Countdown to Christmas: Recommended Recipes

What would Christmas be without some special treats for the table? Quiltmaker’s Countdown to Christmas continues with recipes from our staff.

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Shayla Wolf is QM’s newest staff member. She handles administrative duties and we’re happy to have her on our team. This recipe is a favorite at Shayla’s house.

Puppy Chow —or— Muddy Buddies!

9 cups Chex cereal
1 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup butter
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
2 1-gallon zippered plastic bags

Place cereal in a large bowl and set aside. In a medium microwavable bowl, add chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter. Microwave on High for 1 minute and stir. Microwave 30 seconds longer and stir mixture until smooth. Stir in vanilla. Pour sauce over cereal and stir until evenly coated.

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Spoon half of the mixture into each 1-gallon zippered plastic bag. Add 3/4 cup powdered sugar to each bag and seal. Shake the bag until everything is coated. Spread on waxed or parchment paper to cool. Store in airtight container in refrigerator.

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QM’s Editor-in-Chief June Dudley steers the ship for us here at the magazine. She shared a keeper from her recipe repertoire. This is one I am definitely going to try—maybe with some homemade gingersnaps.

Pumpkin Dip for Gingerbread Cookies

1 can (15 oz.) pumpkin
8 oz. cream cheese
8 oz. cool whip
1 cup brown sugar
1 tsp. Cinnamon (or to taste)
1 tsp. Nutmeg (or to taste)
1 tsp. Ginger (or to taste)
Gingerbread cookies or apple slices for dipping

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Combine the ingredients and use as a dip for gingerbread cookies or apple slices.

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Eileen Fowler is Associate Editor for QM. She writes patterns, reviews products, plans kits and is our in-house Excel expert.

Eileen says, “Here’s a very simple recipe that has passed through several generations on my mother’s Irish side of the family. We consider it the ultimate comfort food (we cooked it up a lot in the winter—kept the kitchen warm)!”

Rice Pudding

1/2 cup white rice
1/2 cup sugar
1 quart milk
Pinch of salt
1/2 tsp nutmeg
Handful of raisins (about 1/4 to 1/2 cup)

Combine the rice, sugar, milk and salt in a casserole dish. Pop it in a 350º oven. Stir occasionally during the first half hour. Add raisins and nutmeg.

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Reduce heat to 300º and bake for another two hours. Serve warm with a little cream and a dash of nutmeg.

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I had a hard time choosing just one recipe to share, but I’m going with this favorite. Seriously yummy—it won’t last long.

Crunchy Banana Coffee Cake with Baked-In Topping

3 ripe bananas, mashed
2/3 cup butter
1 2/3 cups sugar
3 eggs
2 1/4 cups flour
1 1/4 tsp. baking powder
1 1/4 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 cup buttermilk

3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup chopped pecans
1 cup coconut (more or less to suit yourself)
1/3 cup butter, very soft or melted
2 Tablespoons milk

Cream the butter, sugar and eggs. Add the bananas. Combine the dry ingredients and stir them in. Add the buttermilk.

In a separate bowl, combine the topping ingredients.

Spread the coffee cake batter in a greased 9″ x 13″ pan. Place spoonfuls of the topping over the batter. Bake at 350º for 25 to 35 minutes or until batter is cooked through.

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Thanks for joining us. Now it’s time to get cookin’!

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About Diane Harris

I'm an editor for Quiltmaker magazine in Golden, Colorado, USA. For six years, I wrote pattern instructions, product reviews and how-to articles. Then I spent four years as QM's Interactive Editor, working to generate much of our online content. Now I'm back to patterns and how-tos, which is a great fit for me. I still love writing about quilt-related topics for Quilty Pleasures, and I always have my finger on the pulse of the quilting world. I teach a variety of quilt classes and give guild programs, too. Reach me by email:
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4 Responses to Countdown to Christmas: Recommended Recipes

  1. Karyn says:

    Muddy Buddies are dangerously good…better make a double batch…

  2. Claudia says:

    If you like the Muddy Buddies, pop on over to the Betty Crocker website. There are lots of recipies using Chex cereals. I made some wonderful Chocolate Stout Carmel Corn today, and I’m not a beer drinker. But move over guys, it is mine, mine, mine!

  3. JoAnne T. says:

    I had never heard of “Muddy Buddies”! I love that, thank you so much. I will be making that as soon as I return from the grocery store tomorrow. Thank you for all those yummy recipes!

  4. Karlene says:

    All the recipies sound yummy!

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