Christmas Dessert Recipes

Children Christmas Baking with Their GrandmaChildren Enjoy Christmas Baking with Grandma
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Grandma's favorite Christmas dessert recipes will help your family to experience an old fashioned Christmas filled to the brim with good eating. Surprise your loved ones this Holiday Season with vintage homemade cakes, cookies, puddings, rich tasting pies, and delicious candies — all made right in your own kitchen using these easy dessert recipes.


Grandma's Christmas Dessert Recipes

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Christmas is a wonderful time for family and friends, a celebration with loved ones. And what better way to celebrate than with traditional treats made from the same old fashioned recipes that Grandma used. Treats that have been prized by generations of dessert lovers. Now, these prized recipes are yours.


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Mom's Christmas Baking

William Ralph Bell Family Christmas in Ottawa 1912Dr. William Ralph Bell and Family on Christmas Day, ca. 1912
(Source: ©Don Bell)

After using Grandma's easy Christmas dessert recipes to prepare baked goods for the Holiday Season, Mom carefully stored her Christmas baking in the kitchen pantry. I so loved the sweet and savory smells in that little room.

There were tins bursting with sugar cookies, holiday squares, fancy tarts, mincemeat pies, and plum puddings all carefully placed on high shelves beyond my reach — until I sneaked in with a tall stool to stand on. ;-)

Secure on the top shelf wrapped in several layers of brown paper was her Christmas fruitcake made from Grandma's recipe. She was so proud of her Christmas cake; it was fruit-filled, moist, and absolutely delicious.

Throughout the Christmas and New Years holidays, whenever visitors came, they were treated to plates filled with homemade goodies, and they could never leave without first sampling a piece or two of Mom's Christmas cake. I have many happy memories associated with Mom's Christmas baking.

Now you can enjoy using the same easy Christmas dessert recipes to make delicious pies, cakes, cookies and puddings — all the trimmings of an old-fashioned Christmas. These make great Christmas gift recipes too. Imagine giving that special someone a gift of homemade shortbread, sugar cookies or Christmas candy. They will love it and love you for it.

Share the Christmas Blessing

Stereoscopic Photo of Children Singing CarolsYoung Children Singing Christmas Carols, c. 1890
(Source: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C., LC-USZ62-112653)

By remembering our kinship with all men;
By well-wishing, friendly speaking, and kindly doing;
By cheering the downcast, and adding sunshine to daylight;
By welcoming strangers (poor shepherds or wise men);
By keeping the music of the Angels' Song in this home;
God help us every one to share the Blessing of Jesus,
In whose Name we keep Christmas.

—Henry Van Dyke

Enjoy making old fashioned Christmas treats for your friends and family this year, and as Tiny Tim said, "God bless us every one!"

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An Early Canadian Christmas Story relates an Anglo-Canadian's fond memories of a Canadian Christmas in the early 1800s.

Christmas Stories and Articles are featured on Dr. Ralph Wilson's Joyful Heart Ministries website. (Note: This link opens onto a new page while leaving this page available for your convenience.)

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The double image is an old fashioned stereoscopic photograph. It can be viewed by leaning close and staring through the images while slightly crossing the eyes until the two images converge to form one 3D picture in the center. Some people find this method easier to do than others, but it is fun to try.


Christmas Morning Excitement

Christmas Morning in the Fleming HomeThe Excitement of a 1960 Christmas Morning
(Source: ©Don Bell)

Do you remember how exciting Christmas mornings were when you were young? Getting that special present you dreamed about is something you never forget. My wife Vicki was just a little girl when the above photo was taken, and she wasn't letting go of her first bike.

Did you ever hunt for your presents before Christmas? I often hunted without success. But, I did find one of my presents by chance one year.

My Uncle Max arrived on Christmas Eve to spend the holidays with us. He hid my present behind the chesterfield in the living room, planning to wrap it early on Christmas morning before I woke up. However, things didn't go as planned.

I was playing with my Dinky Toys on Christmas Eve while the grownups talked, and one of my cars rolled behind the chesterfield. While retrieving it, I stumbled across my present. It was a band-new baseball bat, and I tripped over it, landing on my behind. I can still hear Uncle Max laughing.

Just thinking about the old fashioned Christmas dessert recipes brought back these fond memories.





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