Christmas Baking: Peppermint, Nutella + Eggnog

Christmas Baking_Handcrafted Parties round-up_peppermint-mint chocolate-nutella-eggnog recipes

Ahhhh, holiday baking.  There’s just something about it.  Food and traditions, recipes handed down for generations, favorite flavors…memories and feelings come flooding back as soon as we put on the Christmas music and set out our ingredients for a baking marathon in the kitchen this time of year.  My absolute favorite holiday cookie is the dark chocolate sandwich cookies with candy cane buttercream that my mom makes every year…I sneak them off the cookie platter she gives us before my hubby or kids can steal them!  (Oh yes, if it’s your favorite, it is in fact called “stealing”, not “sharing”.  hee hee)  Perhaps the fact that they’re only made once a year ups that “special” factor?

Every year I make a few of my old favorites, including candy cane biscotti from Annie’s Eats and also her peanut butter oatmeal sandwich cookies.  OH, and I’m not generally a huge fan of Martha Stewart’s recipes, but her chewy chocolate chunk gingerbread cookies are seriously awesome.  Throw in a hefty dose of peppermint treats, some classic Oreo cheesecake truffles  (I’ve taken to making TRIPLE batches of these…my hubby could pretty much eat a whole batch himself, plus a batch for his guys at work, plus some for cookie trays), Barefoot Contessa’s Outrageous Brownies…and you’ve got yourself one serious cookie platter, my friends.

Here is my first Christmas Baking recipe round-up to inspire you to try out a few new peppermint, mint chocolate, Nutella or eggnog recipes this year, to go along with your long-time favorites.

Christmas Baking_Peppermint and Candy Cane_Round up by Handcrafted Parties

Chocolate Swirl Candy Cane Fudge  {Photo + recipe by Your Cup of Cake}

Christmas Treats:  Peppermint + Candy Cane

Christmas Baking_Chocolate Mint_Round up by Handcrafted Parties

Milk chocolate cupcakes with fresh mint frosting  {Photo + recipe by  How Sweet Eats}

Christmas Treats:  Chocolate Mint

Christmas Baking_Nutella_Round up by Handcrafted Parties

Nutella Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies  {Photo + recipe by Averie Cooks}

Christmas Treats:  Nutella

Christmas Baking_Eggnog_Round up by Handcrafted Parties

Holiday spice cake with eggnog buttercream  {Photo + recipe by Portuguese Girl Cooks}

Christmas Treats:  Eggnog

I love that everyone has their own favorite recipes for the holidays…I’d love for you to share yours in the comments section and, if you can, provide a link to the recipe so the rest of us can continue to pad our recipe files!  For hundreds more Christmas baking ideas, including Christmas desserts for kids, please visit my EAT | Christmas treats board on Pinterest.

Happy Baking,

Lisa :)


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    Alli says

    I love those cookies your mom makes too! I have been known to eat them all too! I think you should have a mother-daughter baking day and I’ll take the photos and eat the cookies. :) Love you!

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      You shouldn’t have to eat cookies alone…I’ll help. :) Your lucky day is coming soon, though–she said she would be dropping by your house this week with a cookie platter!! You might want to hide it from Jay. I can hear his moans from here.

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