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Christmas Banana Bread

This Christmas Banana Bread recipe can really be made all year, but I call it by this name because my friend Emily would make it and deliver it to us each year at Christmas time. The red maraschino cherries make it festive looking, and the secret ingredient: butterscotch chips, gives this bread a unique and unexpected twist. If you’re not allergic, don’t forget the pecans, because MMMmmm, Mmm, do they make it extra delicious. I’ll often double the batch, which bakes 3 medium bread pans or 6 small pans.

Christmas Banana Bread

This year, I found the cutest polka dot Christmas themed disposable bread loaf pans at Target, and baked the bread for my kids teachers. (Insert the genius idea behind cute disposable bread loaf pans). I wrapped the bread in cellophane and placed it in this mini chrome shopping cart from World Market.

butterscotch banana bread

My kids teachers LOVED their carts, and so did a bunch of their classmates–asking where I found it. Only $8, great deal! I’ve had my own cart for a year or two. In my day-before-scramble to think up teacher gifts, I ran to World Market and I thought, “Who wouldn’t love a mini cart?”

world market mini shopping cart

So here is the recipe for the Christmas Banana Bread

Christmas Banana Bread
Cuisine: bread
Prep time: 
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Serves: 8
  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 mashed rip bananas
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking sode
  • ⅓ cup pecans
  • ½ cup cherries (cut in half)
  • ½ cup butterscotch chips (when I double I use the entire bag)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease 9x5 bread pans.
  2. Cream sugar with butter.
  3. Beat in eggs.
  4. Add in bananas.
  5. Mix in baking soda and flour.
  6. Stir in pecans, cherries, and butterscotch chips.
  7. Bake for 45 minutes to an hour, until a toothpick stuck in middle comes out clean.
  8. Double the recipe and bake in 3 medium pans or 6 mini pans.

Go ahead and whip up a batch and serve it this Christmas!

Another great Christmas day food idea is the Cranberry Almond French Toast Casserole

Cranberry Almond French Toast Casserole


Easy Blackberry Cobbler a.k.a. Dump Cake

This is my hubby’s favorite dessert, so I made it for his birthday a few weeks ago.  It is SO stinkin’ easy, I almost feel guilty that I didn’t spend hours concocting a masterpiece.  It is truly dumping and cooking.  For those of you who are ok to use all that pre-packaged food every once in a while (I suppose you could also use fresh fruit and blend it). I introduce to you, Easy Blackberry Cobbler.  When people try it, they attempt to figure out the secret ingredient.

Easy Blackberry Cobbler


1 21-oz. can of blackberry pie filling

1 21 oz. can of crushed pineapple (juice included)

1 box of yellow cake mix

¾  C melted butter

1 C chopped pecans


Pour pineapple (first) and blackberry filling in an ungreased 9×13 in. glass dish. Top it off with dry yellow cake mix and pecans. Pour melted butter over cake mix. Bake in preheated oven for 45 min. at 350.

We prefer to eat it chilled, but I’m sure warm with vanilla ice cream would also be delicious!