December Monthly Mouthful

As Maxine pointed out yesterday, the holidays are upon us. That means cookies and  brownies and cakes and pies and whatever it is that makes up our favorite holiday desserts. So I ask you, what better way to usher in the holiday spirit than sharing some of our favorite holiday desserts?  That’s why we asked the food bloggers of the world:

“What is your favorite holiday cookie or dessert? Please share your recipe!”

Marc from No Recipes:

Anything with peppermint and chocolate. i.e. peppermint crinkle cookies, hot chocolate with peppermint marshmallows, peppermint bark, etc.

Ruth from Once Upon a Feast:

I know many of you will find this hard to believe, but my holiday special treats are appetizers…how many ways can you say shrimp? Have a happy holiday season, no matter what your preference.

Jeanette from Cooked From The Heart:

I make a lot of treats during the holidays and the lineup changes every year. There is only one that is missed if I take it out: Sugar Cookies! Here is the recipe!

Lydia from The Perfect Pantry:

For the past six years, we’ve been creating sugar cookies for our Drop In & Decorate cookies-for-donation party every December, when we bake, decorate and donate 750 cookies to give to food pantries and family shelters in Rhode Island. The recipe is a basic sugar cookie, but it’s the royal icing decoration that takes these cookies over the top. Friends get together and, with dozens of colors of icing in squeeze bottles and pastry bags, we decorate amazing cookies that can’t help but make people smile. Who knew cookies could be so powerful???!

Veronica from Veronica’s Test Kitchen:

Though I love macarons, I still crave the scent of apples and cinnamon. So my favorite holiday dessert is warm apple pie. My mom’s recipe is the best in my opinion. I used a cream cheese crust, but the rest is all mom’s. Here is the recipe!

Tenina from Steamoven Cooking:

I love Christmas cooking and mostly because of the desserts!! I am the queen of the Sugar and when invited to any dinners or occasions requiring a contribution, that is what I have to bring…so to pick one…so hard. I have a link on my site to Christmas food; but my fave recipe (at the moment) is the Triple Choc Whammy, a decadent Chocolate Frangipane Pie which could only be improved if served with Ganache and perhaps this which frankly I should move into the Christmas File!

Luanna from Ode to Everything Food:

Being Italian, I love all things that remind me of my childhood and heritage. During the holidays, I love preparing (and eating) “Holiday Biscotti with Cranberries and Pistachios.” These lovely delectables are then dipped in white chocolate to give it an extra sweetness. The biscotti are perfect as giveaway gifts to friends and neighbors, with tea and coffee after lunch or dinner, or as a little snack to sneak for yourself!

Jessie from Cakespy:

Most definitely the Bonbon cookie! Here’s the recipe!

Nicole from For the Love of Food:

Oh, this is so so easy!! My absolute favorite Christmas dessert are Date Squares. This is a fantastic dessert my mom makes. Most people are skeptical when they hear about them, but they are sooo delicious that no one can stop eating them. I wish I had access to the ingredients here in Germany…

Gilli from So So Simple Food:

Pavlova is probably the most popular celebration dessert in New Zealand. There is a constant war between New Zealand and Australia about this dish. We think we invented it and they insist they did. Nevertheless I am going with New Zealand. It was named after the ballerina Anna Pavlova. It is a meringue cake. At its best it is crisp on the outside and marshmallow in the middle, covered with whipped cream and topped with summer fruits. It’s festive and beautiful to look at and eat.

Easy to make too! This recipe is courtesy of my friend Jeannie who makes the best Pav ever.

4 egg whites (must be at room temperature)
1 cup castor sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 teaspoon white vinegar
600mls whipping cream
Fruit for decoration (For Christmas: strawberries, blueberries and kiwi fruit for the festive look)

Beat egg whites until soft peaks form. Add 1/3 cup sugar, beat until dissolved; gradually add remaining sugar. When sugar is dissolved, add vanilla and vinegar, beat 1 minute only to combine mixture. Line baking tray with lightly parchment paper dust lightly with cornflour. Mark a 7-inch diameter circle on tray. Lay the egg white with a spatula on the circle. Then use the spatula in upwards motion to make the nice ridged sides. Let bake for 1 1/2 hours in a very slow oven (140 degrees c/300 degrees F)

When it has cooled it will drop down and crack a bit on its own but you also need to run a knife around the inside rim allowing the top to drop down leaving space for the cream and fruit. Cover the top with cream. Decorate with your fruit.


Susan from Food Blogga:

My all-time favorite Christmas cookie is an American classic: the chewy, gooey, chocolatey Hello Dolly Cookie. Hello Dollies are ridiculously easy to make (about 10 minutes to assemble and 30 to bake) and positively addictive. This is my mom’s version:

Hello Dolly Cookies (also known as Magic Bars)

1/2 cup butter, melted
1 1/2 cups graham crackers (about 8 crackers), ground in a food processor
1 cup semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate chips
1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts (or pecans)
1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F or 325 degrees F if you’re using a glass baking dish.

Melt butter in a small saucepan on the stove top.

Place graham crackers in a processor and pulse until they become crumbly. Combine them with the melted butter and place in an 8 X 8 baking dish, patting the crumb mixture down evenly with your hands. Layer the chocolate chips, coconut, and nuts on top of the graham cracker mix. Pour the sweetened condensed milk evenly over the entire mixture.

Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the top is light brown.

Let cool completely before slicing.

Note: To make slicing the cookies easier, put the cooled baking dish into the refrigerator until slightly chilled. (Thanks, Mom!) Cut into bars or small squares (having a ruler isn’t a bad idea). For Christmas cookie trays, place cookies in decorative baking cups; they will look festive and won’t stick together.

As always, thanks to everyone who participated! If you were not contacted for this month’s Monthly Mouthful and would like to be included in future Monthly Mouthfuls, please e-mail us at chewonthatblog [at] gmail [dot] com.

Add your own holiday favorites in the comments below!

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  • Susan from Food Blogga

    Thanks for a delicious round-up!

  • L*Joy

    fabulous idea! Thanks for collecting these holiday favorites.

  • Tenina

    Thanks for all these delicious ideas…Monthly Mouthful is such a great idea!

  • bonnie redmond

    please help me find a recipe for unbaked or uncooked fruit cake rolls. my mom used to make them from graham crackers as a base. She then would freeze them to use and slice thin and serve with coffee all year.

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