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Congrats to our Recipe Contest Winner!


ChristmasCookieBlog1 300x200 Congrats to our Recipe Contest Winner!Congratulations to the A Personal Touch Blog’s “My Favorite Christmas Cookie” Recipe Contest winner, Jackie Stillion!

Jackie submitted a delicious recipe she used for her own Christmas Cookie Exchange with friends for Chocolate Gooey Cookies!

For winning first place, Jackie has won her very own set of Classic Christmas© Personalized Gift Stickers from so she can add A Personal Touch to her tasty treats!

Here is her submission for all of you to enjoy:


  • 1 (8-ounce) brick cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 stick butter, at room temperature
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 (18-ounce) box moist chocolate cake mix
  • Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting


In a large bowl with an electric mixer, cream the cream cheese and butter until smooth. Beat in the egg. Then beat in the vanilla extract. Beat in the cake mix. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours to firm up so that you can roll the batter into balls. Preheat oven to 350°F. Roll the chilled batter into tablespoon sized balls and then roll them in confectioner’s sugar. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet, 2 inches apart. Bake 12 minutes. The cookies will remain soft and gooey. Cool completely and sprinkle with more confectioners’ sugar, if desired. Makes about 2 dozen cookies!

“I made these cookies for a Cookie Exchange my friends and I did over Christmas. I had to email the recipe to the host and now I am forwarding to you! They turned out YUMMY and were a major hit! Have a great New Year! ~ Jackie Stillion”

Thank you to Jackie and for all the blog readers for sending in your mouth-watering recipes! We hope you enjoy making these Chocolate Gooey Cookies!

Happy Gifting!


Share your Favorite Christmas Cookie Recipe & win!


ChristmasCookieBlog 300x200 Share your Favorite Christmas Cookie Recipe & win!It wouldn’t be Christmas without Christmas Cookies! Baking and decorating Christmas cookies with friends and families is one of those fun holiday preparations that help get everyone into the Christmas spirit.

Nowadays more and more people are having Christmas Cookie Exchange parties where everyone brings a set amount of their best batch and everyone can sample, mix and match all the different types of cookies before taking home an assortment of their favorites.  Here at’s gifting blog, A Personal Touch, we love this idea and we also love the idea of making a batch to give out as gifts, too! But we’re looking for a new fresh recipe to try out that is not only tasty, but creative, too!

That’s why we’re launching our newest contest, the “My Favorite Christmas Cookie” Recipe Contest! We want you to share your favorite Christmas cookie recipe for us to try out!

To enter, all you have to do is send an email with the subject line “Christmas Cookie Contest” to with the following information:

- Your full name and email address for where you’d like to be contacted at if you are the winner. (If you have a picture of your finished cookies we’d love to see that too!)

- The name and recipe for your favorite Christmas Cookies

And that’s it! Just make sure you submit your recipe before the contest ends at midnight on Wednesday, Dec. 28th, 2011. The A Personal Touch staff will select the winner who will win their very own set of Classic Christmas© Personalized Gift Stickers, which they can use to add a personal touch to their special batch at the next Christmas Cookie Exchange they attend!

We will announce the winner and contact them by email within a week of the deadline. We can’t wait to read all your yummy recipes!

We love to hear about the family recipes that have been passed down, or recipes that include unique ingredients you wouldn’t expect to use. The more unique and tasty the better!

Good luck to everyone and Happy Holidays!

“What’s the Secret to Your Stuffing?” Contest Winner Announced!


ThanksgivingBlog2 Whats the Secret to Your Stuffing? Contest Winner Announced!Thank you to everyone who submitted their delicious Thanksgiving Stuffing recipes to’s “What’s the Secret to Your Stuffing?” Contest hosted by the A Personal Touch Blog!

After drooling over all the entries, the A Personal Touch staff finally narrowed it down and found our favorite recipe!

The winner of the most original “What’s the Secret to Your Stuffing?” contest recipe is Michele Lange with her Sage Sausage Stuffing!

Here is the winning recipe for your enjoyment:

Sage Sausage Stuffing


1 lb sage breakfast sausage (Jimmy Dean’s)

5 stalks chopped celery

2 medium onions, chopped

2 medium/large red delicious apples, diced

1 package Pepperidge Farm corn bread dressing crumbs

1 package Pepperidge Farm sage and onion dressing crumbs

2 - 32 oz boxes of chicken broth

1 stick of butter

3 eggs (beaten)

Directions: Fry sage sausage. When medium done, add chopped celery, onion, diced apples (do not peel), and butter.  Finish cooking until sausage and cooked through, about 10 more minutes. Add dressing crumbs to sausage mixture and mix thoroughly. Add one box of chicken broth and mix. Add eggs and mix well. Add half to 1 full box until desired wetness. Spray non-stick spray in  9 x 13 pan. Bake at 350 for 40 minutes covered and 10 more minutes uncovered. Serve with your Thanksgiving best! 

This stuffing is fabulous because of the secret ingredient…sage sausage. It is also easy to make which is exactly what you want when you are cooking up a storm on Thanksgiving Day.  

Thank you!

Michele Lange

We’d like to thank Michele and all of the A Personal Touch readers for sharing their secret ingredients with all of us … we can’t wait for Thanksgiving to come around again so we can try them all ourselves!

We hope everyone had a lovely Thanksgiving and don’t forget to keep checking in at for all your Holiday shopping needs. There will be great deals and sales on our beautiful and unique selection of personalized gifts throughout the rest of the Christmas shopping season!

Happy Gifting!

“What’s the Secret to Your Stuffing?” Tell us & Win!


ThanksgivingBlog1 Whats the Secret to Your Stuffing? Tell us & Win!It’s almost Turkey Time! And you know what that means … pretty soon you’ll be sitting down with all your loved ones and gobbling up a delicious feast!

We recently asked our Facebook Fans which Thanksgiving dish they were most looking forward to - can you guess which dish the majority of fans voted for? Stuffing!

Stuffing is one of those scrumptious foods that is made from a recipe that people love to tinker with.

There are stuffing recipes that call for apples and cranberries like Paula Dean’s, or there are also some that call for cornbread and sausage like, and who could forget the ongoing preference battle between crunchy or moist! With all the endless possibilities, wants to know, “What’s the Secret to Your Stuffing?”

That’s right! We’re offering another recipe contest right here on the A Personal Touch blog! We want you to email your Thanksgiving stuffing recipe to  … don’t forget to include the secret ingredients that make your recipe stand out from all the rest!

The A Personal Touch staff will read all the entries and pick their favorite recipe and the winner will receive their very own Family Favorites© Personalized Recipe Box that they will fill with a set of matching Family Favorites© 4×6 Personalized Recipe Cards so that they can beautifully store their award-winning stuffing recipe!

To enter, please send an email with the subject line “Stuffing Recipe” to before Midnight on Tuesday November 29th, 2011 with the following information:

- Your full name

- You email address for where you’d like to be contacted if you win

- Your stuffing recipe, along with a note explaining which item is your special ingredient

And that’s it! You should have enough time to find your favorite recipes (or borrow them from Mom at Thanksgiving icon wink Whats the Secret to Your Stuffing? Tell us & Win! ) and enter them into the contest. The winner will be announced here that week. We can’t wait to hear all of your yummy secrets!

Good luck to everyone and Happy Thanksgiving!


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