Our Favorite Holiday Treats

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The holidays always give us a reason to enjoy some delicious treats. Homemade cakes, cookies and chocolates are a mainstay in our office’s kitchen from Thanksgiving to New Years. While indulging in some amazing homemade chocolate chip cookies recently, we started sharing our favorite desserts and all of the memories that accompany them. It’s amazing how we never forget how much we love a holiday dessert, even if we only get to enjoy it once a year! To learn about our favorites…


By: John P Napolitano, CFP®, CPA, PFS, MST

I’ve not met many deserts that I wouldn’t eat again, especially if it comes from an Italian Pastry shop or is something with chocolate in it. While thinking about this, it suddenly dawned on me that one of my favorite holiday deserts hasn’t touched my lips in about 10 years.  Maybe this year will be different.  This uncommon favorite of mine is a Pumpkin Torte. 

Better than Pumpkin Pie, this torte is a combination of a whipped cream cheese type of cheesecake, pumpkin filling and whipped cream all on top of a Graham Cracker crust. A little peanut brittle or Pecans and a caramel topping, and you’ll love it. Easy to make, easier to eat, and it will last a few days in the fridge if you make too much.


By: Alexander G. Weiss, CFP®

Arguably one of the hardest questions I have been asked all year – what is my favorite Christmas dessert. Do I say an Anise cookies that remind me of my Nana? Or is it the Pizzelle with a little powdered sugar and a nice warm cup of coffee? What about the Pupa Cu L’ova my Nana made us each Christmas morning (typically an Easter dessert, but not in our family) that I couldn’t explain to anyone in my elementary school why it was so good. For me, I am a simple man – and a classic Biscotti dipped in chocolate is one of my favorites. I can have it after a meal, as a snack, or any other occasion you can think of. But given the list I noted above, I think any Italian treat anything works for me…


By: Tom Fletcher, CFP®

It’s been repeatedly said about me that there’s not a desert that Tom Fletcher doesn’t like.   Unfortunately it’s true. So rather than picking a single favorite desert, I went with two.  

In the pie category its hand’s down a warm cherry pie with a stiff upper crust along with that single scoop of melting (not low fat) vanilla ice cream.  Just thinking about it makes my pupils dilate.

And Christmas cookies should not be ignored (and can also accompany deserts from the pie category).   Simple is good as long as sugar involved. The winner there is the classic shortbread cookie.

Now it’s on to a New Year’s resolution...


By: Jenn Kovalski

Dessert is my favorite meal. For breakfast, as an appetizer, in the middle of the night, anytime is a good time for a sweet. I have many favorite holiday desserts, but one favorite in particular is my aunts Amaretto Tart. Made from scratch, it has a very almondy flavored crust, with a subtle, sweet amaretto cream cheese frosting on top. My aunt then places freshly sliced fruit such as strawberries, blueberries, mandarin oranges, kiwis, and pineapple on top in concentric circles. It looks pretty, and tastes even better!


By: Tom Schulte

Cookies are (and forever will be) better than all other desserts. Whether it be peanut butter balls, OREO cookie balls, chocolate crinkles, or even the classic shortbread cutouts—I honestly cannot pick out a favorite. However, just this past weekend, I was given quite the unique early Christmas gift from my mother while she was in town for my sister’s holiday concert. It is a handmade, holiday recipe book, which compiles the O’Donnell Girls’ favorite treats, along with interesting family tidbits and pictures. The O’Donnell Girls were originally comprised of my late Grandma Claire and her four sisters, passed on to my mother’s generation (nine brothers and sisters & countless cousins), and now to my generation (three sisters, forty seven cousins).

This holiday season I envision burnt cookies being rushed out of the oven with my ancestors looking down from above in horror. At least I can say followed the family recipe….