Recipe Roundup: Best of Holiday Baking

Everyone, preheat your ovens! ‘Tis the season to bake and eat delicious treats before those resolutions kick in. We’ve gathered some of our favorite holiday baking recipes here, so go ahead and try something different for the cookie swap or impress your family and friends with these delectable desserts.

Ginger Hot Chocolate

Okay, okay, hot chocolate isn’t a baked goodie, but we’d be remiss in not including Kristan Raines’ recipe for ginger hot cocoa here. Adding flavors to cocoa is a fun experiment, and the ginger here adds a spicy little kick to this sweet standard.

Chocolate Mug Cake

Ready for something quick and easy? Modify a mix! Kristan Raines added chocolate chips and homemade peppermint glaze to Dr. Oetker Chocolate Mug Cake Mix, making it her own. Everyone loves being served their own individual desserts, and these take just a little over a minute to cook in the microwave.

Gingerbread Pancakes

We’d never forget the most important meal of the day. Holiday-ize breakfast by serving up Kristan Raines’ flavorful gingerbread pancakes. Warm, fluffy and comforting with hints of molasses and spice, these pancakes can be made ahead of time and kept warm in the oven – which is great when you have guests coming and going.

Irish Mince Pie

As you know, we love food from all around the world; it’s kind of our thing. Barb Webb shared her flaky, spiced Irish mince pie, a much-loved holiday baking tradition in her family. You can make this recipe easily by using Robertson’s Mincemeat – found at World Market – for the filling.

Gingerbread Snowflake Ornaments

Leading the “almost too pretty to eat” category are Miranda Anderson’s gingerbread snowflake ornaments. This recipe makes dense, crisp cookies that are easily decorated and can hold up well as ornaments for your tree (but also make for delicious eating).

Turtledove Tassies

Treat your guests to the chocolatey-caramel goodness of Stacey McClellan Doyle’s bite-sized Turtledove Tassies. These miniature pecan pies are similar to chocolate turtle candy, but even gooier and nestled inside a rich cream cheese-based crust.

Gingerbread Mini Cakes

Bundt cakes are some of the easiest cakes to bake. Kristin Guy uses a gingerbread mold instead of a bundt pan to create individual gingerbread mini cakes from a bundt cake recipe. All these adorable little houses need is a sprinkle of powdered sugar “snow” and voila – an instantly festive and decorative dessert!

More Holiday Baking: 12 Days Of Cookies

Last but not least, this year we posted a 12 Days of Cookies blog series with a recipe each day from more incredible food influencers. From Mexican orejas with a twist of hibiscus to shortbreads and jam-filled linzers, you’re sure to find a cookie to fall in love with this Christmas season. What are your favorites? We’d love to hear about your holiday baking traditions!


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