Christmas Cookies

I’m a big Christmas baker. If I don’t bake it’s not Christmas. I’m not sure how this came about, but at some point I started making cookies to give away. Every year, I buy a cookie tin for each household in my family and fill it with a variety of cookies. I usually pick 4-6 recipes for the tins but this time of year tends to have lots of get togethers/potlucks/office parties etc., so I usually make cookies for those as well.

I know many people have a tried-and-true recipe that they make year after year, but I like using these tins as an opportunity to try a bunch of new recipes. I tend to pick these out in advance, to make life a little easier for the days leading up to Christmas. By planning it out, I can also make sure that there’s a variety of flavours, not just chocolate, chocolate, chocolate! (Not that all chocolate would be a bad thing… but it wouldn’t be ideal for some non-chocoholic family members.) The actual baking is usually accomplished in the 2 or 3 days leading up to Christmas because I used to bake in advance and freeze, but then I had a couple disasters! Continue reading

Bailey’s Espresso Icebox Cake

The other day, it was a real scorcher – one of those days that was 30-ish degrees but the humidity made it feel like 40. I wanted to prepare a dessert for my friends’ party the next day, but I was NOT going to turn that oven on! I had a look around the internet and found a couple recipes for icebox cakes – which are apparently a no-bake American childhood favourite. I got inspiration from a couple recipes (from Yumsugar and Barefoot Contessa) but as usual, I couldn’t help but tweak it a bit! Continue reading