MANSFIELD -- Mansfield St. Peter's Church and School has announced Nov. 25 is the deadline for orders and prepayment for the goods available at the traditional Christmas Classic.
Orders can also be placed online at this link.
"All of the items we sell come from rich family and community traditions, providing Richland County residents with a taste of other cultures and those comfort favorites that remind us all of the holidays," St. Peter's stated in a press release.
Below is a brief description of all of the baked goods we will be offering this year:
Brownies: We may as well call these Ann “Brown”-ies, as Ann Brown organized the first Christmas Classic 33 years ago and continues to lead her team of volunteers in the preparation of all of the baked goods. Like a warm hug, these rich, chocolatey brownies are made from her recipe with a hint of mint, making it a great flavor for the holidays.
Buckeyes: If you’re from Ohio, likely we don’t need to explain the history and popularity of this confection made from a peanut butter fudge dipped in chocolate to resemble the nut from our state tree, the Buckeye.
Butter Ring: Baked and freshly frosted the morning of The Classic, these slightly-sweet, bread cakes covered in a frosting with a hint of almond have been a hit at both the St. Peter’s Christmas Classic and Easter Bake sale for years.
Chocolate Chip Cookies: Fifty years ago St. Peter’s cafeteria baker, Ann Wells, began making these signature cookies still talked about by our alums. Current cafeteria manager Brenda Schuck continues this tradition today, selling a minimum of 100 of these cookies hot out of the oven daily.
Cut-Out Cookie Decorating Kit: New to the Classic! Because so many of our baked goods are based on family memories, we wanted to give everyone a chance to create their own. These kits include 12 large sugar cookies cut into holiday shapes, two bags of colored frosting, and sprinkles — everything you need to make that plate of cookies for Santa.
Fudge: For generations, Sister Bernard Marie Campbell who came to St. Peter’s in 1946, created fudge in the classroom with her chemistry students. Her famous fudge is so popular that is rumored batches sold for hundreds of dollars at annual St. Peter’s auctions. While Sister Bernie’s fudge-making days at St. Peter’s are behind her, we are happy to offer fudge made according to her recipe this year. (Contains nuts).
Kieffels: Based on a recipe handed down to Ann Brown from her grandmother, these Polish, crescent-shaped, nut-filled cookies are lightly sweet, buttery, and flaky.
Pizzelles: Made from a recipe originating from Abruzzo, Italy, these pizzelles are made by parish and school family the Rosatos, who have been making these delicate, anise-flavored cookies since 1921. We are fortunate to have a limited supply available for the Christmas Classic this year that will be sold on a first ordered, first served basis.
Poticas: Made and sold at The Classic and Easter Bake sale for 33 years, poticas are a Slovak, nut-filled pastry made with braided yeast dough that is a mildly sweet dessert and an excellent treat for breakfast. Annually, St. Peter’s sells around 1,500 poticas!
Rum Cake: For the past 30 years, Jane Weicher has been preparing these dense, moist, boozy bundt cakes for the Christmas Classic. Quick to sell out, this is our first year producing them to order in three sizes, so there is no need to line up early to ensure you get one of Jane’s specialties.
When you shop The Christmas Classic, you support St. Peter’s School.
Since The Christmas Classic began in 1987, all of the proceeds have benefitted St. Peter’s Parents’ Club, which annually provides between $8,000 and $10,000 in funds to the school in order to enrich the academic experience of St. Peter’s students.
Because of the funds raised by last year’s Christmas Classic, Parents’ Club was able to provide items this year to support the health and safety of students and staff during the pandemic such as ukuleles that allow students to engage in music class safely, jump ropes for PE students that can be sent home during periods of remote learning, take-home science kits, and tubs used to store students’ items to prevent viral spread in the classroom.
In the past year, Parents’ Club has provided faculty and staff with grant funds to support the performing arts programs, provide field trips and retreats, and supply classrooms with academically enriching materials. Additionally, St. Peter’s Parents’ Club annually supports teacher and staff appreciation projects, as well as the faculty and staff gift fund, allowing us to offer all members of our dedicated staff with a Christmas gift expressing our gratitude for their commitment.