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Hot Cross Bun Muffins

Hot Cross Bun Muffins

I started with King Arthur Flour’s Basic Muffins recipe, then added orange zest, a variety of orange-juice-soaked dried fruits and some warm, welcoming spices. Then I piped the telltale cross on the top and, bingo.

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Easy Overnight Baked French Toast

Easy Overnight Baked French Toast

This is one of those magical recipes that tastes way too special to take only 10 minutes, if that, to prepare. With vanilla, nutmeg, and the crunch of pecans scattered along the top, you can’t go wrong. Serve with pure maple syrup and the weekend just got even sweeter.

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Mint Chocolate Brownies

Mint Chocolate Brownies

Rich, decadent chocolate brownies topped with a nice, thick, minty layer of sweet icing unabashedly spiked with green food coloring, and then sprinkled with mini chocolate chips. Chocolate on mint on chocolate.

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Baileys & Coffee Cupcakes

Baileys & Coffee Cupcakes

Espresso-spiked cake makes for a very unique flavor. I’d never tasted a cupcake like it, but I loved it. The cake isn’t too sweet, in a good way. The light-as-a-cloud topper of Baileys-laden whipped cream is the perfect companion; sprinkle some instant espresso on top, and you’re good to go.

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White Chocolate Oreo Bark

White Chocolate Oreo Bark

We’re talking white chocolate and Oreo cookies, all mushed together and made into a heavenly bark. Easy, delicious and festive.

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Chocolate Pretzel Candies

Chocolate Pretzel Candies

Sweet and salty = yum! As far as easy treats go, these are insanely so. Put down a pretzel, add a Hershey’s kiss, melt the kiss a little and then plop an M&M on top.

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Homemade Candy Cane Hot Cocoa Mix

Homemade Candy Cane Hot Cocoa Mix

This yummy homemade candy cane hot cocoa mix makes the perfect gift for everyone on your “nice” list. Dark chocolate adds depth, crushed candy canes give it a minty twist and the white chocolate rounds it all out. It comes together incredibly quickly with the help of a food processor.

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Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

With only five ingredients (six if you add the sprinkles), Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls are a simple, easy goodie that come together in no time at all and will undoubtedly disappear equally quickly. But don’t worry; smiles (and quite possibly recipe requests) will be left behind.

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Christmas Gifts for the Baker in Your Life

Christmas Gifts for the Baker in Your Life

From stocking stuffers to “the big kahuna,” it’s easy to whip up a gift that any baking lover will adore. Here are a few delicious ideas!

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Spiced Pumpkin Buttermilk Waffles with Cinnamon-Honey Butter

Spiced Pumpkin Buttermilk Waffles with Cinnamon-Honey Butter

Colorful, full of flavor and packed full of warm spices. When topped with delicious Cinnamon-Honey Butter it’s breakfast nirvana, equally appropriate for company and kiddos.

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Leftover Cranberry Sauce Muffins

Leftover Cranberry Sauce Muffins

They’re hearty and tangy and perfect for that lazy morning after Thanksgiving. And ridiculously easy to whip up, to boot!

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Crock Pot Pumpkin Butter

Crock Pot Pumpkin Butter

Simmer up a batch of thick, rich spiced pumpkin butter to spread on toast, add to oatmeal, stir into yogurt or give away as delicious gifts. It’s easy.

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Sweet Potato Pie

Sweet Potato Pie

Delicious vanilla beans plus a little pour of Maker’s Mark bourbon makes for a Sweet Potato Pie recipe that is really out of this world.

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Christmas Muffins

Christmas Muffins

These muffins are perfect for Christmas. They’re chockful of festive ingredients and flavors: Fresh cranberries, zucchini, apples, orange zest … top with a little orange-vanilla glaze and add red and green sprinkles and you’ve got just the thing for Christmas morning.

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