Holly Bloggy Christmas Recipe Party

Thursday is Day 4 of Holly Bloggy Christmas, which means it’s time to share our Christmas Recipes! For me, one of the best things about the Christmas season is the food!  I always enjoy munching on my traditional favorites and finding new favorites as well!

For the last few years I’ve been making Christmas candy boxes for neighbors and close family members.  For my gift boxes, I always try to include 3 or 4 different things.  I always include my absolute favorite Chess Bars, and then I try to do some type of candy ball or cluster, and then some kind of cookie. 

Today I’ll be sharing recipes for the 3 treats that I gave away last year: Devil’s Food Cookies, Chess Bars, and Peanut Butter Krispy Balls. Hope you enjoy them!

Recipe for Devil’s Food Cookies:

1 Devil’s Food Cake Mix
1/3 cup water
1/3 cup oil
1 egg
candy sprinkles (optional)

Directions: Mix eggs, water, oil, and cake mix. Refrigerate dough for a few minutes to prevent it from sticking to your hands.  Roll into balls or cut with cookie cutter and place on greased cookie sheet or cookie a sheet lined with parchment paper. Place about 2 inches apart. Bake at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes. (Makes 2 dozen round cookies)

Recipe for Chess Cake:

For Cake:
1 box yellow cake mix
2 eggs
1 stick margarine (softened or melted)

For Icing:
8 oz cream cheese
1 stick margarine (softened or melted)
2 eggs
1 box powdered sugar

Directions:  For cake – Mix together the cake mix, eggs, and margarine. Press into a 9×13 inch pan. For icing, cream together cream cheese, margarine, eggs, and sugar. Pour over cake mixture. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. (It should come out lightly browned and gooey.) Cut into squares and enjoy!

Recipe for Peanut Butter Crispy Balls:

1 cup Light Karo syrup
1 1/2 cups White sugar
1 1/2 cups Peanut butter
5 cups cereal (Original recipe calls for Special K cereal, but I used a combination of Rice Krispies and Corn Flakes.)

Directions: Bring Karo syrup and sugar to a boil. Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter until dissolved. Slowly mix in cereal. Drop by rounded teaspoon onto waxed paper. Then mold into balls.
Tip – You can also spoon the mixture into a 9×13 dish if you prefer to serve these as bars.

And if you’d like to know what’s going in the boxes this year, check these out!

Easy Chocolate Truffles

Place these treats in cute box or bag, and you’ve got a yummy Christmas gift!

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Prize: $50 gift certificate

Twelve Crafts offers cute jewelry, flower pins, sachet pillows, and other fun gifts and accessories.  They come in bold, beautiful colors and designs that you just have to see! The owner of this shop, Elizabeth, also has a great blog where she shares her latest projects and tutorials.
Connect Twelve Crafts on Facebook and Twitter.
Prize:  Pretend and Play Chef Set
Another cute etsy boutique!  If you like bows, you should definitely visit this shop.  Hope Abound offers lovely accessories from bows and clippies to brooches and pins.  These come in a variety of styles, colors, and materials, so you’re sure to find something you like! 
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Prize: A Set Christmas Bows
How To Enter:
Bloggers: If you link up a project, you will automatically be entered for all the giveaways.  (For an additional entry, you may leave a comment saying that you linked up.)
Non-bloggers: If you DO NOT have a blog, you may still enter. Just visit one of the sponsors and leave a comment telling me something you like.
Additional Entries:
1 entry for EACH sponsor you follow on Facebook or Twitter. (Links provided above)
1 entry if you subscribe to my blog by email.
1 entry if you follow my blog.
1 entry if you follow SimplySweetHome on twitter.
1 entry if you like Simply Sweet Home on facebook.


Linky Party! I can’t wait to see what kind of goodies your cooking up this holiday season! Please link up the url to your Christmas Recipes below! The linky and giveaway will be open for entries through December 22. And winners will be announced the week after Christmas.


  1. HoosierHomemade says

    Thanks so much for hosting! Everything looks so yummy!
    Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  2. Katie's Nesting Spot says

    I added the post I did about baking with my family, we made three great recipes:) So glad you did this again this year, I participated last year too:)

  3. Katie's Nesting Spot says

    I follow Lisa Leonard on Twitter, @KTnestingspot

  4. Katie's Nesting Spot says

    I follow Twelve Crafts on Twitter, @KTnestingspot

  5. Embellished Bayou says

    Thanks for hosting, I linked up!

  6. Thelittlebrownhouse.us says

    I so want a Lisa Leonard piece!!!! Oh please let me win mr. random number generator!!!

  7. 21st Century Housewife© says

    Your recipes look yummy – especially those peanut butter crispy balls! I've linked up my mincemeat and brandy cake, and easy and delicious alternative to traditional fruitcake. Thank you for hosting!

  8. Happier Than a Pig in Mud says

    Your homemade Somoas look great! Thanks for hosting:@)

  9. Kelli @ RTSM says

    Yum! All your treats look so good! I linked up my snowman snack:)

  10. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. says

    Hi Jerri, Just discovered your blog and it's really cute! I'm going to follow along!

  11. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. says

    And thanks for hosting the party!

  12. Thanks for inviting my to come link up. Happy to share my recipe and cookies.

  13. Thank you, it was very interestingly.

  14. crustabakes says

    What a fun event! I shall look over my recipes and select one to enter!

  15. I linked up some cookies today:-)

  16. I like you on facebook:-)

  17. Hi Jerri!

    Thank you for hosting this fun holiday party.

    Merry Christmas! La

  18. I'm a new follower!

  19. Thank you so much for hosting this party – I'm excited to check out the other posts! I added some ideas for appies.

  20. Sent a friend request to Lisa Leonard on facebook! 🙂
    amiallison73 at yahoo dot com

    Thanks for sharing this DELICIOUSNESS Jerri!! Thanks for hosting! 🙂

  21. I follow Lisa Leonard on twitter! 🙂
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  22. I like 12 crafts till Christmas on facebook 🙂
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  23. I follow 12 Crafts till Christmas on twitter 🙂
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  24. I sent a friend request to Hope Abound Boutique on facebook 🙂
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  25. I follow Hope Abound Boutique on twitter 🙂
    amiallison73 at yahoo dot com

  26. I am subscribed via email to your blog. 🙂
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  27. I am a happy SSH follower! 🙂
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  28. I follow SSH on twitter! 🙂
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  29. I follow SSH on facebook! 🙂
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  30. kristy.lynn says

    thanks for hosting.. can't wait to see all the entries! everything looks yummy!

  31. Takin' time to smell the flowers! says

    Love the Holly Bloggy Christmas Party! I linked up, with a Bon-Bon recipe, mmmm! Everything you made looks yummy! Merry Christmas everyone♥

  32. I added Mint Chocolate chip cookies – I"m throwning in some mint m&ms for my holiday cookie tray. They are festive!

  33. travelgirl18 says

    Thank you for your comment on my light bulb cookies and inviting me over to your Christmas recipe party! This is great! Their are so many recipes that I can't wait to try! Foxy Fawni

  34. Sherri @ Design2Shine says

    Thanks for hosting! I've enjoyed ALL the link ups. I am a SSH follower!

  35. Debbi Does Dinner Healthy says

    I linked up! I'm a follower too, thanks!

  36. What yummy recipes! I want one of everything :-)! Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  37. Thanks for hosting the party this year! You are very kind to stop by my blog and leave comments. Thank you!

  38. Simone @ Doberman's by the Sea says

    Thanks for hosting. Looks yummy. The Bavarian Christmas linky party is still going on at http://dobermans-by-the-sea.blogspot.com/2010/11/1st-christmas-linky-party-at-dobermans.html

  39. Everything looks so yummy.

  40. Thanks for hosting. I just linked up my mint chocolate chip cookies.

  41. I follow your blog now

  42. I follow you on twitter now

  43. Grace @ Sense and Simplicity says

    Thanks for hosting this linky party – I linked up two of our Christmas recipes.

  44. I linked my Christmas Spritz recipe! Thanks for Hosting! Merry Christmas!

  45. Yum!!!! So much goodness in one post!
    I linked up!
    Come on back next Wednesday and link up more of your goodness at All Things Merry & Brite!

  46. So many yummy recipes. Gotta try your samoas. They are my favorite GS cookie! Thanks for hosting!

  47. Oh, and of course I'm a follower!! Gotta keep up on the latest and greatest!


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