A lot of baking goes down in December. Am I right? School parties, neighborhood gifts, potlucks, cookie swaps – it seems there is always a reason/need to be whipping something up. In my family there are those staple things that we bake every year. You can bet on some type of sweets for breakfast (like cinnamon rolls or now, these pecan pie pancakes), a really seasonal dessert (think fudge), and of course a holiday staple – cookies.
This season I’ve teamed up with Sugar In The Raw® to bring you some festive holiday treats (check out these monster lollipops and this pumpkin pie spice latte cake), and today I’m sharing my most recent holiday recipe with you – Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookies.
Have them on hand to serve your family or pop in guests, box them up and ship to a distant relative, or tie them with a ribbon for a special teacher gift.
I have this mild obsession with pecan pie. Specifically this pecan pie recipe (thanks PW!). But it seems I only make it during the holidays … which is not cool. So I came up with a reason to eat pecan pie all year round — and for breakfast.
These pecan pie pancakes are DIVINE. And see that topping dripping off? It’s sort of amazing. The pancakes have this familiar nutty flavor reminiscent of the pie itself. Mmmm so good. I made them silver dollar size which made me feel not so bad about eating 6 of them… which makes no logical sense (I know).
If you’re like me and find yourself ordering several pumpkin spice lattes during the fall, then you’re bound to like this dessert. It has all the flavors of your favorite fall latte, it’s warm, and it’s even baked right into a mug. I know! Right? In the recent years when I think of fall, I think of Pumpkin Spice Lattes. They just make me happy and scream, “It’s fall!”
It’s that time of year again—football season! Chances are you’ll find yourself either feeding a hungry sports crowd or being invited to a football viewing party at some point this season. When that happens, have this easy football cupcake idea handy and you’ll be sure to please a crowd (of any age!).
You’ll first need to bake up a dozen cupcakes (any flavor will work) and then follow two simple decorating steps in order to turn your plain cupcakes into mini footballs. For decorating purposes, you’ll need one container of fudge icing and one container of white or vanilla icing.
Fill a pastry bag or Ziploc® Brand XL Sandwich Bags with the fudge icing. To make the “football” I used a pastry tip (#18) but that is not necessary. You can simply cut a hole in your icing bag. Squeeze the icing dragging it like a zigzag (back and forth) until the top of each cupcake is covered.
Next, make the laces using the white icing. Place it in a separate pastry bag and trim a small hole in the end. Gently squeeze out the icing to make the “laces” of the football. Make one long line across the top of the cupcake, with three smaller lines crossing, going the opposite direction.
I am a self diagnosed canned pumpkin junkie. This time of year I come up with all sorts of reasons to use it; cooking, baking, or otherwise. That is just how this mini pumpkin milkshake came to be. They are so creamy and they taste like your favorite milkshake just collided with a pumpkin pie. They’re rich, so making them in mini form seems to be the perfect choice. (Plus, everything is cuter in mini version, right?)
Served up in mini glasses also make them adorable to offer to guests or little ones during your next gathering or special dinner. Tall shot glasses work perfectly for these mini milkshakes. You can also pick up disposable plastic shot glasses which are handy if you’re entertaining.
I’ve never made hard candy before. To be honest, the idea of making any recipe that requires using a candy thermometer has scared me in the past. But, this Halloween I thought it was the perfect time to put my fears aside and give it a try. I’ve always wanted to make homemade lollipops so I decided to start there. After doing a bit of research, I discovered that the ingredients needed are super minimal. Like, two. TWO. That’s simple enough for me! The base of my lollipop recipe requires only two things; sugar and corn syrup. I added in food coloring and candy eyeballs (for the spook factor). I used Sugar In The Raw Organic White® which is unbleached and true to its natural color (like the original Sugar In The Raw®), but its finer crystals make it perfect for cooking and baking because it blends easily into any recipe. This was key for making our green lollipops!