Happy first day of December! Christmas is coming way too fast for me, I don’t feel prepared at all. I thought I’d start the month off with a little something different and fun…and delicious – my holiday baking menu! I always like to do a bit of baking when the holidays make their way around. However I’ve learned the hard way not to overdo it – otherwise in January I’m left with a freezer full of treats to tempt me while I’m trying to scarf down a salad.
There are a few things that I consistently make every year though. And I also like to try out a one or two new recipes as well. First up:
I’ve made these for years and I like them because they are something a little different than just regular shortbread. Plus they are super easy! The most strenuous part of this is chopping up the Toberlone. I prefer to do it by hand to ensure the pieces are a little more even but a mini chopper works too.
Tip – ensure you use superfine sugar as mentioned (or follow the directions to grind regular sugar more finely) – it makes a difference!
This is one of the treats I look forward to most every year – because who doesn’t love cheesecake? Plus, if I’m going to order dessert, I rarely pick cheesecake because it’s usually so rich and filing that I can’t fit it in after a meal. But these are cut in to smaller squares so you can still get your cheesecake fix in, but in a smaller portion.
Enough of my attempts to justify eating cheesecake! I wasn’t able to track down my exact recipe, but the one noted above is similar to it. The only difference is I add a teaspoon of lemon zest in lieu of lemon juice to the cream cheese mixture. And I use plain old cherry pie filing from the can (although the homemade version sounds delish!)
Tip – I use light cream cheese just to save a bit on calories (I don’t find it affects the richness or creaminess at all).
This year I’m going to give these two a try:
Three Ingredient Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups
Three ingredient chocolate peanut butter cups? Enough said.
Salted Caramel Pretzel Thumbprint Cookies
Have you ever tried one of Starbucks Caramel Pretzel Sticks? They are really, really good and I feel like this may be a good cookie version of those.
I’ll make sure to post an update on how the last two turned out – I’m super excited to try them out! Do you do any holiday baking? Let me know below!
Thanks for reading!