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Midwest Living Holiday Cookbook 2010

Here are all the recipes from our 2010 annual holiday cookbook. Our ideas help you pull together tasty holiday meals - whether family and friends come for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Gadettes

Dust off your waffle iron to bake these Belgian-style cookies. The recipe comes from Connie Shaw of Bettendorf, Iowa, who learned it from her grandmother.

Gadettes

Cheese Blintzes

Some blintz recipes have you cook the stuffed crepes again, but we streamlined the recipe. Serve for brunch or as a dessert.

Cheese Blintzes

Walnut Room Butternut Squash Ravioli

Toasted pepitas (pumpkin seeds) add crunchiness to this main-dish recipe from Macy's Walnut Room in Chicago. Dried cranberries, sweet red pepper and sage add color.

Walnut Room Butternut Squash Ravioli

Italian-Style Bread and Stuffing

Olives, Italian seasoning, Italian bread, and thinly sliced Genoa salami, prosciutto, or cooked ham put the Italian in this stuffing's name.

Italian-Style Bread and Stuffing

Roasted Pear and Clementine Salad

This beauty of a salad blends tangy Gorgonzola and balsamic dressing with sweet roasted fruit.

Roasted Pear and Clementine Salad

Holiday Christmas Bread

There's no butter or shortening in this braided sweet bread, but you won't miss it. The recipe comes from Margaret Kassing of Beatrice, Nebraska. "We're the sixth generation to bake this holiday bread," says Margaret. "The 12 strips of dough represent 12 months in a year."

Holiday Christmas Bread

Maple Butter Twists

These breakfast rolls are a family tradition with Jean Haviland of Carroll, Iowa. "My mom made these rolls with a maple-cream filling every Christmas -- and still does!" she says. "Mom always makes extra and freezes them for later. They're great for breakfast or any time of day!"

Maple Butter Twists

Sweet Potato Rolls

Small bits of sweet potato fleck these moist dinner rolls from Sandra Schifferle of Lansing, Kansas. She puts Kansas wheat to good use in this recipe. For a quick prep, microwave your sweet potato, then cool and mash the veggie for the rolls.

Sweet Potato Rolls

Gadettes

Dust off your waffle iron to bake these Belgian-style cookies. The recipe comes from Connie Shaw of Bettendorf, Iowa, who learned it from her grandmother.

Gadettes

Christmas Mice

These treats are so adorable, it's obvious why this is Judeen Brown's favorite Christmas recipe. "All the children, old and young, expect to see them at family gatherings," says Judeen, who lives in Dundas, Minnesota.

Christmas Mice

Caramel Heavenlies

Graham crackers form the base for this bar cookie with layers of marshmallows, brown sugar, almonds and coconut. "I've made these cookies each Christmas since 1984," says Georgine Simmonds of Genesee, Michigan. "They're one of my family's favorites."

Caramel Heavenlies

Cinnamon Pretzels

Sugary cinnamon meets salty pretzels in this super-easy, giftworthy snack mix.

Cinnamon Pretzels

Valencia Delights

Orange and chocolate: a holiday cookie combo that tempts every Santa to take seconds. This recipe comes from Jill Drury in Milwaukee, who loved to bake cookies with her grandmother. "For the longest time I couldn't decide which cookie I liked best, until one day Grandma had me mix my favorite flavors: chocolate and orange," she says. "We came up with this cookie that I now call my holiday favorite."

Valencia Delights

Holiday Cranberry-Orange Slices

This slice and bake cookie recipe brings several favorite holiday flavors to the cookie tray. Beverly Olson of Marshfield, Wisconsin, added cranberries and orange peel to her butter cookies along with pecans. Finely chop these additions so they won't get in the way when you slice the dough.

Holiday Cranberry-Orange Slices

Bing Candy

People in Pukwana, South Dakota, come to bake sales just to buy Gwen Swanson's signature chocolate-cherry treat. Cherry-flavor chips create a red center between the chocolate layers. You can substitute peanut butter-flavor pieces if you prefer a peanut butter-chocolate combo.

Bing Candy

Snowflake Mix

Salty meets sweet as cereal, pretzels and peanuts get a coating of melted white baking pieces. Ann Midkiff from Jackson, Michigan, recommends using mint-flavor milk chocolate pieces in this recipe for a hint of the holidays. Make this a gift from the kitchen by packaging it in boxes that resemble takeout containers.

Snowflake Mix

Chili Pecans

A coating of spicy and sweet turns toasted pecans into a holiday party snack. "My sister Rose sent me this recipe years ago when she was living in New Mexico," says Linda Zabel of Corydon, Indiana. "I've used it every year since. I order Chimayo chile online because it's hard to find in the Midwest."

Chili Pecans

Snowman Sundae

The word "adorable" about sums up this dessert served to kids in the Walnut Room of Macy's in Chicago. Stack scoops of ice cream for this edible snowman. The recipe uses marshmallows, chocolate chips, maraschino cherries and licorice whips to accessorize the dessert and turn ice cream into Frosty's twin. Or substitute other candies.

Snowman Sundae

Applesauce Spice Cake

No granulated sugar is added to this recipe; the sweetness comes from cider, fruit and applesauce.

Applesauce Spice Cake

Frango Mint Chocolate Ice Cream Pie

This decadent pie is a favorite at Macy's on North State Street in Chicago. Stir in candy from a box of famous Frango Mints (order at Macys.com ), or use solid mint-flavored chocolate candies from the grocery store.

Frango Mint Chocolate Ice Cream Pie

Goat Cheese, Artichoke and Smoked Ham Strata

This brunch recipe comes from Carol Mortensen of Flossmoor, Illinois. "My husband and I began hosting brunches in 1986. This goat cheese, artichoke and smoked ham strata became our favorite brunch dish," she says. "The best part is preparing it the night before to bake in the morning."

Goat Cheese, Artichoke and Smoked Ham Strata

Kathy's Meat Pie

Pie for dinner? Yes, please! Kathy Maanika of Escanaba, Michigan, shares her family recipe.

Kathy's Meat Pie

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