Christmas Goodies and The Food52 Cookbook Winners

Donna Lorrig and Bruce Valk are the lucky winners of The Food52 Cookbook giveaway!  Thank you, everyone, who participated in the giveaway—it is great to be able to pass along new, inspiring cookbooks.

Ancho Chili-Cinnamon Chocolate Bark was so inspiring, we included it in our holiday baking, one of the reasons you didn’t hear from me much last week.  If I could, I would send you all a gift bag full of these delicious treats! Well, at least I can share the a few photos of our efforts.

Ancho Chili-Cinnamon Chocolate Bark

I love the Christmas colors of the pistachios and cranberries that filled the bark.

Ancho Chili-Cinnamon Chocolate Bark (Close-up)

Another new addition this year Orange-Ginger Biscotti

Orange-Ginger Biscotti lined up for the second bake, you can see the chunks of crystallized ginger --YUM!

Orange-Ginger Biscotti delightfully dipped in white chocolate.

Sugar Cookies decorated with sprinkles and white and dark chocolate.

A family favorite, Grandma's Molasses Cookies.

Peppermint Bark

Russian Tea Cakes ~ My personal favorite

Although one Christmas cooking buddy decided not to include baking in their family’s festivities, she brought her sewing over to work on while we baked, scooped, drizzled, and taste-tested, of course.  She also brought her new grand baby; we held and smooched on her every chance too (she was sweeter than the cookies, I tell ya!).  Being with friends while baking, sewing, shopping, entertaining, whatever it is, is one of the utmost joys of celebrating Christmas in our home.  It is the loved ones in our lives that are the greatest of gifts we enjoy on this earth.  Merry Christmas, everyone!

I would love to hear about your holiday baking and food adventures, leave a comment to let me know what you are up to and feel free to include a link to your photos too.


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13 Responses to Christmas Goodies and The Food52 Cookbook Winners

  1. Greg December 20, 2011 at 10:04 am #

    I’m giving away some limoncello and jam I made earlier this year. I love your goodies. Those orange ginger biscotti are giving me ideas!

    • Judy December 20, 2011 at 10:26 am #

      Oh, how I would LOVE to be on your Christmas list! Limoncello … still dreaming of making limoncello tiramisu, but the fam wants blueberry cheesecake this time.

  2. Raymund December 20, 2011 at 11:09 pm #

    That Ancho Chili-Cinnamon Chocolate Bark looks like an easy nibbling dessert, that should be kept away from me otherwise it will all be gone quick.

  3. ChgoJohn December 21, 2011 at 7:23 am #

    What a great collection of recipes! I’ve not baked a thing this year … well, for human consumption, anyway. This year, I’m giving an assortment of homemade jam, jelly, ketchup, mustard and, when appropriate, dog biscuits.

    • Judy December 21, 2011 at 9:52 am #

      Mmm, homemade mustard? I would love to see a recipe for that!

  4. sportsglutton December 21, 2011 at 8:41 pm #

    Great collection of holiday treats. Unfortunately I haven’t made for myself this year…but they’re coming tomorrow!

  5. Sawsan@chef in disguise December 21, 2011 at 11:54 pm #

    That is a wonderful collection of baked goodies
    those ginger orange biscotti sound really tempting

  6. Bunkycooks December 23, 2011 at 12:47 pm #

    The chocolate bark sounds fantastic with all those great flavors! Happy holidays!

  7. Karen (Back Road Journal) December 23, 2011 at 5:35 pm #

    Such a wonderful collection of goodies…my favorite is the bark. Not only delicious sounding but so pretty.

  8. Karen (Back Road Journal) December 24, 2011 at 9:11 am #

    I just came back to wish you a Merry Christmas.

  9. Sammie December 25, 2011 at 9:32 pm #

    You’ve got a beautiful variety of cookies there! I made the Russian tea cakes too! They’re yummy cookies. I wanted to do some sugar cookies but didn’t have enough time this year! Next year perhaps… Merry Christmas to you!

  10. Young Wifey December 31, 2011 at 9:20 am #

    The Ancho Chili-Cinnamon Chocolate Bark looks amazing! I’m going to pin it! Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!!! <3

    • Judy December 31, 2011 at 9:52 am #

      We enjoyed it very much! Once I get the recipe rewritten, I can share it :)

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