ST. LOUIS – Mandy Murphey enjoys plenty of sweet treats over the holidays with her family. She introduces foodies to several recipes to consider making ahead of Christmas.

Coconut Cake


1 box white or yellow butter cake mix

1 small can cream of coconut

1 can Eagle Brand milk

1 large container Cool Whip

1 bag frozen coconut


Bake cake according to directions.  While still hot, punch holes in cake with a fork.  Mix Eagle Brand milk and cream of coconut.  Pour over hot cake. Spread cool whip on top.  Sprinkle with coconut on top.  Refrigerate.

Chocolate Cobbler


2 cups self rising flour

1 1/2 cups sugar

1/2 cup butter

1 cup whole milk

2 tsp vanilla

1/4 cup cocoa

Mix together and spread in 8 x 10 pan.


1 cup brown sugar

1 cup white sugar

1/4 cup cocoa

Mix topping ingredients and spread on top of cake layer.  Pour 2 cups boiling water on top. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.

Pecan Pie


1 refrigerated pie shell

3 eggs, beaten

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup white corn syrup

1/2 cup dark corn syrup

Dash of salt

1 tsp vanilla

3 Tbs butter

1 Tbs sorghum

2 cups pecan pieces


Mix together and pour into pie shell in a pie pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.

Hot Cranberry Casserole


3 cups peeled and chopped apples

2 cups whole cranberries

1 1/2 tsp lemon juice

1 1/2 cups sugar


Spray 2-quart casserole dish with nonstick spray.  Toss apples in lemon juice.  Mix with other ingredients and put in dish.


1 1/3 cup quick cooking oatmeal

1 cup chopped nuts

1/3 cup brown sugar

1 stick of melted butter

Additional instructions:

Mix together and spread over fruit mixture.  Bake uncovered at 325 degrees for 1 hour 15 minutes.