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Family Fun: Recipes For The Holidays

Pregnant mother baking with her two daughters

Spending time together in the kitchen often tops the list of favorite holiday memories for many families. Perhaps it’s preparing a recipe passed down through the generations. Or maybe it’s decorating treats to give to relatives and neighbors. It could also be as simple as putting together a special treat for an afternoon of watching movies or playing games.

We paged through several La Leche League recipe collections and chose a few treats that we thought would be just right for the holidays or even throughout the year. As always, we understand that not every recipe or ingredient will work for every family. We’d love to hear how you personalized the recipes or if you have your own favorite recipe to share!

Dandy Candy (Feed Yourself, Feed Your Family p. 241) – Makes about 10 dozen.

  • ¼ cup nuts, finely chopped
  • ½ cup finely shredded coconut
  • ¼ cup sesame seeds
  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup dry milk powder
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • ½ cup carob powder
  • ½ cup honey
  • ¼ cup wheat germ
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with wax paper. Combine the nuts, coconut, and sesame seeds on the pan and spread in an even layer.

2. Combine the oats, milk powder, peanut butter, carob powder, honey, wheat germ, 2 tablespoons water, and vanilla in a large bowl. Stir until very well mixed.

3. Scoop a rounded teaspoon of the mixture, roll into a ball, and place on the prepared pan. Repeat with the remaining mixture.

4. Gently roll the balls in the nut mixture until well coated, pressing to adhere. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour and up to 1 week.

Fresh Apple Gingerbread (Whole Foods For The Whole Family p. 245) – Yield: 9 servings.

  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 2 to 3 large eggs
  • 2/3 cup molasses
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1½ teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon each ground cinnamon and nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 ¼ cups grated apple

Cream butter, eggs and molasses in mixer bowl. Combine dry ingredients. Add to creamed mixture alternately with milk. Stir in grated apple. Pour into greased and floured 9×9-inch cake pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 to 45 minutes. Cool in pan for 10 minutes; remove to wire rack to cool completely. May top with sweetened whipped cream if desired.

Fruit Pizza (Whole Foods From The Whole World p. 187) – Yield: 36 servings.

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup honey
  • 2 Tablespoons apple juice
  • Honey Cookie Crust (see below)
  • 1 15-ounce can pineapple chunks
  • 1 11-ounce can mandarin oranges
  • 3 to 4 bananas, sliced
  • 1 cup sliced strawberries
  • 3 Tablespoons cornstarch

Beat cream cheese and honey in mixer bowl until fluffy. Stir in enough apple juice to make of spreading consistency. Spread over baked Honey Cookie Crust. Drain pineapple and mandarin oranges, reserving liquid. Top cream cheese layer with pineapple, mandarin oranges, bananas and strawberries. Cook remaining apple juice, reserved fruit juices and cornstarch in saucepan until thickened, stirring constantly. Pour over fruit. Chill until serving time.

Honey Cookie Crust (Whole Foods From The Whole World p. 187) – Yield: 36 servings.

  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • ½ cup oil
  • ½ to ¾ cup honey
  • 2 eggs
  • 2¾ cups unbleached flour
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

Beat butter, oil, honey and eggs in mixer bowl until light and fluffy. Add flour, cream of tartar, salt and baking soda; mix well. Press into 10×15-inch baking pan. Bake in preheated 400-degree oven for 10 minutes. Cool. May substitute whole wheat flour for all or part of unbleached white flour.

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