When you’re on the hunt for a recipe extraordinaire, who do you turn to for inspiration?
Perhaps Betty Crocker or Martha Stewart or Mom? Occasionally, I’ll turn to all three. But not today. Not this time.
This time I turned to Nancy C., Suzanne, Prudy, grin and bake it and Lil’ Luna. All bloggers. All trusted sources of good and delicious recipes. I turned to these blogs for help in filling my Christmas gift boxes of goodies. My boxes are overflowing with scrumptious treats.
Two kinds of quick breads (baked in mini loaf pans) and a half dozen or so different cookies. I even included pretzel “turtles” (recipe on the Rolo bag!).
The “turtles” are the simple combination of a small pretzel, topped with a Rolo candy, placed on a parchment lined baking tray, (soften the chocolate in a 350°F oven for 3-5 minutes), top each with a pecan half, refrigerate until firm. Done… eat… enjoy!
Next up is a fabulous Cranberry Pumpkin Bread from Nancy@nancycreative. It’s a delicious bread utilizing fresh cranberries, spiced pumpkin puree and my addition of some chopped walnuts. Watch out… one bite and you’ll be hooked.
I found a recipe for Snickerdoodle Bread from the blog Lil’ Luna. Such a delicious concoction! It utilizes cinnamon chips (made by Hershey’s in the states) to give it some added zing.
Both Suzanne of apuginthekitchen and Prudy of butterbasilandbreadcrumbs showcased delicious chocolate thumbprint cookies recently. I couldn’t decide which one to make… so I made both… plus a variation of my own using a candy-cane Hershey kiss. Both recipes are festive and fabulous… you can’t go wrong with either one.
I made a Toffee Bark from the blog “grin and bake it”. The final product taste similar to a Heath Bar. Surprisingly, the base for the bark is… wait for it… saltine crackers! Don’t let that little nugget of information scare you off… it’s fabulous!
My boxes also contained my Pignoli Cookies (I shared that recipe in my last post) and an iced shortbread snowflake cookie (coming soon). Thanks to all of the other blogs out there, my boxes had a delicious variety of sweets… thanks to all!!
Go ahead, drool over these delightful treats then click on over to the various sites to view the recipes I sourced. I’m heading back to the kitchen… there’s more work to be done!
Tick tock, tick tock… the calendar says I have three days to go!