‘Tis the season for indulging in sweets. Just for fun, we asked a few of our favorite famous mamas what confections they like to make this time of year. Here’s what they’ll be whipping up in the next few weeks.
Jessica Seinfeld, Gingerbread Spice Cake
“The spices in this cake make the whole house smell like the holidays,” says Seinfeld, founder of Baby Buggy, which celebrates its tenth anniversary this year. “My husband and kids start freaking out when this cake [from Seinfeld’s cookbook Deceptively Delicious] starts baking. You can often find us holed up on a weekend with a warm fire, polishing off this cake before it’s even had a chance to cool.” Get Jessica’s recipe.
Mayim Bialik, Pecan Pie Truffles
“As a vegan, a chocoholic, and someone who likes the ingredients of pecan pie but not in a pie form, I love this recipe as the solution to all of my holiday problems,” says The Big Bang Theory star Bialik (who also has a Ph.D. in neuroscience and a parenting book being published by Simon & Schuster next spring). “Plus, the mix can be made and frozen ahead of time, so it’s easy to whip up a double batch and have them ready to dip and serve. And since they are so filling, they go a long way! You can substitute for the bourbon if you want them alcohol-free.” Get Mayim’s recipe.
Alison Sweeney, Oatmeal Pancakes
“Making these pancakes was a tradition in my husband’s family when he was growing up, and now they are a tradition in my house,” says Sweeney, host of The Biggest Loser and author of The Mommy Diet, which is being released in paperback in December. “Now I love making them with my kids as part of a relaxed holiday morning at home.” Get Alison’s recipe.
Soleil Moon Frye, Blueberry Pie
“I absolutely love ‘Nancy’s Prize-winning Blueberry Pie’ from the More from Magnolia cookbook, and I make it for my whole family during the holidays,” says Soleil Moon Frye, author of Happy Chaos (and beloved star of Punky Brewster, back in the day). “I can’t take credit for it, but the recipe warms us inside and out.” Get Soleil’s recipe.
Samantha Harris, Hanukkah Star Cookies
“Making Hanukkah cookies is a tradition I began last year when [my daughter] Josselyn was 3 years old,” says ET correspondent Harris, a collaborator on the Samantha Jean for DL1961. “It’s a fun, hands-on experience for her that also promotes her artistic expression while allowing for bonding time. This year, she is so excited to do it again and to show her baby sister, Hillary, what she can look forward to when she is older.” Get Samantha’s recipe.