Posts of Note: Cookies & Treats for a Happy Holiday

Once the holidays roll around, I am a baking fool. Here are a few recipes that are making me swoon this holiday season.

Eleven months out of the year I try to limit myself to baking only once a week. I do this because I work at home and will eat every last crumb while my kid naps. Really. While she sleeps and I stare at my computer, baked goods call my name. It makes it awfully hard to concentrate.

But once the holidays roll around, I am a baking fool. I’d rather give the gift of baked goods and I think most of the people on my list prefer goodies from the kitchen. Here are a few recipes that are making me swoon this holiday season.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yeah, they get their very own category because they are my favorite.

New York Times Chocolate Chip Cookies from This Week For Dinner

Because I trust Jane and she’s never steered me wrong.

Sweet n’ Salty Chocolate Chip Cookies from The Table Runner

Because cookies that include pretzels? SIGN ME UP.

Big, Fat, Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies from milk eggs chocolate

These will be filling my husband’s stocking this year.

Treats that catch the holiday spirit.

Butter Butter Cookies with Cinnamon Frosting from Tongue n’ Cheeky

Because ‘butter’ is listed twice.

Pumpkin-y Molasses Spice Cookies from goodLife {eats}

Who says you have to retire your pumpkin cravings after Thanksgiving?

Gingerbread Cookies from Not Without Salt

I’m a sucker for food that looks too pretty to eat.

Delicious Confections: Mint Melties from Everybody Likes Sandwiches

The post is a gift-bakers dream! Check out the links to the other gift worthy treats.

For the ambitious baker.

Gingerbread Men Macarons from Tartelette

I’m in awe.

Pumpkin “Cinnamon Roll” Coffee Cake from Culinary Concotions by Peabody

We’ve all been there, asking ourselves, “WHY am I doing this to myself?!”

Toasted Pecan Toffee from 101 Cookbooks

Anything that requires a candy thermometer is ambitious in my book.

Reindeer, Santa Hats and Christmas Tree Cake Pops from Bakerella

She makes it look easy. I would make it look like a hot mess.

Because there is no way I could pick just one...

The Cookie Recipe page from Smitten Kitchen


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