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L.L.Bean Employees’ Favorite Holiday Recipes

We’ve made a whole lot of holiday meals, desserts and treats since our company started in 1912. Here are a few favorites from the L.L.Bean recipe box, submitted by our employees. Enjoy!

Jennifer B.'s Cinnamon Buns

Yield: 16 buns | Total Prep Time: 1 hour 15 minutes | Total Cook Time: 15 minutes

“It wouldn’t seem like Christmas morning without hot-out-of-the-oven cinnamon buns. We bake them while opening gifts and then dive in while they’re still warm!”

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Emily B.'s Eggnog (contains alcohol)

Yield: 8 servings | Total Prep Time: 12 hours | Total Cook Time: 1 hour

“I was always afraid to try eggnog as a child because it sounds disgusting. As a middle aged mom, however, the appeal of cocktails evolved, so when my cocktail loving friends and relatives convinced me that eggnog can actually be good, I went into research mode. This recipe comes from my cousin’s husband, Syrus Fotovat, who is a fantastic bartender in San Jose, CA.”

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Emma R.'s Taffy Twinkle Stars

Yield: Over 20 | Total Prep Time: Varies | Total Cook Time: 10 minutes

“This is my grandmother’s recipe; in fact our recipe card is written in her handwriting! My mom has made these every Christmas for as long as I can remember, and we always used to leave these out for Santa when I was a kid."

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Karen P.’s Toffee

Yield: 6 | Total Prep Time: 15 minutes | Total Cook Time: 10-15 minutes

“This is a holiday recipe from my husband’s family. We make batches each year to give to neighbors, teachers and friends…and have at the ready when gathering for post-dinner group games.”

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Michelle G.’s Mom’s Latkes

Yield: 6 | Total Prep Time: 15 minutes | Total Cook Time: 20 minutes

“Every Hanukkah, my mom would visit my elementary school classroom – electric skillet and bottle of vegetable oil under her arm – to cook potato pancakes for my classmates. With the sizzle of golden latkes frying, being the only Jewish kid in school was never cooler.”

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