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7 Delicious Festive Treats

Christmas is so close now that you can almost smell it!  Well you can smell the festive treats that are coming out of the kitchen at any rate.

So with Christmas now well and truly here, I thought it would be a great opportunity to hear from some fellow bloggers about their favourite festive treats.

It’s always great to be able to search through Pinterest and look at all the amazing treats, but it’s also nice to her a bit more behind the story.

Believe it or not, bloggers are real people, and behind all these amazing recipes there is someone who has shared a piece of them with you.

So today we get to hear a little more about that story and why these festive treats are so special.

Besides, there is still some time to do some last minute baking, so sit back and relax and see if any of these take your fancy!

7 Festive Treats

Catherine from Smart Party Planning:

As you know I am not a huge baker.  I can appreciate amazing treats as good as the next person, but I do struggle in the kitchen.  I therefore like to keep things as simple as possible, to ensure that I don’t get flustered and a result is gained that I can smile at.

So for me, I would have to share these reindeer cookies that can easily be whipped up in no time at all.  My daughter thinks they are the best thing since sliced bread and I love the excitement in her eyes as she tucks into them.  She takes off each lolly in turn, almost admiring it before eating.

Sometimes the simple things are the best.

Reindeer Cookies

Ritu from Scrumptious Indian Recipes:

I am always excited about Christmas. Our family comes together; we exchange gifts, greet each other with Christmas songs and have delicious food at dinner table. This day is very special to me.

I love making “Rice Pudding” on this special day. This is the tradition at home, whenever we have some special occasions and festivals, my mom makes it for us.  It is everybody’s favorite.

The best part about it is, no special preparation is needed. It is made of 3 ingredients available in everybody’s kitchen.  Each time I make it, it turns out really well.  It never get wasted, we always crave for more.

This is our family traditional recipe. It is called as “Rice Kheer” in India. When cooked and garnished with dry fruit, it looks incredibly inviting.

Rice Pudding

Linda from With A Blast:

Even though this is a fairly new recipe, we already love it so much and my family keeps asking for these Candy Cane Chocolate Mousse Cups {which I now also fill the Macaroon Cups with all kinds of different fillings}.

I make the Cups in batches and they keep well for a few days in a sealed container and the kids usually grab a cup and fill it with ice-cream as we are experiencing a very hot Summer in South-Africa at the moment.

Candy Cane Chocolate Macarons

Kirsten from Treat Yourself Sweeter:

30+ close family members, squeezing around the old family table at Grandma’s (yeah, that does sometimes mean sharing a chair) eating a feast that you could only imagine in your dreams. That is my Hungarian Christmas.

That is my reality every year, and I love it. We celebrate on Christmas eve and with a little magic, after dinner the angels deliver presents while we go for a walk to bask in the neighbourhood Christmas lights.

We return to a room of coloured presents and a table which has been magically reformed into a decadent dessert filled delight. All things chocolate, cookies, cakes (and fruit… to balance it all out!).

Although I never grew up in the snow, black forest desserts remind me of fire places, Christmas trees and snuggling with loved ones.

Black Forest Christmas Truffles

Christy from Christy’s Cooking Creations:

These super soft cream cheese sugar cookies have to be my favorite. They are simple, stay soft for days upon days and you can dip them in colored sugar, sprinkles or even crushed candy canes. Plus, everyone needs cookies for Santa!

Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies

Ilona from Ilona’s Passion:

I grew up in Europe (exactly in Poland) and I love our Christmas traditions. I remember the time just before the Christmas; we had to clean up the whole house before we even began to cook and bake.

For Christmas Eve we do not eat meat. We mostly prepare fish, pierogies (dumplings), borscht, mushroom soup, potatoes etc. It has to be 12 meatless dishes. I like them all at Christmas and they are very special for me.

Always, just before Christmas I bake sugar cookies with my two children. I really enjoy this time because I can bond with my children. I bake and they spend whole day decorating them with delicious frosting and sprinkles. This is my favorite time of the year; we just spend time together by baking our favorite cookies.

Kids Christmas Cookies

Annette from Cheeky Cheesecakes:

Hands down, this is my ultimate favorite Christmas cheesecake. It is my number one choice cheesecake.  This White Chocolate Cheesecake is always a hit with family and friends.

I love watching their facial expressions while it’s being eaten and enjoyed.  It is extremely silky and creamy.  This cheesecake is utterly delicious with and looks beautiful with it’s edible pearls and white snowflakes.

White Cheesecake

Jennifer from Nana’s Wisdom:

My favorite treat I like to prepare & make for Christmas is of course shortbread. I think it is my favorite as it holds great memories of family Christmas’s and my Nanna’s homemade shortbread.

The shortbread always graced the Christmas table for as long as I can remember, my Nanna had a nack of making  this shortbread extra special to us all. These days I  make the families shortbread for Christmas.

Shortbread

Now that everyone has shared their favourite festive treat, what would you say yours is? Do you have something you make year in and year out?

Whatever you choose to indulge in this Christmas, I hope that you have a truly wonderful time with friends and family.

Thanks for reading

Catherine

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10 Responses to 7 Delicious Festive Treats

  1. Linda @ With A Blast December 23, 2014 at 8:17 am #

    Thanks so much for including my Macaroon Cups, Catherine ! Awesome collection – shared !

    • Catherine Holt December 23, 2014 at 1:27 pm #

      Your very welcome Linda, thanks for being involved in the collection. We can certainly spoil ourselves over Christmas with this little lot! Have a wonderful Christmas 🙂

  2. Jennifer Abel December 23, 2014 at 12:54 pm #

    Thank you Catherine for including me in your 7 Delicious Festive Treats. It is so lovely to read about others special festive treats, thank you and have a wonderful Christmas.

    • Catherine Holt December 23, 2014 at 1:19 pm #

      Thanks Jennifer. Christmas certainly wouldn’t be the same without Shortbread!! Have a wonderful Christmas too 🙂

  3. Ilona @ Ilona's Passion December 23, 2014 at 1:29 pm #

    Thank you so much for including cookies baked with my children. It was nice to read all stories from bloggers.

    • Catherine Holt December 23, 2014 at 10:30 pm #

      Thanks for being involved with this Ilona. Baking with children is certainly a wonderful thing to do 🙂

  4. Good Food Lancashire December 23, 2014 at 10:41 pm #

    All the 7 dessert so much delicious and looking so much beautiful.I want to try it.perfect food for Christmas celebration.Thanks for sharing..

    • Catherine Holt December 24, 2014 at 9:14 pm #

      Glad you enjoyed the selection. Have a wonderful Christmas 🙂

  5. Christy December 24, 2014 at 8:27 am #

    Thank you Catherine for including me in your Festive Treats post. All of these sound and look amazing, so happy to be a part of this group! Have a Merry Christmas!

    • Catherine Holt December 24, 2014 at 9:13 pm #

      Your welcome Christy. Love your treats too…happy Christmas 🙂

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