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. The cookies are topped with a buttery glaze made with real maple syrup and freshly ground cinnamon. It adds just the right amount of sweetness to the chewy, tender cookies. Though the glaze goes extremely well with peanut butter, you could even use the glaze alone to dress up other cookies and give them a new look.
- Another peanut butter recipe comes in the form of We Are Not Martha‘s Toasted Oatmeal Dark Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies. These cookies are packed with flavor and are perfect when you want something that is both comforting and a little over the top! The cookies have a rich, nutty flavor because the oatmeal is toasted before going into the cookie dough. The finished cookies are sandwiched with a creamy peanut butter filling, then dipped in dark chocolate and sprinkles. These cookies ship well, if you want to pack them up and mail them to a friend out of state for a holiday treat!
- I use ingredients like white chocolate and cranberries a lot during the holidays. The White Chocolate Cranberry Baklava from Box of Stolen Socks caught my eye precisely because it used that delicious flavor combination! This twist on a Greek classic is perfect for the holidays. The baklava is filled with a mixture of white chocolate, walnuts, pistachios, cranberries and orange zest, then drizzled with a cinnamon and orange-spiked syrup to ensure that the pastry is moist and flavorful. This holiday treat is a great alternative to the usual Christmas cookies for your next seasonal party.
- When regular Christmas cookies start to seem a little bit boring, try your hand at a batch of the Chocolate Hazelnut Bailey’s Magic Cookie Bars from Sweet Peas and Saffron because they have a lot going on! The bars start with a chocolate cookie crumb base and are topped with a Bailey’s-spiked mixture of caramel, chocolate chips, hazelnuts and coconut. They’re actually quite easy to make, despite having a long list of different flavors worked into each bite, and will be a hit with anyone with a sweet tooth.
- It is always nice to have desserts that can be prepared in advance around the holidays, when your schedule is a bit busier than usual. The Mini Cheesecakes with Sugared Cranberries that The Happy Tulip recently tried are a great recipe to have in your list of bookmarks. The no-bake come together quickly and can be made well in advance, since they need time to set up in the refrigerator before serving anyway. They are topped with sweet-tart sugared cranberries, which have a crisp sugar coating that gives them a frost-kissed look, in addition to a nice sweetness. cheesecakes