Christmas Spirit

by kellybakes in ,


Hello my lovely readers!

It's been a while. The end of the semester always seems to sneak up and catch everyone by surprise, myself included.  Final papers and end of the semester-related work things left me more stressed than I expected, so my happy little blog was neglected. It's probably for the best because I transmit my emotions into whatever I make via some weird sentimental baking osmosis and I had a few baking mishaps during my most anxiety-ridden stretches. Luckily, papers are in, grades are posted and I'm at home in Connecticut with a sleeping kitten and a much better frame of mind, ready to tell you of all that I've eaten (and baked!) in my absence.

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Isn't he the cutest?

I had done some light baking to start the season off, beginning with my family's Black Friday tradition of baking Hungarian cookies

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The dough takes over 45 minutes to knead, so my sister and I usually take turns.

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They're filled with apricot, prune or nut filling and topped with a beaten egg wash.

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They're not the prettiest cookies in the world, but they're made with love and generations of memories behind them!

Next, I made gingersnaps for class...

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I was pleased with their softness and a few of my classmates said that they appreciated that the spice wasn't overwhelming. I'd consider them a win.
Recipe here from allrecipes.com

I also love making spritz, but this year I hit a snag when my mom's cookie press was nowhere to be found. To me, it wouldn't be Christmas without spritz, so after some heated eBay bidding, I got myself a vintage Mirro cookie press which looked pretty similar to my mom's (hers has copper-colored ends). I baked a few batches (some more successful than others) and we found my mom's press hiding out at Amy's.

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I feel the need to compensate when I've been unable to do something for a while. I had an abundance of pent-up Christmas spirit that needed to be released and decorating a one foot tall miniature Christmas tree wasn't going to cut it. Instead of catching up on sleep when my papers were finally turned in, I decided to pull a baking all-nighter.

I made marshmallows...

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Get the recipe yourself here from Not Without Salt.

and chocolate covered oreos...

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and best of all were the gingerbread snowflakes...

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The dough had a secret kick of black pepper and I baked them just enough so that they'd be cooked all the way through but still soft. perfect.

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You can find the recipe from Food Network HERE.

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Topped with royal icing and edible glitter, they were the prettiest thing I made!

I hope you all had a lovely holiday season spent with loved with ones and lots of delicious things to eat!

xoxo,
Kelly