Holiday Dessert Table with Crate and Barrel

Cakes, Desserts

Holiday Dessert Table with Crate and Barrel

The holidays are upon us and we are all ready basking in the holiday vibes that we love so much. Today I’m super excited to share this Black Walnut Cake recipe with you AND this holiday dessert table with Crate and Barrel! This cake is buttery and nutty and super fluffy. The gingerbread cookies that go around on the outside are added for a bit of cuteness. And this holiday dessert table makes me all excited for this time of year.

I teamed up with Crate and Barrel to show off this fun holiday dessert table—my go-to for holiday décor! This table is the perfect thing to assemble for any holiday or seasonally festive parties you might be throwing.

My Holiday Dessert Table:

I wanted the table to be both super pretty but approachable. Most of these things I made a week or so before, froze them and then baked them up the day of. This made for a super easy, breezy experience. Here’s what I figured I’d set out for guests:

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Iced Oatmeal Cookies

Cookies, The Holidays, Winter

Iced Oatmeal Cookies

December is the month of cookies, cookies and more cookies! These iced oatmeal cookies are MY JAM. I usually favor soft cookies but these have the best of both worlds: a delightful little snap coupled with so much flavor and a soft-ish middle.

This recipe comes from my friend Midwest Made. If you know anything about Shauna, you know that she is a fierce recipe writer and super successful cookbook author. Her recipes not only work but they’re amazing. Every single one I’ve tried has been like DANG OK. Including these cookies. They are so delicious.

I’m going to be honest, I know VERY little about midwest cooking. Literally nothing. Haha. But I have eaten these cookies once before—in store-bought form. I’m pretty sure it was a bag of Mother’s Iced Oatmeal Cookies.

I honestly don’t really remember them but I’m pretty sure it was in college when I was super high and crushed a whole bag. Again, remember very little about them, except I remember looking down and being like whoa they’re all gone!


So I guess I liked them. And after making this, I stand by my opinions. These cookies are the type that I can eat by the dozen. I love me some chocolate chip cookies, I usually can only eat one or two, but not these. They’re truly glorious.

The History of Oatmeal Cookies

Baking with old fashioned oats was at first a health-driven idea. Quaker Oats first published an old fashioned oat recipe on its packaging in the late 1800s, encouraging its customers to bake with oats. It began then…and then obviously evolved into what we have today which is a myriad of different types of oatmeal cookies, including this one!

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Cranberry Orange Rolls

Breakfast, Desserts, The Holidays

Cranberry Orange Rolls

The holiday season is officially in full effect. If I’m being completely honest, the truth is that I’ve had holiday decorations out since the third week in November lol. I had some serious preparation for this holiday season! And I’m super pumped to be kicking off the season with these Cranberry Orange Rolls because they are divine!

For this post, I teamed up with Fleischmann’s® RapidRise® Yeast. Using their RapidRise® Yeast for this recipe was a total ace!

Cranberry Orange Rolls

What is Rapid Rise Yeast?

Most yeast requires you to get it started in water. Most of my cinnamon roll recipes have you dissolve it into lukewarm water or milk and wait until it activates. Sometimes this can be finicky. It can take anywhere from 5 to 8 minutes for it to activate and get all nice and foamy. But Fleischmann’s® RapidRise® Yeast is actually mixed within the dry ingredients—no activation required! This means no waiting around for it to be activated. You can mix and proceed with the recipe!

It saves a total of 5 minutes from this recipe. It makes these morning rolls super fool-proof. No need to worry if you activated the yeast correctly!

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