Persimmon Pecan Cake

This post is sponsored in conjunction with the #FamilyBakingChallenge. I received product to aid in the creation of the recipe. All opinions are mine alone.

It was this time last year that our obsession with tea started. Jake wanted to do the annual Santa train – and Julie adamantly did not. Instead, she requested a holiday outing that did not involve Santa, so I made us reservations at a local tea room. Julie and I were both smitten with the experience and have been recreating it at home since.

It also kickstarted my experimentation with tea. I thought I didn’t like it – but I was pleasantly surprised to realize I was wrong. A cup of tea and an afternoon treat has become one of my favorite rituals this year.

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Butterscotch Pear Croissant Pudding with Eggnog Sauce

This post is sponsored in conjunction with the #FamilyBakingChallenge. I received product to aid in the creation of the recipe. All opinions are mine alone.

You guys know getting the whole family in the kitchen is something that’s important to me – so I was so excited to jump in on the #FamilyBakingChallenge from Melissa’s Produce! Each week, they’ve been featuring a different seasonal ingredient and a few recipes. Your challenge is to take the recipe and make it your own!

Week one started off with a bang – and a new-to-us fruit: butterscotch pears! We loved them – and we loved this spin on bread pudding!

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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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Hot Chocolate Sweet Rolls

If you’ve been a reader for a while, you know I love my sweet rolls. I also love hot chocolate so it seemed only proper that as part of this year’s Christmas sweets, I give a nod to both. These warm, sticky rolls are an ode to my favorite winter drink.

Chocolate dough is wrapped around swirls of melty chocolate chips and toasty marshmallows – and it’s all topped off with even more marshmallow cream. This is a perfect treat for brunch on Christmas day – or all winter long!

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Cranberry Pecan Pinwheels

These two-bite treats are so versatile for the holidays and so easy to make! The pinwheels start with refrigerated pie dough and add a filling that’s ready in just a few pulses. The result is a flaky crust with a nutty, tangy filling – all topped off with a perfect, sweet icing that hardens nicely for easy storing.

Whether you’re serving these as part of a holiday breakfast or adding them to your cookie tray, they’ll be well received!

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Cranberry Scones

Quarantine has brought a lot of new routines for us. Afternoon tea is now a regular thing for me and the kids – and my baking is often scaled-down.

Scones have become one of my favorite thing to bake during quarantine because they yield a relatively small batch and making them seasonal is such a fun challenge.

Our scones-of-the-week are these cranberry ones. They’re perfectly flaky, but not at all dry thanks to the buttermilk in them – and they’re a breeze to throw together thanks to the food processor!

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Winter Pecan Horns

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

When you hear “Christmas cookies”, do you think of a certain type of cookie? For me, it’s three – the three that my Opa made us in huge batches every year.

We’d always look forward to the package he’d send in December with oranges picked from his backyard trees and an enormous amount of gingerbread, butter cookies, and these pecan horns.

I love his recipes so much – but hardly anyone needs to be cranking out 15 dozen cookies, especially this year! I’ve spent time adapting his bakery-scale recipes measured by weight into something more manageable to the family tradition would live on.

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New York-Style Black & White Cookies

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

If you’ve never had a black and white cookie, put it on your list for the next time you visit NYC. These oversized, cake-like cookies that are frosted half with vanilla and half with chocolate are some of my favorites – and they’ve been on my baking bucket list forever.

All this extra time home is giving me some time to get around to ideas I’ve had stashed away – and these pillowy cookies just made my heart so, so happy.

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Monster Mash Cookies

Who else is pumped for Halloween? I know this year is going to look different, but I still can’t help but be excited – Halloween is one of my favorite days. I’m planning lots of fun eats and crafts at home. We’ve got our costumes and we’re ready!

I have a lot of cookies on this blog, but Monster cookies are one of my favorites – and when you add candy eyeballs, they become deliciously perfect for Halloween.

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