Christmas Baking: Festive Cookies, Candies, Cakes, Breads, and Snacks to Bring Comfort and Joy to Your Holiday

Christmas Baking: Festive Cookies, Candies, Cakes, Breads, and Snacks to Bring Comfort and Joy to Your Holiday

Christmas Baking: Festive Cookies, Candies, Cakes, Breads, and Snacks to Bring Comfort and Joy to Your Holiday

Christmas Baking: Festive Cookies, Candies, Cakes, Breads, and Snacks to Bring Comfort and Joy to Your Holiday


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WINNER of the 2020 US Gourmand Award for Specialty Cookbooks!

Irresistible cookies, cakes, confections, snacks, and breads to make and share during the most wonderful time of the year.

This collection brings together more than100 Christmas-inspired recipes, each beautifully photographed with easy-to-follow instructions, from holiday classics like Dark Chocolate Crinkles and Decorated Sugar Cookies to international treats like Krakelingen, Linzer Cookies, and Alfajores. Many favorites will spark fond baking memories, and new flavors will create fresh family traditions. From festive and fancy to quick and easy, recipes include:
  • Cranberry Almond Thumbprints
  • Chewy Gingersnaps
  • Peanut Butter Caramel Bars
  • Star Bread
  • Cranberry Pistachio Scones
  • Caramel Corn
  • Maple Peanut Clusters
  • Peppermint Chocolate Cheesecake

Christmas Baking contains perfect recipes for holiday gatherings, gift-giving, cookie swaps, and Christmas morning. Written by a mother and daughter team and tested in home kitchens, these treats will bring comfort, joy, and a dash of nostalgia to your holiday.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781680996463
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
Publication date: 11/03/2020
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 273,879
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Joyce Klynstra is the author of Mom’s Comfort Food: Meals, Sides, and Desserts to Bring Warmth and Contentment to Your Table. She has loved cooking since her teenage years, which she spent working in a family-run, drive-in restaurant. She continued her passion for cooking with a wedding cake business, hosting church dinners, and working in hospitality with her Army husband. She lives in Michigan.

Laura Klynstra is a freelance graphic designer and photographer focusing on book covers and illustrated book interiors. Before running her business, she worked as art director at Hyperion Books and at HarperCollins Publishers. She lives in Michigan with her husband, two boys, and a menagerie of cats, chickens, and ducks.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Laura's Notes on Ingredients 3

Working with Chocolate 7

Notes on Equipment 11

Baking Tips 13

Chapter 1 Cookies

Decorated Christmas Cutout Cookies 19

Gingerbread Cutout Cookies 20

Browned Butter Cutout Cookies 23

Chocolate Cutout Cookies 24

Soft Vanilla Cookies With Buttercream 26

Cereal M&M Cookies 29

Dark Chocolate Crinkles 30

Lemon Poppy Seed Stamp Cookies 33

Icebox Cookies 35

Cranberry and White Chocolate Chip Cookies 37

Triple Chocolate Peppermint Cookies 39

Chewy Ginger Molasses Cookies 40

Vanilla Meringue Cookies 43

Pomegranate Oatmeal Cookies 44

Peanut Butter Blossoms 47

Shortbread 48

Chocolate Shortbread 51

Cracker Date Cookies 52

Cranberry Thumbprints 54

Chocolate Sandwich Cookies 57

Chapter 2 International Cookies

Red Velvet Macarons 61

Dutch Windmill Cookies 63

Krakelingen 65

Banket 67

Mexican Wedding Cookies 70

Alfajores 73

Nankhatai 75

Champurradas 76

Rugelach 77

Kolaczki 81

Raspberry Linzer Cookies 82

Mint Chocolate Chip Biscotti 85

Chapter 3 Bars

Almond Toffee Bars 89

Grasshopper Brownies 90

Apple Dream Bars 93

Date Bars 94

Magic Bars 97

Peanut Butter Caramel Bars 98

Marshmallow Crispy Brownies 101

Chapter 4 Candy

Peppermint Bark 105

Pretzel Toffee Bark 106

Maple Peanut Clusters 109

Buttercreams 111

Peanut Butter Truffle Squares 114

Dark Chocolate Truffles 117

Malted Milk Chocolate Truffles 118

Sea Foam Candy 121

Almond Toffee 122

Cashew Brittle 125

Vanilla Bean Chocolate Fudge 126

Divinity 129

Sugared Pecans 130

Vanilla Bean Marshmallows 133

Chapter 5 Cakes

Red Veivet Cake 137

Maple Layer Cake with Raspberry Buttercream 138

Chocolate Cake with Peppermint Filling 141

Coconut Snowball Cupcakes 145

Gingerbread Bundt Cake 146

Clementine Cranberry Bundt Cake 149

Kiwi Raspberry Christmas Cake 150

Mint Chocolate Cheesecake 153

Chapter 6 Christmas Morning

Star Bread 159

Tomato Asparagus Quiche 163

Spinach and Bacon Mini Soufflés 164

Overnight Egg Bake 167

Vegetable and Egg Skillet 168

Pecan Maple Muffins 170

Popovers 173

Cranberry Pistachio Scones 174

Buttermilk Cinnamon Maple Scones 179

Christmas Tree Sweet Bread 181

Buttermilk Doughnuts with Vanilla Glaze 184

Overnight Butterscotch Breakfast Rolls 187

Eggnog Bread Pudding 188

Malted Waffles with Raspberry Compote 191

Pistachio Cranberry Granola 192

Christmas Yogurt Bowls 195

Chapter 7 Snacks

Caramel Corn 198

Black and White Kettle Corn 200

Cookies and Cream Party Mix 202

Festive White Chocolate Popcorn 203

Chocolate Peanut Butter Party Mix 206

Cinnamon Sugar Party Mix 207

Cheesy Party Mix 208

Gooey Coconut Party Mix 211

Caramel Party Mix 212

Chapter 8 Drinks

Hot Chocolate 217

Peppermint Mocha 218

Hot Cider Wassail 221

Mocha Milkshake Punch 222

Christmas Sangria 225

Chapter 9 Garnish

Sugared Cranberries 229

Raspberry Jam 230

Cranberry Almond Jam 231

Dulce de Leche 233

Maple Glaze 234

Vanilla Bean Glaze 234

Vanilla Buttercream 237

Raspberry Buttercream 238

Chocolate Buttercream 239

Cream Cheese Frosting 240

Vanilla Bean Whipped Cream 240

Royal Icing 242

White Chocolate Christmas Trees 244

Gingerbread Spice 247

Simple Syrup 248

Resources 253

Acknowlegments 254

Conversion Charts 256

About the Authors 259

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