november 18, 2016

Our Favorite Holiday Recipes

Here at Bria Hammel Interior’s, each team member adds their own bit of flavor to our everyday happenings. This is truly the secret ingredient to delivering a unique design to each and every client. We all also love, love, love the holiday season! We’ll even admit, we had a few christmas tunes sneak out in October, as we were getting a head start on our clients holiday decorating plans.

As the holiday’s approach, we wanted to share our favorite recipes for the season. Some are family favorites that have been passed down for generations, some are borderline secret, and some are just plain delicious. We hope you enjoy this round up of recipes, let us know which ones you try!

Bria | Grandma Anna’s Sugar Cookies

A holiday staple in the Hammel House! This recipe is just one of Bria’s Step-Mom’s amazing recipes. Whether you keep it simple by with a topping of extra sugar, or decorate with frosting and candies, these are a delicious addition to any holiday get together.


1 cup sugar

1 cup crisco shortening

1 egg

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp cream of tartar

1 tsp vanilla

2 cups flower


Roll in balls, and dip in sugar. Press and design with a fork on top.

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Katie | Mashed Potatoes

Katie and her dad are the mashed potatoes masters in their household, and they make them together for every holiday! The best part is, Katie gets to lick the beaters. Tip from Katie: Whatever recipe you use, make sure it has lots of cream cheese and butter.


3-4 lbs. golden potatoes

1/2 cup milk

1/4 cup butter

1/2 cup cream cheese

salt & pepper; to taste


Peel potatoes and cut into quarters. Place potatoes in a large stockpot and cover with water, add salt (about 1-2 tsp.) and bring to a boil. Allow to boil for about 20-25 minutes or until the potatoes fall apart when poked with a fork. Combine milk and butter in a microwave safe bowl and place in the microwave for about 40 seconds or until butter is melted (this makes it so the milk doesn’t cool off your potatoes when you add it). Drain potatoes and mash with a potato masher or mix in a stand mixer with whisk attachment (if you do a stand mixer, make sure to keep it on low to medium speed.. unless you want them whipped up). Slowly add milk/butter mixture until you reach your desired consistency (adding more milk if you want the potatoes to be thinner). Mash in cream cheese and salt & pepper. Serve immediately.

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Michelle | Homemade Cheesy Potatoes

No holiday dinner is complete without a heaping serving!

Tip from Michelle: Be sure to use the cubed potatoes, it just doesn’t taste the same otherwise.


1 bag of cubed potatoes

1 can cream of cream of mushroom soup

1 stick of melted butter

1 pint of sour cream

1 cup of cheddar cheese


Mix all ingredients, place in a large pan, and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour. Easy as that!

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Lindsey | Homemade Chocolate Fudge

The best part of any meal, besides the potatoes, is the dessert!


2-1/2 cups white granulated sugar

3/4 cup butter

2/3 cup evaporated milk

2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

7 ounce jar of marshmallow cream

1 tsp vanilla


Line an 8 or 9 inch square pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper. Coat with nonstick spray. Set aside. In a 3 quart heavy saucepan over high heat, combine sugar, butter, and evaporated milk. Use a wooden spoon to stir slowly until butter melts, be sure to scrape the sides of the pan while stirring. Bring to a full boil, stirring constantly. Once it starts boiling, let boil for 5 minutes. Stir constantly. Remove from heat and add chocolate chips. Stir until all chips are melted and mixture is smooth. Add marshmallow creme and beat with a wooden spoon until well blended. Add vanilla and mix well. Immediately pour into the prepared pan. Let cool, cut into squares, and serve.

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Christine | Easy & Delicious Green Beans

A recipe passed down from her mother! Tip from Christine: Cook on low, and slow!


1 handful of green beans per person

2 tbs olive oil

2 chopped shallots


In a large skillet over low heat, slowly caramelize the shallots. Add the green beans and olive oil. Slowly saute for 15-20 mins. Add salt to taste!

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Kari | Cooked Cranberry Bowl

A family recipe passed down for generations, only ever made with homemade whipped cream! Tip from Kari: Be sure to use a clear bowl, as this side dish is as beautiful as it is tasty.


3 cans whole cranberries

1 row of saltines

1 carton of whipping cream

1/2 cup powdered sugar

1 tbsp vanilla


In a medium bowl, spread 1-1/2 cans of whole cranberries. Crush saltines and layer ½ of the portion on top of the cranberries. In a separate bowl, mix whipping cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla until fluffy. Add ½ of the portion to the layered mixture. Repeat. Chill in fridge for 4 hours and serve.


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