12 Days of Christmas Giveaways, Day 10

November 10, 2015 | By | Comments (50)
Photo credit: Laurey W. Glenn

Photo credit: Laurey W. Glenn

On the tenth day of Christmas, my true love (or Southern Living!) gave to me, a holiday made sweet. Bake a homemade goodie like these Southern Living gingerbread snowflake cookies to place inside of a wooden treat box. Wrap the box with a thin ribbon and some live greenery to create the perfect, handcrafted gift.

For more holiday decor ideas and tips, enter to win the 2015 Southern Living for Dillard’s Christmas Cookbook PLUS a $50 Dillard’s gift card to purchase your favorites from our holiday collection.

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How to Enter: What is your go-to holiday dessert? Comment your answer below for a chance to win. Official rules here.



  1. Sherry L

    I like to make a red velvet chocolate cake in a Christmas-Tree shaped pan. Frost with cream-cheese icing, with green sprinkles on top.

    December 19, 2016 at 6:26 pm
  2. Maddie

    My siblings and I frost cut out cookies!

    December 9, 2015 at 11:50 am
  3. Summer Bonner

    I love to make Pumpkin Bread.

    December 9, 2015 at 12:30 am
  4. jenny stratton

    I like Christmas cookies and candy

    November 18, 2015 at 1:22 am
  5. amylou61

    I make a triple chocolate bundt cake and serve it with freshly whipped cream. It’s my family’s favorite.

    November 11, 2015 at 5:47 am
  6. Betty Campbell


    November 11, 2015 at 4:54 am
  7. Kim G

    Fudge and orange slice cookies with pecans.

    November 11, 2015 at 4:28 am
  8. Dawn K

    pecan pie

    November 11, 2015 at 4:10 am
  9. Vickie

    We have a dessert table laden with fruitcake, pies, cakes, candy, and cookies. All from scratch.
    My favorite is once again our family heritage recipe. The recipe is over 100 years old..Georgia Red Velvet Cake. I have seen many recipes for this cake but none are like ours. Always the star of the cake is s left out..and it baffles me. Grandmas peanut butter fudge and pralines and divinity go fast too.

    November 10, 2015 at 10:26 pm
  10. Julie

    My favorite holiday dessert (or anytime dessert) is red velvet layer cake! Mine never look as beautiful as the ones featured in southern living magazine, but I think the taste can’t be beat! Extra cream cheese frosting? Yes please!

    November 10, 2015 at 9:32 pm
  11. Jason

    My go to holiday dessert is sweet potato pie. The band Alabama must agree and their lyrics say it best: “Song, song of the south. Sweet potato pie and I shut my mouth”

    November 10, 2015 at 9:15 pm
  12. Mike

    My favorite holiday dessert is apple pie! It’s truly a family affair as my brother grows the apples on his property and my aunt makes/cans the pie filling in mason jars. A couple months ago, we decided to put the apple pie filling on our pancakes. The accidentally got a little overdone and the smoke alarms were going off. Before we realized what was happening, two firetrucks were in front of our house and a dozen firemen in the living room. We apologized and offered some pancakes. This holiday season, we will be baking apple pies and taking them to the fire station.

    November 10, 2015 at 9:03 pm
  13. Tana McCraw

    Some folks call them buckeyes but we call them peanut butter balls. They have peanut butter confectionary goodness centers and are coated in rich chocolate. All ages love them and they pack easily in gift boxes for giving!

    November 10, 2015 at 9:03 pm
  14. Janice

    My go-to holiday dessert is my mother in law’s fudge. She’s won the county fair fudge contest multiple years and I know why, it is excellent! I literally “go-to” this dessert whenever I see it sitting out on a platter. I think it is appropriate to have her fudge at our holiday gatherings because “families are like fudge, mostly sweet with a few nuts” 🙂

    November 10, 2015 at 8:57 pm
  15. Wendy Hill

    Pecan pie and pumpkin bread!

    November 10, 2015 at 8:32 pm
  16. Susan Hatcher

    Pecan pies, Buttermilk pies and Red Velvet Cake.

    November 10, 2015 at 8:14 pm
  17. Samantha Fornshell

    Cherry pie & chocolate chip cookies, but not put together! 🙂

    November 10, 2015 at 7:45 pm
  18. LaTanya Thornhill

    homemade cheesecake

    November 10, 2015 at 6:42 pm
  19. Susan Lant Holstein

    coconut cake

    November 10, 2015 at 6:27 pm
  20. gmcl

    Pecan pie, chocolate pie, coconut cake and pie. So many favorites that are part of family tradition.

    November 10, 2015 at 6:19 pm
  21. Becky J

    What a difficult choice! My family is not especially fond of pie, so I have tried a variety of other desserts. Our favorite for the past few years has been a New York style cheesecake that can either be eaten plain or with a fancy topping, usually Pecan Praline, from a Southern Living recipe.

    November 10, 2015 at 5:59 pm
  22. gaye

    pumpkin struessel loaf

    November 10, 2015 at 5:35 pm
  23. Judi Rizzo

    German Chocolate Pie, I’ve made it for Thanksgiving and Christmas for the last 45 years!

    November 10, 2015 at 5:28 pm
  24. Maureen

    I have two that I make. For Thanksgiving the go to dessert is pumpkin crisp and for Christmas it is eggnog chocolate chip cheesecake bars

    November 10, 2015 at 4:55 pm
  25. Kathy Kasley

    Rich, sweet pecan pie. (with vanilla ice cream !)

    November 10, 2015 at 4:38 pm
  26. Lisa Christopher Grimes

    Cookies we have made, pound cake, bourbon balls, and boiled custard.

    November 10, 2015 at 3:01 pm
  27. chriistina hicks

    pumpkin cheese cake!!!yummmm!

    November 10, 2015 at 2:52 pm
  28. Mary Z

    I love peppermint stick ice cream topped with warm homemade hot fudge sauce and freshly whipped cream. Then I’ll add a pirouette cookie for garish. Simple, sweet and decadent and the presentation can be enhanced by serving in a lovely red wine goblet.

    November 10, 2015 at 2:48 pm
  29. paffrathmkd

    Easy Pumpkin Cream Trifle is the go-to perennial favorite holiday dessert in our family!

    November 10, 2015 at 2:29 pm
  30. Kristin G

    I absolutely love making Japanese fruit cake! My grandmother made it all the time at Christmas when I was growing up so I just associate it with Christmas time. It always sounded gross, but it’s the most amazing cake ever. The frosting is made from marshmallows and butter! That’s really my favorite part and everyone who eats it just loves it! We also like to make homemade butterfingers using the leftover candy corn from Halloween.

    November 10, 2015 at 2:26 pm
  31. karen s

    My go-to holiday dessert would have to be Candy Cane cake. It is visually stunning and oh so yummy. I think it speaks Christmas on a plate!

    November 10, 2015 at 2:21 pm
  32. Laura

    Red velvet cake with cream cheese icing. My aunt’s recipe creates a beautiful dense red bundt-shaped cake with a pound cake-like consistency covered by ivory icing goodness. Yum!

    November 10, 2015 at 2:11 pm
  33. Laura

    Chocolate fudge pie. It’s delicious warm or cold, and doesn’t need anything else with it.

    November 10, 2015 at 2:10 pm
  34. jene davis

    I keep the dessert simple because the celebration at Thanksgiving is about the dinner. I serve Key Lime Pie, Sweet Potato Pie, and Apple Cobbler then add a simple whipped topping. They are my favorite and everyone likes them too! With a smooth cup of coffee; it is the perfect ending to the holiday meal.

    November 10, 2015 at 1:54 pm
  35. Kathleen

    Sharon K,
    That’s a very nice idea. Thank you for sharing that.

    November 10, 2015 at 1:30 pm
  36. Patricia C

    My go to dessert is cheesecake. I have a recipe past down to me from my Mom. She was a school teacher and one year they discarded the old home economics cookbooks, she asked for one. I have the cookbook now and make a cheesecake for special occasions from a 1950’s home economics cook book. I don’t care for cheesecake, but everyone raves about mine.

    November 10, 2015 at 12:53 pm
  37. James Osier

    It’s not Christmas without the date filled cookies. I can eat a whole batch on my own, and usually do. So I make two.

    November 10, 2015 at 12:39 pm
  38. Lauren S

    Every year I make a turtle cheesecake, bourbon pecan pie, and tiramisu! My family loves desserts 🙂

    November 10, 2015 at 12:26 pm
  39. Linda

    Coconut and lemon ice box pie. At our house, it’s all about the pie.

    November 10, 2015 at 12:14 pm
  40. Phyllis Sears

    Homemade cookies, pecan pie, and mama’s buttermilk pies; ham rollups are a family favorite as well

    November 10, 2015 at 11:18 am
  41. Lynn Welch

    I always make a Chocolate Fudge Cake; it’s from the 1980 or 1981 SL Annual Recipes. When I saw the cake on the cover, I had to make it because I’m a chocolate lover. Everyone in my family loves it. My husband and son usually request it for their birthdays, and I’ve made it for bake sales. I wish I had a piece right now!

    November 10, 2015 at 10:10 am
  42. Sharon K

    About 10 years ago I found a great recipe published in Southern Living for Lemon Tea Bread. Since that time I make mini loaves of this delicious bread, wrap them in plastic wrap with a burlap ribbon, and attach a note to each for every Thanksgiving guest telling them why I’m thankful for them. I’ve shared the recipe with many – always a hit. 🙂

    November 10, 2015 at 9:54 am
  43. Kathleen

    Old school: Mincemeat Pie.

    November 10, 2015 at 9:53 am
  44. Lizana

    Mrs. Billet’s White Cake. The ingredients are readily available; it serves many; it can be filled with seasonal fruits or creams; and it’s gorgeous. Also, the layers can be baked and frozen ahead of time to save on prep time. Try it!

    November 10, 2015 at 9:51 am
  45. Cindy Moline

    Pecan Pie, what else!

    November 10, 2015 at 9:28 am
  46. Caitlin Loder

    Pecan pie! Yum! Especially the recipe from the Southern Living Comfort Food book 🙂

    November 10, 2015 at 9:24 am
  47. Janice Gallaway

    Bourbon balls. We all love them. Just a pop of sweetness. Perfect!

    November 10, 2015 at 9:20 am
  48. AngelaS

    It is not a holiday celebration at our house until there is a sweet potato pie, pound cake and a German chocolate cake to cut and serve.

    November 10, 2015 at 9:19 am
  49. Cindy D.

    I make two; pumpkin and pecan pie.

    November 10, 2015 at 9:13 am
  50. Discover Southern (@discoversouthrn)

    I love making and serving Chocolate Pecan Hand Pies! Grab my recipe at http://www.discoversouthern.com/the-food/4roses-bourbon-chocolate-pecan-pies/

    November 10, 2015 at 9:06 am

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