Cranberry Kuchen + A Chinet GIVEAWAY!

If there is one dessert that’s sure to grace my families dessert table at Christmas it’s the kuchen. I’m not sure exactly when this tradition started, I’m just glad it’s exists.

Soooo Kuchen is German for cake. So I guess this is a cake, even though it’s a bar, but whatevers let’s not get technical. This cake has it all; tart cranberries with a hint of orange and cinnamon that’s topped with a delicious sour cream… that I can only describe as cheesecake-custard-like. To.Die.For.

I brought this dessert to our friend’s house for a cozy dinner party. Dave and Lynne had us over for a spectacular dinner consisting of grilled steaks with blue cheese, spicy pan roasted cauliflower and brussels sprouts. There were hors d’oeuvres everywhere and I ate like a princess. What is it about when other people cook for you? It’s like everything just tastes better?

Now tis the season for loads and loads of cooking and baking right? Well my friends at Chinet want to make it a lot easier and stress-free for one of you by giving the lucky winner a set of their Chinet Bakeware. EEEEK!

These pans can go from oven to table to freezer or even to your Aunt Martha’s house! And if you leave it behind… not to worry because they’re disposable and/or recyclable!

How do you enter? Well at the end of the post… just leave a comment of your favorite holiday recipe or treat that you always look forward to this time of year and you’re good to go. Giveaway ends on Thursday night at midnight and winner will be emailed on Friday! Only one entry per person please! Sorry this giveaway has ended.

If you want to stay up to date on this giveaway or on all things Simply Scratch. Head over to Twitter or Facebook. No obligations necessary… you don’t have to follow or like SS to be entered to win. Oh and not to worry… SS isn’t turning into a giveaway only blog. Just a little gift giving in the spirit of Christmas!

All right you guys, here are the goods and NO you aren’t seeing things, that is a box of {all natural} cake mix. I can safely say this is the only recipe that I buy a cake mix for because I don’t dare mess with perfection.

Start by lining a 13×9 jelly roll pan with foil and give it a spritz from your Misto or any cooking spray.

Next empty one box of yellow cake mix into a medium bowl and drop in a stick of butter.

With a pastry cutter {or a couple of forks} cut in the butter until crumbly.

Dump that onto the prepped pan. Looks like snow… I want to dive right on in… mouth first.

With your fingers press it in, not too tightly, and give it a little edge around the sides.

Pre bake the crust in a 350 degree oven for 10 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through.

Moving on. Remember when I made this cranberry sauce… and I told you it wasn’t for Thanksgiving… well here it is. Now let’s jazz it up, k?

Add a teaspoon of ground cinnamon…

I’ve used oranges and now clementines. My orange went bad and luckily I had a box of cuties… they work just as well! :)

So just zest two of those or use one teaspoon of orange zest… if yours didn’t mold up on you ;\ .

Give it all a good stir and blah-dow. It’s done.

Pour the cranberry sauce over the crust and spread it around evenly.

In a smaller bowl combine the cup of sour cream, an egg and a splash of vanilla.

Stir until everything is incorporated.

Then pour it over top.

As you can plainly see.. it doesn’t have to be perfect.

Give it a couple of taps on the counter to settle and spread the sour cream mixture out. Now just pop it back into the oven until set… about 20 minutes.

Yup. It smells like Christmas up in hurrr.

Let the kuchen completely cool before slicing into big fat pieces.

One piece for you… the rest for me.

Oh and this also makes for a delicious breakfast the next morning… but something tells me you knew I was going to say that!

Good luck!

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Cranberry Kuchen

Cranberries never tasted so good.

Yield: 12 servings

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 30-35 minutes {includes crust pre-baking time}

Total Time: about an hour

Ingredients:

1 box Natural Yellow Cake Mix

1 stick of Unsalted Butter

1 recipe for Homemade Cranberry Sauce

1 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon

1 teaspoon of Orange Zest or 2 whole Clementines

1 cup Sour Cream

1 whole Egg

1 splash of Real Vanilla Extract

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line with foil and spray a 9x13 pan with baking spray.

FOR THE CRUST:
Empty the cake mix into a large bowl. Use a pastry cutter to cut in the stick of butter. Spread it all onto the prepared pan, pressing gently to form a crust.

Par-bake in oven for 10 minutes then remove it and set aside.

FOR THE CRANBERRY SAUCE: In a medium bowl combine the homemade cranberry sauce, cinnamon and orange zest. Pour and spread over crust.

FOR THE SOUR CREAM TOPPING: Combine the cup of sour cream with the egg and a splash of vanilla. Stir until everything is incorporated and drizzle over top of the cranberries. Tap the pan gently on the counter for the sour cream mixture to settle a bit.

Finishing baking the kuchen in the 350 degree oven until the sour cream mixture is set, about 20 minutes.

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91 Responses to “Cranberry Kuchen + A Chinet GIVEAWAY!”

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    Coleens Recipes — December 19, 2012 at 8:16 am

    I love kuchen, my paternal German family made it a LOT (but with a yeast cake base). My favorite Christmas treat is probably shortbread cookies. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that plate. I collect that design (Staffordshire Calico)!! You have great taste, lol.

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    wintersundays — December 19, 2012 at 8:39 am

    Sweet potato pie. Who amongst us can resist? ;-)

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    Kayle (The Cooking Actress) — December 19, 2012 at 10:01 am

    One of my favorite holiday treats is my grandma’s Italian wedding soup!

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    Evelyn R — December 19, 2012 at 11:52 am

    Christmas cookies are my favorite holiday treat

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    Corine — December 19, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    The holiday roast.

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    Amanda — December 19, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    My favorite holiday recipe is my grandpa’s Christmas Fondue!

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    Michelle Thomas — December 19, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    Fudge!!!

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — December 19, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    I’ve never heard of this, but it sounds phenomenal!

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    Sandy Kimbrough — December 19, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    Favorite is pecan pie

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    Tina — December 19, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    My Favorite treat is my Grandmas fudge and divinity..

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    Kristina N. — December 19, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    My Oma makes an amazing apple crumble every year. Love it!

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    Rachel Cooks — December 19, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    This looks sooooo yummy! You can just run this over to my house Christmas morning if you want. ;)

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    mrsblocko — December 19, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    lefsa with butter, cinnamon and sugar!

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    Shawna — December 19, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    Strawberry cake and Apple cake.

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    Stacey — December 19, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    My aunt’s pineapple cheesecake squares!!! the best :)

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    Tiffany — December 19, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    My grandma’s cranberry pudding recipe.

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    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — December 19, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    Oh girl, that is one good looking dessert bar!

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    Louanne — December 19, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    Great cranberry recipe! My favorite Christmas treat are Sicilian Fig Cookies…

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    Katie — December 19, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    My favorite holiday food? The food. Period. All of it. Especially the morning spread and strudel. But other than that, all of it.

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    Ashley — December 19, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    Oouu! Around this time of year I always looks forward to my Aunt’s teeny tiny shortbread cookies, which I eat an embarrassing amount of…we’re talking pounds… :)

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    Dana — December 19, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    That looks really delicious! My favorite is a regional cookie- biscochitos! Sugary with anise seeds- so good when made with cream cheese instead of butter (or the traditional lard).

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    Lisa — December 19, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    Gingerbread with lots of Whipped Cream on top!!

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    Cheryl C — December 19, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    Cheeseballs………..I love cheeseballs, any kind!!

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    Melissa — December 19, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    My Mother’s Gobs (Whoopie Pies) they have a cooked filling that is not too sweet…YUMM!!!

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    Brandi — December 19, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    Christmas and [sometimes] Thanksgiving are the ham holidays. And do you know what that means? Ham gravy!! Naturally, I prefer to eat turkey with ham gravy. Aahhh, can’t wait!

    Oh, there’s also my ridiculously delicious eggnog. But I always break down in September and whip up a batch. And October…

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    Jill E. — December 19, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    my mother-in-laws cookies!

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    Miche — December 19, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    Pecan tarts… They’re amazing.

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    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — December 19, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    I love gifting cookies :)

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    sandi blahut — December 19, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    I look forward to my thumbprint cookies, i only make this family recipe at Christmas.

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    Heather Hicks — December 19, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    I always look forward to baking and eating sugar cookies during Christmas time.

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    Lily Sheng — December 19, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    I love eggnog anything! Thanks for the giveaway~

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    Annie — December 19, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    Kuchen is my favorite! Our family makes it completely differently though with a bread like base and more of a crumble on the top. I will have to ask one of the great aunts to make the cranberry type though – looks delicious! Povitica is a close second!

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    Amanda — December 19, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    My grandma does ribeye or prime rib steaks and
    Shrimp scampi for Christmas dinner. It’s amazing and a great change
    From ham and turkey. However, I will be missing her yummy food and great company this year :(

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    vaishali — December 19, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    I love red velvet cake pops!

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    Amanda — December 19, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    Buckeyes!!

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    Milah — December 19, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    I ordered a Pumpkin Spice cake from a local bakery to pick up this weekend. I can’t wait to sink my teeth into the moist cake. The spices and cream cheese icing will all dance on my tongue at once. Topped off with creamy vanilla ice cream!

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    Abby — December 19, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    YUM! Looks easy peasy and delicious!

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    lynn — December 19, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    roast turkey for holiday dinners

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    Cathy — December 19, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    Hi!! This recipe looks amazing – I just bought some store-made kuchen the other day, but I’m eager to try this out. My favorite recipe is the basic sugar cookie to make Christmas cut out cookies!

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    Megan | Eats Daily — December 19, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    This looks delicious!
    I always look forward to my mother-in-law’s homemade chex mix. It is so simple but such a great snack and she always packs them up in cute little baggies to pass out to everyone

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    Natalie — December 19, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    This looks amazing, i’m drooling over here.

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    Cassie | Bake Your Day — December 19, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    Beautiful! This is trouble…in a very good way!

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    Jennifurla — December 19, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    Looks fabulous! My favorite holiday treat is making beef bourguignon on Xmas Eve.

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    Emily Crider — December 19, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    gingerbread cookies!!!

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    Gretchen — December 19, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    I love the toffee and the fudge!!

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    Shari J. — December 19, 2012 at 11:40 pm

    Uhm wow! That looks amazing and I’m definitely going to have to try it…. asap! I’m looking forward to some yummy crab imperial on Christmas Eve that my Stepmom makes. Really, I’m just looking forward to grazing on lots of yummy food- but I think that’s just part of my crazy pregnancy hormones!

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    Stephanie-Oh — December 19, 2012 at 11:50 pm

    I love butterballs and gingersnaps!

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    Kelli W — December 20, 2012 at 12:14 am

    Cinnamon rolls! They make a great dessert, fantastic breakfast, or yummy snack.

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    Deb in Indiana — December 20, 2012 at 1:28 am

    My mother’s cranberry relish, which I now make for her.

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    Shari — December 20, 2012 at 1:39 am

    Sausage balls! We only have them at Christmas time, and I LOVE those things. ;)

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    Kara — December 20, 2012 at 2:21 am

    I always look forward to gingerbread men.

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    Phyllis — December 20, 2012 at 2:30 am

    I love buckeyes.

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    Haley @ The Girly Girl Cooks — December 20, 2012 at 2:46 am

    This recipe looks so good! I bet my fiance would love this! My favorite Christmas treat is making Domino Christmas cookies. No bake cookies with a creamy filling….mmmm good!

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    Debbie Bray — December 20, 2012 at 5:22 am

    mini cream cheese cupcakes

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    Anne — December 20, 2012 at 5:30 am

    Candy cane blossom cookies are my favorite, but I like to make any kind of cookies, mostly because everyone I give them to enjoys them so much!

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    Ellen Renee — December 20, 2012 at 5:33 am

    We host a breakfast the weekend before Christmas for my side of the family. Everyone always looks forward to the monkey bread…so much so that I now make 2 of them so there is plenty for take home plates.

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    Jane — December 20, 2012 at 5:34 am

    Peppermint bark!

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    Carrian Cheney — December 20, 2012 at 5:35 am

    Hmmmm, favorite Christmas treat is our secret Skubal Bread.

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    Elena Vo — December 20, 2012 at 5:48 am

    My grandmother’s rum cake…de-licious!

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    Michele aka Goat Girl — December 20, 2012 at 5:59 am

    For the last 11 months, I’m just loving having my own kitchen all to myself so I’ve baked so many things but my favorite right now is cornbread! Love your blog and have made several of your recipes!

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    AlyssaH — December 20, 2012 at 6:17 am

    I love love love the raspberry squares my mom makes…so delicious!

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    Kristin M. — December 20, 2012 at 7:20 am

    I look SO forward to my mom’s style of sweet potato casserole. She makes this crumble with brown sugar, oatmeal, and nuts that tops it, instead of marshmallows… yum! Just delicious.

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    Emily — December 20, 2012 at 7:52 am

    Fruitcake! Yes, I’m serious, lol

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    Yu Ming — December 20, 2012 at 8:51 am

    My mom’s Roast Turkey

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    Min Sen — December 20, 2012 at 8:54 am

    Fruit cake!

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    Susan Broughton — December 20, 2012 at 9:26 am

    My favorite is not a sweet but the turkey!

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    Cindy Brickley — December 20, 2012 at 9:27 am

    My Oyster Stuffing that I only make for Thanksgiving and Xmas. I could eat all of it all by myself.

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    Pam — December 20, 2012 at 11:53 am

    My in laws always have deep fried shrimp for our Christmas, Love it!

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    Amy L — December 20, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    The homemade candy and fudge! This is the ONLY time of year I make candy, so I make sure to get my fill of it! ;-)

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    Jenny @ BAKE — December 20, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    these bars are so cute! what a brilliant end to a festive meal!

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    Kel — December 20, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    Your recipe looks great! I love to make monster cookies this time of year.

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    Cheryl — December 20, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    SNICKERDOODLES!! :D:D and tons of ice cream of course

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    Yashica — December 20, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    My favorite holiday treat is peach cobbler wit a side of vanilla ice cream

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    Cellabella — December 20, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    My favorite recipe is a holiday apple pie where I cut our pie crust stars for the top of the crust :)

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    barbara n — December 20, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    My favorite holiday treat is an English Trifle – my family serves it every Christmas Eve

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    kim s — December 20, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    molasses cookies

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    Julie Quick — December 20, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    mmmmm…. butter tarts….

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    Danielle T — December 20, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    i love to bake cheesecake brownies around the holidays

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    Sunnie — December 20, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    I love chocolate chip pumpkin cheesecake

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    Susan — December 20, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    Roadhouse potatoes for sure.

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    Barbara — December 20, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    Anything with cranberries spells holiday for me.

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    Leanne T — December 20, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    Homemade Almond Roca!

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    Marie — December 20, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    I always look forward to my mom’s cheesy potato casserole. I know it’s nothing fancy, but it is super tasty and one of the only 2 or 3 times of year I get to eat it!

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — December 21, 2012 at 12:09 am

    Never had a kuchen before, but it looks incredible!
    Fudge has to by my favorite Christmas treat. We made it on Christmas Eve every year!

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    Linda Miller — December 21, 2012 at 1:00 am

    We always start out with a brunch of egg casserole, oven french toast, fruit cup, cinnamon rolls then try to get hungry for the Christmas dinner.

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    Michelle Porter — December 21, 2012 at 2:20 am

    I love to baked cookies.

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    Kristin — December 21, 2012 at 2:40 am

    I only make pecan pie at Christmas….so I’m really looking forward to it!

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    Rachel M. — December 21, 2012 at 3:31 am

    Christmas ribeye or filet roast & Christmas cookies (M&M/peanut butter/oatmeal/chocolate chip kind “monster cookies) I try to make different kinds but those always are requested the most!

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    Julie — December 21, 2012 at 3:38 am

    I absolutely love my mom’s bacon and green beans!

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    Sydney — December 21, 2012 at 3:47 am

    Pecan pies are the best!

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    Laura D. — December 21, 2012 at 4:02 am

    It’s a tie between snickerdoodles and chocolate crinkle cookies!! :)