Posts Tagged ‘holiday baking’

Sifted: Holiday Goodies, Homemade Hot Chocolate + More

Orange Cranberry Scones by The Faux Martha

5 Hot Links We’re Loving:

  1. Throw on some Christmas music and bake up a batch of The Faux Martha’s cranberry orange scones.
  2. A Cozy Kitchen shows you how to make fancy shmancy hot chocolate. It’s easier than you think.
  3. Take a break from Christmas shopping and cookie dough to enjoy a bowl of Cookie and Kate’s curried cauliflower soup.
  4. We’re putting Love and Olive Oil’s gingerbread caramels in the running for the best holiday mashup this season.
  5. Eggnog in cupcake form is awesome — especially when spiked with rum. Sprinkle Bakes’ recipe features a rich and creamy white chocolate ganache.

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  • Your holiday party needs more than just cookies. Go with savory small bites perfect for mingling.
  • Everyone loves candy. From lollipops to truffles, we have the best recipes to gift this Christmas.
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Sifted: Boozy Caramel Sauce, Eggnog Oatmeal + More Holiday Goodies

Dulce de Leche Cheesecake Bars by Buttered Up

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  1. Step up your game and serve Buttered Up’s dulce de leche cheesecake bars at your holiday party.
  2. This kale and quinoa salad with apple and sweet potato by Arielle Likes to Cook is perfect for your post-Thanksgiving, pre-Christmas diet.
  3. Why How Sweet It Is decided to make eggnog baked oatmeal with caramelized bananas and vanilla bean brown butter is irrelevant. We’re just very happy she did.
  4. Foodess’ merry Manhattan cocktail will have you merry indeed.
  5. The Beeroness’ salted beer caramel sauce makes a great gift, but you may have trouble giving it away.

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Sifted: Crowd-Pleasing Recipes For Your Holiday Party

Christmas Tree Cupcakes by Just a Taste

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  1. Looking for a jaw-dropping dessert to showcase? Just a Taste’s Christmas tree chocolate cupcakes double as both decoration and tasty treat.
  2. To get the party started, serve Shutterbean’s candy cane vodka and toast to the Christmas season.
  3. These apple cider caramels by Pixelated Crumb will not disappoint. Give them out to friends and neighbors, or just keep the whole stash for yourself — we wouldn’t blame you.
  4. Boozy foods: A Cozy Kitchen’s dark and stormy quick bread comes together in a flash and captures the irresistible flavors of the cocktail: spicy ginger, zesty lime and rich dark rum.
  5. Amp up your appetizers and make Soup Addict’s recipe for fried deviled eggs. This one is on our must-try list.

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Ginger Lemon Cookies from Actress Linda Evans

Gear up for holiday baking with Cooking Channel. Your favorite celebrities, chefs & Food People have opened their kitchens to share their best cookie recipes. From Cookie Monster’s sugar cookies to Kelsey’s Peppermint Meltaways, we’ll keep you baking all season. Visit our All-Star Cookie Swap, then head over to for great takes on holiday baking from Food Network chefs.

Actress Linda Evans is best known for her 9-year run as Krystle Carrington on the hit television series Dynasty – a role that earned her earned her five Golden Globe nominations and one win for Best Actress in a TV Drama Series, five People’s Choice Awards for Favorite Actress in a Drama Series and one Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.

When we asked Linda if she would contribute a cookie recipe to our All-Star Cookie Swap, she gladly shared her Ginger Lemon Cookies recipe. These sunny little confections remind us a little of Krystle: sweet, spicy and a little tart – have you seen those epic catfights between Krystle and her arch-nemesis, Joan Collins’ Alexis Colby? With a dollop of lemon curd nestled into seasonally-flavored dough, these cookies will surely be a bright spot on your holiday dessert table.

Oh-so merry and bright!

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The Ultimate Cookie Cookbook Giveaway

Cookie Cookbooks

We're givng away a collection of the season's best cookie cookbooks, plus everyone can try a few sample recipes.

The best part about the holiday season is cookies, cookies and more cookies! And when it comes to recipes, I never get tired of searching for the next super-star new cookie to grace this year’s holiday cookie plate. Of course, we’ve collected some amazing new recipes (and made-over old faves) for Cooking Channel’s all-star cookie swap, but I’ve also had my eye on a few of the new cookie cookbooks out there. Here are some new ones, plus sample recipes to get you baking.

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Cookie Monster’s Famous Sugar Cookie Dough Recipe

Cookie Monster

If there’s someone who knows their cookies, it’s this furry blue monster. That’s why we were thrilled to have Cookie Monster’s Famous Sugar Cookie Dough recipe in our All-Star Cookie Swap. You’ll definitely want to add this to your baking list this holiday season.

Cookie Monster's Famous Sugar Cookie Dough Recipe

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Cookbook Giveaway: Desserts from the Famous Loveless Cafe

From-scratch Banana Pudding is a simple, classic Southern dessert. Photographs by Karen Mordechai.

You don’t have to be a Southerner to appreciate the iconic desserts served up at the Nashville landmark, The Loveless Cafe, and highlighted in the new cookbook, Desserts from the Famous Loveless Cafe. The café opened in 1951 and became popular for fried chicken and biscuits, but in 2004 it was expanded and reopened with a dessert menu developed by the cafe’s new pastry chef, Culinary Institute of America graduate Alisa Huntsman. These are nostalgic, classic desserts like pies, puddings, cakes and cobblers – simple, easy and elegant, just like Mama (or someone’s “mama”) used to make.

This is the cookbook of my dreams: Every recipe looks beautiful and delicious, yet simple enough to throw together on a weeknight or on short notice. You can give a few sample recipes a spin with these Southern crowd-pleasers:

  • Loveless Banana Pudding – The base of this Southern classic is a simple from-scratch vanilla pudding that comes together in only 15 minutes.
  • Red Velvet Cake – A good amount of cocoa powder gives this cake a distinct chocolate flavor, but the festive red color makes it the perfect cake for holiday celebrations.

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Lazy Man’s Buche de Noel

Tackle the Christmas Bûche de Noël...or pick up some of these tasty miniatures.

Countdown to Christmas: 3 days. If you’re one of those type-A holiday overachievers, all of your presents are ready and wrapped, the whole menu is planned and the grocery shopping is done. Multiple batches of cookies are tucked away in tins, you’ve decorated an entire gingerbread village and you’re putting the final meringue mushrooms on a painstakingly detailed homemade Bûche de Noël. Your Christmas spread is not complete without this lifelike log of sponge cake and buttercream, a French holiday classic.

And for the rest of us…good news. If you’re up for it, there’s still time to tackle a Bûche de Noël—just don’t stress too much about the décor. Bobby Flay is not a pastry chef either, but he made a delicious Bûche for an episode of Food Network’s Throwdown and kept the décor nice and simple. Dust yours with lots of “snow” (i.e., powdered sugar) to cover any imperfections.

Baby Bûche de Noël from Ceci-Cela in NYC come in vanilla, chocolate and Grand Marnier.

Then again, there’s no shame in going the bakery route. Many Bûche de Noël are shockingly expensive and need to be pre-ordered, but check out these cute little gems from Ceci-Cela, a charming French bakery in New York. They’re individual-size and cost $6. You could also follow their lead and fashion mini logs yourself. If you step up and make your own, these tiny Santa toppers are a fun, festive and effortless touch. Pick some up at a party store if those meringue mushrooms aren’t looking so great.

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Gingerbread House Party

Gingerbread houses are the pièce de résistance of the holiday baking world (along with the buche de noel and the croquemboche), but, like these other show-stopping treats, they aren’t exactly 30-minute creations.

Enter the gingerbread house-decorating party: Add friends (and booze) to the mix for a super-fun, sugar-overloaded, icing-covered night.  Here’s how to do it.

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