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Island Rum Gift Cakelets

Island Rum Gift Cakelets

Rosie takes us down to where the trade winds blow with these sweet little rum-infused cakes made delectable with a brushing of simple rum syrup! Nothing else is needed, (except for maybe those delightful Nordic Ware pans she uses for baking)!

Recipe: Island Rum Gift Cakelets

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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Pecan Tassies

Pecan Tassies

Pecan Tassies are a favorite Christmas cookie of mine, and this recipe is a classic - one my mom got from a ladies auxiliary cookbook for a local fire hall dating back to 1975.

Recipe: Pecan Tassies

Cinnamon-Chocolate Fruit Mince Tarts

Cinnamon-Chocolate Fruit Mince Tarts

I’ve been meaning to make mincemeat pies forever, because I think they look absolutely adorable! This recipe is perfect. Besides being suet-free, both the pastry and the filling are delicious - fruity and spicy with hint of chocolate.

Recipe: Cinnamon-chocolate fruit mince tarts

Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes with Cinnamon Pepita Streusel

Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes with Cinnamon Pepita Streusel

Little cheesecakes (baked in muffin tins) starring pumpkin, cream cheese, spice - as well as a crunchy cinnamon pepita streusel on top. Oh yeah. These are rich... but they happen to be low-carb, gluten-free and sugar-free too. :)

Recipe: Pumpkin Cheesecake Muffins with Cinnamon Pepita Streusel

Baked Apple Cider Doughnuts

Baked Apple Cider Doughnuts

In the mood for something autumnal even if the temperature doesn't quite match just yet, where you live? These mini doughnuts are laced with the spices and flavors that typically go with the season: cinnamon, nutmeg and apple cider. Settling yourself in front of the chimney, wrapped in a thick sweater is completely optional but strongly recommended.

Recipe: Baked apple cider doughnuts

Ice Cream Petit Fours

Ice Cream Petit Fours

I'm just going to come out and say it - I think petit fours are adorable. What's better than bite size dessert?! Not only are these vegan, but they're covered in chocolate and filled with homemade coffee ice cream and brown butter pound cake. 

Recipe: Ice Cream Petit Fours

Vanilla Bean Baby Doughnuts

Vanilla Bean Baby Doughnuts

Leave it to Heather to come up with the cutest little baked doughnuts on the planet. I was almost tempted to add the word "squee!" to the title, but this is a classy baking blog. ;)

Recipe: Vanilla Bean Baby Doughnuts

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Chocolate Cinnamon Scone Bites

Chocolate Cinnamon Scone Bites

from CaffeIna

Oh how I love little bite-sized treats, as well as fresh scones, dark chocolate, cinnamon... All of these delicious features are embodied in these lovely little mini scones. I also love splendid lively illustrations - check out Sara's fantastic new site banner.

Story and recipe: Chocolate Cinnamon Scone Bites and my new banner

Cherry Tomato Mini-Tarts

Cherry Tomato Mini-Tarts

from Dana Treat

Dana shares a fantastic tender tart dough recipe + her own recipe for these little gems filled with cherry tomatoes, kalamata olives, and savory goodness.

Story + Recipes: Tender Tart Dough