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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!

Pecan Bars

Pecan Bars

Because there can never be too much nutty sweetness during the holidays, we offer you these pecan bars as a delicious way to conjure up everything you love about pastry and pecans. Take a buttery crust, top it with a sinful pecan-rich filling and bake to perfection. (If you have local pecans, all the better!)

Recipe: Pecan Bars

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

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

Lebanese Sleeha

Lebanese Sleeha

Though not actually baked, this seasonal dessert made from barley, pomegranate and anise was just too beautiful to pass up. Traditionally made only once a year by Christians in the Middle East for Saint Barbara's day (a feast day sort of like Halloween but celebrated on December 4th), Sleeha (or Burbara) is offered to masquerading children as a treat. How neat!

Recipe and story (in French): Sleeha Libanais ou Sainte Barbara

Pumpkin Biscotti with Cranberries and Pecans

Pumpkin Biscotti with Cranberries and Pecans

These wonderfully spiced festive biscotti "are perfect to eat with your coffee or tea this time of year. Wrap up a bunch of these and give them as little gifts with a mug and some coffee or tea. You can make the biscotti several days ahead of time and not worry about them firming up, because they're supposed to be hard!" Great idea!

Recipe: Pumpkin Biscotti with Cranberries and Pecans

Cranberry Bliss Bars (Low-Carb & Gluten-Free)

Cranberry Bliss Bars (Low-Carb & Gluten-Free)

Carolyn is one deliciously creative baking diva. She dreams-up a low-carb gluten-free version of Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bars, and scores! "These turned out just as I had hoped and they make a wonderful low carb holiday treat." All the flavor without the sugar rush!

Recipe: Cranberry Bliss Bars (Low-Carb & Gluten-Free)

Pomegranate White Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Pomegranate White Chocolate Chunk Cookies

These cookies are "fun, festive, and oh so delicious!" The pomegranate arils add a pop of "color and flavor" to these otherwise traditional white chocolate chunk cookies. And, I'm loving the oats in Maria's batter - it's always nice to have a dash of healthy during this decadent season!

Recipe: Pomegranate White Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Gingerbread Chocolates

Gingerbread Chocolates

If you want to present something special this holiday season, why not learn how to make homemade vegan chocolates? This recipe combines fresh ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves within a chewy base of almonds, dates and coconut to deliver a classic gingerbread taste sensation under a rich, dark chocolate coating.

Recipe: Gingerbread chocolates

Double Chocolate Peppermint Crunch Cookies

Double Chocolate Peppermint Crunch Cookies

These chocolate peppermint cookies garnished with dark chocolate and crushed candy canes are so fun and festive - perfect for the holiday season!

Recipe: Double Chocolate Peppermint Crunch Cookies