Smart Tips for Holiday Cooking + a Scrumptious Cherry Cobbler Recipe

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of PAM Cooking Spray.

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As a busy mama I don’t have time to mess with difficult recipes. 27 ingredient lists are not even close to being on my radar. Multiple layers or sauces with specific temperatures? No way! Super particular presentation … yeah, like that is gonna happen with Max hugging on my leg.
So, easy is my middle name when is comes to holiday cooking. It isn’t my middle name in any other situations! It helps that I’ve gathered some smart tips for holiday cooking over the years too.  

Be smart with me …

Plan ahead … Do not, I repeat, do not, be that girl in the grocery store the weekend before said holiday. Scroll through Pinterest and your favorite product’s website for recipe ideas in the weeks before and make your shopping game plan.
Bake wisely … I love love love bakeware that double as a pretty serving dish. It makes for less dirty dishes and who doesn’t love that? I mean, more time with family, less time on kitchen clean-up … count me in! Using PAM Cooking Spray helps on the clean-up end too – nobody likes scrubbing baked on food!
Keep it simple … Know what you do well and stick with it. Me? I can’t seem to make decent mashed potatoes no matter how many times I try. So, I leave that to my father-in-law. Desserts though? I’m the master :) And lucky for you, today I’m sharing a staple that everyone loves!


  • Pam Cooking Spray
  • 1 quart canned cherries, drained (or 4 cups of pitted cherries)
  • 1 package (9 ounces) yellow cake mix
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted + 2 more tablespoons
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds
  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut


Melt butter in the microwave and blend into cake mix, sugar, cinnamon, almonds and coconut.

Spray your baking dish with PAM Cooking Spray – I love the baking variety which now leaves up to 99 percent less residue buildup while still being a fab no-stick helper. Yep, that’s a winner in my book! XOXO PAM, we love you ’round these parts!

Next, drain your cherries and gently lay them in the bottom of your baking dish. Spoon the cobbler crumble evenly over the top. Last, pop your cobbler in the oven!

Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes. Shortly before the timer beeps, melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter and before serving drizzle over the top of the cobbler crumble. That last bit moistens the crumble up just perfectly.

And just like that, you’ve got a perfect, easy peasy cherry cobbler for Christmas … or any other upcoming holiday! But let’s face it, I’ve got a soft spot for alliteration so Christmas Cherry Cobbler sounds the best :)

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Don’t have cherries on hand? This recipe can easily turn into peach, pear, berry or apple cobbler. You can even mix a number of fruits for a yummy blend! PAM did just that with their apple cranberry crisp!
Want to enjoy a fabulous dessert and less time cleaning up after the meal? The sweet folks over at PAM are giving away a full size sample of PAM Cooking Spray + a gorgeous Le Creuset pie dish! Simply leave a comment answering this question, “What is your favorite holiday dessert?” between today and November 24th at midnight PST. See full giveaway terms and conditions here.
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  1. says

    What ISN'T my favorite holiday dessert? C'mon, G. I didn't get the name 3 dessert Tarleton for no reason! ;)I am trying out a new dessert dish to share at a family Thanksgiving this year – pear, vanilla and ginger tart with custard. Oh yea. It's a big undertaking, I'll be prepping for it 3 days in advance. Yes, I will share the results when they are ready :D

  2. says

    All desserts are my favorites, especially at the holidays but I'm going to have to go with cookies – any and all cookies :+)

  3. says

    i know i'm boring…but i love pumpkin pie!

  4. says

    I'm not a huge cherry fan, but that looks delicious!!

  5. says

    Love the apple pie I grew up with and now make myself. And I love that other relatives request it too :)

  6. says

    I love a good apple crisp but only if I have tillamook vanilla bean ice cream to top it off.

  7. says

    Ooey, gooey, warm chocolate chip cookies! My fave!

  8. says

    Hands down my favorite is Individual Fallen Chocolate Cakes served right out of the oven with Old Fashioned Vanilla Ice Cream on top! Yum. I think I'll go make some for tonight. :)

  9. says

    Ooo! My favorite is homemade Dutch apple pie. Mmmmmmm!

  10. says

    We love "chocolate delight" … layered dessert with a shortbread bottom, cream cheese layer, pudding layer, topped by whipped cream. Uber rich but, once a year, delish.

  11. says

    My favorite is the classic American Apple Pie with vanilla ice cream.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~margueritecore [at] gmail [dot] com

  12. says

    My dad makes an amazing eggnog cheesecake. I haven't had it for a few years, but he'll be making it when they stay with us for Christmas this year! Can't wait!

  13. says

    Favorite holiday dessert is such a tough choice… every year I bake Christmas Cookies for friends and family to enjoy and it is really a fun tradition, but I think my favorite dessert has to be the pumpkin pie!

  14. says

    I'm usually a peach cobbler kinda gal but maybe I'll have to try it with cherries – thanks!

  15. says

    One family favorite around the holidays is sweet potato pie. To me it tastes just like pumpkin pie, but the kids seem to like it