This recipe is an ode to my son Gavin. He loves these Peppermint Chocolate Bundts. Why? a.) Gav loves Christmas and these mint sensations scream Christmas, b.) Gav loves to be able to grab it right off the plate, no flatware necessary, and c.) Gav loves cream cheese frosting.Continue Reading
This recipe is an ode to my son Gavin. He loves these Peppermint Chocolate Bundts. Why? a.) Gav loves Christmas and these mint sensations scream Christmas, b.) Gav loves to be able to grab it right off the plate, no flatware necessary, and c.) Gav loves cream cheese frosting. He also loves chocolate, candy canes, and….well, he’s just a lover of it all, ok? But honestly, these bundts are easy to serve at parties because they can be passed around or held easily with a napkin. If you prefer to make one big dessert, this totally works as a single large bundt cake, too. Oh, and because I love them all equally, I’ll tell you that my husband’s favorite recipe of the season is the Coffee Flour Mistletoe Cookies, and Liam’s is my version of holiday S’mores. What’s your fave?Continue Reading
Gather ’round for a Christmas story: One Christmas Eve, a few gingerbread dudes and dudettes got all spruced up and gathered together to trim the tree. They took “elfies” and posted the pics on Insta under #xmas squad. All were having a jolly time when one gingerbread dude shouted “it’s midnight!” and a gingerbread dudette squealed “OMG! SANTA!” They all jumped into their little gingerbread car and hauled ginger back home to their beds.
You can make this story both tangible and edible with these Holiday Gingerbread Cookies. The best part is, I have even more to offer in this post! We’re having a virtual cookie exchange with my blogger friends, which means you get access to a bunch of amazing cookie recipes and deliciousness in a single post. #VirtualCookieExchangeContinue Reading
Woodland critters?!? How could you not think of the holidays with these cuties? As we speak, I’m currently sitting in my hot LA kitchen conjuring up a forested winter wonderland, with a blanket of snow on the ground, a moose and a hedgehog frolicking among the trees. Ok, you got me, there aren’t any moose in LA, and definitely no snow. But these almond cookies help bring a dash of coziness to my holiday. Plus, they’ll make perfect gifts so I can pass on my imagined wintery woodland scene to friends and family.Continue Reading
A few years back I made these Marshmallow Chocolate Grahams for my friends at Cisco Home in LA. This store is beyond fabulous, and it’s known for coining a ubiquitous slogan in town: MADE IN LA. (Word on the street is it’s the most instagrammed LA wall: #madeinla.)
The Marshmallow Chocolate Grahams that I made are reminiscent of s’mores, adorned with fancy sprinkles and festively embossed words. Of course, you can cut the time in half by purchasing the marshmallows, graham crackers, and skipping the embossing. BUT, being the Sweet Nerd that I am, it’s my mission to show you how to make 100% of this recipe from scratch. And I don’t even need to mention how good these puppies are. Seriously, how can you go wrong with marshmallows, chocolate and graham crackers?!?Continue Reading
Bring it on December! I know that technically after Thanksgiving, the official winter holiday season begins. Not by store or retail standards, heck that started practically in July. But for this Sweet Nerd, the Christmas season is in full force once December hits. From then on the baking begins, Amazon is constantly ringing our doorbell, and the boys begin to get super squirrely as winter break approaches. So in the name of December 1st, it feels very appropriate to bring you this post on Mistletoe Cookies.Continue Reading
Snap. Silence. Stash. Those are the sounds you’ll hear you’re done making these irresistible, thin, Chocolate Peppermint Cookies (which are destined to put those Girl Scout cookies to shame!).
The ‘snap’ happens in that instance when you take your first bite. The crisp white chocolate cracks apart and the cookie inside literally ‘snaps’ in half. Next comes the silence as you’re tip-toeing away, trying to hide these cookies from your family and keep them all for yourself. And of course, a private mom-only stash of these babies is the only wise way to handle the stresses of this holiday season.Continue Reading
Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow! Ah, the glorious winter season in Los Angeles is so bright, snowy, and blistering cold. Errr…not! I will try not to really complain, but every once in a while I feel a tinge of jealousy when I picture those cold season cities full of snowflakes, kids and families wearing warm jackets, and lots of hot cocoa consumption. For now, I’m trading in the dream of that epic winter experience for the warm coziness of our home kitchen. My own little nerds and I made simple and easy, winter wonderland cupcakes. And, I have to say, Liam and Gav nailed it!Continue Reading