Favorite Holiday Goodies and a GIVEAWAY!

December 12, 2011 · 317 comments

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I’m making a lot of “old” staple recipes for holiday tins this year. I’m not making much, and I’m certainly not going overboard. That said, I probably won’t be posting any new recipes this year (though I am majorly eyeing these Linzer cookies as a possible last minute addition), so I wanted to give you a list of some of my favorites, a few of which will be making an appearance in this year’s treat boxes. And also to make it evident that I really need to re-photograph some of these…

Melomakarona– These are the cookies I make every year, no questions asked. They are traditional Greek holiday cookies with a hint of cinnamon and orange that are then doused in a honey syrup and topped with a cinnamon, clove, and walnut mixture. In other words, they are the best cookies ever.

Kourambiedes – Another traditional Greek holiday cookie. These are almond shortbread cookies rolled in powdered sugar, very similar to Mexican wedding cookies.

Chocolate-Mint Thumbprints – These cookies have the quintessential holiday combo of chocolate and mint. Plus, they’re pretty!

White chocolate, cranberry, and pistachio fudge – I know that white chocolate is very polarizing. It’s not “chocolate” for one, and some people hate it. I am not one of those people. I adore white chocolate. Love it. Think it’s one of the best things on earth. Studded with red cranberries and green pistachios, this is a very festive fudge!

Sablés – These cookies are perfect for every holiday treat bag. Not only are they delicious, they are incredibly simple to make. Plus, you can make them ahead of time, freeze the log, and slice and bake when you’re ready.

Gingerbread scones – These are a great change of pace from the cookies most people tend to give out. They have that unmistakable holiday gingerbread flavor in the form of a scone, and they are drizzled with maple glaze.

Peppermint Bark – This is about as easy and classic as holiday treats go. This year, I’ll be pouring these into holiday candy molds, rather than into a sheet pan and breaking into shards (thank  you, Pinterest).

Romano and Black Pepper Biscotti – While this is a sort of unusual addition to a list of holiday tins, that’s what makes it so great. People get so overloaded with sweet stuff during the holidays, that a savory biscotti is a welcome addition. It’s also easy to make the dough and freeze in advance, plus biscotti is shelf stable for quite a while.


And now, for the giveaway!

I’ve never been a huge baker, but I’ve definitely gotten into it more, and have gotten much better (thankfully). Originally, I had some pretty cheap and not all that great bakeware. I got a few recommendations for the Williams Sonoma Goldtouch pans, so I bought a couple pieces. I fell in LOVE. I want to eventually rotate out all my old bakeware for new, shiny, perfect, awesome WS pans.

I’m actually jealous of whoever wins this giveaway, because I don’t even have all these pans!

I’m giving away a 6-piece set of Goldtouch essential bakeware to one lucky winner!

The set includes a cookie sheet, a half sheet pan, 2 (9″) cake pans, a cooling rack, and a muffin tin.

To enter, just leave a comment below telling me what your favorite thing is to bake around the holidays. 

  • Giveaway ends on Thursday, December 15 at 11:59 PM CST. The winner will be announced on Friday. Good luck!
  • Open to U.S. addresses only.
  • You must include an email address when commenting, otherwise I can’t reach you if you win (don’t worry, no one can see your email address but me).

Disclaimer: This giveaway is sponsored by yours truly. 

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