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Holiday baking recommendations

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The first snowfall has landed in D.C. and the rest of the country too judging by all of the Instagram Stories I just watched. Is there anything as magical as living in a snow globe?

I’m torn between baking up a storm and watching holiday movies all day. Alas, I used up all the eggs in a frittata this morning (a rare activity reserved for weekend mornings when I can pull myself out of bed early enough), and I’m not about to leave the house anytime soon for said eggs. Holiday movies it is!

I thought it might be helpful to wrap up the (semi-holiday, always delicious) recipes I recommend to friends in one neat list. I’ve tried and loved most of the recipes listed below with the exception of the chai cookies, Italian wedding cookies and the peanut butter blossoms. But I’m including them here a. because they look delicious and b. because I’ve made recipes from these bakers before, and everything has turned out wonderfully. I’m sure these will be no different!

The recipes are separated into categories based on how I tend to categorize treats this time of year: Sharing, Shipping, Last-minute baking, and Lazy weekend recipes.


Sharing – Treats which are too decadent to keep to yourself and deserve to be shared

Shortbread cookies with royal icing

Smitten Kitchen’s Chocolate peanut butter tart – Tarts always sound intimidating to me, but this one is a lot less scary if you think of it like a giant Reese’s cup.

Small batch cookie dough dip

Shipping – Snacks to send to friends in all corners of the world

Criteria for shippable cookies includes, but is not limited to: must hold up to being jostled around, nothing dipped lest it melt en route and nothing iced with soft buttercream.

Joy the Baker’s vanilla bean confetti cookies

Masala-Chai chocolate chip cookies

Gluten-free Italian wedding cookies

Last-minute baking – Recipes to make when you remember you’ve got a cookie swap in less than 24 hours

Shortbread cookies – Skip the icing, and just bring shortbread! No one will know anything’s missing.

Classic peanut butter blossoms

Gluten-free almond flour chocolate chip cookies

Lazy weekend recipes – For when you’ve got extra time on your hands

Molly Yeh’s basil marscarpone buttercream frosted chocolate cake

Joy the Baker’s cream cheese cinnamon rolls

Hi-hat chocolate cupcakes with peanut butter frosting

Is this round-up helpful? Is there a recipe you think I should add to the list? Let me know in the comments!


The easiest banana muffins you’ll ever make

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This was (truly!) the easiest recipe I have ever made in all twenty-four years of my existence.

D.C. was hit with more than two feet of snow in some pockets of the city this weekend, and baking was one of the only things keeping me sane. Unfortunately, my past self deemed a small loot of potatoes more important to lug home instead of ingredients for a more complicated bake. These muffins took just 10 minutes to whip up – a mere fraction of the duration of Snowzilla. I would’ve killed someone this time yesterday as the Cabin Fever set in if it meant having access to a kitchen like the ones in Great British Bake-Off – all the ingredients a girl could need!

Alas, all we’ve got are items for muffins*. At least Google pulled through and didn’t disappoint (although I was skeptical of the recipe’s legitimacy ’til the moment I bit into the first muffin). These guys are keepers: a fruit serving and a sprinkle of chocolate! What’s not to love?



  • 3large bananas
  • 12cup white sugar
  • 1egg
  • 13cup melted butter
  • 1teaspoon baking soda
  • 1teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 12cups all-purpose flour
  • 12teaspoon salt
  • nuts (optional)
  • chocolate chips (optional. if you don’t like fun.)


  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Mash bananas.
  3. Add sugar and the slightly beaten egg.
  4. Stir in melted butter.
  5. Stir in flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
  6. Spoon into medium size muffin pan lined with paper cups.
  7. Bake 20-25 minutes until a knife comes out clean.

*Consider this my formal pledge to document more photos of the ~*baking process*~ next time. Sometimes you’re trying to beat the clock ’til Meet the Press comes on, and before you know it, everything’s already waiting nicely** in paper muffin cups for baking. Smh. Next time!

**Seriously – they’re that easy! Done before you know it!