Recipes Not to Be Missed for the Holidays

With Christmas coming right around the corner, I wanted to feature some of my favorite holiday recipes from the past three years of blogging. Enjoy!!


Appetizers and Side Dishes:
Spinach and Artichoke Dip
Caramelized Onion, Goat Cheese, and Cranberry Dip
Honey Yeast Dinner Rolls
Turnip Puff
Homemade Green Bean Casserole
Mustard Roasted Potatoes
Stovetop Mac and Cheese
Butternut Squash and Spinach Casserole
Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Homemade Cranberry Applesauce

Main Dishes:
Broiled, Butterflied Chicken
Cornish Hens with Garlic and Rosemary
Crockpot Cranberry Pork Roast


Desserts:
Cranberry White Chocolate Cupcakes
Spiced Caramel Apple Pie
M&M Pretzel Treats
Gingerbread Apple Upside Down Cake
Peppermint Brownies
Gingerbread Cupcakes with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting
Pecan Pie
Cranberry Almond Caramel Tart
Spiced Apple Bars
12 Days of Cookies from 2009
Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes
Spice Cupcakes with White Chocolate Frosting
Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls, Oreo Truffles, and Cake Balls
Peppermint Cupcakes
Yule Log
Oreo Truffles

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5 Responses to “Homemade Holiday Gifts 2013”

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    Sarah C — December 9, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    I’ve been brewing some vanilla extract since about August or September, and I can’t wait to give it to my friend who also loves to bake (and who, coincidentally, just pinned something on Pinterest about making her own vanilla – at least I know she’ll like it!). I need to find a nice bottle for it first though, and she’ll have to be OK that a label may be part 2 of her gift in January. I’m also going to make my sister some of the Fire Roasted Ketchup.

    Last year I did the salted caramel sauce for the same friend, and it was amazing. It took me 3 tries to get the taste right (I kept overcooking it and it tasted a little burnt) but it was totally worth it!

    • beantownbaker — December 9th, 2013 @ 5:48 pm

      Oh the homemade vanilla will be perfect for her! And, once you have one batch, you can just keep adding to it so you never run out of vanilla.

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    Nutmeg Nanny — December 18, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    I’d love to be on the receiving end of these 😉 great ideas!

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    pancho — January 3, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    Oh! I love making homemade gifts too! This year i made a ton of stuff: orange ginger marmalade, blueberry jam, lemon curd, vanilla sugar, caramelised walnuts, spiced honey, cardamom coffee beans and orange&clove loose leaf tea. Im working on my mustard and your recipe sounds nice!
    Love your blog, i always make your blueberry curd, yum!

    • beantownbaker — January 4th, 2014 @ 10:38 am

      Wow – you made a LOT this year! I bet people loved all the homemade gifts. Thanks for reading (and commenting!)

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