December 29, 2014


I'm not one for spending much time in the kitchen, but I do delight in baking during the Christmas holiday season.  Here's a recap and critique of the goodies I chose to make this year -

All were prepared exactly according to directions unless stated otherwise.

Lemon Cranberry Bars - This one is not only a keeper, but my favorite, too!  The bars are quite tart, but absolutely delicious.  The recipe is straightforward and delivers as intended.  A dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream is the perfect accompaniment to temper any mouths that might pucker.
©linda nelson 2014
©Linda Nelson 2014
Almond Bark - Fabulous and very easy to make!  I varied this recipe slightly in that I used one cup of slivered almonds, 1/2 cup of unsweetened flaked coconut, 1/2 cup of pistachios and a pinch of salt.  I toasted the coconut and almonds together in a pan on the stovetop in a tiny amount of melted butter.  As suggested, I used Ghirardelli chocolate.
©linda nelson 2014
©Linda Nelson 2014
Chocolate Espresso Snowballs - These are super delicious, however, I had a little trouble with the recipe.  For me, the batter did not come together to form a dough that I could refrigerate.  I took a big leap of faith and skipped that step, opting to simply plop tablespoonfuls onto the prepared baking sheets, then bake as directed.  I sprinkled them with confectioner's after they cooled.  They came out flat like a sugar cookie, and had a somewhat chewy texture.  Despite this little glitch, I'd make them again because they are definitely a chocolate/coffee lover's delight, and make my kitchen smell divine.
©linda nelson 2014
©Linda Nelson 2014
Pecan-Cranberry Cream Cheese Crescents - Very tasty; however, I failed to roll the dough out thin enough, which just happens to slightly mimic apple pie crust.  I will do these again, but be more mindful of my dough rolling practices.  I substituted almonds for the pecans.
©linda nelson 2014
©Linda Nelson 2014
Perhaps you'd like to give one of these gems a try to ring in the New Year.  Hey, what's a few extra calories, right?

There you have it.

Now, get creative and go bake something.


  1. All of these recipes sound delicious! Thank you for linking up with our Creative Spark party last week! We hope you'll join us again this week :)

    1. Thank you for visiting my post, Emily. Happy New Year!


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