It’s Thanksgiving week! In true Amee form, I have one last minute recipe for you that would be perfect for your Thanksgiving table. After this I promise I’ll embrace all things peppermint and gingerbread, but for today: Pecan Pie Cream Puffs!
Sometimes I have a recipe idea pop up in my head whole, and I know exactly what it will look and taste like from the start. Other times, it’s more of a feeling that turns into a recipe as I go along. This Gingerbread Cake was the latter, a half-idea that I pieced together as I went. I’m so happy with the (delicious) result!
There are lots of recipe roundups out there for Christmas sweets, desserts, and dinner ideas, but I don’t see many (any?) for Christmas Breakfasts. Planning breakfast on Christmas morning might not be something at the top of your to-do list as we enter these last few days before the holiday, but come Christmas morning you’ll be glad you did! So here’s my roundup of Christmas-morning-worthy breakfast recipes!
You’ve probably noticed by now that coffee + chocolate is my jam. I’m a big fan of this flavor combo (as you can no doubt tell with a quick search of this site). So when I was looking at all the flavors on my list of Christmas cookies and saw ZERO coffee/espresso anything, I was shocked! How could I not? As such, these Mocha Swirl Cookies were born, and added to the list!
I feel like Christmas sneaks up on me every year! You, too?? To help you get everything planned, I’ve included below all of my recipes that are worthy of after-Christmas-dinner dessert splendor. For you: all my Christmas Desserts!
The holidays are here! This is definitely waaaay outside my usual, but as I was browsing online I saw so many things that would make fabulous gifts! As such, I couldn’t resist stepping outside the kitchen (and going down a blogging rabbit hole) to put together a post of Christmas Gifts for Bakers! A lot of these items are things that I own and use often! Let me know if you have any questions about any of these items! Do you think there’s anything I missed?
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You can make it work with a butter knife, but it’s easier to frost and keep your hands out of the way with one of these!
These babies are a workhorse in the kitchen! Whether it’s biscuits, cookies, scones, or fondant, they’ll always come in handy!
I use these constantly! So useful, and I love that these are completely coated in silicone. No food mess stuck between the head and the handle with these!
How fun is this?? Get a perfect dusting of powdered sugar or cocoa powder on your finished product with this cutie!
Not exactly necessary, but it makes your life SO much easier when making a recipe like key lime pie! I like the medium (lemon) size, because it’s big enough for lemons and limes, and you can easily segment oranges to use in it, too.
There’s just no good substitute for a candy thermometer when you’re making meringue-based buttercreams, marshmallows, and candy!
My recipes specify whether I’m using a small, medium, or large cookie scoop. The sizes make a difference for bake time and texture, and using a scoop keeps baking consistent–and your hands clean!
I love these, and I use them for practically everything on a baking sheet. Nothing sticks to them, baked goods brown more slowly, and there’s no waste!
This set is fabulous! Perfect for mixing, with a silicone handle to hold onto, silicone base to hold the bowl still, and a pour spout! I’ve had mine for years and they’re still perfect.
The baker in your life may have a standard rolling pin, but this one would still make a great gift! With it’s nonstick surface and the thickness rings that are included, it’s definitely an upgrade!
I went for years without a kitchen scale, now I can’t live without mine! Ensuring that batter is divided equally between pans and more accurately measuring ingredients makes you a better baker!
From sifting flour or powdered sugar to removing seeds from fruit puree, a very useful tool to have in the kitchen!
An absolute necessity! All my suggestions for pans are from USA Pan, because they have fabulous products, all made in the USA!
Muffins, cupcakes, cookie cups, and so many savory options! Having a good muffin pan is a necessity!
These 9″ cake pans are pretty standard, but there are many more sizes you could gift, too!
If you gift a pie plate, maybe you’ll get some pie! 😉 I like this one with the fluted edge because it fancies up the pie even if you just do a simple crimp. <3
Less Practical, More Fun 🙂
Mini desserts are insanely adorable, so any baker would appreciate these mini pie pans!
You have to have an angel food cake pan with those teeny feet to make it correctly! Mega bonus: it looks like a little alien spacecraft on your counter when it’s inverted to cool. 😀
The next installment in mini adorableness, these mini tart pans would always make a wonderful gift!
I’ve had a few brands of doughnut pans, and this is the best one! I have two for less (or no) cleanup between batches of doughnuts.
This Push Pan is amazing! This pan has a waterproof silicone seal, so you can place the pan directly in a water bath (for the best cheesecake ever) with no leaking!
Making itty bitty cheesecakes isn’t really any more difficult than making one large one, but they look SO impressive! The baker in your life will love this pan!
Just for Fun
Everyone can use another kitchen towel, and I wholeheartedly agree with this sentiment!
I’m obsessed with this apron! Nothing hanging on the back of your neck, it has pockets, and great coverage, too!
Whether a GBBO fan or not, I think any baker would appreciate this! *adds to Christmas list*
I go back to this book year after year for inspiration and fantastic recipes! This book has some straightforward recipes and plenty of challenges!
This cookbook from the Bake From Scratch team has so many recipes! Try the potato rolls–to die for!
Stella Parks is a modern-day baking icon! This book of American desserts has something for everyone!
This book has so many thoughtful, interesting recipes! Hello, basil buttercream! <3
The ladies of Sister Pie have a special place in my heart. Seriously–check them out on Insta. Love all they do! The recipes in this book are fun, inventive, and delicious!
My favorite ingredient!!!! <3 More flavorful than extract and more economical than beans. I want those little black vanilla bean flecks in *everything*!
Any baker that loves espresso needs this ingredient! Finely ground especially for baking, it’s the best way to get coffee flavor in baked goods!
Any baker would love to have these in their pantry! I’ve never seen them in a grocery store, so they make a great gift!
These aren’t your ordinary marachinos! These deep, dark, beautiful cherries are made for cocktails…and any baker would love to use them in recipes!
I love the flavor of vanilla sugar! It can be used in so many ways, it’s a great gift!
Hopefully this post was helpful in finding a gift or two for someone special–even if it’s yourself! 🙂
I’ve had this idea for Peppermint Mocha Cookies in my brain for *years.* I finally decided that THIS is the year to make them a reality! 2020 hasn’t been a great year, but with cookies like this, it’s not all bad, either! 😉
Ohhhh boy, Christmas is nearly here! Now is the time to make ALL. THE. SWEETS!! In this post I’ve pulled together all my recipes for Christmas Cookies (and bars and brownies!) so you can finalize your baking plans! These Christmas Cookies can be served alone, or make a variety and serve them up on a tray or pack them in gift boxes for friends and family.
I make this Cranberry Swirl Cheesecake every Thanksgiving. I just love the flavors, the textures, the color! I also find that anything containing cranberry is a nice segue between Thanksgiving and Christmas, so it’s absolutely perfect right now!
Christmas is TOMORROW! I just had this one recipe left that I HAD to get to you before the holiday! Perfect for Christmas, but also something you’ll want to make all winter long: Gingerbread Bundt Cake!