...nice list!
December 09, 2009
Shoot, how could I forget pecan pie?  I may just have to edit this!  And buttered rum is just that; hot rum with butter, but you can take it easy on the brown sugar.  No guarantees that it wouldn't taste like ka ka though :P
December 07, 2009
Totally never got into gingerbread or fruitcake.  Like ever.  I like Egg Nog... when it has alcohol in it.  If not I can't have too much.  Can you believe I'm not a big fan of Peppermint?  I can eat it just fine... but for some reason I don't like it.  So when I get those Peppermint Candy Canes I never know what to do!
December 09, 2009
I'm going to have to try that rum egg nog! I'm not the biggest fan of peppermint flavored foods either, so when I get a candy cane, I usually just chuck it into my candy plate for other guests to have. I guess that's kind of like regifting! :P
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