I know there are quite a few of you who have joyfully dusted off your advent calendars (or maybe you’re into the cardboard ones with little chocolate pieces hidden behind the doors – we had those growing up!) or you’ve dreadfully pulled out the Elf – whatever its name may be in your home – positioned it in some crazy-ass way last night, and started sweating over what the next 23 nights will be like.
In any event, I’m doing my best to keep my spirits high this year. The past 4 months have been a complete drain on my emotional self since my dad passed away. Our first Thanksgiving without him was so tough but I’m already feeling Christmastime being infinitely more difficult.
To keep my mind busy, I’ve been doing a lot of baking recently – lots of which you don’t see make it here since it’s either eaten too quickly or it’s stuff I’ve already posted. And surprisingly, I’ve already put together my 2016 holiday baking list, something I almost never do until the third-ish week of December.
We’ll be putting up our tree this weekend and I’ll make a couple of these treats to snack on with a few glugs of vanilla bourbon eggnog. The rest I’ll make for work parties, gift platters, and Christmas dinner (we’re hosting this year). Of course, in the interim, there will always be a few to snack on too.
Guess I better get my fatter pants out.
chocolate crinkle cookies. santa’s all-time favorite.
peanut butter truffles. fancified buckeyes!
creamy eggnog crumb bars. maybe spiked with something naughty?
peppermint oreo truffle brownies. that’s right. oreo. truffle. brownies. let that sink in for a second.
cranberry bliss bars. blissful indeed. (1000x better than the Starbucks version)
rum balls. and bourbon balls. because adulting at Christmas is really hard.
dorie’s vanilla bean sablés. naturally. (also considering the rosemary spin-off version)
white chocolate gingerbread blondies. hand’s down, my favorite two years running.
oreo truffles. classic deliciousness.
peppermint patties. because, why not? Kyle LOVES these guys.
thin and chewy oatmeal spiced cookies with brown butter icing. brown butter 4 life.
vanilla bean eggnog bundt cake. #allaboutthatbundt
lofthouse frosted soft sugar cookies. with red and green dyed frosting and covered in Christmas sprinkles. always part of our gift platters.
linzer cookies with raspberry filling. christmas classic.
coconut cream filled macaroons. not a sleeper cookie.
chewy chocolate gingerbread cookies. i always forget how much i love gingerbread cookies!
peppermint pretzel marshmallow fudge. who knew pretzels + peppermint + fudge was amazing and didn’t tell me sooner?
triple chocolate cheesecake. Christmas day dessert!
And…if you need some extra inspiration, I put together a whole slew of other ideas a couple of years ago. Happy baking season!
Now…what are YOU baking this season? Share your favorites and new ideas in the comment section below!