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Christina Lasswell said in November 15th, 2012 at 12:39 pm

Okay, Theresa. You had me at the Truffles. I already have your book, and am planning to savor it during my Christmas break! It’s hard to pick just one holiday treat, but I love these butterscotchery-chocolatey rice krispie treats my Grandma makes. I’m sure they’re not too bad for you because the rice is mostly air. :0)

Catherine said in November 15th, 2012 at 4:08 pm

I commented over at USA Today, too. My mother-in-law (when she was with us) used to make chocolate covered pretzels at Christmas. I had NEVER had one before (can you believe it??) and I just adored the combination of sweet and salty. Another grand dame that I knew, a wonderful Irish mom, used to make her own Irish cream at the holidays…it had a kick. Every year now I get one of those tiny bottles of Bailey’s Irish Cream and drink a toast to her memory. Bailey’s is not quite as good, though!

Theresa Romain said in November 15th, 2012 at 4:33 pm

Christina, thanks for getting hold of SEASON FOR SURRENDER! I hope you enjoy it. Mm, you’ve got me convinced of the excellence of a dessert featuring both chocolate and butterscotch. Do you stir in baking chips along with the marshmallows?

Catherine, thank you for stopping by both sites! Your holiday treats sound delicious, especially that homemade Irish cream. Any idea how she made it?

Marcy said in November 15th, 2012 at 7:00 pm

I also visited the USA Today site.

My Mom would always make a large variety of Christmas cookies. Many for gifts for friends and neighbors, but more than enough for us to overindulge in too. We generally had cookies for breakfast on Christmas morning. LOL

LSUReader said in November 15th, 2012 at 7:56 pm

That’s a fun movie, Theresa. Thanks for revisiting it with us. Christmas sugar cookies were little works of art in our family. It wasn’t enough to just frost them–oh no–Each tree had to have matching decorations, each camel had a tasseled blanket, each angel had her own color-coordinated ensemble. There couldn’t be two candy canes or snowmen that looked the same. It’s amazing the artwork you can do with colored frosting and decors. And just to make sure the cookies tasted as good as they looked, each frosting color was a different yummy flavor–vanilla, almond, mint, chocolate, raspberry, etc. (But it kind of hurt to see them get eaten!)

Theresa Romain said in November 15th, 2012 at 8:39 pm

Marcy–Christmas cookies for breakfast? I love it! That definitely gives the day a feeling of a special occasion.

LSUReader, that sounds like a lot of fun, though I can imagine it was a shame to eat those edible works of art. How did you make the flavored icing?

LSUReader said in November 15th, 2012 at 8:57 pm

Theresa–We start with a basic buttercream frosting, then add drops of flavor extracts. These are just like vanilla extract, but there are many different flavors in the grocery store baking aisle. Have fun!

BeccaL said in November 15th, 2012 at 10:06 pm

Every Christmas my grandmother makes buckeyes for the whole family. She doesn’t just stay with the traditional dark chocolate and peanut butter, but also white chocolate! It’s the best part of Christmas!

May said in November 15th, 2012 at 10:11 pm

I love cookies… Christmas ones are the best. Love the sugary taste and the looks of it! Makes my mouth water just thinking about it….

Amanda said in November 15th, 2012 at 10:14 pm

Christmas treats! Yum. When I was a kid, my mom, who doesn’t really like cooking, did all the “functional” cooking (nightly dinners and such), but my dad, who actually does like to cook, would pull out his recipes for snickerdoodles and ginger crinkles. He’d always let my brother and me “help” bake them; not sure how much help we actually were, but we had fun.

suzanne said in November 16th, 2012 at 11:19 am

The movie Christmas in Connecticut, sounds like a really nice one. I’ll have to rent it out. I usually visit my son and daughter-in-love around October or November for Christmas. On that day its TV and reading in the lazy boy.

Theresa Romain said in November 16th, 2012 at 11:34 am

LSUReader–Aha, I’ve seen those. Lemon, maple, etc? Sounds good; thank you for the baking tip!

Becca, I had to look up “buckeye”–I’ve never had those before. Now that I’ve seen a picture, I will have to change that ASAP, because they look wonderful. So white chocolate is good on them too? Yum!

May, you are making me want cookies right now. :)

Amanda, how cool! Part of a family tradition seems to be shaking up what’s normal, right? Mom makes the turkey, and today…Dad makes the dessert?! Kids helping bake is such a fun tradition too. Do you ever make those cookie recipes now?

Suzanne, let me know if you like Christmas in Connecticut! It might be a good one for watching during your family visit. Relaxing and reading is a GREAT way to spend a holiday, isn’t it?

Jeanne Miro said in November 16th, 2012 at 9:28 pm

Hi Theresa!

I couldn’t post on USA Today – Happily ever after because I don’ have the ability to put a picture on Facebook but I did post on Facebook!

I loved the post and if I could have posted I would have told you that and my favorite household job is cooking from scrach – no pre-packaged ingredients for me! The one think I wish I never had to do again is vacuum and dust! Washing the floors – no problem, doing all the laundry – that’s fine, but I don’t want anything to do with dust!

Perfect solution? Before I married my husband 42 years ago I simply told him I was alergic to dust! I make him do it!

My favorite Chirstmas treat is making a homemade cherry covered cheesecake from sratch! The trick is in the “crust” that you line the pan with. Instead of using graham crackers I use ziebach crackers – the kind you give to a teething baby! It makes all the difference and brings out the taste of the cream cheese and of course the cherries!

Of course it wouldn’t be Christmas without a Hershey chocolate bar in the stocking to start out the day! There nothing like a sweet treat to both start and end the day!

QuenKne said in November 16th, 2012 at 10:09 pm

One of my favorite holiday treats is homemade Christmas cookies that my Mom has been making for over 40 years. Nothing makes it feel like Christmas more than a plate of cookies left for Santa!

Trix said in November 17th, 2012 at 12:17 pm

I love making cranberry sauce, and bittersweet chocolate cookies. Pretty soon, I’ll be making gingerbread, and I’m going to try a pumpkin-caramel cheesecake for Thanksgiving. And while I’ve never had an actual buckeye candy, the buckeye ice cream in the Jeni’s cookbook is fantastic…

Theresa Romain said in November 17th, 2012 at 2:46 pm

Jeanne, ha! I like your division of labor. Mr. R and I have different “most hated chores” too, so it’s nice to be able to foist those off on each other. Great tip about a crust made of zwieback; I’m interested in trying that. And of COURSE it’s always good to start the day with chocolate!

QuenKne, cookie traditions are so fun. Who gets to eat the cookies left for Santa? :)

Trix, yum! Those desserts sound great. Do you make the cakey kind of gingerbread? I’d like to find a good recipe for that.

Ann S. said in November 17th, 2012 at 4:13 pm

My favorite holiday treat is my mothers pecan pie. She has made it every Christmas since I can remember. She makes the crust from scratch and it is so flaky, with the sweet filling, yummy. She is now 84 and still makes it and it is still the best.

Theresa Romain said in November 18th, 2012 at 7:15 pm

Ann, what a delicious tradition. I *love* pecan pie, but I really struggle with crust. I’ve never been able to get it better than meh. Your mom’s sounds great. What does she use for her fat: butter, lard, Crisco?

Sharlene Wegner said in November 20th, 2012 at 10:05 am

Oh, I love cheesecake, for any holiday! I don’t usually bring it, because there are so many other desserts & my family expects my tollhouse cookies.

aquariandancer said in November 20th, 2012 at 10:26 am

Egg Nog and Peppermint Ice Cream!

Theresa Romain said in November 20th, 2012 at 1:05 pm

Sharlene, you can’t go wrong with tollhouse cookies! But I wouldn’t turn down a slice of cheesecake either. :)

aquariandancer, a fellow eggnog fan! Have you ever tried eggnog ice cream? It’s amazing.

Brenda Leon said in November 20th, 2012 at 2:32 pm

Turtles and divinity are two of my favorite treats to make and share with family and friends during the Christmas season. I also love having a pumpkin roll to nibble on as I pass through the kitchen!! December is so bad for my waistline!!

Phyllis Lamken said in November 20th, 2012 at 7:03 pm

My favorite holiday treat is eggnog. I don’t drink any other time of the year, but, during the holidays, I love me some eggnog spiked with brandy.

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Theresa Romain said in November 20th, 2012 at 8:38 pm

Brenda, it’s so hard not to nibble on all the delicious treats! And there’s something about cold weather that puts me in the mood to bake even more. What’s your recipe for turtles? That’s Mr. R’s *favorite* treat; I never thought of making them at home. Sounds fun!

Phyllis, I’m a big eggnog fan too. As soon as it becomes available, I start buying it, and I add it to my morning coffee. (Er–not with brandy, though in the evening that’s a delicious treat.)

bn100 said in November 22nd, 2012 at 3:34 am

I like gingerbread cookies.

Theresa Romain said in November 22nd, 2012 at 2:59 pm

bn100, me too. Do you cut out and decorate yours? Little MIss R loves to do that (though she winds up eating rather than using most of the decorations).

JanD said in November 25th, 2012 at 5:02 pm

pumpkin cheesecake
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Theresa Romain said in November 25th, 2012 at 10:36 pm

JanD, that sounds great. Save me a slice, ok?

Keep those holiday treats coming, folks! The giveaway is open until 11 pm CT/midnight ET today. I’ll announce the randomly chosen winner tomorrow.

Theresa Romain said in November 26th, 2012 at 1:51 pm

Hi, everyone–thanks so much for entering this chocolate-truffle giveaway! The randomly chosen winner is May, who commented on 11-15 about her fondness for Christmas cookies. Congratulations, May! I’ll contact you about your prize.

To all of you: if you commented on my post on the USA Today HEA blog, you were entered for a signed copy of SEASON FOR SURRENDER. All the “12 Days” winners will be posted on the HEA blog within the next day or two. Thanks!