Category Archives: Holidays

Gingerbread House Bundt Pan

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Building a gingerbread house is a very traditional way to celebrate the Christmas season. Gingerbread house construction, however, can be a little bit challenging because all those pieces have to line up just perfectly to allow the house to stand up on its own for decorating! An easier alternative is to use a pan that creates the gingerbread house for you, like this Gingerbread House ... Read More »

Holiday Chocolate Peppermint Layer Cake

Holiday Chocolate Peppermint Layer Cake, interior

I love chocolate and peppermint around the holidays, and juding by the number of Peppermint Mochas and Peppermint Bark that I see in coffee shops and stores, almost everyone likes to see this combination this time of year, as well. Instead of making another batch of peppermint bark to showcase these two flavors, I decided to make something a little bit more dramatic looking this ... Read More »

Cookbooks for Bakers, The 2013 Gift Guide

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Every year, I add a whole bunch of new cookbooks to my collection and I enjoy every single one of them. I love getting new cookbooks and I know that the same can be said for every cook and baker out there. Cookbooks can inspire us to try out new flavors or learn new techniques, and even though people may be switching to digital books ... Read More »

Favorite Homemade Eggnog

Homemade Eggnog

It wouldn’t be the holidays without eggnog at my house, but you’ll find my fridge stocked with homemade eggnog rather than store bought ‘nog most of the time. Homemade eggnog has a much fresher flavor to it, and you can control the sweetness so that it suits your tastes perfectly. I’ve made many different eggnog recipes in the past, from very traditional uncooked eggnogs to ... Read More »

Biscoff Hot Chocolate

Biscoff Hot Chocolate

Biscoff spread is a peanut butter-like spread made of speculoos cookies. Speculoos are buttery, brown sugar and spice-flavored cookies that are similar to gingersnaps and are popular in the Netherlands (and elsewhere!), especially around the Christmas season. I keep a jar of the spread around my house for spreading on everything from toast to apple slices. While I have been known to eat it by ... Read More »

Frosted Snowman Cupcake Molds

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I probably spend more time decorating cookies and cupcakes around the holidays than I do the rest of the year. I always want my cakes and cookies to look nice, of course, but all the cutout cookies and festive cakes of the Christmas season make me want to decorate just a little bit more and not keep things quite as simple as I might the ... Read More »

Eggnog Hot Chocolate

Eggnog Hot Chocolate

Eggnog has a distinct flavor made up of eggs, vanilla and nutmeg that I closely associate with the Christmas holiday season. At this time of year, there are plenty of eggnog goodies to be found, from Eggnog Pie to Eggnog Panna Cotta. One place I don’t usually see eggnog is paired with chocolate. Perhaps people think that chocolate might overpower the flavor of the ‘nog, ... Read More »

Holly Leaf Loaf Pan

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One easy way to get into the holiday spirit is by changing up your bakeware to something that is a little more festive than usual. A new loaf pan, for instance, will turn your usual banana bread into something worthy of a holiday party. This Holly Leaf Loaf Pan from Williams Sonoma is a great example of a pan that can dress up an otherwise ... Read More »

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