festive

Gingerbread Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

Gingerbread Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

The perfect holiday cupcake: rich, spicy, sweet, and fun! And the little gingerbread man topper is just adorable. :)

Recipe: Gingerbread Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

Pomegranate Christmas Cake

Pomegranate Christmas Cake

Wishing you all happy holidays, health, and happiness! Feliz Navidad!

Here's a beautiful festive cake expertly composed by the super-talented Heather of Sprinkle Bakes. :)

Recipe: Pomegranate Christmas Cake

Cranberry Coffee Cake

Cranberry Coffee Cake

"This would make a great Christmas morning breakfast. Make it the day before and serve it with fruit salad and coffee before or after opening presents!"

Cake for breakfast? Streusel topping? Oh yeah. Quick and easy to make too. :)

Recipe: Cranberry Coffee Cake

Mini Chocolate Cupcakes with Peppermint Frosting

Mini Chocolate Cupcakes with Peppermint Frosting

from Sweet Life

Bonnie at Sweet Life tells a hilarious story about baking for friends for the holidays, and shares with us this lovely chocolate cupcake with peppermint cream cheese frosting. She talks about daydreaming about sugar, butter, and chocolate... and after seeing these cupcakes, I think we'll all be doing the same.  

RecipeMini Chocolate Cupcakes with Peppermint Frosting

Festive Party Mix

Festive Party Mix

A special holiday recipe passed down from my grandmother... baked in the oven to savory and salty perfection.  It's a snap to make, satisfies any cravings, and completely addicting!  And it's not like that other party mix that you may know of. ;)

Recipe: Festive Party Mix

Spicy Gingersnap Cookies

Spicy Gingersnap Cookies

Hannah at minimalista gives us some eye candy with these spicy gingersnap cookies - look how pretty they are with that pink bow! Her description is lovely: "Gingersnap cookies, soft and chewy, sparkling with sugar crystals. These are very spicy, very easy to make and a great Christmas treat for your loved ones." Thanks Hannah!

Recipe: Spicy Gingersnap Cookies

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

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

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!

Orange Gingerbread Cookies with Rum Glaze

Orange Gingerbread Cookies with Rum Glaze

"Soft gingerbread cookies with a hint of orange and a kick of rum make these cookies the perfect grown-up version of the classic gingerbread cookie. This is the ultimate gingerbread cookie, packed with so much flavor your taste buds will sing." Hallelujah!

Recipe: Orange Gingerbread Cookies with Rum Glaze