If you need something to bring to your family festivities, I highly suggest pecan pie! It is soooo easy, yummy, and--for some reason--impressive. I have tasted MANY pecan pies in my life; during one particular trip to Texas with my father I pretty much lived on pecan pie. We traveled together around southern Texas, stopping at local dinners, BBQ joints, and restaurants of any kind as they appealed to us, and at each I ordered pecan pie. To be honest, I hardly tried anything else to eat. I was about 12 and you do weird things at that age. Anyways, in my very informed opinion, one of the best pecan pies is from the recipe right of the back of the corn syrup bottle (in case you didn't know pecan pie is mostly sugar of different forms) and this is the recipe I have been making for years.
Give it a try:
I'm still debating whether to reveal my crust recipe . . .