December 2010

Classic Christmas Sugar Cookies

Classic Christmas Sugar Cookies

"Yesterday I tried my luck with a recipe from the Taste of Home cookie magazine and it was a hit. ...these cookies are so easy to make that everyone can make them. Oh, and they are so good and moist, it’s so hard to stop after eating one. You’ll come back for seconds and trust me..."

These are lovely - they remind me of the classic sugar cookies my Grandma used to bake every year. :)

Recipe: Christmas Cookies

French Pear Tart

French Pear Tart

from CaffeIna

Don't miss the first part of my Pear Trilogy: French Pear Tart. This is a Dorie Greenspan recipe, and as always, it did not fail me - in fact it contains the best crust recipe ever!

Story and Recipe: French Pear Tart

Petite Brioche with Cranberry Jam

Petite Brioche with Cranberry Jam

Mmmm... buttery brioche, slathered in tart, tangy cranberry jam. Just saying it makes my mouth start salivating. And this ain't no poor man's brioche either. Lulu goes all out and does the rich-man's-75%-butter brioche, and tops it with cranberry jam made from scratch. Now that's what I'm talking about!

Recipes: Petite Brioche with Cranberry Jam

White Chocolate Gingerbread Blondies

White Chocolate Gingerbread Blondies

Spices and white chocolate are a match made in dessert heaven! These Martha Stewart blondies are quick and easy to make too.

Recipe: White chocolate gingerbread blondies

Bake it Pretty Giveaway Winner!

Bake it Pretty Gift Card Winner!

The winner of the $25 Bake it Pretty gift card is..... comment #87!

Random.org winning number

Congratulations Desiree!

So what was her favorite festive cookie? "My favorite holiday cookie to make is a Linzer cookie recipe that my mom's been making since she was a little girl in Germany!" Sweet! :)

Thank you to everyone who entered! We especially want to thank everyone for their wonderful comments  - it was so much fun reading about all of your favorite festive cookies. Thank you all for "liking" us, tweeting about the contest, subscribing to our RSS feed, and generally spreading the word.

Looking forward to doing another fun giveaway in the new year!

♥ Patty and Crispin

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Hot Buttered Rum Cake

Hot Buttered Rum Cake

A dense, moist and buttery rum cake drizzled with a hot buttered rum glaze and powdered sugar. Serve warm with your favorite holiday beverage, and enjoy!  

Recipe: Hot Buttered Rum Cake

Editor's Note: Shanon's giving away a copy of the cookbook, A World of Cake (and this rum cake is just one of the awesome cakes featured in the book) so go on over to her blog and enter to win!

Creamy Corn Casserole

Creamy Corn Casserole

For those of you who want to take Fall comfort food right on through to the New Year, Joelen has whipped up a savory corn casserole that makes a soothing yummy side to chili, soup, meatloaf, chops, you name it!

Recipe: Creamy Corn Casserole

Deck the Halls with Cake Balls!

Cake Balls

Amanda meets Bakerella, the Cake Pop Queen, and learns how to make these super-cute decadent chocolate covered cake balls. Chocolate truffle-like confections filled with cake make a very sweet seasonal gift, don't you think? :)

Story and Recipe: Cake Balls

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Rosemary Whole-Wheat Focaccia

Rosemary Whole-Wheat Focaccia

This gorgeous focaccia is calling my name! Adriana says it's a thinner bread because of the addition of whole wheat flour. "I feel like it adds a depth of flavor to it," she says. "Of course, the olive oil does a great part of that job."

Recipe: Rosemary Whole-Wheat Focaccia

Chocolate Mint Cupcakes

Chocolate Mint Cupcakes

A sweet mint alternative to tangy holiday peppermint - these rich and decadent chocolate mint cupcakes have a present, but not overpowering, festive feel. The best part? The sweet, smooth, and light peppermint Swiss meringue buttercream. They may take a lot of dedication in the kitchen, but they are worth it completely.

Recipe: Chocolate Mint Cupcakes