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Savor the Season Grandmother's recipes win holiday contest

Savor the SeasonGrandmothers' recipes win holiday contest

By Gaye Bunderson

Nine taste testers chose the winner in the 1st Annual Christian Living Magazine Savor the Season Recipe Contest.

“There was only one vote difference between first and second place. It was very close,” Sandy Jones, Christian Living publisher, said.

The winning recipe is Gramma's Horn Cookies, submitted by Bonnie Wallace. Runner-up is American Home Pecan Pie, submitted by Cheryl Smith, who also contributed her Grandmother Pauline's pie crust recipe.

Bonnie Wallace, 76, said she enjoyed Gramma's Horn Cookies as a child every Christmas, when her grandmother, Mabel Decker of Nampa, made them for her family. The delicious cookies continue to be an annual family favorite, and the recipe continues to be passed down through the generations. It is with great joy that Bonnie shared this recipe with our Christian Living readers.

Cheryl called her grandmother's pecan pie recipe “simple to make, and tasty.”

“Having Grandma Pauline at my parents' house during the Christmas holiday season was a huge part of my family’s traditions. Grandma’s pie-making skills were exceptionable,” Cheryl said. “What made Grandma’s pies so enjoyable was her ability to make flaky pie crust. Hands down, her pecan pie was the best.”

Both Cheryl's grandmother and mother reached a point where they were no longer able to keep up the traditional pie-making, so Cheryl and her sisters stepped in to help out, using Grandma Pauline's well thumbed and timeworn recipe book.

Thanks to everyone for their submissions. We hope you'll try the winning recipes this year, and next year, submit one of your own for others to enjoy.

Savor the Season Winner

Gramma's Horn Cookies

Submitted by Bonnie Wallace


4 c. flour

2 c. sugar

½ lb. filberts, ground fine

½ lb. walnuts, ground fine

1 lb. butter


Knead all ingredients until batter is mixed thoroughly. Shape dough into balls in the palm of your hand, the size of walnuts in their shells. Roll into a 3- to 4-inch log, and then shape into a crescent. Test bake 3 or 4 samples in a 400 degree oven 5 to 8 minutes; do not overbake. Cookies should be lightly browned. Continue shaping dough and baking until gone. Let cool 10 minutes on wire racks, and then roll in superfine powdered sugar.

Savor the Season Runner-Up

American Home Pecan Pie

Submitted by Cheryl A. Smith

Prep time: 10 minutes

Baking time: 50-55 minutes


3 eggs

1 c. sugar

1 c. light or dark corn syrup

2 Tbsp. melted butter or margarine

1 tsp. vanilla

¼ tsp. salt

1-1½ c. pecan halves

1 unbaked 9-inch pastry shell


Beat eggs slightly in medium-sized bowl; beat in sugar. Blend in corn syrup, melted butter or margarine, vanilla, salt, and pecans. Pour into unbaked pastry shell. Bake in hotoven (400° F.) 15 minutes; reduce heat to moderate (350° F.); continue baking 35-40 minutes or until browned and slightly puffed. Cool before serving.

490 calories per serving (1/6 of 9-inch pie)

Source of Vitamins A, B, C

Tested in The American Home Kitchens

Pie Crust

Submitted by Cheryl A. Smith


2 c. flour

2/3 c. Crisco or other shortening

4 Tbsp. ice water


Mix the ingredients and then roll the dough to fit the pie tin.

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