Sunday, December 4, 2011

Holiday Giveaways: The Pastry Queen Christmas - Closed



This giveaway is now closed, and a winner has been chosen.

For this week's giveaway, one lucky reader will win a copy of The Pastry Queen Christmas by Rebecca Rather.  The Pastry Queen is one of my very favorite cookbooks, and I love her Christmas cookbook just as much.  From breakfast treats, to salads, sandwiches, and appetizers, to main course offerings and side dishes, to over-the-top desserts and sweets, this cookbook has it all for perfect holiday entertaining.  And while many of the recipes are geared towards holiday gatherings, I've found myself cooking from it all year round.  You may  have already seen a few recipes from this book here on the blog:  Apple-Spice Layer Cake with Caramel-Swirl Icing, Bacon-Green Bean Bundles, Warm Pear-Ginger Upside Down Cake, Red Velvet Cupcakes, and Wild Mushroom Quesadillas with Cranberry-Pecan Salsa.  And I can think of a few more off the top of my head that I have made but not blogged.  I already have several recipes bookmarked to be part of my holiday baking and cooking for this year too!

The Rules:
  1. To enter, leave me a comment telling me your favorite holiday dessert.
  2. One entry per person.  The winner will be chosen by a random number generator.
  3. Must leave a valid email address with your entry (I need a way to get in touch with you if you win!!)
  4. Giveaway is open until Thursday 12/8 at 11 pm.


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cocobock said...

My grandmother's homemade cannoli are a Christmas favorite!

Katie said...

All different types of Christmas cookies!

Michelle Harrison mnr91199@yahoo.com said...

My favorite Christmas recipie is a red velvet layer cake!!!

Barb said...

My favorite is steamed Christmas pudding with brandy butter! It'll keep you warm on a cold winter's night!

amanda @ fake ginger said...

Fudge is my favorite holiday dessert! My grandma makes THE best.

Ashley C said...

Royal iced sugar cookies, delicious!

ascote727@yahoo.com

Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen said...

So it's kind of a weird dessert, but my mom makes chocolate covered potato chips at Christmas that are deeeelicious if you love the sweet/salty combo! They're one of my favorite treats ever!

maggiekathleengill at gmail

warmvanillasugar said...

My favorite is my Grandma's Butterscotch Pie! It's so awesome!

Meghan said...

My favorite holiday dessert is Buckeyes and my best friend's mom's chocolate chip cookies.

ginny said...

Ina Garten's pecan bars. They're ridiculously decadent, and I can only justify making them once a year!

marci.licious said...

I still love the sugar cookies my mom made every year when I was little. We still make them together and even though they are simple, they are still my favorites. I'd love to give her this cookbook as a gift.

CL said...

Christmas cookies - all types! :)

Barb bjpershe54@yahoo.com said...

My favorite is steamed Christmas pudding with brandy butter.

Belladatura said...

Russian teacakes (aka Mexican Wedding Cakes) are my absolute favorite. Melt in your mouth deliciousness.

Sara said...

I'd have to agree with Belladatura - Mexican wedding cakes are my fave!

Melisa said...

All sorts of holiday goodies -- molasses cookies, oreo balls, cashew brittle, and on and on and on!
melisa 93 at hotmail dot com

The Beachside Baker said...

My favorite holiday dessert is my mom's Coffee Crunch Cake. She usually only makes it during the holidays, because it's a time-consuming recipe (requires making the candy crunch topping, cake, and frosting from scratch) but it is AMAZING! Every time she makes it, everyone always asks for the recipe!

Joanne said...

I love that apple caramel cake. I made it for Thanksgiving last year and it blew my mind!

Gracie said...

We make a steamed pudding called raspberry roly poly :) It is warm, comforting, and there is lots of butter involved!

Meagan said...

Pumpkin Roll is my favorite for sure.

Stef said...

Peanut butter fudge - it's seriously like crack to me.

Jennifer said...

Hmm...I think I'd have to say linzer cookies with strawberry jam. Lots of work, but so worth the effort! (jenniferjacksonsmith@gmail.com)

kelseyincleveland said...

Cannoli from Corbo's Bakery in Cleveland's Little Italy. My dad's mentor and partner in his law office used to come by every Christmas Eve with a box of goodies from Corbo's and my little brother and I would split a cannoli for breakfast after opening all of our presents. Every time I eat one, it reminds me of a good, kind man who stuck his neck out for my dad (and ended up with a super kick-butt protege). And now that I'm in law school, I hope every day someone will be sticking their neck out for me someday soon.

JessieB said...

Peanut brittle I make with my mom every year!

Unknown said...

Fav Holiday Dessert = Cracker Candy, nothing beats sweet, salty, chocolately, and crunchy! yum yum!

Meryl said...

Homemade dark chocolate truffles.

Anonymous said...

Homemade spice cookies... the smell whilst baking simply say "It's Christmas Time"

Thank you for the giveaway

A very Merry & Blesses Christmas to you and family.

Blessings
Christine T
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sharonjo said...

My favorite is my mom's Raspberry Trifle. Thanks so much for the giveaway!
sharonjo at gwtc dot net

S Levy said...

My mom makes a pepermint Buche De Noel, Choclate roll cake with peppermint buttercream topped with chocolate ganache.

Made in Sonoma said...

I really don't know what my favorite is because I pretty much love all holiday sweets.

I guess I'd have to say sweet potato pie or some apple cheesecake.

kelliholtz@att.net

Olga said...

Warm Cinnamony Apple pie with Ice Cream!

gayle said...

any holiday is my favorite if it has coconut pie.

hsiaolei and scott said...

What a hard question to answer....I love all the sweets, especially Christmas cookies, the Mexican Wedding Cakes...little balls of buttery yumminess!

hsiaolei and scott said...

oops...my email address:
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Jan said...

a good old fashioned pumpkin roll

Kristin said...

Pumpkin pie with whipped cream! Yummy.:)

elle said...

Cranberry upside down cake! lauwil07 at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

Pumpkin roll!
Sherreelyn 79 at yahoo dot com

atthepatisserie said...

My favorite holiday dessert... oh man that is a hard one! I'd have to say the boxes of chocolate candies that show up around this time! :)

= Ann P.

Suzy Q said...

Gingerbread men!

tokyoshoes (at) hotmail (dot) com

Amy said...

gingerbread and my great-grandmother's Mexican wedding cake cookies.

ljyoung85 said...

I always look forward to buckeyes at Christmas time!
ljyoung85 at gmail.com

Gail_OK said...

Cinnamon rolls with cream cheese frosting-melt in your mouth good!!

Kathryn said...

I love amaretti cookies.

Kara said...

I love cold Pumpkin Pie!! :)

heather taylor@kidsinthesink said...

Love love love knock you naked brownies.

Melissa Herrmann @ Kids in the Sink said...

I love cheesecake!

Tammy said...

Gingerbread Men!

Laura K. said...

I love anything with mint and chocolate - cheesecake, brownies, trifles, etc.!

The Hobgood Five said...

I love decorated holiday sugar cookies!

Megan C. said...

Peppermint Brownies!

Mrsblocko said...

Russian teacakes. Butter, sugar, nuts, bite size...what more is there to love!

Michael said...

Red Velvet Cake - I used to make it every year for my Mother before she passed. It has become the cake of Christmas.

Carly said...

Pizelles!

Anonymous said...

All Christmas desserts!!! I could never pick just one!
msdurling@hotmail.com

Melissa @IWasBornToCook said...

My hidden kisses!

Carrie said...

Cherry white chocolate cookies

Atlanta, Food and Love said...

I love fudge, but weird as it sounds I would rather have a second helping of green bean casserole than anything sweet!

Lishie said...

My favorite holiday dessert is...

Christmas Snickerdoodles!

Ms. Maida said...

My absolute favourite holiday dessert is mini cheesecakes with various toppings. It was a holiday tradition with my family that we made lots of little bite-sized squares, cookies and treats for Christmas dessert, instead of one large cake/pie/dessert. So I love making mini cheesecakes topped with stewed cherries or caramel or whatever I fancy!

Tara tsallinger@hotmail.com said...

I love all the different types of christmas cookies!

Dawn said...

Anything with gingerbread!

Stacey said...

I love anything cinnamony for Christmas time!

Eva said...

I love peppermint bark and truffles!

@ said...

Trifle!

Lindsay @ Peace, Love and French Fries said...

My grandma's marshmallow fudge - many of us have tried making it ourselves, but just doesn't taste right unless she makes it!

Jen S. said...

My favorite holiday dessert is definitely all the different kinds of cookies.

Kim said...

Homemade apple pie.

Helena said...

My favourite Christmas dessert-Bread pudding made with pannetone. SOOOOOOOOOO good!!!

Lindsay said...

I love iced sugar cookies.

Amy Cardenas said...

My favorite holiday dessert is pumpkin pie!!!! A simple staple of the holidays, but I always look forward to it!!! Yummmm!!!!

Christina Marie said...

Pannatone bread pudding with an amaretto glaze!

Christina.ernandes@gmail.com

Emily said...

My favorite is fudge. es17000@gmail.com

Jeano said...

My favorite is Raspberry Nut Bread. Christmas isn't the same without it!

I Love My Job said...

chocolate peppermint cheesecake

blushngold said...

Peppermint bark cheesecake! Yummm...

kim said...

apple pie with ice cream!

nikki.b said...

My favorite holiday dessert is Apple Pie!

AB said...
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AB said...

fudge

selb235 at gmail dot com

Desi said...

I love buckeyes and fudge this time of year!

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Elaine said...

Homemade fudge!

Jessica said...

Yikes! I don't know if I can pick just one... I guess if I HAD to I would say Pumpkin Pie. But I really don't want to. :)

Anonymous said...

I love Christmas cookies, especially gingersnaps/molasses cookies! ana.lanni AT yahoo.com

Trish said...

Gingersnaps! Soft, chewy ones.

Meaghan said...

Christmas sugar cookies with frosting!

Jen said...

My favorite holiday dessert... gingerbread cookies!

Jaida said...

My mom's fudge...which I have taken over preparing is SO good! Not the marshmallow fluff kind, the stand-over-the-stove-and-stir-until-your-arm-wants-to-fall-off kind!!

Tiffany said...

My favorite holiday dessert is chocolate pecan pie with fresh whipped cream on top.

Kellie said...

When I was younger my grandmother took out her old stovetop pizzelle iron and made these cookies for us to have on Christams eve. Now my parents have kept the tradition going.

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Mary Laird said...

Chocolate brownies with peppermint ice cream and fudge sauce!

marylaird.mangum@gmail.com

kimt said...

all the cookies, pumpkin roll with cream cheese frosting and christmas crack...a candy i make.

Ange said...

Cookies of course!

Nicole said...

Chocolate Peppermint Cheesecake!!! So good! What a great giveaway!! Thank you!

Manders said...

I love sugar cookies with lots of icing

Tara said...

Yum! Peanut butter cookies with a kiss on top!

Sandra said...

Pumpkin pie with cinnamon whipped cream!

Julie @BananasForBourbon said...

Gingerbread! I found a recipe I love and look forward to making it every year. :)

(bourbonandbananas@gmail.com)

Sophie said...

pumpkin pie!

Trish said...

Brownies topped with Kahlua icing topped with chocolate ganache are my favorite. So decadent!

Savannah said...

i love just plain old sugar cookies, decorated with sugar sprinkles. they're so much fun to make with my family!

Bianca @ Sweet Dreaming said...

My favorite is gingerbread men!

Sara said...

I love my mom's chocolate graham cracker bar cookies :)

Laura said...

Tollhouse pie. It's so incredible with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top!

Kristin said...

My favorite holiday dessert is PIE!!!

Heather Lynne said...

I really like making Christmas Stollen around the holidays.

Ali said...

My favorite holiday dessert are my mom's pistachio pudding cookies!

k_swiss82 said...

Hmmm..this is a tough one! I think my favorite might be the chocolate covered pretzels. Sure, it's not fancy, but it's the only time of year I make them. Plus, you can grab a handful and walk around.

Marie said...

I really just love simple things, like the pumpkin roll my aunt makes or my grandma's homemade apple pie :) Sometimes the best kind of comfort food is the stuff I grew up eating because it reminds me of my family.

charysma88[at]hotmail[dot]com

Krissy said...

lemon spritz cookies

pipedi said...

One of the most well-received is also the easiest: Oreo bark! About 5 minutes to make!

Anonymous said...

Definitely peppermint bark from Williams-Sonoma!

-Gaby (gmalakates@ufl.edu)

Linda and Matthew said...

Bourbon bread pudding.

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Shawn Palmer said...

Red Velvet or Italian Cream Cake

Anonymous said...

My favorite holiday dessert is all the different cookies and candies people bake! I look forward to it each year and really don't think I can pick a favorite :)

Cassie

caslee53@hotmail.com

Ashley said...

Christmas cookies. Cream wafers, chocolate crinkles and bun bars are my annual must have treats!

Shannon said...

so tough to choose! i would have to say snickerdoodles. cinnamon+sugar=heaven

shannonzhan@gmail.com

Books n' Cooks said...

My favorite holiday goodie are 7 layer cookies. We make them every year!
booksncooks22@gmail.com

Amy said...

I LOVE molasses cookies!!

Renee Carter said...

My mom's coffee cake that she makes on Christmas morning is hands down my favorite. Mmmm!!!

June said...

Pecan pie with lots of whipped cream :)


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Joanna said...

Nothing beats the cookie platter! My grandmother always has the best selection on hers.

Taanya said...

Gingerbread! There's something about spice and molasses that screams Christmas!

milove1082@yahoo.com

Katie said...

Christmas cookies. I love baking and eating them!!

Samantha Thorp said...

My grandmother's chocolate cupcakes with red and green sprinkles, they are just perfect.




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Cooking With Abandon said...

my grandmothers carrot cake!

keri said...

my grandma's homemade apple pie. simply delicious

kerijo_27 at yahoo dot com

Cara @ The Boys Made Me Do It said...

My mom's coconut cake!

Lottie said...

My favorite Chrismas dessert would have to be Chocolate Torte; four layers of dark chocolate deliciousness with chocolate ganache and toasted almonds, plus lots of whipped cream. I must find that recipe. Now where did I last see it?
cmcfadin@swbell.net

Chelsea said...

Buckeyes, hands down!

Amanda Thompson said...

Chocolate Cheesecake with Crushed Candy Canes on top!

adb6{at}humboldt{dot}edu

Hooker Next Door said...

My most favorite eeeever would have to be my Grandmas Norweigan cookies. It's an old family recipe that I just love. My version is pretty good, but not as good as hers :)

Mmmkay said...

My aunt eileen's baileys cheesecake! Thanks!

Mrs. McGillis said...

nothing beats Christmas cookies!

Lynn said...

Thumbprint cookies with a slightly almond-y buttercream filling. Yum! Thanks!

Eileen said...

love what mom called vanilla bean cookies. covered in powdered sugar and melt in your mouth. thanks for the opportunity and have a great day

jeannette said...

my favorite holiday dessert is cheesecake or molten lava cakes!

jpinnick86 at gmail dot com

Slice of Southern said...

so looking forward to eating fudge every holiday. Must be a chocoholic!

kohn haid said...

Hi Josie,
I love anything that has lemon in it. It is such a bright and sparkling flavor so my favorite Christmas dessert is Lemon/Pecan Chess Pie but it has to be tart. Since hardly anyone makes Chess pies anymore, they make me look like a culinary genius... LOL!

P.S. It IS difficult to turn down a gingerbread man, tho... hahaha...

annie c.

kohn.haid@gmail.com

Amy O. said...

Hmm, I would have to say that I enjoy gingerbread cake the most! :)

Thanks for hosting!
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Lauren said...

my dad makes candied orange peel dipped in dark chocolate. need i say more? it is to die for!!!!

The Kitch said...

I love a big Christmas cutout with a healthy slather of vanilla frosting and tons of sprinkles!

Mel said...

My aunt makes the most delicious polish cookie that is a sugar/butter base with apricot filling. I have no idea what they are called, but they are to die for!

Kathleen said...

My mom makes Russian Tea Cakes!! They are THE best!

Michelle said...

linzer cookies!

slepistos said...

Stollen - so good!

Allie said...

chocolate covered peanut butter balls :)

annie said...

Assorted cookies we bake just for Christmas season.Thanks.

girolamo@sympatico.ca

tara said...

my fave are the hershey kiss pb cookies. i love rolling them in different colored sugars. my fave !

Rachel said...

Roll out sugar cookies!

Anonymous said...

Nicole- nicole8747@hotmail.com

My fave is the homemade peanutbutter balls my mom makes.

Manna said...

Brandi - bwensel@verizon.net

My Mom's Pumpkin Roll! It's delish!

Anonymous said...

msadegian@gmail.com - Maryam

My favorite would be ginger cookies, the soft chewy enormous sized ones my sister makes! Haha

eatme_delicious said...

It's simple but I love my grandma's shortbread.

Annabelle said...

I love sweets, so is so hard to decide which is my favorite. I would love a chocolate cake with a caramel glaze on top.

Jenna R. said...

Creme brulee without a doubt!

jennaros@usc.edu

DaviesMommy said...

My Favoritr holiday dessert is Pecan Pie.... mmmmmmm i love it!!

-jesselizdunn@gmail.com

Jessalyn said...

My favorite holiday dessert Christmas cookies--especially the thumbprint cookies my mom makes with homemade jam in the center. :)

jesse k said...

Hello Dolly's! I bought stuff to make them.

Anonymous said...

My favourite holiday treat is not homemade but still really good. It's the Starbucks holiday gingerbread. My family waits all year and buys an entire loaf. Despite its mass production, I love the frosting and the spice blend in the cake :)

ubiquitousfoodcravings@hotmail.com

Lori said...

Christmas cookies! Fun to make and even better to eat :)

Lauren said...

I've heard so much about this cookbook! My favorite holiday dessert is my mom's peanut butter fudge!

Liz said...

Christmas cookies...any kind, any shape...I don't discriminate

Delia said...

I love to make the peanut butter cookies with the Hershey's kiss in the middle.

keshakeke said...

I Loooooove chocolate covered peanut butter balls!!!

linda said...

my favorite is flourless chocolate cake-almost like melt in your mousse! I'd love this book.

Anonymous said...

spritz cookies

Unknown said...

my fave holiday dessert would have to be my mom's mini butter tarts! the best

hardt19 said...

My favorite holiday treat is homemade caramels. I made jars of caramel sauce last weekend and will be giving them to neighbors for gifts!

sherri lynn said...

Chocolate fudge!

M.C. Phillips said...

Wow- reading all the great comments certainly did NOT help me decide on my favorite holiday treat...I think I will have to go with the nut cups my mother-in-law makes. My husband and I always fight over the last one!

Fletcher said...

Pecan pie

spinachandspice said...

Cliche, I know, but I can't get enough pumpkin pie!

Dani @ Cloud 8½ said...

My Mom's oatmeal cookies! Soft and chewy. Love them.

Anibanan said...

My favorite holiday dessert are molasses cookies!

Amy said...

The peanut butter cookies with the kiss in the middle!

Ashley anguiano.ashley@gmail.com said...

Pumpkin pie!!

Carrie said...

My favorite is peppermint kiss cookies.

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Sugary Goodness (Kim) said...

Holly leaves

Anonymous said...

Tiramisu! YUM!

lauracoplon@yahoo.com

Natalie said...

pumpkin pie and reese's peanut butter pie!

Meg said...

I love sugar cookies.

Courtney R said...

gingerbread cookies!

Ammie said...

Every year I look forward to Chocolate Coconut Macaroons, I love them!

Maegan said...

My aunt's fudge. She makes it every Christmas!

Natalie said...

would LOVE a copy of this!

my fave holiday treat is gingersnaps!

CaitT said...

Chocolate pizza or creme brulee are tied for my faves :)

elizabeth said...

my favorite hoilday dessert is petit fours.

Linda Moore said...

I love the peanut butter cookies with a Hershey's kiss on top!

Amy said...

I have always loved chocolate crinkles. They are a holiday staple for us!

ProjectHope7 said...

How can we choose jsut one holiday dessert?! SOme that I love are: peppermint macaroons, pavlova with fruit and whipped cream, italian wedding cookies, date/coconut/cocoa/toasted pecan balls, sweet potatoe pie... ok.. stop now... all way too yummy to think about! thanks for a fun giveaway!
Cathy B*****y pbprojecthope at yahoodotcom
palmbreezeliving dot blogspot dotcom

Allison C said...

My grandmother's simple cut-out sugar cookies. My favorite all time cookie!

Elin said...

I have two. I love pie and we always switch up what kind we make. My other though would be my great-grandmother's nut roll.

Southern Pink Lemonade said...

I would have to say either sugar cookies or spice cookies!

Anonymous said...

Christmas cookies!

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JenHunsaker said...

Cinnamon rolls shaped like a wreath.

Brianna said...

My mom's gingerbread cake.

Ashleigh said...

Cinnamon rolls :) Every year for as long as I can remember, my mom has made yummy cinnamon roll wreaths for the neighbors as Christmas gifts...and an extra one for our family. Mmmmh! :)

Ashleigh said...

Oh, and my email address is abgardner@liberty.edu :)

Anonymous said...

I absolutely love the peppermint chocolate combination. In fact I'm completely obsessed with Hershey's Candy cane kisses and have made brownies with them! Delicious :) My email is palomarolls@gmail.com

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