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Favorite Holiday Recipes from the Koch Homes Family

Uncategorized l December 17, 2019

The holidays are here and that means it’s time for family, friends and -perhaps best of all- food. That’s why we’ve collected some of the Koch Homes family’s favorite holiday recipes. Whether a sweet treat or a savory snack, these are sure to be enjoyed!

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Granny’s Spicy Oatmeal Cookies

from Michelle Ciavarra, Marketing


  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons real vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups of oats

Directions: Combine the brown sugar, shortening, eggs, sugar, vanilla and milk in a large mixing bowl. Beat well. Then add in the sifted flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt to the mixture. Beat well again. Stir in the oats with a spoon until well mixed. Drop teaspoons of this mixture on a cookie sheet and bake at 325 degrees for 8-10 minutes. Cool and serve.

Michelle says, “My Granny’s fridge is complemented by a tin of fresh-baked cookies sitting on top, not only around the holidays but 365 days a year! Baking is just one of the many things this amazing woman does to share her love with others!! I would say these Spicy Oatmeal Cookies make their way to her cookie tin more than any other recipe because Granny knows it is a favorite of so many. Try them – you won’t be disappointed!”

Nanny and Grandma’s Noodle Kugel

from Alyssa Huff, Gibson’s Grant


  • 1 bag (about 12 ounces) of wide egg noodles
  • 6 eggs
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1-2 teaspoons real vanilla extract
  • 2 cups sour cream
  • ¾ stick of butter
  • ½ cup raisins
  • Sprinkle of ground cinnamon (optional)

Directions: Boil noodles in salt water for 4-5 minutes, then strain. Melt butter. Beat eggs in a large mixing bowl. Combine the strained noodles and all remaining ingredients and stir until well mixed. Put in greased 9″x13″ glass baking dish and sprinkle the top with cinnamon. Bake at 375 degrees for 30-45 minutes, until the top is golden brown.

Alyssa says, “Growing up in a Jewish household, we always looked forward to potato latkes and noodle kugel around Hanukah. My kids today look forward to these dishes too even though we celebrate both Hanukah and Christmas.”

Easton Family Noels

from Eric Easton, Plum Creek & The Preserve at Severn Run


  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • ¾ cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon real vanilla extract
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 8 oz. package of chopped dates

Ingredients (icing):

  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon real vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 cup powdered sugar

Directions: Starting with the butter and brown sugar, mix cookie ingredients into large bowl. Add chopped dates in last. Bake on greased cookie sheets at 400 degrees for 8-10 minutes. When lightly browned, remove from oven and cool. While the cookies cool, mix icing ingredients in a bowl using a hand mixer. After frosting thickens, spread on cooled cookies to taste and serve.

GG’s Shrimp Dip

from Jen Kenney, Settlements


  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • 1 can small, deveined shrimp
  • ½ cup mayo
  • ¼ cup French dressing
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 6 drops of Worcestershire sauce
  • 6-10 drops of hot sauce to taste

Directions: Soften cream cheese. Drain and lightly crush the shrimp. In a large mixing bowl, combine and stir all ingredients, adding the shrimp last. Refrigerate overnight. Serve with your favorite potato chips or crackers.

Mom’s Hot Sausage Dip

from Jen Kenney, Settlements:


  • 2lbs ground pork sausage
  • 2 10oz. cans of diced tomatoes with green chiles, drained
  • 2 8oz. packages of cream cheese
  • 16oz. sour cream
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Directions: Brown the sausage in a large, deep skillet over medium-high heat. Drain and combine with the drained diced tomatoes and green chiles. Stir occasionally and simmer for approximately 15 minutes. Slowly mix in the softened cream cheese, cheddar cheese and sour cream until well blended. Serve with tortilla chips or crackers.

We hope you’ll try out some of our delicious family recipes over the holidays. From our family to yours, we wish you all a wonderful holiday season!