Holiday Vittles

sugar cookies
My family never had many traditions around holiday fare – or maybe I was just too blinded by the greed of gift-getting to notice. There was the time that I decided to make 10 different kinds of truffles to give as gifts, but that was not a tradition worth repeating by my tired, grumpy self. However, I can totally get behind (other) people whipping themselves into a cookie-baking, booze-mixing, hors d’oeuvres munching frenzy and I am here to enable you to do just that with a collection of snacks, treats and libations from this very site.

molasses cookies
Triple Ginger Molasses Cookies, three ways

Why not start things off right with a glass of creamy Eggnog?It’s perfumed with sweet vanilla bean and peppery nutmeg, and (optionally) (very) boozy.

If you’re looking for something to warm you to your toes, add a shot of rum or whisky to a steaming mug of Masala Chai (a favorite of ours lately).

masal chai
Get your guests hooked on Herbed Cheese Straws (a.k.a Crack Sticks)

cheese sticks
and Lentil Walnut Pâté.

lentil walnut pate
Consider ending a festive meal with Persimmon Puddings,

persimmon pudding
Cranberry Pear Upside-Down Gingerbread,

pear gingerbread
Smoked Porter Chocolate Cake

chocolate cake
or Sticky Date Pudding.

sticky date pudding
A mason jar filled with homemade granola would make a welcome gift; choose from Maple Almond,

maple almond

chocolate granola
or Honey Cardamom.

honey granola
Give new meaning to the term ‘fruit cake’ and spread cheer in the form of Tangerine Olive Oil Pound Cakes instead.

olive oil pound cake
Wow anyone on your gift list with a box of Chocolate Caramel Macadamia Nut Bars

chocolate caramel bars
or Buttercrunch Toffee.

toffee bars
Sticky Pumpkin Cinnamon Buns, made with Pumpkin Challah dough, are a luxurious way to start both Chanukah and Christmas mornings.

pumpkin cinnamon buns
As for cookies, some of my favorites include:
Rosemary Pine Nut Biscotti

rosemary pine biscotti
Maple Bacon Sugar Cookies

bacon cookie
Cardamom Snickerdoodles

stack of cookies
and Triple Chocolate Chile Cookies

row of chocolate cookies
For more cookies (even some gluten-free/vegan ones) see the recipe index (which was designed by Genius Jay, and is the second nicest gift anyone’s ever given me).

cat in a bag
Happy Holidays!

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  1. I want to quit my job so I can spend time baking these. Wow. Also, I am sore and tired from spending the last week moving…I want to get off the couch and cook now.