It feels a little too early to be posting about holiday baking. It’s only December 1. I still have leftover turkey in the freezer from Thanksgiving waiting to be morphed into a new meal next week. And yet, our packages for The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap need to be in the mail no later than Monday and if you want a package to troops overseas to arrive before Christmas (as I’ll be doing with The Baking Gals) you only have until November 17. So perhaps, this post is not such an early bird after all. I’m still finalizing my own to-make list and the one recipe I’ve planned for the cookie swap has to remain a secret (at least for new) per swap rules. But I did want to share some of my personal favorites from years past as well as some yummy recipes from around the blogosphere for those of you starting to plot what you’ll make this year.
Cherry Cordial M&M Cookies – These cookies channel the perfect marriage of cherry and chocolate with a rich cocoa-y dough studded with maraschino cherry pieces and Cherry Cordial M&M’s
Candy Cane Cookie Dough Truffles – Consider these the holiday edition of the cookie dough truffles, embellished with mint extract and crushed candy cane pieces. If mint is not your think I also recommend my Chocolate-Cherry Cookie Dough Truffles and Chocolate Orange Cookie Dough Truffles. I also have another variation in the works to bring to my cooking group’s cookie exchange this year
Cream Wafers – Mini sandwich cookies with a decadent buttercream filling tinted in red and green
Peanut Butter Blossoms – One of my favorite holiday classics. So many versions abound, but this one has always been my go-to
Banana Cream Cheese Mounds – Deliciously cake-y banana cookies with a cream cheese frosting based on a recipe from Boston’s Rosie’s Bakery. I’ve been meaning to do a goat cheese lover’s version with chevre in place of cream cheese in the frosting
Bookmarks from Around the Blogosphere:
Cake Batter Bark – I made this last year for my dog walkers. It was so addictive I’m shocked I had any left to give
Pick Your Flavor Cheesecake Bars – So much room for adaptation
Gingersnap Bark – So clearly there is a theme going here. I love twists on the classic holiday bark
Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies – Decadent and vegan
Vanilla Rooibos Biscotti – I LOVE making biscotti (If that’s not clear already) and the idea of combining tea and lavender in a cookie sounds both unique and delicious
Pumpkin Hazelnut Oatmeal Cookie Bars – In case you still have a few cans of pumpkin puree hanging about, these sound fantastic
Eggnog Pudding Trifles – Okay so these aren’t baked or a cookie, but they sound like the perfect way to end a holiday meal
What are you baking these year? What other fantastic recipes should I be considering?