Monday, December 19, 2011

Holiday treat indulgences!

Holiday Treats

We asked our QQ Design Team & owners - what treat reminds you of the holidays or puts you in the holiday spirit?  Here is what they have to say:

RHONDA -  My favorite holiday goodie is lefse. I am Norwegian in heritage and love this special treat during the holidays! It brings me back to special family times at my Grandparents with all of our extended family!!!

MICHELLE - That is a tough one...but I am going to have to say the Holiday Drinks at Starbucks...LOVE LOVE LOVE Peppermint Mochas and Creme Brulee Latte's...YUM

LISA - seasoned chex mix.  I know this one is super easy, but my family only makes it around Christmas time so it always puts me in the holiday mood! :)

BREEZY (QQ Owner) - Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

ADORA - freshly baked Christmas cookies.

THERESA - Oh I have a few favs but my all time favorite is Pizzelle's (Italian Waffle Cookies) YUMMY (I may have to make these this weekend) My Mom Always made them during Christmas and the smell was Amazing, Vanilla and Anise, Yum Again, lol! She also made these little fried twisted bow cookies with powdered sugar (sorry they never had a name, we just called them Christmas fried cookies, lol) It was something my Grandma made up and I've never found anything similar so there's not a recipe out there (other than my top secret one, lol) 

JULIE - Low Fat Iced Pumpkin Cupcakes (from

18.25 oz Golden Vanilla Super Moist Cake Mix*, 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 cup canned 100% pure pumpkin, 1 cup water
For the Pumpkin Cream Cheese Frosting:
8 oz Philadelphia 1/3 fat cream cheese (do not use fat free)
1/2 cup pureed pumpkin (canned is fine),1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice, 5 tbsp packed brown sugar
Preheat oven to 350°. Combine cake mix and pumpkin spice in a large bowl. Add pumpkin puree and water, mix about 2 minutes.  Fill cupcake liners 2/3 full and bake about 20 - 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
For the frosting, combine the cream cheese, pumpkin, vanilla, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice and brown sugar until smooth. You can use a spatula to ice the cupcakes or pipe them which may require making more frosting. Makes 24

These are so easy and delicious.  For my recipe page I used Quick Quotes Cherry Truffle collection:  100 and Mocha Mama Powder Puff chalk ink.  I cut the cupcake on my Silhouette and added some stickles to the cupcake top.
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Suzanne said...

Your all making me very hungry!!! Mine from growing up would be the shortbread wedding cookies with the powdered sugar on top my aunt always made and on Christmas Day we had jello cake (white cake with holes poked in it and jello poured over the top), cool whip top and Happy Birthday Jesus on the top. :)