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Do you bake cake, pies, cookies, etc. during the

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Here’s how GON Readers responded… 38% I usually bake a few treats during this season 25% Other (Write in your thoughts.) 16% Yes. I do A LOT of baking! 11% Why bake? My grocery store has tons of pre-made options to purchase 7% If you consider "baking" putting a Mrs. Smith's pie in the oven, then Yes. 3% Only if I'm asked to...like for a fundraiser or kids bake sale Other GON Reader Comments: My sister and I (and other family members, if available) spend Thanksgiving weekend making various cookies and candies. This was started about 27 years ago and has varied with anywhere from 2 to 28 members involved. Talk about memories for the little ones! Shortbreads and a variety of squares, brownies, nanimo bars, etc. I typically bake Cinnamon Butter cookies and an Italian Cream Cake for the holidays. I make Toffee; not really a baking item but fun to do and to give to friends. I bake up to 24 pans of Scotch Shortbread using my husband’s grandmothers award winning recipe. My husband bakes cut-outs and chocolate chip. Our son and I decorate the cut-outs. I always make Biscotti, Pizzelles, and Snowball cookies. These are a family tradition. A variety of cookies made only at the holidays! I make fudge due to high demand. (I don't eat it myself!) I used to bake with my Special Education students. Since retiring to Belize, I now find a bakery and purchase holiday goodies. I have not baked for the Christmas holiday in years. There are enough yummy sweets and sugar around that I try not to add to it by baking more. I used too every year. Too old now, no hand strength. I have four kinds of cookies that I bake. Christmas doesn't happen unless I do! I used to bake fruitcake too, but it's getting harder to find the candied fruit for it. I don't bake. I make a traditional Danish Christmas cookie which is fried in vegetable fat (I use Crisco). Our family has been making these since 1909. Pumpkin bread and cookies. Sometimes fruitcake. Christmas cookies! Mostly cookies with some banana or pumpkin bread thrown in there too. Trying to diet, nobody wants to be tempted. My oldest son co-owns a business and I enjoy baking a variety of cookies this time of year (not too holiday driven) and I take a bag full into the shop. I also drop bags of cookies at each son's home. Sometimes it is a sister-in-law who bakes with me and sometimes it is granddaughters. I bake pies and scones and make a pavlova and cookies; not really a lot, but not just a few. A few different kinds of cookies and maybe brownies. I love to bake when my RA isn't acting up. It makes me happy to bring it into work and share it with others. I always bake and decorate cookies with my grandchildren, even though they’re teenagers now. It’s a tradition we look forward to every year. I also make several batches of sausage balls. My whole family loves them, especially Christmas morning. My friend and I spend one whole day baking cookies. We choose 4 different kinds and then make 4 dozen of each. We split each to take home. I look forward to this day as a treat to us, spending time together! My son's family does this as a family fun day and they share with my husband and I. What a wonderful gift for us! My daughter bakes; however, I do not. We usually have a combination of homemade and pre-made treats. The Saturday before Thanksgiving, my sister and I (and in the last few years my younger daughter and her friend) get together and make 3 kinds of Christmas cookies and put them in the freezer to use in December! I usually make a selection of 6-8 kinds of squares and cookies. I like to package up a small selection to give to the neighbours. For the past 2 years, my daughter-in-law, her friend, friend's daughter, and I have gotten together and baked several different batches of cookies that we can then share with each other. It's so much more fun doing it as a group. The time goes so much faster and no one person is alone in a kitchen baking cookies. We are known as the “cookie crew.” Part of the baking is tasting them all to make sure they are good to go. All shortbreads…whipped shortbread, snowballs and almond fingers, and dessert is individual pavlovas. I bake only when we are expecting guests at our house and right now we don’t expect anybody. I bring a dish when we have family meals, but it’s not usually a dessert. This November I made brandied fruit to put in Christmas bundt cakes for hostess gifts. I decorate the cakes with powdered sugar plus mint and cranberries for flowers. Pecan pie is a “must have” in our house! I would like to bake if I had more time. Someday…. I try to bake several varieties of cookies, as well as my chocolate and peanut butter fudges, and divinty. I also like to try a new recipe most years. I try to not to eat anything made from flour and sugar. So much healthier! Our family makes truffles and no-bake cookies from the "family" recipes. I always bake a mince pie in memory of my father. I'm typically the only one that eats it. I love to bake all the time. Since there are only two of us in the house now, both retired, I don't bake as often as I used to, so I tend to look for excuses to bake! Years ago, I had my two grandsons help cut out and frost/decorate my cookies. As they got older, they took over a couple of easier recipes like Magic Cookie Bars and easy fudge. Now (they are 17 and 13 years old), it is one of the traditions we look forward to. I have little to do, but have the supplies. We combine this evening with a sleepover and movies and finish up the following day…usually a Saturday. Fills my heart! I have a few favorites…magic seven layer bars, shortbread, butterscotch confetti. I leave the decorated sugar cookies to my sister. No. I live alone, work full-time, have many social outings in December, and just don't have the time. Cookies, lots of cookies!! I bake 9 fruitcakes every year. Also bake about 10 different kinds of cookies. A lot are my mother’s recipes. I start early. I also give a lot away. My fruitcakes contain lots of spiced rum! Candy making : fudge, both chocolate and Peanut Butter fudge; not baking exactly, but still sweet treats. As a family, we bake Grandma’s apple pie, cookie candies, chocolate chip cookies, almond balls, decorated sugar cookies, Irish soda bread, thumbprint cookies, to name a few! But this year everyone is trying to consume less sugar, so we might cut back a bit! Trying to avoid sweets, but might buy a plate of Christmas cookies. My mother and aunt used to bake 10-12 different kinds of cookies for Christmas each year (they did not work outside the home.) When my children were young and I was a teacher, I could not possibly bake very many, so I asked them which ones were their favorite. It turned out that they only wanted the decorated sugar cookies and chocolate chip cookies, so those are the two that I bake to this day. Back to Web Poll Results Index
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Back to Reader Web Poll Results Index Reader Web Poll Results Join our newsletter to be notified when the newest Web Poll and Web Poll Results are available. QUESTION: Do you bake cakes, pies, cookies, etc. during the holiday season? Here’s how GON Readers responded… 38% I usually bake a few treats during this season 25% Other (Write in your thoughts.) 16% Yes. I do A LOT of baking! 11% Why bake? My grocery store has tons of pre-made options to purchase 7% If you consider "baking" putting a Mrs. Smith's pie in the oven, then Yes. 3% Only if I'm asked to...like for a fundraiser or kids bake sale Other GON Reader Comments: My sister and I (and other family members, if available) spend Thanksgiving weekend making various cookies and candies. This was started about 27 years ago and has varied with anywhere from 2 to 28 members involved. Talk about memories for the little ones! Shortbreads and a variety of squares, brownies, nanimo bars, etc. I typically bake Cinnamon Butter cookies and an Italian Cream Cake for the holidays. I make Toffee; not really a baking item but fun to do and to give to friends. I bake up to 24 pans of Scotch Shortbread using my husband’s grandmothers award winning recipe. My husband bakes cut-outs and chocolate chip. Our son and I decorate the cut-outs. I always make Biscotti, Pizzelles, and Snowball cookies. These are a family tradition. A variety of cookies made only at the holidays! I make fudge due to high demand. (I don't eat it myself!) I used to bake with my Special Education students. Since retiring to Belize, I now find a bakery and purchase holiday goodies. I have not baked for the Christmas holiday in years. There are enough yummy sweets and sugar around that I try not to add to it by baking more. I used too every year. Too old now, no hand strength. I have four kinds of cookies that I bake. Christmas doesn't happen unless I do! I used to bake fruitcake too, but it's getting harder to find the candied fruit for it. I don't bake. I make a traditional Danish Christmas cookie which is fried in vegetable fat (I use Crisco). Our family has been making these since 1909. Pumpkin bread and cookies. Sometimes fruitcake. Christmas cookies! Mostly cookies with some banana or pumpkin bread thrown in there too. Trying to diet, nobody wants to be tempted. My oldest son co-owns a business and I enjoy baking a variety of cookies this time of year (not too holiday driven) and I take a bag full into the shop. I also drop bags of cookies at each son's home. Sometimes it is a sister-in-law who bakes with me and sometimes it is granddaughters. I bake pies and scones and make a pavlova and cookies; not really a lot, but not just a few. A few different kinds of cookies and maybe brownies. I love to bake when my RA isn't acting up. It makes me happy to bring it into work and share it with others. I always bake and decorate cookies with my grandchildren, even though they’re teenagers now. It’s a tradition we look forward to every year. I also make several batches of sausage balls. My whole family loves them, especially Christmas morning. My friend and I spend one whole day baking cookies. We choose 4 different kinds and then make 4 dozen of each. We split each to take home. I look forward to this day as a treat to us, spending time together! My son's family does this as a family fun day and they share with my husband and I. What a wonderful gift for us! My daughter bakes; however, I do not. We usually have a combination of homemade and pre-made treats. The Saturday before Thanksgiving, my sister and I (and in the last few years my younger daughter and her friend) get together and make 3 kinds of Christmas cookies and put them in the freezer to use in December! I usually make a selection of 6-8 kinds of squares and cookies. I like to package up a small selection to give to the neighbours. For the past 2 years, my daughter-in-law, her friend, friend's daughter, and I have gotten together and baked several different batches of cookies that we can then share with each other. It's so much more fun doing it as a group. The time goes so much faster and no one person is alone in a kitchen baking cookies. We are known as the “cookie crew.” Part of the baking is tasting them all to make sure they are good to go. All shortbreads…whipped shortbread, snowballs and almond fingers, and dessert is individual pavlovas. I bake only when we are expecting guests at our house and right now we don’t expect anybody. I bring a dish when we have family meals, but it’s not usually a dessert. This November I made brandied fruit to put in Christmas bundt cakes for hostess gifts. I decorate the cakes with powdered sugar plus mint and cranberries for flowers. Pecan pie is a “must have” in our house! I would like to bake if I had more time. Someday…. I try to bake several varieties of cookies, as well as my chocolate and peanut butter fudges, and divinty. I also like to try a new recipe most years. I try to not to eat anything made from flour and sugar. So much healthier! Our family makes truffles and no-bake cookies from the "family" recipes. I always bake a mince pie in memory of my father. I'm typically the only one that eats it. I love to bake all the time. Since there are only two of us in the house now, both retired, I don't bake as often as I used to, so I tend to look for excuses to bake! Years ago, I had my two grandsons help cut out and frost/decorate my cookies. As they got older, they took over a couple of easier recipes like Magic Cookie Bars and easy fudge. Now (they are 17 and 13 years old), it is one of the traditions we look forward to. I have little to do, but have the supplies. We combine this evening with a sleepover and movies and finish up the following day…usually a Saturday. Fills my heart! I have a few favorites…magic seven layer bars, shortbread, butterscotch confetti. I leave the decorated sugar cookies to my sister. No. I live alone, work full-time, have many social outings in December, and just don't have the time. Cookies, lots of cookies!! I bake 9 fruitcakes every year. Also bake about 10 different kinds of cookies. A lot are my mother’s recipes. I start early. I also give a lot away. My fruitcakes contain lots of spiced rum! Candy making : fudge, both chocolate and Peanut Butter fudge; not baking exactly, but still sweet treats. As a family, we bake Grandma’s apple pie, cookie candies, chocolate chip cookies, almond balls, decorated sugar cookies, Irish soda bread, thumbprint cookies, to name a few! But this year everyone is trying to consume less sugar, so we might cut back a bit! Trying to avoid sweets, but might buy a plate of Christmas cookies. My mother and aunt used to bake 10-12 different kinds of cookies for Christmas each year (they did not work outside the home.) When my children were young and I was a teacher, I could not possibly bake very many, so I asked them which ones were their favorite. It turned out that they only wanted the decorated sugar cookies and chocolate chip cookies, so those are the two that I bake to this day. Back to Reader Web Poll Results Index
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