What are the holidays with out a whole lot of baking?

Holiday baking has always been a huge part of the Christmas season. My mom, sisters and I get together once or twice before Thanksgiving, and again just before Christmas, throw on some aprons, and spend the entire day baking away!

Of course, we must try everything as it comes out of the oven! So, we grab a cup of hot tea or coffee, and plop down with a plate of yummy goodness. I can taste the pumpkin cake, cinnamon rolls and apple pie now… Now, that’s the sweet life!

This year we will be using PureVia, a new, all-natural, zero-calorie sweetener from Whole Earth Sweetener Company, in place of sugar in our hot beverages. PureVia is made from the sweetest part of the stevia plant, and is set to hit store shelves just in time for holiday baking!


Make it a tradition!

While PureVia is not yet available, I do hope you check often to see where it can be purchased!


  1. Shasta says

    My favorite holiday recipe is my grandmother’s eggnog recipe, she passed away a few years ago but her recipe lives on and the whole family loves it!


  2. rachael says

    i think my favorite holiday recipe would have to be…my mom’s crescent cookies. she actually hasn’t made them in years – but they are so good! almondy and covered in powdered sugar!

  3. Andrea says

    Holiday recipe. I wish i had a really good one. We make this peppermint chocolate pie that is really good, it’s only for CHristmas. Thanks. =)

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  4. Kristie says

    I have never made them myself, but my mom always makes sticky buns for breakfast Christmas morning. Unfortunately, I’m never there for breakfast anymore, but it is still one of my favorites!

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  5. MrsAdams06 says

    My favorite holiday recipe is chocolate peppermint cookies. They are delicious. I just started to make them last year, and they were such a big hit that I plan to make them every year now.

  6. Chelle says

    There are so many yummy recipes for the holidays…a couple of my favorites would be the classic pumpkin pie and homemade sugar cookies with homemade icing…delish!

    Great giveaway, thank you so much!

  7. janetfaye says

    My favorite holiday recipe is my mom’s recipe for traditional stuffing.

    Thank you!

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  8. Andria says

    My favorite holiday recipe is my moms eggs benedict with hollandaise sauce. What a fun tradition. Thanks.

  9. Mrs. Bargain Hunting Wife says

    My mom’s seven layer salad is to die for! I love it so much!

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  10. Sara says

    my favorite are my grandfather’s Belgian cookies. He is no longer with us, but I carry on the tradition making them for the family.

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  11. soonergal11 says

    I always look forward to the sweet potatoe casserole. It’s just not a dish I make or crave throughout the year EXCEPT for around the holidays!

  12. Patricia says

    My favorites are a Date nut Cake my mother made, a fudge recipe she had, and a brocolli-cheese-rice side dish.

  13. ellen cunningham says

    My favorite recipe to make are my stuffed mushrooms because they seem to be such a big hit at our Christmas eve parties. Thanks for the chance, sweetascandy579 at yahoo dot com.

  14. stormvikki says

    My favorite Christmas recipe – pecan pie! The only time of the year I indulge. Thanks for offering the contest. I look forward to trying the new sweetner when available in stores.

  15. Skywaywaver says

    My personal fave is a crumb coffee cake that I only make at this time of year. More crumb than cake, yum! LOL
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  16. Dianneo says

    I love to bake tons of cookies. the family favorite Butterscotch Cream Cheese Bars:
    1 12oz Butterscotch chips
    2 Cups Graham cracker Crumbs
    1 Cup Chopped Walnuts
    1 8 oz pkg. Cream Cheese softened
    1 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
    1 tsp vanilla 1 egg
    Metal Pan 350 degrees Glass dish 325
    Greased pan or dish. in Medium sauce pan melt morsels & butter & stir in crumbs & nuts. Press 1/2 of the crumbs & nut mixture in bottom of dish or pan. Beat cream cheese til fluffy–beat in milk, vanilla & egg mix well, pour over crumbs mixture & sprinkle remaining on top. Bake 20 to 30 min, longer for smaller dish or pan. ENJOY! This is the best recipe. Happy Holidays.

  17. NateAndJakesMom says

    My favorite recipe for the holidays is a dish called Sweet Potato Crunch. Gosh I would love to share this recipe but I have been sworn to secrecy. I know, that sounds stupid but I had to beg to get it from my friend who made me promise I wouldn’t tell her family that I have it nor could I share it… It is really that good!!

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  18. Anonymous says

    My mom makes something called ‘funeral potatoes’, not a wonderful and cheery name, I know…but they are amazing! Tons of cheese and sour cream with chives and hash brown potatoes baked in the oven. Yum!

    Vanessa C.

  19. Anonymous says

    My favorite is a dish my husband’s grandmother made. It was a simple dish made with square size homemade noodles, sour cream, cottage cheese, and a little butter. It was baked in the oven and soooo good. Not good for the diet, but great for Christmas.
    Thank you for the great giveaway.

  20. furygirl3132 says

    My favorite is my late mother’s wreath cookies that she made with my grandmother’s old cookie press. They had cream cheese in them and little red cinnamon dots for the hollyberries. When I was a kid, she made them for me all the time, I really miss those cookies! Thanks so much for such a wonderful giveaway!


  21. sweetsue says

    My mom makes a wonderful fried twisted dough. Their called kliners and go perfect with coffee.The new sweetener sounds great, I will keep my eye out for it!
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  22. Lisa Young says

    My favorite holiday recipe is my mom’s monkey bread. It’s been a family tradition for over 20 years, and it’s a hit at every party I bring it to.

  23. Chelle says

    Our favorite holiday recipe is one that is a little unusual but has become a tradition – it is jello pie!

    It is made with a graham cracker crust, cream cheese/whipped cream layer and then raspberry jello with pieces of apple in it! So good!

    Thanks for the chance to enter and win!

  24. Julie D says

    We make caramel corn. We started with Paula Deen’s recipe. (So you can imagine how much butter we use!) But we adapted it to work for our family.

  25. Mommyhood is Thankless says

    MY mom used to make cranberry bread that was really delicious!


  26. kaylee8 says

    My favorite is the green bean bundles wrapped with bacon and topped with a brown sugar/butter sauce!

  27. Doreen says

    My favorite holiday recipe is my Mom’s homemade stuffing! Yummy! :) purposedrivenlifeyou (at) gmail (dot)com

  28. djolsen says

    This makes me laugh, 50 years ago when i got married, I couldn’t cook. zip, nothing. And I still am a terrible cook. BUT! that first year I made yeast rolls and they turned out good. My family has never recovered and no matter how many of us there are to divide up who’s bringing what, It is a foregone conclusion that I will bring rolls because no one trusts me with any thing else.

  29. Amber says

    My favorite thing at thanksgiving dinner is my Aunts homemade Turkey Dressing! Yummo

    Can’t wait to eat it thursday!!



  30. Samantha P says

    Watergate Salad is a fun treat

    1 cup JET-PUFFED Miniature Marshmallows
    1 pkg. (4-serving size) JELL-O Pistachio Flavor Instant Pudding
    1 can (20 oz.) DOLE Crushed Pineapple, in juice, undrained
    1/2 cup chopped PLANTERS Pecans
    1-1/2 cups thawed COOL WHIP Whipped Topping
    Make It

    COMBINE marshmallows, dry pudding mix, pineapple and pecans in large bowl until well blended.

    ADD whipped topping; stir with wire whisk until well blended. Cover.

    REFRIGERATE at least 1 hour before serving. Store leftovers in refrigerator.

  31. lunadelmar says

    I actually have 2 fav recipes that are over 60 yr old. One from my great grandmother for Italian Christmas cookies and one for fruitcake cookies to die for
    Thank you for a great contest . I have never used this product but I would love to try it as I use aspartame in my coffee and Splenda . I understand that they really are not good for you at all
    Happy Holidays

  32. Rebecca says

    My favorite holiday treat is Aunt Maude’s Pumpkin Pie. Family lore has it that Aunt Maude (many greats before her name) supported her family through the great depression by selling these pies for a quarter each. It is not your traditional pumpkin pie, it is light and airy and has a custard layer in the middle. I cannot share the recipe, as it is a secret. My grandfather would turn over in his grave if I shared. He would not even give it to his second wife, as she had not been in the family long enough, LOL!

  33. Carolyn says

    Everyone’s favorite are the Chocolate Covered Orange Peels, that I make. The recipe is not complicated, but it is time consuming and no one wants to make them, so I do. They are a big success!

  34. bison61 says

    my favorite recipe is sliced sweet potatoes with cream and cinnamon-baked

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  35. klp1965 says

    my mother always made homemade cream puffs for christmas.she passed away in 1989 and i have never ever been able to get mine to come out like hers used to :(

  36. Paulie says

    I really like the yams with the burnt marshmallows on them. I can believe I only get this dish once or twice a year.

  37. tigger210 says

    My favorite holiday recipe is Peanut Butter balls. Or recipe uses Special K cereal. Of course, they are dipped in chocolate. Yum!
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  38. Peggy says

    I make apple pie,its the best,or I like it the best. My kids love Pumpkin pie and of course I make all the nut breads too. I love this time of year

  39. The Consumer Queen says

    My kids and I spend the day making chex mix, dipped oreos and pretzels, puppy chow and tons more. They love to be able to do it themselves!