Sugar-Cubes and 2020 Virtual Cookie Exchange

Sugar-Cubes and -Cookies plus some blonde fudge – sound enticing?! We are playing along with Carol at Just Let Me Quilt and her yearly blog hop and Virtual Cookie Exchange. This is one of my personal favorites as far as blog hops go. Loads of our friends are playing along, and they always share fun and inspiring projects and stories to go with them, PLUS a new recipe or ten to try. Friends, fun, and food – it’s a fabulous combination don’t you think?! The 2020 Virtual Cookie Exchange and Blog Hop run from December 1 through 4. A full list of all the participants is at the end of this post.

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Sugar-Cubes and -Cookies

We always host a large gathering on Christmas Eve. It is rather informal with sub sandwiches, baked beans, appetizers, cookies, and desserts. Most notably, the mocha chocolate chip cheesecake recipe I shared in the 2018 exchange link above. Since our littles are growing older each and every day, we thought we needed to make a special table topper just to spark their imagination. Sticking with the hexagon shape that we’ve been playing with this year, here we go.

Sugar-Cubes Shortcut

Sue pulled some fabrics as possible choices for the various pieces. Similar to the last topper we made (Easter Bunny Table Topper), I cut the center in one piece rather than using six separate wedges. Since I had already made the pattern earlier, why not just use it and avoid the seams?! We chose this pretty, dark green fabric that hints at a forest of pine trees. After the center size was determined, it was time to find some reindeer and Santa images to inspire our appliqué pieces.

We knew that one of the reindeer was going to represent Rudolph with his bright red nose. Sue embroidered some expressive eyes and eyebrows plus some ear details and then the appliqué began in earnest.

Time for More Sugar-Cubes

The appliquéing didn’t take too long so before you knew it, the center of the topper was complete.

We decided to add a pretty red thinner snowflake border before the wider final green one.

After the final border, it was time to find a backing and get it layered up for quilting. A simple stipple stitch was used for the quilting pattern. Nothing too complicated as we wanted the appliquéd pieces to be the stars.

I did outline each character and added a simple ribbon wave in the skinny border using green thread. Let me present our Sugar-Cubes and -Cookies table topper all finished with a peek at the backing fabric! It will make our holiday table a bit more festive.

More Sugar-Cubes Please!

Have you worked up an appetite with all the talk about sugar-cubes and -cookies? I have! This recipe is almost sugar upon sugar . . . but it is OH SO GOOD. Even better than the fudge recipe that I shared previously . . . and that’s saying something. So, let me confess this right upfront. This recipe was tried and tested in January 2020. Pre-COVID. It was part of the fudge-recipe-extravaganza that I held for myself, on a mission to find another good fudge recipe.

My taste-tester, who dislikes nuts as much as I do (although I’m allergic) voted this as the #1 winner. It’s called Butter Pecan Fudge and it’s from the book by Nancy Coco called “Oh, Fudge!“. As you can see, I didn’t add pecans in this version but I did for the second batch that I delivered to my sister.

To Pecan or Not

First, I gathered all of my utensils and ingredients. Next, I carefully measured all of the yummy necessary sugars and greased the pan (although for the second batch I used parchment paper with great success). Once you light the flame, it’s GO time. I watched this boiling mixture like a hawk, just waiting for the correct temperature. Allowing enough cooling time is essential, no matter how much you’d like to cut into it. Oh yes, it’s worth the wait . . . even the littlest bits are delicious.

Here it is plated on a special holly-decorated plate that once belonged to my Mom.

All the Virtual Cookie Exchange Participants:

I hope you can check out all of the inspiration these blogger friends are sharing just for you! Happy Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas.

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46 Responses

  1. Claire says:

    Love this 🙂 It turned out great.

  2. thedarlingdogwood says:

    Such a fun table topper! I love the reindeer!

  3. Denise says:

    No pecans for me please. Your topper is adorable.

  4. What a fun table topper-think this is the table topper year for you two! And yummmmmm on the fudge recipe.

  5. bea says:

    uhh that fudge looks delicious!!

  6. Susan says:

    Adorable table topper! Better be careful though – they might eat all the fudge!

  7. Mary Anne says:

    Such a cute project – and that fudge looks absolutely decadent! We allow ourselves a square of fudge on the weekends and perhaps this recipe will be the next one we’ll try. Thank you!

  8. Super cute project and a tasty recipe, too? Thanks for sharing with the Hop!

  9. Lyndsey says:

    Love the table topper and the fudge looks amazing. I’m going to make some with the pecans for my husband as a treat for Christmas. He loves fudge of any variety.

  10. Lyndsey says:

    Love the table topper and the fudge looks amazing. I’m going to make some with the pecans for my husband as a treat for Christmas. He loves fudge of any variety. Thank you for sharing.

  11. Karen Moore says:

    Cute tabletopper and your fudge looks divine.

  12. LJ says:

    Butter Pecan is one of my most faborite flavors – think ice cream – so I know that the fudge will be delicious. Can’t wait to give it a try.

  13. chrisknits says:

    Adorable!!! I love it.

  14. Nancy Bekedam says:

    Super cute! And yum!!!

  15. Your table topper is so cute! Love it! The fudge looks delicious! I will definitely be adding it to my recipe book.

  16. Brenda @ Songbird Designs says:

    That butter pecan fudge sounds SOOO good!! And your table topper is perfect! I know the littles will love it!!

  17. Selina says:

    Your sugar – cubes are so sweet and then your fudge is even sweeter. Thanks for sharing them both with us.

  18. Jocelyn says:

    Such a cute table topper!

  19. It’s a gorgeous table topper and your fudge looks absolutely delicious. YUM!

  20. Super cute table topper! Fudge recipe looks yummy — great gift idea for my neighbors! I will be home in 3 weeks, the fudge should be something I can get done pretty quickly — I’ll have to make a test batch for Pete and myself ♥

  21. Such a cute tabletopper, Roseanne! I think that shape lends itself to every season and holiday, so just keep making them! And your fudge looks yummy, too. I bet it doesn’t last long at your Christmas Eve party!

  22. Oh that sweet table topper was so worth waiting to see after your letting us have peeks! The littles will love it. Fudge? Really? You hit my soft spot. Butter pecan is my all time favourite and I made sure I didn’t have a recipe. 😉. Now I just happen to have an unopened bag of pecans in the cupboard that I just bought! Thanks Roseanne and Sue for sharing the treat recipe and more inspiration.

  23. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to taste again?

  24. Sherrie says:

    Your table topper is so cute and festive. And the fudge looks really yummy. Have a great day!

  25. What a wonderful table topper! And I love fudge, so I may give your recipe a try this year. Thank you for sharing, and Merry Christmas!

  26. Cathie J says:

    Mmmmm, fudge. I have never tasted butter-pecan, but you can be sure that it is now on my list to make this year. I love that table topper. Each year when I take out my Christmas decor I am reminded that I need new toppers and runners. Yours is just adorable.

  27. Rochelle Summers says:

    Such a fun post! The table topper is just so sweet…almost as sweet as the fudge! I think I’d like the fudge with a layer of chocolate underneath…LOL. Thanks for the recipe and the ideas!

  28. Karrin Hurd says:

    The table topper is adorable, and the fudge looks yummy!~ Thanks so much for sharing!

  29. That fudge looks yum! My son is allergic to nuts so I don’t bake with them as often as I did when I was a child! Love your runner and the fun in this post! Off to work on mine…

  30. Oh, that table topper is so cute! And the fudge – I might have to try that one (I might be able to taste fudge – I should check).

  31. Joan says:

    What a sweet little topper. That’s sure to get even the Grinch into the holiday spirit!

  32. lapaylor says:

    sorely tempted but I’d just stand around “evening” up the edges til it was all gone. Plus how do you add the salt and vanilla without stirring it in? (not that I’m making it, because I’m already so fat

  33. Beatrice says:

    Love the reindeer! Very cute table topper.

  34. Pat says:

    Happy Virtual Christmas Cookie Exchange, Roseanne! Thank you for the yummy looking fudge recipe. Your newest hexagon table topper looks wonderful! May you and yours have a safe and happy holiday season … <3 Pat

  35. Connie says:

    Ok, you had me at fudge with no nuts [allergic as well]…had to check out all the participating sites…some great recipes all around! And I still love that topper so much…what a full read today! This will have me busy for a while…

  36. sewswift says:

    Hexagon anything usually scares me away, but I need to give it a try after looking at your little beauty. It really makes a sweet center for a table! The fudge looks so yummy and though I like nuts, I don’t like them in my fudge. Thank you for sharing the table topper and recipe…more awesomeness for my sewing list! xo

  37. Vicki in MN says:

    OMG, I love this santa/rudolph table topper!! Did you draw those patterns or are they part of another pattern. They are adorable!! Yummy looking fudge, Happy Holidays to all.

  38. karenfae says:

    your fudge looks wonderful – I used to make a lot of fudge. and you table topper is just too cute!!

  39. Laura says:

    Love the table topper, Roseanne, and the fudge looks like a yummy sweet treat! 🙂

  40. Carol Kussart says:

    Your table topper is very cute–everyone should enjoy looking at it! The fudge sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing!

  41. Love the adorable table topper! Fudge without nuts is the best.

  42. txquiltgal says:

    What a darling table topper. That backing fabric is precious. I’ve been craving fudge lately, and yours looks wonderful.
    I just read your “About Us”. If you still had your cross stitch store, I’d be the number one customer!

  43. Carla says:

    Your table topper is ADORABLE!!!! Smiles all around on that and then look at that yummy fudge recipe. Thank you!

  44. Dorian says:

    Cute table mat, the kids will enjoy that on the table. The fudge recipe sounds good too, thanks for sharing and Merry Christmas.

  45. It amazes me how much you two accomplish – how blessed you are to be sewing partners – double the fun! I “deerly” love the table topper! Christmas blessings to you my friend! 💕🎄🦜 karen

  46. How cute is that table topper! And the fudge looks deadly…!! xx

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