Archives for December 2014

Cherry Cheesecake Brownies

Amazing Cheesecake Brownies topped with Cherry Filling. These festive-looking bars have Christmas written all over them.

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It was just a matter of time. Baking a pan of bars that are perfect to serve during the days leading up to Christmas (and beyond) was on the very top of my list. Every time I looked at it, I kept thinking that today was the day. But inspiration hadn’t struck, so I waited patiently until I had just the right idea.

And then it happened. While strolling the isles of the grocery store and spotting Cherry Pie Filling, I instantly knew that I wanted to use it for my future bars.

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Having been a bit obsessed with all things red and white this year, these bars turned out just the way I was hoping for. A generous layer of cheesecake baked on top of brownies and topped with those beautiful cherries.

Did I mention how much I love Christmas? [Read more…]

Holiday Mint Cookies

This may be Santa’s favorite cookie. If he is anything like us, he will not be able to keep his fingers off the cookie plate.

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Hello, fellow cookie lovers! How was your weekend? Adam and I had the best time visiting lots of friends and enjoying the Christmas season with those who matter most to us. When we made the initial plans to get on the road and travel to Iowa, I remember being worried about the weather. I am always hesitant to go anywhere when there is lots of snow in the forecast and temperatures are dropping extremely low. But have you noticed the absence of weather talk here on the blog lately? Things are super warm (high 40s) and there’s not a single flake of snow on the ground as of right now.

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Things are feeling a little weird, but the hubby and I are loving it. We’re not being trapped inside by Mr. Frost, have no snow to shovel, and most importantly aren’t freezing cold. Running errands and having full feeling in all of my limbs is a beautiful thing. And even though we aren’t covered in anything white, we are definitely feeling Christmas in the air.

Which may or may not be largely due to these Holiday Mint Cookies. Who needs snow when you have cookies to get you in the mood? I take cookies over winter anytime ;). [Read more…]

Hot Cocoa Donut Muffins

A Donut Muffin that tastes just like a cozy cup of Hot Cocoa. Yes, you need 1 or 10 in your life!

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Happy Friday, friends! Now that we’ve reached double digits in the month of December, I am feeling the Christmas shopping pressure. The hubby and I have yet to purchase a few gifts together and yes, I still have to make up my mind what to get him as well. I have a few ideas, but life holds some sweet distractions for me. Who wants to step outside and join the hustle and bustle when one could curl up inside with tea and a Hot Cocoa Donut Muffin in hand while watching Elf?! That’s the constant dilemma I find myself in.

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It’s a tough job being a food blogger, but someone’s got to do it. Also, someone has got to eat them… so I am blaming my Christmas shopping procrastination on these Donut Muffins. I think they can take it. Nothing could possibly take away from their amazingness.

You need to taste for yourself what is going on here. [Read more…]

Thick and Chewy Sugar Cookies

Get ready to enjoy this Christmas Classic. These Sugar Cookies are thick, chewy, and a definite must-make this Holiday Season.

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Finally. A Christmas cookie. The ONE cookie everyone would notice missing if it didn’t make an appearance on our cookie tray. It’s that well-loved and embodies Christmas for us.

It’s pretty to look at, has plenty of sprinkles, and satisfies young and old alike. Last year I made another version of sugar cookies right before the Christmas season hit. It was one of those times where we just couldn’t wait any longer to enjoy a scrumptious cookie and a birthday celebration seemed like the perfect excuse.

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So when I realized that we were in the midst of cookie swap and cookie eating season, I didn’t need to think twice as to which cookie to make. This recipe is as classic as it’s going to get. For all of the cookie purists and sugar cookie lovers out there, you will really enjoy the taste and texture of these.

They definitely taste a lot like Christmas! [Read more…]

Pistachio & Cranberry Chocolate Bark

A special treat that requires only 4 ingredients, 10 minutes of active time and a true chocolate lover. These are the sweetest times!

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And so another holiday week begins. Can I just say that I am totally and completely loving the fact that we’re in the midst of all things Christmas right now? Even though we’ve yet to finish our Christmas shopping, have a couple more get togethers on our calendar and have overall been considerably more busy, I will gladly and always make time for something nice that’ll please my sweet tooth. Especially when it happens to be one of the easiest yet most satisfying treats around – Chocolate Bark.

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And this one is not just any old bark. With the layers of dark and white chocolate plus the addition of pistachios & cranberries, I have officially found the one that embodies Christmas for me.

Everyone will have enough time to make this one. You will not regret it! [Read more…]