Something about the season brings out the desire to bake, even on those of us, self-proclaimed non-bakers. I spent eight hours in the kitchen baking and the results were D-lish. I change up what I make every year, primarily because I love to try new things. The recipes below came from different sources as outlined next to each recipe. Something tells me I am not done for the season though. Lots of ingredients in the pantry, and plenty of rainy days in the forecast.

2008 Holiday Bakeoff

2008 Holiday Bakeoff

  • Lemon Bars – Friend’s grandmother recipe. One thing I love about this recipe, is that is not overly tart, like many lemon bars I have tried.
  • Butterscotch Caramels – Friend’s grandmother recipe. These are addictive! So I managed to overcook the caramel and they are a little harder than I would have wanted. Still, they melt in your mouth.
  • Pumpkin Biscotti – My original recipe. If you stopped by my booth at the Zionsville Farmer’s Market in 2005 or 2006, you have tasted these!
  • Lazy Rugelach – My original recipe. The name says it all. I substituted pie dough in place of the home made dough that the traditional recipes call for. Then filled them with cherry preserves and chocolate.
  • Almond and Cranberry Pinwheels – My original recipe – Another pie dough creation. Filled with almond pastry filling, cranberries, cinnamon, and sliced almonds…. yum!
  • Pomegranate Orange Mini Bundt Cakes – My original recipe. These are super moist and crumbly. Hard to stop at one!
  • Russian Tea Cakes – My original recipe. Filled with raspberry jam and almond pastry filling this time; but the filling possibilities are endless.
  • Shortbread – Epicurious.com recipe.  Just bake them for 12-15 minutes instead of the 20 recommended in the recipe.
  • Almond Clouds – Recipe from a fellow blogger. These look like Mexican wedding cookies; however, the cookie itself is not super sweet, so the dusting of powdered sugar is just a perfect ending.