Peppermint Brownie Whoopie Pies

The holiday season, when it comes to food, is all about specific flavors. Eating combinations of these flavors – orange and clove, vanilla and nutmeg, cranberry and pistachio, etc. – will make you think of the holidays no matter what form they turn up in ....more

Wilton Cocoa Trimming Kit, reviewed

As much as I love coffee, I am always up for a cup of hot cocoa when it is cold outside – especially if I can dress that cocoa up with a shot or two of espresso and a couple of marshmallows! I often make homemade marshmallows during the holidays, as they’re both a good hot cocoa topper and a great gift, but I won’t say no to a regular marshmallow if one is available. The Wilton Cocoa Trimming Kit caught my eye as a great way to dress up a mug of hot chocolate for the holidays ....more

Ginger Almond Biscotti

Many people don’t try their hand at baking biscotti at home, but it is well worth the effort because biscotti are great cookies to have around and homemade ones are a huge improvement over storebought in just about all cases. These Ginger Almond Biscotti stat with my favorite basic biscotti dough, a dough that is easy to put all kinds of flavor variations on once you have a little bit of experience shaping and cutting the biscotti. It’ll only take two or three batches – as long as you have a nice, sharp knife handy – until your biscotti look uniform and picture perfect every single time you make them ....more

Cranberry Orange Oatmeal Bars

I use a lot of cranberry and orange throughout the holiday season, starting in November and going all the way into the new year. Part of the reason is that fresh cranberries are readily available this time of year, and while you can always rely on frozen, I feel a lot more motivated to use the fresh ones when they’re in my kitchen. The other reason is that oranges and cranberries are a fantastic combination no matter how you use them – and I’ll use them in all kinds of baked goods ....more

Bites from other Blogs

The holiday season is the time to kick your baking into high gear and put your oven through its paces. Not only is the weather chilly outside – giving you a good reason to stay indoors and warm up your kitchen – but there are many opportunities for both entertaining and gift-giving, so you can try out lots of new goodies, in addition to baking up old favorites. Peanut butter cookies are a hit all year long in my house and Mom on Timeout‘s Maple Cinnamon Glazed Peanut Butter Cookies put a little twist on the classic recipe, making them a little bit more special than the everyday version you might bake the rest of the year ....more

Mocha Swirl Cookie Bites

When you see the swirl of a cinnamon bun, you know that it is going to be filled with delicious flavors like butter, brown sugar and cinnamon. When you see swirls in other baked goods, you know that, although the flavors inside might be different, they will also be filled with something delicious. These Mocha Swirl Cookie Bites are perfect for coffee lovers, with a delicious chocolate and coffee filling rolled up in a buttery cookie dough ....more

Wilton Ugly Christmas Sweater Cake Pan

Over the course of the past several years, ugly Christmas sweaters have transformed from the gift that you hide in the back of your closet until your sweet-but-not-up-on-current-trends-great-aunt comes to visit into a bold, fun fashion statement. There are even stores (lots of stores) devoted entirely to ugly Christmas sweaters. If you would like another way to show your appreciation for this particular trend, look no further than the...more

Vanilla Bean Holiday Mendiants

Mendiants are one of my favorite chocolates to make because they are easy, delicious and versatile. Mendiants are bite-sized chocolate rounds that are topped with dried fruits, nuts and other goodies – rather like a bite sized candy bar. I make them for many different occasions throughout the year, and I use white, milk and dark chocolate depending on what type of treat I am in the mood for ....more

Baking Bites For Craftsy: How to Make Latkes

Hannukah is a holiday that celebrates with lots of fried food, a nod to the fact that the holiday is rooted in the miracle of one day’s worth of oil lasting for eight nights. Sufagniyot, or jelly-filled donuts, and latkes, or potato pancakes, are traditional dishes that you’ll almost always see at Hannukah parties. For years, I waited for those parties to enjoy crisp, freshly fried potato pancakes, but over time I perfected my own recipe and now I can make my own during Hannukah or any other time of year that a craving strikes ....more

Eggnog Sugar Cookies

Eggnog is one of my favorite holiday drinks. I always make up a few different batches during the holiday season, and I also use it in baked goods, like Eggnog Pound Cake...more