What holiday gifting stress? You’ve got this Christmas baking and gifting thing on lock. Simply turn on your Christmas carols playlist, make yourself a holiday cocktail, go through each step in the recipe, and keep calm and bake on.
Gingerbread Mason Jar Cupcake. Oh. My. Mason jar goodness! Easy-peasy to make and so incredibly sweet to receive as a gift, these little jars of sweetness can even be personalized with gift tags and twine.
Dutch Banketstaff. These perfect for making ahead pieces of deliciousness can easily be reheated and served in a flash. The flaky pastry treat pairs well with a piping hot mug of coffee or tea. For those with a sweet tooth, go ahead and serve the Dutch breakfast treats with apricot jam for an indulgent addition.
Christmas Yule Log. This Bûche de Noël cake looks like it was made in a dreamy, chocolate-laden shire, doesn’t it? You, too, can make this showstopper dessert at home. Surprisingly easy to make, the chocolate genoise is filled with chocolate truffle mousse and frosted with mocha buttercream—it’s as amazing as it looks and sounds!
German Honey Gingerbread Cookies. If you’re not making these sweet bits of goodness as ornaments, you can make them for the kids on Christmas morning (and don’t forget Santa and his crew!). Sweetened with molasses and honey, punched up with cinnamon, ginger, clove, nutmeg and allspice, and frosted with royal icing, these cookies are equally fun to eat as they are fun to make—so get out your holiday molds and get baking!
Italian Struffoli Donuts. Gooey, sticky and delectably sweet, these Italian donuts with hazelnuts are absolutely addicting. We dare you to try just one. (Not gonna happen!)
Chocolate Covered Peppermint Candy. It’s not too late to bake up a batch of homemade gifts! These easy to make (and pop into your mouth) candies are dipped in semisweet chocolate or white chocolate and sprinkled with crushed peppermint pieces. Place them inside a holiday container and you’ve got yourself a delicious DIY gift that you can whip up the night before your gift exchange. Don’t forget to pick up matching gift tags!
Caramel Apple French Toast Casserole. Are you sitting? You can make this breakfast casserole in just five steps. It’s a Christmas morning breakfast that your guests will love, and you’ll be grateful for the minimal kitchen duty time.
Eggnog Custard Pie. Topped with addicting crushed wafers, this custardy pie is smooth, spicy, creamy and rich. We love having the classic eggnog flavor in pie form, and look forward to sharing with our readers this new eggnog Christmas tradition!
Hot Cocoa Cookies. Our food stylist Elena took one of Santa’s favorite mid-delivery drink and turned it into cookie form. The result? A crisp cookie that’s gift ready in under 30 minutes. Oh, joy!