Rodelle Baking Basics Gift Pack Giveaway! (closed)


There are some staples that should always be in a baker’s pantry: flour, sugar, eggs, butter, vanilla extract and cocoa powder. Some lists leave out the last two, or only include them as extras, but I use vanilla and cocoa powder almost every single day and my kitchen is never without them. I don’t want your kitchen to be without them, either, which is why I’m giving away two Baking Basics Gift Packs full of baking essentials from Rodelle. You’ll have to stock up on flour and butter, but this gift pack is full of vanilla beans, vanilla extract, Dutch process baking cocoa  and other essentials  that will get you set up for all of your holiday baking

To enter the contest, just leave a comment below and mention your favorite holiday treat – whether it is a pumpkin pie recipe that you’ve been baking for twenty years or a new sugar cookie recipe you just added to your repertoire. The contest ends Sunday at midnight (11/10/2013)  and two winners will be randomly selected from the entries. Don’t forget to fill in your e-mail on the comment form (it will not be made public), as that is how I will contact the winner, and good luck!

Here are a few chocolate and vanilla recipes to kick start your holiday baking:

Update: Comments are now closed. Congrats to Alyssa and Amy on winning this giveaway! Thanks to everyone for participating!


  1. Rum balls!

  2. Spritz cookies… it wouldn’t be the holidays without camel spritz cookies sprinkled with green sugar and a red dot for the eye.

    Tacky, I know, but mom’s invention :+)

  3. We love sugar cookies & hot cocoa cookies!

  4. An old-fashioned. deeply-spiced Persimmon Pudding Cake.

  5. I love the chocolate pecan pie our family friend makes

  6. My favorite holiday treat was always my Grandma’s fruit filled pastries and pecan bites… I would love to learn to make them. I’m also a sucker for anything mint-chocolate!

  7. Tarte Tatin with a really nice caramel and a crisped golden brown crust!!

  8. Every Thanksgiving I make pumpkin pies from an old Southern Living recipe, they are fantastic. I also make my Mom’s cherry pie recipe. It’s a toss up, but I would pick the cherry pie with the flakiest, tender crust-yum!

  9. My mom makes an amazing steamed pudding with dates, apples, and maple syrup in it with an eggnog sauce for Christmas, it’s AMAZING!

  10. My sister always bakes the best treats. I really love her nutty shortbread cookies dipped in chocolate.

  11. I LOVE the frosted mint cookies that I make for Christmas.

  12. My fave are Sicilian chocolate nut ball cookies. Thanks!

  13. Caramel apple cheesecake bars

  14. When fresh cranberries show up I start making Cranberry Buckle.

  15. My favorite holiday treat is homemade apple pie. Original I know but there it is. I love it!

  16. Peanut Butter Pie

  17. Snickerdoodles

  18. Pecan pie is my favorite dessert, but I only eat it at Christmas. I wait ALL year for it, and that first bite is always Heavenly!!

  19. Chocolate gingersnap pie

  20. I have a sweet potato buttermilk pound cake that I love to prepare

  21. Sour cream apple pie is so comforting.

  22. Potato Chip cookies-Butter cookie recipe with crumbled potato chips

  23. LOVE all things dark chocolate. Going to have to go with flourless chocolate cake to get that rich, dense chocolate flavor!

  24. I have a apple cake with brown sugar glaze that is my new favorite cake to make in the fall, perfect for apple season.

  25. I hope win the prize to prepare my pie

  26. I love pumpkin pie and gingerbread!

  27. My favorite holiday treat would have to be our pecan fingers!

  28. Cinnamon apples in cranberry sauce and snickerdoodles (separately of course lol ).

  29. Big, fat, gooey cinnamon rolls. I can only justify them once per year.

  30. Two words sum up the one thing I look forward to consuming during the holidays….

    They totally rule!!

  31. Carrot cake has to be my favourite.

  32. Warm french apple pie ala mode mmmm!

  33. Blueberry pound cake. We freeze fresh blueberries all summer and then make blueberry pound cake for everyone at the holidays.

  34. i make gingerbread based on tartine’s recipe (a sf bakery). i’ve tried several other recipes, but tartine’s is the absolute best!!!

  35. I love making Buckeyes for everyone.

  36. My favorite holiday treat are the buckeye candies my aunt makes!

  37. I love making all of my Christmas cookies! It’s one of my favorite times of the year!

  38. Favorite holiday treat is Hungarian kalacs (nut roll). Everyone loves it.

  39. i love making chocolate raspberry cheesecake

  40. My new favorite (as of last year) is a Chocolate Peppermint Cupcake! Peppermint Schnapps infused buttercream :)

  41. I make a divine raspberry cheesecake :-)

  42. I’ve been using the same awesome gingerbread the cookie recipe since high school, and last year we used it to make gingerbread houses. Fun and delicious!

  43. I love making and eating dark chocolate peppermint bark.

  44. My favorite would be french macarons. They’re cute, and delicious.

  45. Elizabeth Kay pinder

    I always make my GrandMother’s Pecan Pie recipe — it’s the best…

  46. I adore pumpkin cheesecake at the holidays and making Christmas cookies for an annual cookie exchange I host.

  47. Sweet potato casserole – the ultimate comfort food. :)

  48. My parent’s traditional Czech Christmas cookies – yum!

  49. Chocolate crackletops (or pixies)

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