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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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Cranberry Swirl Mini Cheesecakes

 Cranberry Swirl Mini Cheesecakes via The Baker Chick

What types of desserts are part of your Thanksgiving traditions? Classics like Pumpkin, Apple & Pecan Pie? A dessert buffet with a mish mash of all types of sweets? All of the above? I personally like to have a healthy mix of classics and some new and fun desserts. A Pumpkin dessert of some kind is a must, a classic Pecan Pie for my brother-in-law, and Salted Caramel Apple Pie as well. Beyond that, I like to change it up every year with at least one thing unexpected and a bit different.

I love a creamy and rich cheesecake and these are exactly that. Add in a swirl of seasonal cranberry and it may be my new favorite holiday dessert. These are crazy good, like so good that I cannot be trusted around them.  Cranberry Swirl Mini Cheesecakes via The Baker Chick


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Easy Molasses Crinkle Cookies

 Easy Molasses Crinkle Cookies via The Baker Chick

I thought I was done with my cookie baking- I really did. In fact- I had big plans to not bake anything until Christmas Eve so I could give my body a bit a of a break from the sweets. (you know- so I don’t end up with an 11 lb. baby…) But then- I felt an impulse to bake some cookies to send with my sisters who left today for Wisconsin for Christmas. It’s my first year in my 30 years to not be with my family, but the rest of the NYC crew is actually taking a fun road-trip home and I wanted to give them some treats for the journey.  Easy Molasses Crinkle Cookies via The Baker Chick


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Soft Frosted Egg Nog Cookies

 Soft Frosted Egg Nog Cookies via The Baker Chick

Did the holiday season sneak up on anyone else out there or just me? Maybe it’s because Thanksgiving was so late, but either way I am just now getting into the spirit of things- starting with these cookies. I was invited to three¬†cookie exchange parties this past weekend, one of which was held my neighbors in my building- so you can guess which one I ended up going to! (Nothing is quite so nice as leaving a party when you’re tired and just going right to bed downstairs.) Anyway- I brought these beauties and they were a hit!

 Soft Frosted Egg Nog Cookies via The Baker Chick