My Family’s Traditional Christmas-Time Treats!

First of all, thanks so much for all the blog prompts!  They have been sooooooooo helpful!  Sometimes my brain just goes, “Duuhhh,” and I need help jump-starting it!  So thank you, thank you!

I thought an easy one to start with from the list everyone compiled for me would be some recipes of a few of our family’s traditional Christmas-Time treats!  I know, I know…we all eat too much sugar and sweet stuff at this time of year…but still…it’s fun, right?  I think I’ll start with two (even give a little history along with them), and then see how you like these and if you want any others.  Okay?  So, this may turn out to be a little longer blog than you think!  You know how chatty I get when it comes to yummy stuff to eat!

We’ll begin with my Avocado Dip.  When I was a kid and even well into my teens, I didn’t like guacamole…not at all.  I’m serious!  I’m not sure why, but I just didn’t really like it.  Stunning, I know–but true.  It wasn’t until I was high school and this guy in our neighborhood brought over some avocado dip someone in his family had made, that I was hooked!   I think the reason this dip hooked me when guacamole never had, was because it had cream cheese in it and the cream cheese kind of diluted the avocado and added a cream cheesy wonderment to it!  Whatever the reason, I loved it and my mom started making the avocado dip every year for the holidays!  When I got married, I started making it, too…and over the years I toyed with the original recipe here and there until it was just right (kind of like the porridge Goldilocks end up with on her little jaunt into home invasion)!  My husband and kids have loved this dip forever!  Though I will admit that Kevin, Mitch and myself are the ones who seem to gorge on it.  It’s soooooooooooo good!  AND best served with Nacho Cheese Doritos (which I could do a whole blog about on their own, by the way)!  Thus, if you like this kind of thing, here’s my tried and true avocado dip recipe!

Marcia’s Avocado Dip


1 8 oz. package of cream cheese (softened)
3 VERY large or 6 Medium avocados
1/2 cup finely minced onion
2 T. lemon juice
3/4 t. garlic powder
3/4 t. salt
1 & 1/2 cups diced tomatoes (cherry or grape tomatoes are my favorite)
1-2 t. of Tabasco sauce (basically however much you prefer to taste)

Scoop avocados out of the peels and remove pits (of course).  In a medium sized bowl, use a hand mixer to smash and cream together avocado meat and cream cheese.  Quickly add lemon juice and mix in.  Add garlic powder, Tabasco Sauce, salt and onion and mix well.  Then fold in tomatoes and chill for at least two hours before serving (with Nacho Cheese Doritos, of course!).  I could eat this until I’m sick!  Love it!

Next…My Mom’s Toffee Bar Cookies were/are also one of our favorite, favorite treats this time of year!  Kevin (who rarely likes anything sweet other than ice cream) loves these so much, that my mom used to make him a batch for her Christmas present to him!  Mmmm!  I can remember helping my mom make these…I was the melted-chocolate-spreader (a very cush and delicious job) and couldn’t wait for them to be finished!  I make these every year without fail!  Love them!

My Mom’s Toffee Bar Cookies


1 c. softened BUTTER
1 c. brown sugar
1 egg YOLK
2 c. flour
1 t. vanilla
8 oz. of Milk Chocolate Bars broken into pieces (You know…Hershey’s!  Mmmm!)
1 c. chopped pecan pieces or pecan cookie pieces

Cream the butter and sugar.  Add in the egg yolk and vanilla and mix well.  Gradually add flour.  Spread batter in lightly greased 9×13 glass backing dish.  Bake at 350 for 20-30 minuted until golden brown.  (Watch it closely…it’s easy to under or over cook it!)  Remove from oven and immediately place broken chocolate bar pieces all over the top.  When the chocolate is soft enough, carefully and evenly spread it over the surface of the cook with knife.  Sprinkle on nuts.  Cut while still a little warm, but let it cool for several hours before eating!  Delicous!

Let me know if you want any other of our traditional recipes!  I have some other yummy ones!

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9 Responses to My Family’s Traditional Christmas-Time Treats!

  1. Sandy A. says:

    I should make some! I love it! Haven’t had it in a long time!

  2. Stacey says:

    Marcia!! YUM!! Those sound delish! And with nacho cheeese doritos?? mmmmm!! And the toffee bar cookies sound great!! Thanks for sharing the recipes and stories! And of course we sould love as many recipes as you want to share!! MMMMM!!

  3. Karen says:

    Ooooooh! Marcia!!! Those sound so delicious!!! Thank you so much for sharing them with us! I can’t wait to try them! I made your cornbread stuffing a few weeks ago and loved it!! It was so good! I agree with Stacey, OF COURSE WE WANT MORE!!!!!! 🙂 Love ya!

  4. Holly Kurtzeborn says:

    I am SO trying the avacodo dip!! It sounds delicious! I am an avacodo freak 🙂 I could marry them! Haha! 🙂

  5. Oris says:

    I well remember you and your mother making these good things. I also remember how when you were 5 years old, on July 4th you sat under a large bush by the side of the road and wrapped rocks in Christmas wrapping paper. From that day on every year you started getting ready for Christmas.
    Love you,
    Your Dad

  6. Kristie says:

    These sound really good… and sure we want more!!!!! 🙂

  7. Those both sound so good! Thanks for sharing the recipes.

  8. Becki says:

    Thank you! Both sound delish! I can’t wait to try them out. I loved to hear the origin of the recipes as well. We want more!!

  9. Mandy says:

    Yum! I love these recipes and am excited to try them! My first batch of raspberry almonds was a disaster. I’ve modified the recipe and am working up the courage to try them again. 🙂

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