Holiday Baking - 2018

Elaine and I are not just knitters, we also love to bake! Eating baked goods all the time isn't that healthy so we often reserve our baking for the holiday season.  We try set aside at least one Saturday to whip up some tasty treats for family, friends and colleagues.

Here's what we made this year! Links to the recipes we used are included. 

So much tasty goodness!

Ginger Molasses Cookies

 We started making these cookies a few years ago. Starbucks used to have the best ginger molasses cookie and then all of a sudden they discontinued it! So, we found a recipe and started making our own. Starbucks has since realized the error of their ways but I still prefer ours. 

Candy Cane Kiss Cookies

 This is a new recipe I tried this year. Yummy cookie dough with a peppermint kiss!? What more do you need? My favourite part was smushing the candy into the cookie after taking it out of the oven. In included the peppermint extract for some extra flavour. I have a package of regular chocolate kisses so I am now thinking of how I can make a chocolate version..... 

So satisfying

Christmas Cracker Toffee

 One year Mama Thomas brought home some baked goods from work. Included were these delicious chocolate and toffee bark-like pieces. I knew I had to figure out how to make them myself. And, like me, you won't believe the secret ingredient - soda crackers! So simple and so delicious. Even the most novice baker can pull off this recipe.  

YUMMMMM!

Gingerbread People

It's not Christmas without some gingerbread cookies. I love making these cookies; they're so tasty. They don't even need icing, they're delicious all on their own. This year, I decided to test a new recipe from Sally's Baking Addiction.  They turned out really nicely and the recipe made 5 dozen cookies! I like to roll out the dough a bit thin to get a bit of crunch. I love how this recipe uses an entire tablespoon of ginger and cinnamon! I also omitted the allspice and cloves and they're still delicious. 

The faces on these ones are a bit creepy :P

Rice Krispies Squares

 You can't go wrong with rice krispies squares! So simple yet so delicious. And I love the green and red holiday version of the cereal - so festive! Whoever came up with the idea to mix marshmallow, butter and cereal is a genius. Also, these are a great no bake alternative! You can even use the microwave to melt the marshmallow. 

Marshmallow buttery goodness

Shortbread Cookies

 Shortbread is one of my favourite cookies! After mince pies (which we also like to bake), it is a staple in any British household at Christmas time. Some people prefer the melt in your mouth, soft, chewy shortbread but classic Scottish shortbread is the way to go, in my humble opinion. I like to roll it out and use my holiday themed cookie cutters! 

It's messy business but someone's gotta do it

Do you do any holiday baking? What are your go to recipes? Share in the comments below!

~ nicole

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