Holiday Baking Round-Up

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{A Very Giant Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup}

Can I be honest with you? I haven’t been invited to many holiday parties this year. Maybe one. Or two. Three max. And it’s not because I don’t have any friends because I have those! I swear! My friends are kind of busy this year. Everyone’s working or going out of town or working. No one has time to host parties.

I feel a little bit like a loser without a busy holiday party season, but a big part of me is relieved. I imagine you’re different than me. I imagine you have tons of friends, a bustling social life full of fun holiday get-togethers and obligatory shindigs. Me? Nada. But that doesn’t mean I’m not baking or eating or having fun. Oh no, I’m doing all of those aplenty.

Whether you have parties to go to or you wanna sit on your couch watching Love Actually whilst eating cookies, I figured I’d dig into the archives and bring out some of my all-time holiday favorites.

Let’s start with the specimen at the top of this page, shall we? It’s A Very Giant Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup. Yes, you heard correctly. It’s giant. There’s peanut butter and chocolate involved.

I’ve been making Alfajores ever since I was a kid. My aunt (who has owned a bakery there for 50 years) would visit us from Peru and make all sorts of crazy Peruvian desserts. Her Alfajores were always my favorite and this recipe is an adaption from a family classic. I love ’em a lot.

Chocolate Buttermilk Biscuits. I love these things. My only recommendation is eating them warm straight out of the oven. I’ve decided that biscuits always should be eaten warm. And in restaurants they should be baked to order.

I totally have a biscuit attitude, can you tell?

Remember when Hostess went out of business? Well, you can make some Homemade Ding Dongs, if you like.

Last year I baked these with my mama. Like the rest of America, she grew up eating these things.

She’d save and collect her change and walk to the neighborhood corner store and buy ding dongs that came in their very famous foil wrappers. She said these tasted just like the original, but better.

Fun fact: I first had Pig Candy on my first date with my now boyfriend. We went to Lou’s, a wine bar in Hollywood, which is now closed (sad!), and drank wine and ate pig candy.

When he ordered Pig Candy off the menu, my face turned into that emoji where the smiley face has hearts in his eyes. I looked exactly like that!

The combination of salty and sweet will never ever get old. Ever. These Salty Vanilla Bean Sugar Cookies are no exception. They’re crumbly and tender and rolled in the perfect ratio of sugar and salt. I totally adore them.

(I just said adore. Who am I?)

Whenever I say “chocolate,” I say it in Spanish so it’s, “choco-la-tΓ©!”

Say it with me! Or don’t.

These Hot Chocolate Cupcakes are fun.

They’re labor-intensive but fun, nonetheless. They have a ganache filling, a toasted marshmallow meringue topping and for s’s and giggles I threw a crushed up candy cane on top. It’s festive, man!

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  • Reply Averie @ Averie Cooks December 16, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    I love your roundup from the alfajores to the giant PB cup to the chocolate cupcakes to the DingDongs! Who needs parties…catch up on your DVR shows and have a couch nite, with any one or many of these yummies πŸ™‚

  • Reply Mia December 15, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    You definitely don’t need the hustle and bustle of holiday parties to have a good time! Some of my best moments have been in the company of my dog and a nice glass of wine! Take this time to continue bringing us yum-o-licious recipes like these!!!!! <3

  • Reply Christina @ The Beautiful Balance December 14, 2012 at 11:11 pm

    Holy YUM I need alfajores in my life!

    You’re not alone on the holiday parties problem. I only have one to go to because everyone is taking it easy this year or busy traveling. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Haley @ The Girly Girl Cooks December 14, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    I feel ya! Life is too busy for everyone and very few xmas parties πŸ™ But I think the pig candy and giant peanut butter cup would be a party in my mouth!

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