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Merry Christmas Recipes

Tis the season to warm up by baking “Merry Christmas Recipes!”

Overnight Candy Cane Coffee Cake

Submitted by
Mrs. Rudy Kathryn Detweiler

One of my favorites is this delicious Danish Coffee Cake shaped like a candy cane and with stripes of red strawberry jam!

1 tablespoon dry yeast

1/4 cup warm water

1/2 cup melted butter, cooled

1/2 cup sour cream

2 eggs

3 tablespoons sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

3 cups bread flour

In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water.

In mixing bowl, mix butter, sour cream, eggs, sugar and salt. Add yeast mixture.

Add flour a little at a time while stirring.

Pour into a greased bowl, turning over once to grease the top.

Cover and refrigerate overnight.


2 packages 8 ounce cream cheese

1/2 cup sugar

2 egg yolks

2 teaspoons vanilla

For filling, beat cream cheese, sugar, egg yolks and vanilla together. Set aside.

Punch dough down and divide in half.

(The following is to be done with each half of the dough.)

Roll out 16 inch by 10 inch and put on a greased baking sheet.

Spread filling down center. Take scissors and cut 1 1/2 strips down each side and fold these strips over the filling. Pinch ends to seal.

Curve one end, forming a candy cane.

Cover and let rise 1 hour.

Bake at 350 degrees for 20 – 25 minutes.


1 tablespoon confectioners’ sugar

1 jar (12 ounce) strawberry jam

Sprinkle confectioners’ sugar over cooled coffee cake and spoon jam, creating candy cane stripes over top of coffee cakes.

Christmas Cookies

Submitted by Rachel Miller

4 cups brown sugar

2 cups butter

5 eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla (or lemon)

5 1/2 cups flour

4 teaspoons baking soda

4 teaspoons baking powder

1 2/3 cups milk

1 1/2 teaspoon salt

Cream brown sugar and butter well. Then add the eggs and vanilla. Set aside.

Stir the flour, baking powder and soda together, Add the creamed mixture alternately with the milk. (Add additional flour if needed to make a dough stiff enough to roll out and cut into shapes.)

Roll, cut out shapes and bake at 350 degrees until light brown.

Frost and decorate.

(The dough can be made and chilled overnight.)

Coconut Candy Bars

Submitted by Rachel Miller

1/4 cups light Karo

6 large marshmallows

1 cup coconut

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Melt the Karo and marshmallows on low heat, just until the marshmallows are melted.

Add coconut and vanilla.

Cool and mold.

You can dip the pieces in chocolate if you wish.

These are good with an almond on top of each piece.


Submitted by Sarah Miller

2 ribs of celery, finely minced

1 medium onion, finely minced

1 tablespoon cooking oil

1 pound ground beef

1 (14 1/2 ounce) can diced tomatoes

4 cups cooked macaroni

Salt and pepper to taste

In a large skillet, sauté celery and onion in cooking oil.  Add ground beef; brown.  Add diced tomatoes to mixture, and allow to come to a simmer.  Add cooked macaroni; heat through.  Salt and pepper to taste.  Makes 4 servings.

Variations: Add a tablespoon or two of sugar to sweeten or 1 cup of shredded sharp or mild cheddar cheese.


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