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Andrew Huff / December 21, 2011 12:57 AM

My mom makes a ton of Christmas cookies. My favorites are her pizzelles and this shortbread cookie she makes that comes out sort of dark -- not burnt, but a little in that direction in terms of flavor. Love'em.

Michael / December 21, 2011 9:52 AM

My mom makes a delicious linzer torte.
Goes good with a glass of milk

spence / December 22, 2011 10:45 AM

marshmallow cornflake wreaths with little red hots(think rice crispie treat except with cornflakes).

JasonB / December 22, 2011 11:37 AM

homemade gingerbread cookies

Dubi Kaufmann / December 22, 2011 1:02 PM

Eggnog. I know it is not much more than sugar mixed petroleum byproducts, but it is so good.

PMan / December 22, 2011 10:11 PM

Oysters and cold vodka shots on New Year's Day.

Cinnamon / December 22, 2011 11:20 PM

My mom makes fruitcake and I look forward to it every year. I am in the 1%of Americans who eat it I'm sure.

getupmom / December 23, 2011 8:50 AM

I too love fruitcake, mincemeat tarts and Nanaimo Bars round out my top three.

WC / December 27, 2011 1:18 AM

Kileche. They're Assyrian, small half moon dough pastries stuffed with a ground walnut, sugar, and cardamom mixture. Absolutely delicious.

Lisa / December 28, 2011 3:49 PM

@spence I remember those treats from long ago! I totally forgot about them and they were so good.

The mexican wedding cakes you buy at the store are a favorite. And we also make these little haystacks out of peanuts and chow mein noodles covered in peanut butter and chocolate.

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