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Granny’s Taste of Christmas is a wonderful cookbook that will take you back to your Grandmother’s house at Christmastime. As you read the recipes, you can smell the gingerbread and cinnamon sugar cookies.

(Well, almost!)

It’s a perfect gift for that hard-to-buy person on your list, a cookbook collector or even a beginning cook!

 

There are 293 recipes from several generations of our family, (some even “secret” recipes!), a complete list of Kitchen Arithmetic and Measurements and 12 delicious treat ideas to take to shut-ins.

Plan a Cookie Exchange with your friends, choosing from 43 cookie selections and directions for your party. Make a Christmas Stollen (German holiday fruit bread), Apple Strudel, Christmas Breakfast Sopaipillas (little Mexican fried dough) or an Amish Friendship Bread complete with starter recipe.  There’s even a secret brownie recipe from a former popular bakery in Thomasville, Georgia.

Cute granny drawings, stories and even old fashioned Christmas Carols, complete with music for family “sing-a-longs”, make this a great gift for anyone on your list

You can even order on-line by clicking “Cookbooks” on the left side of this screen.

1950’s Icebox Fruitcake

Almost like candy! Keeps all during the holidays.

 

1  16-oz. pkg. mini marshmallows

1  5-oz. can evaporated milk

1  14.4-oz. graham crackers

1  6-oz. bottle red maraschino cherries, cut up

1  6-oz. bottle green maraschino cherries, cut up

1  7-oz. pkg, flaked coconut

1  quart pecan halves

 

Melt marshmallows in evaporated milk in a saucepan, stirring constantly till smooth.  Crush entire box of graham crackers and in a very large bowl mix the cracker crumbs and melted marshmallows together.  Add cherries, coconut and pecans. Mix thoroughly with hand and pat firmly in a well buttered 10-inch tube pan. Chill thoroughly. Turn out onto a cake plate. To serve, cut in thin  slices because it’s very rich. Wrap tightly and refrigerate between servings.  

 

 

Smoky Cheeseball

My family requests this every Christmas.

 

2  8-oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened

1  8-oz. pkg. smoky cheddar cheese, shredded

½  cup butter, softened

2  Tbsp. milk

2  tsp. A-1 steak sauce

1  cup finely chopped pecans

 

Combine all ingredients, except pecans, in a food processor or mixer and beat until fluffy. Chill slightly and shape into one very large ball or 2 medium size balls. Roll in chopped pecans, coating well.

Note: if you can’t find smoky cheddar, use regular cheddar and add 2 or 3 drops of liquid smoke.

 

THE TOP 10 FAVORITE CHRISTMAS COOKIES:

Spritz

Thumbprints

Pecan Tassies

Bourbon Balls

Sugar Cookies

Cinnamon Stars

Gingerbread Men

Fruitcake Cookies

Melting Moments

Shortbread Cookies

Have a Wonderful Christmas !
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