Christmas Recipes

Spread Holiday Cheer with Christmas Baking! Explore delicious recipes for Five-Spice Snickerdoodles, Classic Sour Cream Coffee Cake, Cranberry Spice Breakfast Muffins & more. Create festive treats & lasting memories this Christmas!

Homemade Soft & Chewy Iced Oatmeal Cookies

The very first time I made Homemade Iced Oatmeal Cookies was when I was recipe testing for The Cookie Book. We always had Mother’s Iced Oatmeal Cookies in our house growing up. They are one of my dad’s favorites, so I knew I needed a copycat recipe in my cookbook! I’ve created this adaption of that recipe for my website…

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Easy Soft Sugar Cookies Recipe (for Cut-Out Cookies)

So many things to swoon about these Easy Soft Sugar Cookies Recipe for Cut-Out Cookies! These soft sugar cookies have a texture that is melt-in-your-mouth soft and perfect. The flavor is buttery, sugary vanilla goodness. This is a streamlined version of the sugar cookie recipe in The Cookie Book and has been my go-to recipe for years!! So let’s get right to…

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The Best Cranberry Coffee Cake Recipe with Streusel Topping

I love a good holiday cake and this Cranberry Coffee Cake Recipe with Streusel Topping really delivers! It has everything we want from a delicious coffee cake: rich, buttery sour cream crumb, check! A thick layer of crumbly streusel topping, check! Loaded with lots of cranberries and orange zest for irresistible flavor?! Check check check! This simple coffee cake is…

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Classic Sour Cream Coffee Cake Recipe with Streusel Topping

This homemade Classic Sour Cream Coffee Cake Recipe with Streusel Topping is a leveled-up version of Starbucks’ coffee cake (BUT 1000x BETTER). When I was pregnant with my daughter (hi Stella!) I could not get enough of it…and now we don’t have to leave the house to get it. And yay, breakfast cake! Bonus: this sour cream coffee cake tastes…

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Easy Vanilla Glaze Recipe for Cookies, Scones & Cakes

This Easy Vanilla Glaze Recipe for Cookies, Scones & Cakes is the easiest glaze & icing recipe (all in one!). Use the thick, opaque recipe below for cinnamon rolls, breakfast cakes, scones and loaf cakes where you’re looking for a nice thick, bright layer of glaze. It’s the perfect finishing touch. Instructions are included for thinning the recipe for more…

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Incredible Chocolate Peppermint Cookies (Vegan)

I’m SO EXCITED to share these Vegan Chocolate Peppermint Cookies with you! There are no eggs or butter in them, and the cookie base is an easy peasy, one-bowl, no rest cookie dough (LOVE).  These vegan peppermint cookies use chocolate chips, cocoa powder and melted chocolate, as well as a chocolate glaze, for the ultimate chocolate experience! The peppermint candy cane bits…

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How to Make Perfect Whipped Cream

Super excited to share my favorite recipe for perfect whipped cream every single time! Whipped cream is the perfect topping for almost all of your favorite desserts. It’s perfect on top of pie, pavlovas, puddings, hot chocolate, cream puffs, cakes, with a bowl of fresh berries… Name the dessert and it will probably be better with whipped cream! I even…

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Salted Caramel Pumpkin Cheesecake

This Salted Caramel Pumpkin Cheesecake is one of those recipes that you can make a few days ahead, the whole thing, and not give it another thought until dessert time. I mean, does life get much better?! This recipe has been a family and blog favorite since 2014!! I gave it a facelift this year so that it is 100%…

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Five-Spice Cranberry Sauce

Think of this Five-Spice Cranberry Sauce as regular cranberry sauce but with mega jazz hands! It has all of the notes your looking for in cranberry sauce: classic sweet and tart flavors, with everything amped up with a bit of Chinese Five-Spice powder to keep things interesting. Origin of The Recipe This is the recipe that started it all! I’ve…

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Close up photo of cheesy dinner rolls.

Homemade Cheddar Cheese-Stuffed Dinner Rolls

These Homemade Cheddar Cheese-Stuffed Dinner Rolls with Blackberry Honey Butter are about to become your new favorite thing to bake! The rolls themselves are light, fluffy, make-ahead and effortless. Basically, the stuff of dreams. They’re also flexible… If you don’t want to use cheddar, you could sub in white cheddar, gruyere, parmesan or any other combination thereof (you want the…

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close up shot of a vegan brownie

Vegan Peppermint Brownies

These brownies are one-bowl, loaded with holiday flavor (and flair) and secretly vegan! Made with pantry staples and minimal fuss, I was able to partner with my friends, my favorites: CA Prunes to bring you these festive brownies. I have some other fun vegan and/or gluten-free recipes for you to check out: Vegan Chocolate Peppermint Cookies, Vegan Oatmeal Chocolate Chip…

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a close up of a cranberry tart with a bite missing

Super Simple Cranberry Tarts

Friends, welcome to your new favorite dessert: Super Simple Cranberry Tarts with Rosemary Honey Drizzle! Every component of these tarts is make-ahead making these perfect for all of your holiday entertaining needs, and we have many. These little wonders are the perfect combination of tart from the barely sweetened cranberries, sweet from the honey, buttery from the Monterey jack cheese…

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Holiday Cookie Roundup

Here is a collection of my current favorite holiday cookies! There are shipping tips throughout PLUS info on whether each cookie is suitable for shipping. Go forth and bake friends! For many of these cookies the dough can be frozen ahead of time (this is a great tip for drop cookies). Some cookies, such as macarons, are best gifted the…

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Two bottles of homemade vanilla extract; one bottle is lighter in color and the other is an amber color.

How to Make Homemade Bourbon Vanilla Extract

Homemade bourbon vanilla bean extract will add jazz hands to all of your baking projects! So many desserts use vanilla extract to elevate their final flavor (hellooo Mega Vanilla Chocolate Chip Cookies!) and I used a ton of it when I was recipe testing The Cookie Book and The Cake Book! I use it liberally in many, many (most?!) recipes!…

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Chocolate Orange Meringues | Recipe via DisplacedHousewife Rebecca Firth

Chocolate Orange Meringue Cookies

Let me reintroduce you to one of the oldest recipes on the blog: these petite Chocolate Orange Meringue Cookies. These are crispy on the exterior and melt-in-your-mouth on the interior with just the perfect amount of chocolate to satisfy any cravings you might be plagued with at the moment. I also love the little hit of citrus you get from…

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Five-Spice Snickerdoodles | recipe via DisplacedHousewife Rebecca Firth

Five-Spice Snickerdoodles

The only thing better than a snickerdoodle is these Five-Spice Snickerdoodles! These cookies are super soft, light and chewy with the slightest crispiness around the edges. All of the classic hallmark flavors and textures of a snickerdoodle are here, with a bit of five-spice powder to give them some jazzy hands. If you love classic cookies as much as I…

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Peppermint Bark Bars | Recipe via DisplacedHousewife Rebecca Firth

Chewy Peppermint Cookie Bars

What are Chewy Peppermint Cookie Bars? I’m so glad you asked… Picture your very favorite chocolate chip cookie dough without chocolate chips or chunks (this is important). Three-fourths of the cookie dough is pressed into an 8X10 baking pan and then covered in chocolate peppermint ganache (yup)and then drizzles of white chocolate ganache. The whole lot gets showered in crushed…

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Dark Chocolate Peppermint Cups | Recipe via DisplacedHousewife Rebecca Firth

Easy Dark Chocolate Peppermint Cups

Look at these Easy Dark Chocolate Peppermint Cups! Yep, just like a peanut butter cup but filled with the most dreamy peppermint cream. Think like an Oreo or, even better, like Trader Joe’s Candy Cane Joe-Joe’s. I have eaten more Candy Cane Joe-Joe’s than I’ll ever admit. Ever. Believe it or not, you can have these Dark Chocolate Peppermint Cups…

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