Posts Tagged ‘Holiday Recipes’

It seems as though everyone has a sugar cookie recipe, some perhaps passed down through the generations. My family (hi, Mom!) had a sugar cookie recipe torn out of some magazine – probably a Better Homes & Gardens, or maybe a Woman’s Day. Every year it seems we’d lose this scrap of paper, and every year we’d search and inevitably find it, vowing to put it somewhere we’d remember to look first the next year.

These days my sugar cookie recipe is straight-up Betty Crocker in a bag, rolled out with a miniature children’s rolling pin, complete with bitty cookie cutters, frosted with out-of-the can vanilla, dyed in an array of colors. They make the perfect bite-size, pop-in-your-mouth cookies. Though I’ve got to say, as easy and delicious as ol’ BC is, I do miss the tradition of making the whole thing from scratch.

I’ve got you covered, or rather Megan, from A Dash of Megnut, has your holiday sugar cookies covered, with a regular and gluten-free option, for those of you with allergies and sensitivities. She’s shaped these lovely snowflakes into beautiful creations, complete with gorgeous royal icing.

Snowflake Sugar Cookies

Snowflake Sugar Cookies


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp almond extract (I like a strong almond flavor)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 2 1/2 cups flour, sifted**
**Gluten-Free Option:
        1 1/8 cup brown rice flour
        1/2 cup + 1 tbsp white rice flour
        1/2 cup + 1 tbsp potato starch
        1/8 cup tapioca flour
        1/8 cup cornstarch
        1 1/2 tsp xanthan gum
Royal Icing:
  • 4 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 2 tbsp meringue powder
  • 5 tbsp water
  • 1 tsp vanilla or almond extract (optional)

For the instructions, head over to A Dash of Megnut! Megan’s got an awesome blog, with a TON of gluten-free and vegan recipes.

Sugar Cookie Recipe

Sugar Cookies

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While I’m typing this, I’m currently baking Maple Caramel Bacon Crescent Crack, and just from the smell in the oven, I can tell this is going to be gooooooood. I’ll update my original post for you once we eat this tonight. IF I let anyone else try it :)

Searching through Pinterest today for more amazing recipes, I came across these Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars. I think they look fantastic, and the ingredient list isn’t overwhelming. I may investigate these a bit further for the family Christmas.

Pumpkin Cheesecake Bar


    • 1 1/2 cups graham crackers crumbs
    • 1/4 cup melted butter
    • 4 packages (8 oz each) cream cheese, softened
    • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
    • 4 eggs
    • 1 cup canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)
    • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • whipped cream
  • pumpkin pie spice

For the rest of the instructions and full recipe, please visit Roxana’s Home Baking

Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars


Images courtesy of Roxana’s Home Baking.

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Easter Ideas From Pinterest

I’m dog sitting (again!) this week. I’m with two cute and cuddly poodles, in the house of what I would call an elegant minimalist. Everything has a place here, everything is intentional, and the lack of clutter is admirable. The decorations and knick knacks are restrained, far from my typical holiday Dollar Tree decor. Every here and there around the house you get a whiff of Easter, mostly in bowl filled with beautiful Easter eggs. As I get older, and without kids, the holidays that aren’t the big ones, or the ones that don’t involve all day drinking, are something I’m starting to overlook. I don’t think I own any Easter decorations, and we all know the only Easter eggs I have around are the ones that wouldn’t last long in a bowl.

It’s a little bit sad to realize the traditions that you looked forward to as a kid don’t have the same special meaning to you as an adult without kids. I remember so many Saturdays before Easter coloring eggs with my family. We always made sure to make an “ugly egg” at the end – one that got dipped in every color of dye. It’s not that I don’t enjoy the traditions – I still do, but I’m not going to go to all the work to decorate, or bake a bunch of special goodies – my pants are ready for all that extra jelly.

I was browsing through Facebook today when a co-worker came in and said he’s been spending a lot of time on Pinterest lately. I browsed to the site and was instantly hooked on how many creative and awesome Easter pins there were. So…I decided if I’m not going to decorate or make anything special for Easter, I can at least write a blog post on the 20 Coolest Easter Ideas and Recipes on Pinterest. Things that I appreciate and admire for their creativity, but things it’s doubtful I’ll soon try. Enjoy!

1. Easter Oreo Bark from Lil’ Luna

Easter Oreo Bark


2. Easter Cheese Puff “Carrots” from Blooming Where I’m Planted

Easter "Carrots" with Cheetos


3. Easter Peeps S’mores from Eclectic Recipes

Peeps Smores


4. Easter Jelly Bean Topiary Tree from Crafty Sisters.

Easter Jelly Bean Topiary



5. Easter Cookie Butter Popcorn from I Heart Nap Time.

Cookie Butter Easter Popcorn


6. Easter Floral Arrangement with Peeps from The Autocrat

Easter Floral Peep Arrangement


7. Fruity Pebbles Easter Pops from The Novice Chef

Fruity Pebbles Easter Pops



8. Peeps on a Stick from Your Homebased Mom




 9. No Bake Homemade Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs from Tidy Mom

No Bake Reese's Peanut Butter Eggs

10. Easter Rapper’s Delight Printable from Fontaholic.

Rapper's Delight Easter Printable


11. Easter Bunny Butt Cake from Betty Crocker

Easter Bunny Butt Cake

12. Deep Fried Cadbury Creme Egg from Something Swanky

Deep Fried Cadbury Creme Egg

13. Easter Marshmallow Bark from Butter with a Side of Bread

Easter Marshmallow Bark

14. Dr. Pepper Glazed Ham with Pineapple from Six Sisters’ Stuff

Dr. Pepper Glazed Ham


15. Oreo Bunny Truffles from One Sweet Appetite

Oreo Truffles Easter Bunny


16. Chocolate Covered Easter Carrot Strawberries from Sugar Bean Bakers

Easter Carrot Strawberries


17. Carrot Cake Roll from Woman’s Day

Carrot Cake Roll

18. Silk Dyed Easter Eggs from Country Living

Silk Dyed Easter Eggs


19. Easter Egg Nests from Nestle

Easter Egg Nests


20. Nutter Butter Easter Bunnies from Plain Chicken

Nutter Butter Easter Bunnies


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