Small Batch Chocolate Cake with Fluffy Peppermint Frosting

Have you thought about your Christmas menu yet? Now’s the time! Christmas Eve is only 2 weeks away!

I was chatting with a friend about it last week and she mentioned how hard it feels to create a menu for just a few people when you’re used to having a crowd for the holidays. I totally understand – we usually celebrate with our big families! – but it’s also the perfect opportunity to let small-batch treats shine.

This cutie is the perfect example! A petite chocolate cake that is perfectly sized for just 2-4 people and topped off with fluffy peppermint frosting – what more do you want for Christmas? It’s a great option for this year’s sized-down celebrations.

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Instant Pot Gingerbread Cheesecake

We are planning a cozy, just-the-four-of-us Christmas this year. I’ve tried very hard not to dwell on negatives this year – which means that instead of focusing on all the holiday cooking I won’t be doing, I decided to tackle some smaller-batch treats that will be perfect for our family.

Instant Pot cheesecakes are perfect for smaller crowds because they themselves are smaller – and they’re super easy to pull off . Jazzed up with the gingerbread-inspired spices, this small-batch holiday treat is a slam dunk.

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12 Cookies Perfect for Christmas

‘Tis the season to bake those cookies!

Baking up lots of cookies is one of my favorite part of the Christmas season. If you’re looking for something new to add to your baking list this year, I’ve rounded up a dozen of my favorite cookies here.

Whether you’re looking for a great cookie to leave out for Santa or something new for your cookie tray, you’ll find something perfect here!

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Baked Cranberry & White Cheddar Dip

Looking for small batch recipes this holiday? Or ways to use up leftovers? This appetizer nails both because not only is it perfectly sized for a single family, it also use up the one thing I always seem to have left over – cranberry sauce.

This dip is only 4 ingredients and is super easy to put together. It’s also a beautiful balance of creamy, sweet, and tangy and the beautiful color from the cranberries makes it look at home on any holiday table.

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December Recipe Round-up {Holiday Foods}

December Recipe Round Up | Holiday Food & Recipes

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

Christmas is such a jolly time for us – getting together with friends and family, reflecting on the blessings of the year, and – of course – stuffing ourselves silly with food.

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Caramel Cranberry Pear Tart

Pies are a Thanksgiving staple, but sometimes can be tedious to make. When I want the flavors of a pie without all the work, I opt for a free-form tart, like this beauty.

Caramel Cranberry Pear Tart 1

This is a really simple dessert, but taking the time to cut the pears into fancy fans makes it a showstopper.

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Cheesy Green Bean Casserole

What’s your favorite Thanksgiving side? For me, it’s green bean casserole. I only make it for Thanksgiving each year and it’s something I always look forward to. And for that reason, it’s also the side dish I’ve been most hesitant to switch up.

Cheesy Green Bean Casserole 1

This cheesy version may be a contender for new favorite.

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Honey-Whisky Glazed Sweet Potatoes

We got a lot of sweet potatoes during our last weeks of this year’s CSA. And a lot of apples. They’re such a perfect pairing and one that I’ve been playing with a lot this fall – this dish is one of my favorites.

Whisky Glazed Sweet Potatoes and Apples 1

Sweet potato and apple chunks doused in a syrupy honey-whisky-pecan glaze will be your new favorite Thanksgiving side dish.

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Instant Pot Turkey Breast

What’s the biggest challenge of holiday meals? Timing. Always, timing. Getting everything to the table at relatively the same time seems like a heroic feat.

IP Turkey Breast 1

The best way to do this? Make use of all cooking apparatuses in your kitchen! This turkey breast is made in the Instant Pot – which frees up your oven for all your other holiday dishes.

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Black Forest Cheesecake #ChristmasSweetsWeek

This post is sponsored in conjunction with ChristmasSweetsWeek. I received product samples from sponsor companies to aid in the creation of the ChristmasSweetsWeek recipes. All opinions are mine alone.

I always feel a little more nostalgic about my German heritage at Christmas. I think it’s a remnant of Opa’s Christmas cookie packages, which were synonymous with Christmas for all of my childhood. Without even thinking about it, I end up planning some German-inspired dessert for our holiday table – like this Black Forest Cheesecake.

Black Forest Cheesecake

This is obviously not traditional, but the flavors are there – and, I’ll be honest, this is going to be easier than your traditional Black Forest Cake.

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