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Did you know that Christmas is NEXT WEEK? It’s true, and here I sit with not one single present purchased. It’s par for the course with me, really. In fact, I’m not sure I’ve ever had my shopping done before the week of Christmas.

I do at least know what I’m making for the Christmas dinner we’ll be attending this weekend… if only because someone specifically requested it.

If you aren’t sure what to bring to an upcoming gathering, never fear!
I thought it might be helpful to link to all of the holiday recipes I’ve shared in one post…I’ve also included some recipes from the archives that I think would make good additions to any holiday table.

You can thank me later.

1. Lactose-free cake and icing (Well you can’t just leave your dairy-free loved ones with no dessert)

2. Cherry Delight

3. Peanut Butter Cup Pie


4. Christmas Toffee

5. Hot Fudge Pie

6. Heart healthy pie crust (for whatever holiday pie your heart desires)

7. Sweet and spicy meatballs (would make a great appetizer)

8. Turnip gratin

9. Darn good chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting

10. Cast iron skillet cornbread

Of course, you could always just swing by the store on the way to your Christmas gathering and pick up some already made cookies…but that doesn’t really say “I love you”, you know?

If you’ve liked my page on Facebook (you can do it in the right-hand sidebar over there), you probably saw that I made an experimental dessert on Friday. I had been kicking the idea around ever since I made the cherry delight, and I decided the BF’s family Christmas was the perfect occasion for my mystery concoction.
Turns out, no one minded playing pie guinea pig because it was really pretty good!

Here’s what you need to make this super quick and easy holiday (or anytime) treat:

Oreo crust (I used a store-bought crust this time. Shameful, I know)

For the chocolate filling:

1 envelope Dream Whip

1/2 cup cold milk

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

3/4 cup powdered sugar

4 ounces cream cheese, softened and cut into cubes

For the peanut butter filling:

1envelope Dream Whip

1/2 cup cold milk

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup peanut butter

1/2 cup powdered sugar


Prepare Dream Whip according to package directions. Add cocoa and cream cheese and mix well. Once combined, add powdered sugar. Mix well. Spread about half of the chocolate filling into an even layer in the bottom of your crust. Cover and refrigerate.

Peanut butter:

Prepare Dream Whip according to package directions. Add peanut butter and powdered sugar. Mix well.

Spread a thin layer of peanut butter filling over the chocolate layer in your pie crust. I had a little peanut butter filling left (about 1/2 cup that The BF gladly ‘taste tested’)… You’ll want the middle layer to be a bit thinner than the others. Top peanut butter layer with the remaining chocolate filling, cover and refrigerate. Mine chilled overnight, and I think that is the best way to go.


I apologize for the not-so-great picture. I totally forgot to take a picture until the darn thing was almost gone. I did sneak a little piece, and I have to toot my own horn a bit on this one. Toot!

In other words, it’s tasty!

Here’s the BF and I, modeling his Dirty Santa gift of Bubba teeth, fake pink mustaches, and a spy disguise:


We’re hot.

Am I allowed to call it that or am I supposed to call it Holiday toffee?

Wait, since when did I care?

So anyway… back to the candy. This is actually something I’ve shared before, in this post. It’s still one of my all time favorite sweet treats to make this time of year, and if I could just remember to buy some damned ol’ brown sugar I would have already made a batch. Or twelve.

For the recipe, just follow the link above. I was going to re-type it all but…Ok, no I wasn’t.


Just be warned: Once you try a little bite you’ll be hooked, and you may find yourself going back for “just one more tiny piece” until you’ve eaten every last bit.

Don’t worry…If that happens, your secret is safe with me.

I know I dropped the ball a bit on the Thanksgiving front, so I’m hoping to make it up to y’all with some holiday recipes you can make for Christmas and maybe even New Year’s Eve.

The first recipe I’m sharing is something I look forward to every year. I don’t recall a single Thanksgiving or Christmas table at Mamaw’s that wasn’t graced with cherry delight (turns out, it was actually a recipe given to my aunt by her mother-in-law, and it was so good my Mamaw started making it for every holiday).

Similar to cherry cheesecake, but far easier to make. I altered the original recipe a tad (I can’t help it), so this is my version:


1 envelope Dream Whip, prepared to package directions

6 oz. Philadelphia Cream Cheese, softened

1 large can cherry pie filling

1 1/2 Cups graham cracker crumbs

1/2 Stick butter, melted

1/4 cup of sugar

Add cream cheese to prepared Dream Whip and beat until stiff (har dee har har). Set aside.

Mix graham cracker crumbs together with sugar and butter. Press into casserole dish. Pour cream cheese mixture over cracker crust and top with cherries. Chill in the fridge, overnight if possible.


I actually made this for the first time recently. I brought a huge plate full of cherry delight home after Thanksgiving at Mamaw’s, but when I opened the fridge on Saturday it was gone and The BF was wearing a rather sheepish look on his face. I had to ask my aunt for the recipe just so I could make more…and of course, I shared.

I ate all of his ice cream first, though.

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