I feel like I have so many fun things to share with you today, I don’t even know where to start so to keep you all from getting grossly overwhelmed, some is just going to have to wait. Sorry…but more reason to come back tomorrow, right? 😉
Anyway, there’s been a lot of baking going on around here and if you follow me on Instagram, you’ve got a bit of a taste of what’s been going on. (Pun intended – ha!)
So what did I make?
This all started Wednesday when I decided to devote my day to baking 15 loaves of my mom’s famous zucchini bread for Christmas gifts. Every year she gives our extended family a loaf and to save her some time, I offered to make them. 15 loaves and 10 cups of zucchini later, they were done. I veered from her recipe a bit but I’m sure no one will be the wiser. 🙂
Lindsay at the Lean Green Bean “healthified” a Christmas cookie favorite – Peanut Butter blossoms and I knew I had to give them a shot. Turns out, my sister likes them better than the original and has requested I make more! Speaking of Lindsay, she sent me a Starbucks egift card yesterday as a pay-it-forward. It was so unexpected but so appreciated and brought a huge smile to my face. Thanks, Lindsay!
I’ve been making Alton Brown’s chocolate peppermint pinwheel cookies ever since the Christmas my Grandma Pat passed away. It was particularly hard and I dealt with my emotions by doing all of the Christmas baking. I wanted to try a new recipe and as it turned out, the new recipe became a family favorite. Unfortunately this year I had some trouble (not sure what happened?) but a batch of pinwheels turned into thumb-print sugar cookies with m&ms pressed in the top to make them festive. At least they still taste good!
And I made a 1/2 batch of almond bark candy with some red and green sprinkles to make it festive.
I was going to make some festive “birds nests” but there’s a lot of sugary treats around so we’ll see if they’ll actually end up happening. Otherwise the only other baking I have planned are the cupcakes for our Christmas Eve party, but you’ll have to wait for that until later. 😉
And as a reminder, if you’re looking for something yummy to bake for Christmas morning or for a holiday party – Banana Gingerbread is where it’s at!
Have you been doing any holiday baking?
What have you made?