Sunday, December 20, 2009

Holiday Baking

How are you doing with your holiday baking? I have been doing alot of baking since our return from the islands a couple of weeks ago. Let's see, so far I have made:

  • Mexican Wedding Cookies
  • Chocolate Cream Cups
  • Lemon Pistachio Biscotti
  • Chocolate-Chip Walnut Espresso Biscotti
  • Toasted Coconut Shortbread
  • and just today, World Peace Cookies
Whew! That's alot of baking. And I'm not done yet. Before Christmas next Friday, I will probably bake another batch of Mexican Wedding Cookies (because they are that good and that easy), and perhaps more World Peace Cookies because they freeze so well. Also on my baking agenda this week: Cranberry and Cornmeal Cake with Caramel-Walnut Topping (for Christmas dinner dessert) and Holiday Bundt Cake (probably to take to our friends in North Carolina for the New Year - shhh, don't tell them).

I have not made the Cranberry-Cornmeal Cake (courtesy of Giada deLaurentis) before but it sounds good and quite festive so I thought I'd give it a go. You can get the recipe here if you'd like to try it.

The Holiday Bundt Cake is a favorite from Dorie Greenspan's award-winning "Baking From My Home to Yours." I made this a few times last year during the holidays and everybody loved it. I think my friends in NC will enjoy it. It includes all the fabulous flavors of the season: cranberries, pumpkin, apples, pecans, cinnamon (you get the idea) and it keeps well. It's great dressed up with a little freshly whipped cream for dessert or cut into nice thick slices, toasted up for brunch.

The World Peace Cookies (what a great name for a cookie) are also from Dorie Greenspan's book and couldn't be easier, or more delicious. Very chocolate-y and moist, with the added touch of sea salt, to give you that sweet/salty sensation that everybody loves.

Let me know what delicious holiday treats you are baking this week (use the comment section below)!

Finally, one quick housekeeping note: I've added a "search" function to the blog (over in the right-hand nav) to make it easier to find a recipe or a link from a past entry.

Happy Holidays!

Eat well, stay warm, and be happy!


  1. Hey, been baking here in Boise also. Coconut Pineapple Macadamia Bars, Chocolate Peppermint Bark, Spiced Berry Cookies were the production output this weekend. (Fueled by eating Mexican Wedding Cookie that a famous blogger sent me from NJ). Ravenous children next door fell upon their offerings and the rest of the neighbors get their tins and plates delivered this wet warm day in Tater Town. Special company coming for Christmas Eve Dinner, so must be menu prepping soon. Merry and Happy to all!

  2. PS Forgot to mention that I just aged and tested some homemade liquers that I started in September. Pear Liquer from a neighbors tree was sweet but not too - and delicate. Far better than I expected and she and I nipped at it the other night. Also a Nausau Vanilla Liquer made with real vanilla beans and well Mon, you put that in your Joe and you're good to go. I would recommend these highly and if anyone wants the recipe for gifts for next year let me know. Simple and fun and WOW!

  3. Wow, those cookies sound great (especially the Coconut Pineapple Macadamia Bars - send on the recipe)!


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