Handy Holiday Recipe List

Confession: My recipe cabinet is only semi-organized. The cookbooks stand in a row and there’s a notebook with old cooking magazines inside, but not one of the recipes is computerized or tagged. Random recipes written on loose cards or notes and torn-out magazine pages are stored in a big zip-loc bag. That’s the extent of my recipe organization, but it has worked for many years so it’s not likely to change anytime soon.

Of course there are times when I just cannot find a certain recipe. Someone forgot to put it back in the bag, or maybe it got thrown away in the kitchen cleanup. I’m here to spare you the cyber-equivalent of searching through cabinets and drawers for a lost recipe.

Before this blog existed, most of my holiday recipes resided in that plastic bag. Now they live in a digital world and are easily accessible to our family–and you!

Holiday Recipe List

Hot Pretzels (Make these as spicy–or not–as you wish! Great salty, crunchy finger food to offset all of the sweets. Quick to whip up a big batch to take to a party.)





Scotcheroos (Our all-time favorite Christmas goodie! These have even shown up as the groom’s cake at a wedding. They are a Christmas Eve MUST!)








Peanut Candy (Quick and easy BIG batch for gifts or gatherings. Choose vanilla or chocolate, depends on the almond bark used.)







Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies (Only THREE ingredients! Pop a chocolate kiss or other Christmas candy on top to make them holiday-special.)








Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix (one of our favorite gifts for Sunday School teachers, neighbors and friends! Package it in a jar or holiday container. Be sure to include instructions for 1/3 cup to a mug of hot water.)





Easy Caramel Popcorn (Quick to make, delicious delicate crunch. Great gift, and hard to believe it’s this easy!)








Homemade Toffee (A tin of this would make a great gift! You could use vanilla almond bark and color it red and green to swirl on top for a Christmas touch.)







Buckeyes (Chocolate peanut butter balls–an easy candy treat!)






Chocolate Snowballs (Gooey chocolate and pecan balls rolled in powdered sugar. An heirloom recipe my family made when I was young.)








Spritz Pillow Cookies (Buttery spritz cookies with a chocolate candy bar inside–these are my personal favorite Christmas Eve goodie! If you eat them when they’re warm from the oven, the chocolate is melt-y.)






Happy cooking for the holidays!

Comment if you have any questions…


  1. Lisa Manske says:

    I love buckeyes but I’ve never made them. I’ll try to do that this year

    1. Charlotte says:

      We love them! They look fancy but they’re easy–and with peanut butter and chocolate, what’s not to like? 🙂

  2. Oh, some of these are gluten free! The peanut candies remind me of my cousins’ Grandma Marion’s white chocolate candies that she sent my family when I was in elementary school. I later made them when I was a young mom and they were much sweeter than I remembered. I wanted to rename them sugar bombs. Thanks for helping me think of fun times.

    1. Charlotte says:

      Aww, what sweet memories! Love that!

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