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Silicone vs metal for shaped pans

Silicone vs metal gingerbread pans

It seems that there are many more options for shaped bakeware when you look at all the silicone pans that are available. Silicone definitely has its advantages, and the same thing can be said about metal pans, so when you have the choice between a shaped silicone pan and a shaped metal pan – such as this Chicago Metallic gingerbread pan or this silicone gingerbread ... Read More »

Holiday Cupcake Wrappers from Martha Stewart

Holiday Cupcake Wrappers from Martha Stewart

I am always on the lookout for fun, seasonal cupcake wrappers. They give a little variety from plain white papers, and adding a bit of color never hurt, either. The vast majority of seasonal cupcake wrappers are cartoonish, with bright green, purple and blue backgrounds studded with lively Santa heads, or something similar. I like these cupcake wrappers a lot, and have quite the collection, ... Read More »

Baking Bites Holiday Cupcake Contest!

Baking Bites' Holiday Cupcake Contest

It’s been far too long since I’ve had a contest here on Baking Bites, and after the great time I had hosting a holiday contest last year, I know I couldn’t let the season pass without running another. So today, I’m kicking off the Baking Bites Holiday Cupcake Contest! The contest is a simple one, inspired by the way last year’s gingerbread-themed contest ran. All ... Read More »

Candy Cane Christmas Cupcakes

Candy Cane Christmas Cupcakes, innards

Everyone does cookies for Christmas. There are lots and lots of variations you can choose from – from sugar cookies to chocolate sandwich cookies to frosting-kissed butter cookies – and one batch of cookies is almost always enough to serve a big crowd. The downside to cookies is that it’s hard to stand out on a holiday dessert table with something that lies so close ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

I’ve been using up a double batch of leftover cranberry sauce gradually, as a side and in turkey sandwiches. Cooking by the Seat of My Pants used some cranberry sauce as dessert in White Chocolate Mousse Tartelets with Cranberry Compote. The tart shells are phyllo and can be homemade or storebought, and the white chocolate mousse is easier than you might think – but just ... Read More »

Baking Bites Holiday Gift Guide for Bakers 2008

 This is the Baking Bites 2008 Holiday Gift Guide for Bakers – about time, too, since there are only a few weeks of shopping left before Christmas and Hanukkah begin! If you like to bake or spend time in the kitchen, you might use these as inspiration for your wish list. And if you have a baker in the family and simply like to munch ... Read More »

Gingerbread Kids Apron & Mitt Set

Holiday Cupcake Contest

Any kind of cookie can be a Christmas cookie if you bake it during December, but the most Christmasy cookies are the kind that are cut out with cookie cutters and decorated by hand, whether with frosting or with sprinkles and candy. The Christmas cookie season is one time of year when the whole family can get involved in the kitchen, largely because even the ... Read More »

Mocha Sandwich Cookies

Mocha Sandwich Cookies

Some of the most famous sandwich cookies – like Oreos, for instance – contrast the flavors in their cookies and their fillings, aiming for a balanced cookie. But to deliver the most flavor bite-for-bite, I like to put the same flavors into the sandwiching cookies and the sandwiched filling. These Mocha Sandwich Cookies follow this structure. The sandwiches have chocolate wafers, flavored with some instant ... Read More »

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