This is a wonderful cookie, but I find it a bore to make. Each and every year I drop this one from my list, and each and every year my daughter asks, hopefully, "Are you going to make those candy cane cookies this year?"
Each and every year I reply, "Well, all right, but ONLY if you'll help me!"
The reason for this devotion is obvious from the first taste. These cookies are distinctive and wonderfully flavored--and they look, smell and taste like Christmas!
Moist and flavorful, this traditional nut bread freezes well ... and kids (of all ages) love it! Try it toasted and spread with peanut butter!
To make banana nut bread for holiday gifts, use mini- or small sized loaf pans. After baking, cool loaves completely, then wrap in plastic food storage wrap. Wrap with a second layer of food wrap, then freeze baked loaves in freezer food storage bags.
Frozen loaves thaw quickly, making it easy to assemble gift baskets or quick hostess gifts for holiday parties.
Twenty years ago, my husband and I were newcomers to Washington State. With so many friends in other parts of the USA, I wanted to share some of the tastes of our new home. Result: this original recipe, now my holiday specialty.
These biscotti feature dried Washington cherries (you can substitute dried cranberries, too!) and local walnuts. Dipped in white chocolate, they're a tasty and elegant accompaniment to that other Washington State tradition, gourmet coffee.
Best, biscotti are easy to make and easy to pack. Stand a few on end in a latte mug, add a small bag of gourmet coffee beans, and you've scored a quick Christmas cheat!
When it comes to the holiday season, ask any wife and mother what she needs most, and she'll tell you, "More time!" Yet this same busy lady will fill her Christmas gift list with elaborate hand-crafted gifts, requiring substantial outlays of cash, time and skill.
Result? She careens into mid-December either (1) working nightly until 1 a.m. to finish the lot or (2) substituting hurry-up last minute purchases for the unfinished gifts.