TODAY’s best hand-me-down dessert recipes

Hundreds of viewers wrote in with recipes in response to TODAY’s call for hand-me-down holiday dessert recipes. It was tough to narrow it down, but here are the three finalists who were chosen to share their family stories and recipes. From their families to yours — enjoy!

Orange juice balls

Ingredients

    • 3/4 box powdered sugar
    • 1 stick of butter, melted
    • 1 pound box vanilla wafers
    • 1 6-ounce can frozen orange juice
    • 1 cup chopped nuts (optional)
    • 1 7-ounce bag coconut (optional)

Preparation

Baking Directions:

Chocolate Chistmas dream

Ingredients

  • For the crust:

    • 2 cups flour
    • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
    • 1 tablespoon baking powder
    • 1/2 cup butter
    • 1 egg
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 cup sugar
  • For the filling:

    • 2 cups heavy cream
    • 2 pounds semisweet chocolate
  • For the topping:

    • 1 cup heavy cream
    • 2 tablespooons butter
    • 1 pound semisweet chocolate

Preparation

Baking Directions:

Grandma Duff's sea foam

Ingredients

    • 2 cups white sugar
    • 1/2 cup brown corn syrup
    • 1/2 cup water
    • 2 egg whites
    • 1 teaspoon black walnut flavoring
    • 1 cup walnuts

Preparation

Baking Directions:

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