Favorite Holiday Treats from the Tribe


Just because they’re professional athletes doesn’t mean Cleveland Indians players (and coaching staff) don’t occasionally indulge in some good eats. Who doesn’t love holiday treats this time of year? Here are some of the Tribe’s favorites:

  • Mike Aviles: Cookies and milk.
  • Bryan Shaw: It’d have to be magic bars. They have a little bit of everything in them.
  • Corey Kluber: My mom used to bake my sister and I these huge “Santa” sugar cookies that would last for days.
  • Josh Tomlin: My favorite holiday treat would be the leftovers from the day before.
  • Trevor Bauer: My sister’s cherry pie.
  • Justin Masterson: I’ve yet to find something that I don’t like.  My Aunt Linda makes a great Peppermint Cake.
  • Mike Sarbaugh: Cookies. I love Christmas cookies.

If these answers have you craving some sweets, you’re in luck! Below are a few recipes, courtesy of the 2013 Indians Family Cookbook:

Famous Flan (from the Santana Family)

2 cans evaporated milk
2 cans condensed milk
10 eggs
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
1 cup sugar

9X13 foil pan and another larger, foil pan

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Sprinkle sugar to cover a thin layer on a 9X13 tin foil pan. Put pan into the oven until the sugar has caramelized, then remove.
Blend all remaining ingredients together in a blender and pour into the 9X13 pan. Fill the larger tin pan halfway with water and place the 9X13 pan into the water.
Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour until it looks firm.
Increase oven temperature to 450 for 10-15 more minutes or until golden brown on top!

Strawberry Cream Cheese Cobbler (from the Raburn Family)

1 stick (1/2 cup) butter
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 cup milk
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 quarts strawberries, whole, capped, and washed
4 ounces cream cheese, cut into small pieces

Preheat over to 350 degrees.
Melt butter and pour into a 9X13 glass baking dish.
In a small bowl, mix together the egg, flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
Pour directly over the butter in the baking dish, but do not stir.
Add the strawberries, arranging in a single layer as much as possible.
Sprinkle cream cheese pieces over strawberries.
Place in preheated oven and bake for 45 minutes or until the top is golden brown and edges are bubbling.

This dessert tastes great served warm.

Happy Holidays!

— TribeVibe contributor Courtney Shilling

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