Category Archives: Holidays

Valentine’s Day Sweets for sweeties

We’re getting down to the wire on Valentine’s Day, but there is still plenty of time to do a little bit of baking for your valentines – whether you have one or many. Chocolate is the first option on every list. Don’t fight it. I like to opt for smaller or individual chocolate treats because they seem cuter when compared to a huge cake. Dark ... Read More »

Simple Dark Chocolate Souffles

I think that a dark chocolate souffle is the quintessential Valentine’s Day dessert. Chocolate is practically required eating on Valentine’s and souffles, because they aren’t as commonly made as other types of desserts, always seem to be extra-special – perfect for sharing with that special someone. For all the mystique about them, souffles are not that hard to make. This one in particular is dead-easy ... Read More »

What was in your stocking?

mini kitchen

I confess that I have to ease back into regularly scheduled posting today. That post-holiday haze – the feeling of lazy contentment lasts for at least a day after stuffing yourself with a huge dinner, cookies, candy canes and hot chocolate, opening presents and chatting with those close to you – is not only tough to shake, but is actually pretty enjoyable. I’m moving the holiday ... Read More »

Merry Christmas 2007

Hallmark puts out lots and lots of collectible ornaments every year catering to specific interests and hobbies. A few seasons ago, they started offering baking/cooking ornaments and, not unexpectedly, family members started buying them for me. This year, they have grilling and cooking/kitchen ornaments, but I think my favorite is the one pictured above, which is from last Christmas. The ornament is a tree-shaped shelf ... Read More »

Holiday traditions and favorite recipes

holiday cookie plate

Earlier this week, I briefly mentioned that Christmas is one of those holidays where a lot of people stick with the same traditions year in and year out. You might add a cookie recipe or two to the rotation, but there are probably at least one or two dishes that you always have to serve – if not an entire meal – to make the ... Read More »

Bundt Panettone

Bundt Panettone

 Panettone is a sweet yeast bread that originated in Milan, Italy. Served most often at Christmas, though it is also baked for other occasions, the tender bread is baked as a tall round (either a cylinder or an octagon) and filled with things like raisins, candied citrus and nuts. Sometimes the bread is spiked with a bit of rum or another liquour, or else the ... Read More »

Gingerbread Cookie Contest Winners!

lisapeet's winning gingerbread cookies

The Baking Bites Gingerbread Cookie Contest is now at an end. Entries closed on the 18th and we now have a winner! Reader lisapeet’s Happy Puppy Xmas Cookies – each featuring a Santa-hat clad puppy in honor of her dog Milo – are taking the grand prize. They almost look too good to eat! Congrats lisapeet! I want to give a huge, huge thank you ... Read More »

Tips for shipping holiday baked goods

ready to ship!

Baked goods are fantastic gifts during the holidays. They’re always well-received at parties and gatherings and while they’re fun and often easy to make, they don’t quite offer the convenience of a store bought gift – especially if you want to ship off your present to friends or family that don’t live locally. To do this, not only do you need an idea of what treat you want to make, ... Read More »

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