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Dark and Sticky Gingerbread Cake

 Dark and Sticky Gingerbread Cake via The Baker Chick

Is holiday senoritis a thing? Like I’m so ready to be on vacation and home with my family that I’m a bit over doing anything that can be considered work. Is that a thing? Well I have it. It has been a helluva busy week and all that is getting me through is knowing I’ll be on a plane to Wisconsin tomorrow!! Christmas time is so fun with a baby and I am just brimming with excitement for Hugo to experience it all. He’ll have no idea what is happening of course, but still!!

Before I sign off for a week or so, I have to share this last fabulous recipe with you. I know that “Dark & Sticky” may be weird adjectives to describe a cake, but there is really no other way to explain it. This is a super molasses-y cake made with blackstrap molasses and lots of spice. It is super moist and sticky and the thick cream cheese frosting is literally the icing on the cake.  Dark and Sticky Gingerbread Cake via The Baker Chick


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Frosted Chocolate Peanut Butter Reindeer Cookies

 Frosted Chocolate Peanut Butter Reindeer Cookies via The Baker Chick

I just can’t stop with the super festive recipes you guys. I’m just having way too much fun with it! Also, by some miracle, Hugo is in a self-sufficient phase, happily playing by himself for huge chunks of time. (Yesterday he chased an empty coffee can around the apartment for almost 30 mins!) This lucky phase has allowed me lots of time to bake- these fun cookies being my most recent project.

The first thing to note about these is that they are SO good. Even without the fun decor and festive reindeer ears- this is a kick-a chewy peanut butter cookie with thick & creamy chocolate frosting that makes them even better. It’s the same recipe I used for the Peanut Butter Chocolate Football Cookies and I can guarantee I’ll use it as a base recipe again and again. It is by far my favorite peanut butter cookie recipe ever.  Frosted Chocolate Peanut Butter Reindeer Cookies via The Baker Chick


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Dark Chocoalte Peppermint Layer Cake

 Dark Chocoalte Peppermint Layer Cake via The Baker Chick

I think it’s high time for some chocolate peppermint action up in here don’t you? No Christmas season is really complete without the presence of a festive candy cane or two and this layer cake has a couple of those and so much more. It’s a showstopper if I ever saw one, and would be the perfect dessert for a holiday party or special dinner.

Let me break this beauty down for you: rich dark chocolate cake, dark chocolate peppermint ganache (which adds the most amazing fudgieness,) and sweet peppermint cream cheese frosting.  Each bite of this cake is equal parts decadent and refreshing, (in that after dinner mint sort of way. )

 Dark Chocoalte Peppermint Layer Cake via The Baker Chick


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Chocolate Chip Banana Bread In A Jar

 Chocolate Chip Banana Bread In A Jar via The Baker Chick

We can hopefully all agree that homemade gifts are some of the best. When you are good in the kitchen, nothing feels better than spreading the love and giving something delicious that you made- am I right? I’m giving people baked goods all year round, but this recipe is extra special. It is so compact, so perfectly portioned and packaged that handing them out made me giddy. Why have I never thought to bake something in a jar before?? It works so well and is just so darn cute.  Chocolate Chip Banana Bread In A Jar via The Baker Chick


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Soft and Chewy Gingerbread Men

 Soft and Chewy Gingerbread Men via The Baker Chick

Of all the Christmas Cookies out there, we can all agree that no cookie spread is complete without Gingerbread Men. Am I right? They have been my favorite holiday cookie since I was a little girl, and my Mom used to make them every year. Her healthier version used whole wheat flour and honey to sweeten and I loved them. They were soft, but almost too soft, always leaving a broken arm or head hanging around. So, we tried to sub out the honey for real sugar and they were crispy, (which I don’t care for.) So, I had kinda given up finding my perfect Gingerbread Man, crisp edges, and super soft & chewy middle, (that don’t fall apart!)  Soft and Chewy Gingerbread Men via The Baker Chick


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Holiday Cookie Time!

 Holiday Cookie Time! via The Baker Chick

Hey Guys! I’m gonna keep this short and sweet- I’ve compiled 9 of my all-time favorite cookie recipes to give you some inspiration for what is (let’s be honest,) cookie season!! I’ve been baking up a storm and just love giving cookies and treats to everyone I see this time of year. Two new cookie recipes are coming up in the next week or two, but in the meantime here is something to get you going.

Also… the giving season is upon us, so I’ve joined together with a bunch of bloggy friends to fund a KitchenAid Stand Mixer for one of our readers!! The giveaway lasts for a week so please enter below. If there were ever a special kitchen appliance to make cookie-making easier- this is it! Good luck!

I have a full week packed of awesome festive treats so stay tuned!!

 Holiday Cookie Time! via The Baker Chick


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Chai Spice Cinnamon Rolls

 Chai Spice Cinnamon Rolls via The Baker Chick

Come December, I kinda expect everywhere I go to be filled with the smell of pine and cinnamon. You know- everything that makes up our favorite holiday aroma: sugar, spice etc. Its crazy how a smell has the power to make us all warm, fuzzy, and full of holiday cheer. Don’t you agree? That’s precisely why these buns are just everything I want this time of year. The smell of the baking fills the kitchen and the hallways and just made me so happy.  Chai Spice Cinnamon Rolls via The Baker Chick


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Candy-Covered-Chocolate-Dipped Pretzels

 Candy Covered Chocolate Dipped Pretzels via The Baker Chick

This is one of those weird “revamping a recipe from 3 years ago” posts. I first shared these a few days after Andy & I got engaged actually, right after I came back from the Foodbuzz Festival in San Francisco. (I won Best New Blog there which explains some of the old comments.) I have made these many times since and thought the recipe/photos could use some updating :)

I am officially in the Christmas confection zone. I have to say October-the end of December is the most fun time to be a (mostly) dessert blogger. I am brimming with ideas to fill this space for the rest of the month so stay tuned! I decided to kick off with a super easy and super impressive holiday treat.  Candy Covered Chocolate Dipped Pretzels via The Baker Chick


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A Baking-Lover’s Holiday Gift Guide!

 A Baking Lovers Holiday Gift Guide! via The Baker Chick

After several years of being asked for gift-giving tips for those who love baking as much as I do, I finally created the ultimate guide. Well I’ve included my 11 must-haves- so I’m not sure if I have the rights to call it ultimate, but its full of items that I use all the time and really consider vital for any home baker.  A Baking Lovers Holiday Gift Guide! via The Baker Chick