Friday, December 9, 2011

Holiday Baking Time

How many of you can instantly recall a favorite holiday treat?  Did your mom (or dad) or grandma (or grandpa!) make the same thing every year?  Were you part of one of those families that went BONKERS with the baked goods?

In my house, we made spritz cookies.  For the uninitiated, a spritz cookie is made with a press and usually topped with a colored sugar.  We made pink, green and plain-colored varieties.  To this day, whenever I bite into that familiar almond-flavored confection, I'm instantly transported back to 1979.

These days, I'm quite fond of making the Never-Fail Fudge - you know, the kind that uses an obscene amount of butter and Marshmallow Fluff?  It's fool-proof, insanely good and keeps for a long time.  Brian's dad and mom make this unbelievable toffee with a chocolate base.  I look forward to it every year!

Whether you celebrate Christmas or Hanukkah, there seems to be a rugelach or sugar cookie story from everyone.  And back in the day, a lot of companies wanted you to try new recipes with their products - even Coke (but, surprisingly, not made with Coca-Cola)!

I love the little Coke pamphlet, which was included with cartons of Coke (bottles, of course - this was Christmas, 1964!).  The mid-mod styling, the funny-faced hamburgers and dip - all fantastic.  Why is it that everything looked so garish?  Was it the fantastic chartreuse backgrounds they used?  I'm not complaining, mind you - I adore the effect.  :D

I am also in love with these two Betty Crocker recipe booklets!  They both appear to be from the late-Sixties to very early-Seventies.  I notice that there seemed to be a fondness for the alliterative and the para-rhyme (where the consonants are the same but the vowel is different).  They both also feature the sort of old-timey styling that was so popular back then - they have an almost psychedelic-roaring-Twenties feel to them (the hair parted down the middle, the wing-tip shoes, the exaggerated moustache; think the Pringles guy).  :D  

I am SO going to use these brochures - in fact, as I was just perusing the two Betty Crocker ones, I got a TON of pendant ideas!  Stay tuned.....and happy baking!  :D


  1. Every year we make Oliebollen, basically Dutch yeast donuts. It started as a Christmas morning tradition way back when, my great grandmother used to make them for my grandfather when he was a child. We still continue it every year in remembrance (and also because we love them).

  2. Great post. So many terrific memories here. And you actually wrote stuff, unlike my cheeseball and lazy Betty Crocker post, which was partially a function of having no time to write today. I will definitely have to pontificate about Christmas cookies sometime this month, though.