Christmas Sweets, Quotes & Gifts

Christmas Sweets, Quotes & Gifts contains recipes for a variety of sweet treats I have been making around the holidays for decades. Every family has their favorite Christmas cookie, and ours has two, the recipes for which are shared here.

Keep reading for the recipe! My winning Christmas cookie  styled in Country Home magazine

Also enjoy a few holiday themed quotes to pin and gifts to consider giving or for yourself.

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Reminiscent of French Country

Crème Brûlée French Toast

This is a relatively new dish to my brunch repertoire, and it is so easy and delicious! I bake bread weekly and use it for this recipe, but you can use French bread or your favorite from a bakery.

1 stick butter
1 cup brown sugar
2 Tbsp. corn syrup
1 8-9″ round loaf of country style bread
5 eggs
1/4 tsp. salt
1 1/2 cups half and half
1 tsp. vanilla

In a small heavy saucepan, melt butter with brown sugar and corn syrup over a moderate heat, stirring until smooth, and pour into a 9×13 inch baking dish. Cut six 1″ slices from the center portion of the bread and trim the crusts. Arrange slices in one layer in the baking dish, squeezing them slightly to fit.

In a bowl, whisk together eggs, half and half, vanilla, and salt until combined well. Pour over bread. Chill covered, from 8 hours to one day.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and bring bread to room temperature. Bake, uncovered, in center of oven until puffed and edges are pale golden, about 40 minutes.

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White Slipcovered Sofa
French Basket
Courtney Lamp Base
Vintage Chinese Bench
French Country Bed
Tuscan Terracotta Urn Vase
Round Farmhouse Table
Rustic Reclaimed Elm Cabinet
French Chaise
French Farmhouse Dining Table
Milagro Heart
Linen Slipcovered Chair Set
Teak Farmhouse Stool
Edgecombe End Table
Hand Carved 4 Door Sideboard
Metal Accent Table
Galvanized Console Table
Ivory Linen Dining Chair
Metal Martini Table
Handmade Reclaimed Wood Cabinet
French Wire Laundry Basket
White Ruffle Bedding
Gustavian Tub Chair
Handmade Sunburst Mirror
Chateau Linen Back Arm Chair
Linen Napkin Set
French Country Lamp
Venetian Mirror
French Lidded Baskets
French Panel Mirror
Distressed White French Country Chandelier
Antique Chinese Weathered Bench
French Country Headboard
Oval Back Counter Stool, Set of 2
Rococo Floor Lamp
Linen & Burlap Tufted Ottoman
Gertrude Wood Bench
Italian Candelabra Chandelier
Colleen Slope Arm Linen Chair Set
White Ruffle Quilt Set
French Louis Style Arm Chair
Avignon Coat Rack With Hooks
Round Farmhouse Dining Table
Adele Dining Chair
Louis Upholstered Bench
French Accent Chair
Pamela Arm Chair
Sweater Weave Basket
French Wood Chandelier
Terracotta Pots & Basket
French Country Wood Chandelier
French Linen Dining Chair
Galvanized Console Table
French Farmhouse Dining Table
Bar Stool
Beachy White Slipcovered Sofa
Rattan Armchair
Diptyque Oyedo Candle
Cross Back Dining Chair
French Country Candle Holder
French Industrial Metal Chairs (4)
Designer Favorite Wall Mirror
Holborn Lantern Pendant
French Country 6-Light Chandelier
French Country Loveseat
French Country Upholstered Arm Chair
Faux Bois Candleholders
French Ticking Stripe Pillow
Jute Area Rug
French Candle Style Chandelier
Reclaimed Wood 3 Leg Stool
Belgian Linen Sofa
White Ruffle Bedding
Rustic Wood Candlestick Set
French Market Basket
Linen Modern Wing Chair
French Country Farmhouse Baskets
Magnus Table Lamp
Spindle Leg Upholstered Bench
Belgian Style Lamp
Modern Farmhouse Lamp
White Slipcovered Sofa
Scrubbed Wood 5-Light Chandelier
Arched Champagne Wall Mirror
Moravian Star 1-Light Pendant
Highback Armchair
Mini Pendant Light
White Vase Set
Round Woven Placemat Set
Fireclay Farm Sink (Reinhard, 30″)
Matelasse Coverlet
Quilted Coverlet
Boheme Madera Bench
Belgian Linen Duvet Set
Round Marble Side Table
Rustic Pedestal Farm Table
Teak Farmhouse Stool
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Simple Lovely Punch

This is basically a strawberry float. It’s a punch I grew up with and is like our family faux eggnog since we like drinking sugar more than eggs. You can certainly add rum or Chambord to this should you like your floats boozy.

1/2 gallon really good vanilla ice cream

2 cups strawberries (halved) frozen (or a package of frozen)

3 Tbsp. sugar

1 2-liter bottle ginger ale

In a punch bowl or large mixing bowl, add ice cream then strawberries. Sprinkle on sugar. Add ginger ale to cover, combine gingerly, then top off with ginger ale as needed.

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French Market Tote
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Emerald Home Salerno Sand Gray Bench with Upholstered Seat And Carved Legs
Louis Upholstered Bench
French Country Vintner's Rattan Basket
French Country Vintner’s Rattan Basket
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Hello Lovely Special K Bars

These are from my childhood in the 70s and every holiday since then since they are a family tradition. Other recipes call for a 2:1 ratio of butterscotch to chocolate, but mine are heavier on the chocolate, and dark delivers a completely different result than milk chocolate.

1 cup sugar

1 cup corn syrup

1 1/2 cups smooth peanut butter

6 cups Special K cereal

11 oz. package butterscotch chips (I like Hershey’s)

11 oz. package dark chocolate chips (I like Hershey’s)

Lightly grease a cookie sheet or half sheet pan (I use one that is 10.5″ x 15.5″) or spray with nonstick spray. Place cereal in a very large mixing bowl. Bring sugar and syrup to a boil, then remove from heat. Add peanut butter and stir to completely melt and combine. Pour mixture over cereal in bowl and delicately fold together with silicone spatula. Pour into prepared pan and press lightly with wet hands to form an even thickness. Melt the butterscotch and chocolate chips together (I use microwave), then pour over pan. Let cool completely, then cut into small squares. These freeze wonderfully – I cut them first then freeze small quantities.

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Swedish Christmas Cookies (aka Luke’s Christmas Love Cookies)

If you have been reading this blog for a length of time, then you know about my cookies. I have baked them with my sons their entire lives. It’s just not Christmas without them. Winning a contest for them at Country Home was a game changer for me and inspired me to put myself out there creatively online.

Prep: 50 minutes – Chill: 2 hours – Bake: 7 minutes/batch –  Preheat oven: 375°

1 cup butter, softened

1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. cream of tartar

1 egg

1 tsp. vanilla

1/2 tsp. almond extract

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 7-oz. jar marshmallow cream

3/4 cup butter, cut up and softened

3/4 tsp. vanilla

1/2 cup powdered sugar

Colored sprinkles

1. In a large mixing bowl, with an electric mixer on medium to high speed, beat 1 cup butter for 30 seconds. Add 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar, baking soda, and cream of tartar. Beat until combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Beat in egg, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and almond extract. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Stir in any remaining flour. Divide in half. Cover and chill for 2 to 3 hours or until easy to handle.

2. On a lightly floured surface roll half of dough at a time until slightly less than 1/4 inch thick. Cut dough using a 2 1/2-inch star-shape cutter. Place 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.

3. Bake in 375° oven 7 to 8 minutes or until edges begin to brown. Transfer to wire racks; cool.

4. In large mixing bowl beat marshmallow cream, gradually adding 3/4 cup softened butter. Beat in 3/4 teaspoon vanilla and 1/2 cup powdered sugar. Spread or pipe atop cookies. Sprinkle with colored sprinkles. Makes 6 1/2 dozen cookies.

TO STORE : Store in a single layer in refrigerator until frosting sets, about 1 hour. Store in a single layer in an airtight container in refrigerator for up to 3 days. For longer storage, freeze uniced cookies.

Per cookie: 73 cal., 4 g fat (3 g sat. fat), 14 mg chol., 49 mg sodium, 8 g carbo., 0 g dietary fiber, 1 g protein.

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Thanks for reading and for always making my day with your comments! Do visit more holiday themed posts for inspiration and cheer.

Peace to you right where you are.


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  1. Carole J Fox
    December 14, 2018 / 11:08 pm

    Michele, it gave me joy to watch you having a sweet joyful moment. Thank you for singing and playing for us. Happy Advent!

    • michele
      December 15, 2018 / 1:02 pm

      Thrilled to have you here and so grateful you tuned in. Happy Advent and peace to you. xox

  2. Christie
    December 15, 2018 / 9:58 am

    Merry Christmas and a Jesus filled one! Lovely video and just so love that song

    • michele
      December 15, 2018 / 1:01 pm

      Jesus filled is music to my ears. Peace to you, friend, and thanks for reading/listening!

  3. December 15, 2018 / 11:55 am

    This is such a lovely post! Thanks for the scripture passages and quotes. They help me slow down a bit during this busy time and ponder the beautiful mystery of Christmas ❤️

    • michele
      December 15, 2018 / 1:01 pm

      Oh the mystery! Leaning into it and falling in love with it are surely the most important things I can do right now too. Peace to you, and thank you so much for your loyal readership, friend. xox

  4. Marilyn S.
    December 15, 2018 / 4:02 pm

    Thank you for sharing your heart – your video left me full and speechless .
    Col.1: 13 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves,

    • michele
      December 16, 2018 / 12:20 pm

      Thanks for reading and listening with such tenderness. xox

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