These are a staple at my house around Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. I don't think it would feel like the holidays without them. I sometimes make cream cheese frosting to serve on the side or add 1 cup raisins and/or 1 cup chopped pecans depending on my mood. They are great plain though and not too sweet.
These come from my mom's side of the family. Since she grew up there among the Amish and Mennonite communities I've always been fascinated with their cuisines. Molasses and gingerbread are two of my favorite flavors for cookies. Cooking time noted is per batch.
My husband and I love mushrooms. This sauce is practically mushroom essence. It's great on pasta, with steak, pork chops, chicken or try on top of hamburgers. Note- Any mushroom varieties will work the key is to have a few different types. The optional cream I use only if serving as a pasta sauce.
My mom got this recipe from a babysitter we had when I was little. We always had this Christmas morning. The smell is out of this world and a pleasant one to wake up to any day of the year. Time listed doesn't include overnight set.
These were my grandmother Mimi's Christmas staple cookie. A cross between a shortbread and sugar cookie they are light and crispy and very addictive. Be sure to save a couple empty butter stick boxes when planning to make these.
Miriam was a wonderful little old lady that lived down the street when I was growing up. I have fond memories of going over to help her out with stuff around the house and her letting me pick pomegranets from her tree in the backyard. She would also let me help her out in the kitchen with baking or whatever. I love this recipe, very moist and banana-y.
Not only is this the easiest fudge to make, it's also the best tasting...well, at least in my opinion. The problem with a lot of fudge recipes is the need for cooking on the stove and a candy thermometer. This is so easy you can have the kids help you make it. UPDATE: I reduced the amount of salt listed due to reviewer feed back and listed it as optional.