Xmas Goodie's


What's your favourite Xmas goodie that's only made to be eaten at Xmas time?

Ever since I can remember the one goodie that’s always been part of our Xmas has bin Cherry Chews. They only get made at Xmas time witch makes them even more delicious and something we all look forward to ever year.

Ounce I had a family of my own the first Xmas recipe I asked my mom for was her Cherry Chew recipe. It made her laugh, but that’s when I found out it wasn’t her recipe after all. She had gotten it from an old friends mother who got it from her mother and who knows how many other mother’s hands it’s past through before my mom’s.

I even entered it into a cooking contest our local paper was having years ago. That's when I really got in poop!! I had no idea it was a secret recipe until my mom’s friend saw it in the paper with my name at the bottom of it. She called and gave me what for, but I think she was just mad that her recipe only got an honourable mention and something else won more then she was mad at me for adding it to the contest.

I’ve past it out to a few people over the years because in my eye something this yummy should be shared so everyone can enjoy it. The only thing I ask from the people I give it to is that they keep it special and only make it at Xmas time. So if anyone would like it, let me know and I’d be happy to share.

Marry Christmas everyone!
Dec 11, 2010 @ 10:18 pm

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Thank You

I have a family recipe passed down that is a great rolled out cookie.Its made with sour cream in the dough.You then roll it out and spread butter and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar then roll it up like a log and cut/bake.They taste like mini cinnamon buns.I also always make the ones with marachino cherries through them so the cookies come out looking pink.Those two I always make at Christmas.It would be so cool to have section to have a recipe swap on here!I love to cook...I would also love your recipe Takoda if you dont mind passing it along :) thanks so much for sharing
Dec 11, 2010 @ 11:25 pm

Merry Christmas!

Both of those cookies sound delicious! My family doesn't really have a staple Christmas or holiday treat...we ALWAYS have pie though lol (apple, pumpkin and mincemeat of course).
But I do remember my mum making this one recipe alot around the holidays when I was younger - it's from Eagle Brand (sweetened condensed milk). It's like a soft chocolate fudge filled with mini coloured marshmallows, and I think a bit of coconut and chopped pecan/walnut. She would cut it into little cubes and fill up those round Christmasy cookie tins <3. You can get the recipe online from the Eagle brand website (plus tons of other guilty pleasures for the holidays or whenever).
Anyways funny that you got busted sharing the recipe takoda! I would definitely appreciate the Cherry Chew recipe if you don't mind sharing, and I promise to only make it for the holidays :) And I definitely agree with bren, a recipe section would be awesome.
Dec 12, 2010 @ 12:05 am

bren581 & shagtownlady

A recipe swap section is a great idea, have you suggested it in the suggestion box?

I'd be happy to post my Cherry Chew recipe, but I'll have to dig it out. So I'll have to get back to you with it. Oh and it's not a cookie, but I'm not sure how to describe it to you.It's very easy, it just seems like there's a lot to do when you first read it.

bren581, I'd love to give your cookie recipe try if you wouldn't mind adding it to here as well?

And shagtownlady i think I've seen your recipe on the Eagle brand web site before. I haven't tried it because my guy's aren't big on marshmallows. But like I said I'd be happy to pass my Xmas recipe along as long as you keep it special and only make it around Xams time. It's so sweet that by the time Xmas is over with you really don't want to even think about it again for another year.LOL

Ok ladies I'll go dig it out for you two and get back to ya's a soon as I can.
Dec 12, 2010 @ 07:17 pm

Cherry Chews

Cherry Chews

Part one


1 cup flour
1 cup oats
1 cup brown sugar
1tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt

½ cup butter melted

Heat oven to 350F

Use an ungreased 9x13 inch baking pan.

In a medium sized bowl mix flour, oats, brown sugar, soda and salt together mixing well. Add melted butter to dry ingredients and mix well making sure all the dry ingredients are mixed well with the butter. Now press this base into the bottom of your 9x13 inch pan evenly and bake your base for 10 minutes, or until lightly browned.

Note: I live in Ontario, so I don’t know how the different elevations may affect your ovens and your baking times and temps.

When your base is done place it on a wire rack to cool while you make part two, leaving your oven set at 350F.

Part two


1 cup brown sugar, packed
½ tsp almond extract
2 tsp flour
½ tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1 cup fine coconut
1 cup maraschino cherries cut in half, or more if you like.
Pecan half’s enough to cover base evenly.

Note: Reserve all of the juice from the jar’s of cherries for your topping!!!

In a bowl beat eggs well, stir in brown sugar and almond extract.
Combine flour, salt, baking powder and then add to egg mixture.
Add coconut and cherries to egg mixture and blend well.
Spread this evenly to your baked base and then top it with your pecans.
Bake in a 350F oven for 25 minutes and the cool on a wire rack until the bottom of your pan is completely cooled.

Part Three


Butter Icing

2 cups icing sugar
3 tbsp butter
2 tbsp cherry juice from your cherries
¼ tsp almond extract

Note: This icing can be very stiff, so more cherry juice can be added as you mix this to make it easier to spread.

Mix all your ingredients together adding more cherry juice as you go along to make your icing easier to spread. Ounce you have your icing to a point where you feel it can be spread it with out pulling up the top of your cherry chews, spread it as evenly as you can over the top.

Cut into bite size peaces and enjoy.

If anyone has any questions for me please feel free to ask and I’ll do my best to answer them.

Remember these are for Xmas and note they are pretty sweet just like all of you are.

Mary Christmas everyone!
Dec 12, 2010 @ 07:20 pm

Thanks for diggin it out!

Ooh I can't wait to make these, they will definitely go fast around here. I promise to honour this recipe and only make it during the holidays lol :) And I guess Chickadvisor already does have a recipe section.. but not really for everyone to post in, so I am def. going to suggest that, as Im sure there are tons of other gals here who would be into that as well.
Sweet of YOU to pass on this recipe takoda! Cheers!
Dec 12, 2010 @ 08:55 pm

Thank You

That looks so yummy and sounds so decadent!I will definatley try this recipe this week thanks again for sharing Takoda.I think that we have now started our own recipe swap right here lol.Shagtown you need to add some recipes lol! I need to find my recipe as I need to start making mine this week(Im in a cookie swap) so I will add my recipe tommorow.Thanks again for sharing with us I know that some people are very funny about sharing recipes as you mentioned a relative got upset with you.I love to pass along recipes if it makes someone happy why wouldnt we! Merry Christmas to you ladies as well :)
Dec 13, 2010 @ 01:52 am

I was happy too

pass it on to you ladies and I'm looking forward to checking out your recipes as well. I hope some other lady's add to this so we can all try something new this year, even if they don't celebrate Xmas.

shagtownlady I love your promise that was very sweet of you. You gave me my smile for the day.

I did see that there was a place to add recipes as well, but I wasn't sure if it was for everyone. I added my fudge recipe in the chick chat last summer. I had lost it and was asking if anyone had a good fudge recipe. That's when I looked in the last place I ever would have thought I'd put it and found it. I was so happy to have it back that I added it to the tread. I'm not sure if it's still up or not, but it's called Chocolate Syrup Brownies. If anyone would like that one I can find it for you and place it on here.

bren581 I agree with you. If you can make someone happy simply by passing on a recipe then why not give that person a smile and pass it along. It's an easy thing to do; it doesn't cost you anything and we all should have something to smile about this time of the year. Even if it is just a recipe you passed on that bring they’re smile out. I fine it’s the little things that we do for each other that can mean the most and the smile those little things bring are all the thanks that I ever need.

I'll be checking back later to see your recipe bren581.
Talk to you then.
Dec 13, 2010 @ 08:43 am

my contribution :P

This is a recipe I tried last year during the holidays, with my boyfriend and his parents in mind. They all appreciate a good muffin for breakfast and they also love homemade butter tarts - this recipe combines both. I found it in a Christmas-y magazine and cut it out - now I can't remember what magazine BUT the lady who submitted it is Margaret Roach from Innisfil, so thanks Margaret!

I am not really a butter tart kinda gal - I do enjoy a bite or two but that's about it. These muffins are really yummy though - good for breakfast or a sweet snack. And they are a bit festive - butter tarts are popular around any holiday, plus these muffins are warm and buttery-sweet, which is perfect on a winter day.


1 1/2 cups raisins (I used about 3/4 cups of golden raisins, just because we're not all big on them)
3/4 cups sugar
1/2 cup butter (cut into chunks)
2 eggs, beaten
2 cups milk
1 tsp vanilla or rum extract (or both!)
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1 pinch of salt
*1/3 cup corn syrup or maple syrup, optional

1Preheat oven to 375 F. Grease muffin pan (this will make about 12 large muffins, 24 mini ones..or however many you like. It all depends on how much batter you use for each muffin cup).

2 Place raisins, sugar, butter, eggs, milk and extract in a large heavy bottom sauce pan. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until mixture is hot, slightly thickened and just beginning to bubble (about 4 to 5 minutes). Let cool slightly in the refrigerator.

3. In a large bowl, sift flour with baking powder & soda, and salt. Make a well in the centre of the flour and pour in the cooled mixture.

4 Add chopped nuts to the bowl and mix all ingredients together (remember not to overmix).

5 Pour batter into your greased or lined cups and bake for 15 to 17 minutes (until a tester comes out clean when stuck into the middle). Take the muffins out of the oven and drizzle some corn or maple syrup onto each one (I only did a couple of the muffins and we all kinda liked the ones without syrup better for breakfast).

6 Let the muffins cool a bit and then enjoy! Keep them sealed airtight and they will stay fresh a few days.

Hope you guys enjoy these muffins, and don't be deterred by the raisins if you're not a fan (the golden ones are alot nicer than regular raisins in my opinion).

Dec 13, 2010 @ 05:52 pm


That looks really good Shagtown I agree that golden raisins would taste way better then regular raisins...Here is the cookie recipe:

1 cup shortening
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 cup sour cream
3 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
2 heaping tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla

Cream together shortening,sugar and eggs.Add baking soda to sour cream and then add this mixture to the shortening mix.Add dry ingredients to batter mixing until no flour shows.(Do not overmix!)turn dough onto floured board and divide.Roll out dough spread with butter and sprinkle brown sugar and cinnamon.Fold the dough up so it resembles a log.Cut into 1 inch slices and bake at 375 for about 10 minutes until lightly browned you dont want to overbake these!

Thanks for starting this thread Takoda!Hopefully it will keep going :)
Dec 13, 2010 @ 09:29 pm


Thanks bren that recipe sounds great - unique too with the sour cream. I think my family would love these! And yes the golden raisins, glad you are with me on that lol.

(I've never made the muffins with regular ones BUT I was just thinking if that's all you had, before baking you could put them in a bowl of hot water and maybe a bit of flavouring (rum, vanilla extract, etc) to make them a bit softer and juicier.)

Anyway it's a good thing I hadn't settled yet on what treats I would make to bring over to my family Christmas dinners - now I have some lovely new recipes to try out :) Cheers!

Dec 14, 2010 @ 12:38 pm

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