We asked on Facebook: What are your favorite Christmas cookies, pies and holiday desserts? Any fans of mincemeat pie or fruitcakes?
I make my dad Julekage (Norwegian Christmas Bread) twice a year. I also make my great-grandma Emma’s white fruitcake. There are many more favorites, but, these two are staples in our family at Christmas.
I look forward to the Angelo Brocato Cuccidati and Biscotti Regina cookies we bring in from NOLA for the holidays. They are my favorite and remind me of holidays with my grandparents.
Choco-Pecan Pie. The pecans are soaked in a tablespoon of bourbon, and chocolate chips are added. It is a family favorite.
Every Christmas, my daughter makes biscotti from her Grandma Giusti’s recipe. They are wonderful!
Donna Corbett Newding
My wife, Janet Sheehan-Guidry, makes a pumpkin pie from an old family recipe. It contains molasses and brown sugar and is made from fresh baking pumpkins, not a can … spicy and delicious!
Gaido’s pecan pie! A tradition unlike any other!
John’s grandmother’s pecan fruitcake cookies (no bitter fruits) are absolutely addicting; iced — not frosted — cutout cookies; and Italian amaretto almond cookies. Some tasty mincemeat pie recipes, but buttermilk pie or vinegar pie with a dollop of fresh whipped cream — old-fashioned Texas goodness!
Holidays are all about pies! My mom makes pumpkin and pecan with homemade whipped cream every year. I love an apple cranberry crumble and the coconut cream pie from The Dot Coffee Shop is the best to buy!
Fruitcake is my favorite any time of the year!
Georgia Saracco Meyer
My grandmother was an incredible baker who blessed our family every holiday with homemade cakes and pies. To this day, no holiday would be complete without her rum cake. When it is baking in the oven, I feel like she is with me.
I love fruitcake! My mom used to make it every year and my grandma always had a Corsicana Texas fruitcake sent to her home in Michigan! And then my mom’s date-filled cookies. Our daughter makes them now. Deliciousness!
Patricia Forbes Tewksbury
Never have been a fan of mincemeat or fruitcakes, although it seems that they were always on the table while I was growing up. My favorites are sand tarts and gingerbread cookies!
Favorite holiday dessert — peppermint ice cream. And my mama used to make a white fruit cake that I love.
Susan Black Rice
Some eggnog spiked with rum or bourbon makes a good holiday dessert!
Love, love, love mincemeat pie, but each year gets harder and harder to find.
Decorated spritz cookies. My Nana was a whiz at Christmas cookies. Louisiana pecan pie and pumpkin pie with loads of whipped cream.
Linda Wold Lorch
My mother’s sugar cookies and ginger cookies are to die for. Not to mention her homemade pie crust with any filling!
Pecan pie with a scoop of Blue Bell Vanilla Bean ice cream.
Christmas is a box of chocolate-covered cherries and molasses cookies.
Sally Shelton Rush
My mother made Pumpkin Chiffon pie. Wonderful! I try to keep the tradition going.
We always like my mom’s Lemon Pecan cake. It doesn’t have much of the candied fruit, but has plenty of raisins, cherries and pecans!
Andrea Pieri Sunseri
The pecan pie from Gaido’s.
Laury Beth Roach
Fruitcake! I make the family recipe that dates back at least 125 years. After baking the loaves and allowing them to cool overnight, I begin basting the loaves with spiced rum. This fruitcake is not sickeningly sweet, but is full of flavor. My wife will not eat fruitcake, except for my family’s recipe.
My Mom made homemade fruitcakes all of her life. I love fruitcake the way she made it.
Judy Buxton Elmendorf
Homemade Buttermilk Pecan Pralines. Smooth, glossy and melt in your mouth so fast, you wonder where it went.
Potato chip cookies and mint chocolate chip cookies.
My mom was Canadian, so we ate delicious mincemeat pie — just the smell fills the kitchen and my heart with memories of Christmas past.
My mom always made mincemeat (one without meat for me) and pumpkin pie.
It’s not Christmas without my zucchini bread!
Trudy Deen Davis
Pumpkin rolls are a must in my house.
Jennifer Winfrey Nelsen
There is only one fruit cake in the world and it just keeps getting passed around. Not a fan.
Jerry Curran Luedecke
We love mincemeat pie. You have to buy the filling and make your own, unless you want to start from scratch completely. The frozen pies are now mince pies (minus the meat).
Cathie Smith Reese
Pumpkin pie and Gaido’s pecan pie.
Mincemeat pie, cut out cookies and divinity.
Carol Egert Jones
I loved my mother’s mincemeat pie! When I had it, I remember pretending that it was bitterly cold outside, probably in London. The reality was usually another overly warm Texas December.
Homemade apple pie with Bluebell Vanilla Ice Cream.
Roxanne Clarke Gonzales
I think we should revisit the whole fruitcake idea and try and make it better.
Chef Jimmy Graves
My grandfather, who resided in Hitchcock, made mince meat pies. I wouldn’t even taste it, as a kid, it sounded gross.
Wanda McWhorter Huddleston
Millionaire Pie and no-bake cheesecake. Just because they are so easy.
I’m fairly certain we never make the same assortment of cookies twice, but for as long as I can remember, Shari Brasher Daughtry, Lisa Framel Williams and myself have taken an entire day in December to make dozens upon dozens of homemade cookies to give to neighbors, friends and co-workers. Definitely one of my favorite holiday memories!