Homemade Holidays contest

November 7, 2018

Calling all bakers! We’re looking for your best holiday dessert recipes, whether you’re whipping up pumpkin pie, rugelach or gingerbread cookies.

You can submit as many recipes as you’d like and vote for your favorites up to once per week. Please include a photo and a description of the dessert, preferably the full recipe, and make sure to submit your correct name and email so you can be contacted if you win.

Entries are open to anyone 13 and older living in the Kankakee area. The two entries with the highest number of votes will have their dishes photographed and their recipes reprinted with full credit in the Life section of the Daily Journal. The person with the highest number of votes will receive a press plate of his or her recipe and a $50 gift card for groceries. The runner up will get the press plate and a $25 gift card.

To enter, visit kankakee.secondstreetapp.com/HomemadeHolidays.

This contest is now open and ends Nov. 30, so make sure to start baking and photographing now! Last year’s winning dessert was submitted by Cathy Breeck, of Kankakee.



1 cup ground dates

½ cup water

½ cup sugar

2 tablespoons butter

¾ teaspoon vanilla


1 cup brown sugar

¾ cup melted butter (can use some shortening)

1½ cups flour

1¼ cup oatmeal

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

To make the filling: Mix dates, water, and sugar together in a sauce pan and cook until thick. While still warm add butter and vanilla stir until melted. Cool before using.

To make the dough: Mix brown sugar, melted butter, flour, oatmeal, baking soda and salt together and add a little water to hold together. Pat half of the dough in a 9-inch-by-13-inch pan. Spread with the filling. Cover with the remaining dough. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or top starts to brown. Cut into bars while still warm.

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