December 2010

Champagne Cupcakes with Champagne Buttercream

Champagne Cupcakes with Champagne Buttercream

Light and airy cupcakes with a subtle hint of pink champagne...topped with a thick and creamy champagne buttercream.  This buttercream is one of the best I have ever tasted!  And to be completely off-the-wall, the whole cupcake is garnished with a spun sugar New Year's "firework"!  Happy New Year from The Curvy Carrot!

Recipe: Champagne Cupcakes with Champagne Buttercream

The Perfect (Gingerbread) Man

The Perfect (Gingerbread) Man

Sweet Pea bakes these festive cuties, and says:

"I have finally found the perfect man! These classic gingerbread cookies are spicy, thick and chewy. To me nothing says “merry christmas” more than a plate full of decorated gingerbread men. You can cut these cookies into any shape that you want and decorate them with royal icing. I promise you will get many oohs and aahs from anybody that tries them. They are quite addictive!"

Recipe: Thick and Chewy Gingerbread Cookies

Butterscotch Chip Spice Cookies

Butterscotch Chip Spice Cookies

 

"Scrumptious cookies spiced with cinnamon and ginger, speckled with butterscotch chips, and encased in a coating of powdered sugar. Simple, rich and delicious these cookies are perfect for your next holiday party. Keep the dough in the refrigerator for those unexpected holiday guests and you can serve fresh from the oven cookies! You can also roll the dough into balls and freeze them to bake later."

I love it!

Recipe: Butterscotch Chip Spice Cookies

Ginger Peach Muffins

Ginger Peach Muffins

I had no idea that peaches and ginger were so good together! The ginger adds a fresh delicious kick to these muffins.

Recipe: Ginger peach muffins

Chocolate Mint Sandwich Cookies

Chocolate Mint Sandwich Cookies

These picture perfect cookies make a fantastic festive treat - dark chocolate coffee cookies hug a peppermint vanilla icing filling - so delicious!

Recipe: Chocolate Mint Sandwich Cookies

New York City Deli Rye Bread

New York City Deli Rye Bread

"My addiction could be much worse. I’m really not too worried. Bread, especially those made with a portion of non-white flour, is inherently healthy. Rye bread worthy of a New York City deli sponged on your own counter, formed with your own two hands, baked in your own oven? Well that’s just satisfying."

And fantastically yummy!

Recipe: New York City Deli Rye Bread

Classic Biscochos

Classic Biscochos

I love traditional Mexican baked goods. They're usually sweet but not too sweet, rich without being heavy, and always super flavorful. These classic wedding cookies, sometimes known as "Mexican wedding cakes" totally epitomize what I'm talking about. They're just so delicious you'll want to keep popping them in your mouth. And since this recipe makes 300 biscochos, you'll have no trouble satisfying those cravings. ;)

Recipe: Biscochos

Sweet Pumpkin Empanadas

Sweet Pumpkin Empanadas

Sweet spiced pumpkin "tucked inside a warm, flaky pastry shell, sparkling with sugar" makes a wonderful festive treat. These sweet empanadas are like little hand pies full of goodness:

"Serve warmed with coffee, cider, or if you’re like me, cold milk for dunking. Still feeling fancy? Have cinnamon or bourbon-spiked whipped cream on the side."

Recipe: Sweet Pumpkin Empanadas

Chocolate Dulce de Leche Mousse and Lemon Cheesecake

Chocolate Dulce de Leche Mousse and Lemon Cheesecake

What to do when a friend is expecting, it's her birthday and she's craving lemon and cheesecake and chocolate... Jess answers the call with this delightfully lemony cheesecake topped with swirls of rich dulce de leche chocolate mousse! 'Cuz us girls have to stick together!

Recipe: Chocolate Dulce de Leche and Lemon Cheesecake

Classic Gingerbread Men

Classic Gingerbread Men

The Toasted Pecan shares her favorite resource for cookie decorating, as well as her favorite spicy gingerbread recipe, so that you too can make these handsome little men. :)

Recipe: Gingerbread Men