7 Cup Pudding

Submitted by: Sarah Sullivan, St. John’s (NL)

“This recipe originated with my grandfather and has been the main dessert at Christmas family gatherings for many years. The sight and smell of 7 cup pudding is as much our symbol of Christmas as the tree standing in the corner.”

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Apple Pudding

Submitted by: Jean-Pierre Vasseur, RES PUBLICA

“This is my mother-in-law’s traditional recipe and a Christmas classic!”

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Aunt Mo's Famous Brownies

Submitted by: Shawn Patterson Baker, AXON CTS

“This is the recipe my sister-in-law makes for family and friends when they need a little love!”

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Banana Pudding

Submitted by: Danielle Cavazzini, AXON New York

“This is my aunt's favorite dessert and I make it during the holidays especially for her!”

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Boozy British Trifle

Submitted by: Joanna Wilson, Toronto

“It's a modern twist on a classic dessert, which my mother -- who came to Canada from Scotland in 1967 -- made every year. My sister took it up a notch with this even better version from the domestic goddess, Nigella Lawson. It's a pudding with punch.”

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Bourbon Pecan Pie with Dark Chocolate

Submitted by: Alex-Sandra Thibault, Montreal

“It’s very easy to make and guaranteed to impress your guests! Serve with homemade vanilla-bourbon ice cream or a store bought equivalent. Note: I always double the recipe. The first pie is for my guests, the second lasts me the rest of the week! Trust me: you won’t be sorry! Homemade vs. store bought crust: If you have the time and the inclination, you can make your own piecrust, but don’t worry about using a frozen storebought crust. Your guests will love it either way.”

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Candy Cane Clusters

Submitted by: Fiona Marshall, Halifax

“This is a great way to use up all those candy canes you never know what to do with! And these aren't meant to look perfect, so it's fun to smash up all the ingredients! ”

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Caramel Shortbread

Submitted by: Sarah Bannoff, Toronto

“My mom always made this for Christmas when we were kids - it's an absolute family favourite. And it's simple to make!”

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Cherry-Chocolate Volcanoes

Submitted by: Emilie Dutil-Bruneau, Montreal

“At my house, my mother was the chief cook, but at Christmastime, my father tied on his apron and made his famous volcano cookie recipe. My sister and I couldn’t wait to savour these cherry-chocolate concoctions, and my cousins would place their orders with my father for family parties. It’s a family tradition that continues to this day. ”

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Chocolate Pinwheel Cookies

Submitted by: Isabel Soper, Madano

“The recipe is fun and the reward for getting a good swirl is disproportionally exciting - many years of practice has made this recipe special as my family have been the testers. Every Christmas the swirl gets a little better! ”

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Christmas Skor Bark

Submitted by: Stefany Grieve, Toronto

“Every time any member of my family makes this bark, we can't stop eating it and spoil our appetite for dinner. :) SO GOOD!”

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Cranberry Almond Bark

Submitted by: Janet MacMillan, Halifax

“While this may not be a "new" recipe to many, it is special to me, and I'm told, my colleagues. Every year since I became an owner/partner with the firm (2002), I have made this recipe for all my colleagues. In the early days, that simply meant seven or eight packages hand-delivered to the desks of my Halifax colleagues. Then, as we grew, so, too, did the supply of "Bark" that I would prepare each December. Last year, I happily dleivered 40+ packages of the sweet surprise to colleagues in Halifax, St. John's and Saint John. It now takes a few days to prepare, and I've always involved my now-grown children in the process. I say every year: 'As long as I am lucky enough to be surrounded by great colleagues, I will make this for each and every one of them, no matter how many we are!' ”

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Eagle Brand Magic Squares

Submitted by: Sébastien Boudreau, Montreal

“The Holidays are a time to enjoy or rediscover the “signature desserts” made by all my aunts. When you factor in my girlfriend’s aunts, there must be about 18 of them! Which means 18 ways to get my sugar fix! Some of these desserts, including Magic Squares, have been part of my Christmas for more than 30 years. Above all, I think fondly of my aunts as I enjoy them.”

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