The inaugural Holiday Traditions Recipe Contest is underway, and there’s still plenty of time for you to enter!
We are seeking your favorite “generational” recipes for sweet holiday treats like cookies, pastries, bars, cakes and candies. By “generational,” we mean the kind of recipe that’s been passed down (or up) over generations. The kind of specialty that everyone looks forward to at Christmastime – the kind of treat that makes you say, “It just wouldn’t be Christmas without it.”
When I was growing up, I remember how excited I was to bake with my mom at Christmastime. Every year she’d fill our kitchen with peppermint bark, the very best toffee, everybody’s favorite chocolate crinkle cookies, and Norwegian krumkake. My Grandma Sunny would bring her perfect divinity candy, and my Aunt Margie would fill in the gaps with homemade spritz cookies, fudge and peanut brittle.
I’ve continued her tradition with my son, Gio, who now also expects to see these same confections each Christmas. Over the years, I’ve added a few new favorites to the “it won’t be Christmas without it,” including coconut macaroons, Italian almond sweets and a North Dakota update to the family peanut brittle recipe, featuring sunflower seeds instead of peanuts.
These are the treats that our son, Giovanni, watched me and my mom make when he was little, and now he makes many of them right alongside me. These are the treats that I hope to make someday with his children. These are the treats that make our home feel like Christmas.
So, I’d love to know: What are your holiday favorites?
Share them with us and enter our contest for a chance to win a $200 VISA gift card. To enter, send us your recipe, along with a photo and a brief story about why this recipe is special to you and your family. Did you make it with your grandmother? Do you make it with your own kids? Was it passed to you from a friend or other relative? Does it represent your ethnic heritage? Your story can be just a few sentences to help connect us to your special recipe. For more details on how to enter, be sure to check out our HOLIDAY TRADITIONS RULES & GUIDELINES, and then GET BAKING! Good luck!
More recipes you might enjoy:
Sarah’s Norwegian Krumkake
Sarah’s Festive & Easy Peppermint Bark
Sweet Potato Cheesecake
Homemade Crescent Rolls
Rosemary Smashed Buxton Potatoes
Carrot Ginger Soup
Barley Sweet Potato Salad
Sicilian Pork Tenderloin with Savory Peppers
Maple Glazed Pumpkin Cookies