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The Most Wonderful Time of the Year…

For the three or four (maybe I’m being too generous to myself here?) people who read this, it has been a while! I’ve had pretty much no time to post, but seeing as I am on winter break and have close to nothing to do, I figured, hey! Why not post some stuff I’m into lately on my blog?

That’s where this post comes in. I’m sure you can guess why the holiday season is one of my favorites… Yes, you nailed it: Tons of baking to be done and tons of friends and family to feed! And so I give you my three holiday experiments for 2012– I’d say they are some of my best work yet (at least that is what the friends and family will full stomachs seem to indicate):

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Hot Cocoa Cupcakes.

Drool.

Chocolate Chip York Peppermint Patty Bars.

Drooool.

Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Did I say DROOL?….

I found all these lovely recipes via Pinterest and just had to play.

1. The Hot Cocoa Frosting from Cookies and Cups was to die for. I used– gasp– a boxed cake mix for the cupcakes. Hey, when you’re making three desserts for one Hanukkah party, something has got to give! I added mini marshmallows and these adorable little toothpick decorations.

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2. Next up, the lovely chocolatey, minty bars from Sally’s Baking Addiction! Definitely a quick and delicious treat worth trying.

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3. Finally, my personal (and I would venture to say everyone else’s) favorite- the mint choco cookies! I found this lovely recipe from Table for Two and just had to try. The only adjustment made was that instead of the Andes baking chips (nowhere to be found in my ShopRite) I used Nestle Mint and Dark Chocolate Chips and crushed up Ghiradelli peppermint bark.

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There you have it- my wintery treats. But these desserts are definitely not restricted to holiday festivities- bake them up any time to enjoy delicious dessert, no matter what the season.

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Itty Bitty Bites of Dough

AKA… Mini Donuts! WHAT THE HECK?!

So, I was in AC Moore one day, and I was totally NOT supposed to be in the baking aisle, yet somehow, I seemed to end up there… sometimes I think my feet have a mind of their own… I swear… they just take control of my body and drag me to places where I will buy things. Ugh.

So of course, I was perusing all the fun Wilton products, when I stumbled upon THIS:

Yup, a Wilton Mini Donut Pan. I know, I know, I died a little too.

So of course, I caved and bought it… because a mini donut pan is totally essential to life… everyone knows that.

So, today I decided it was the day to bust this bad boy out! Aaaaaand BAM! This happened:

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I know… I know. Too adorable for words. I found this fantastic recipe from Cup of Sugar Pinch of Salt! I used the vanilla cake recipe with the chocolate glaze, and it was SO easy and turned out great! Let’s take a look:

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Before popping the little cuties into the oven…

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ImageAnother great thing about this treat is that they literally take FIVE minutes to bake! These are a perfect treat to make if you’re a bit pressed for time… Done in 30 minutes, seriously!

Then, it was time for the real fun… Decorating! You simply dip the donuts (while still hot) in the glaze and some jimmies, if you want (which of course I did!) and voila:

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ImageSo much sprinkly goodness…

ImageI think we all know that these are the cutest treats ever. Make them for a brunch, your little ones, or just for a tiny tasty treat to have on hand when you need to satisfy your sweet tooth! (Or in my case… teeth.) Hope you enjoy this little treat from your little baker! 🙂

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