I’m feeling the post-holiday impact. True, we still have New Year’s to ring in, but the giant feasts, present wrapping and family wrangling are behind us. It always leaves me feeling simultaneously wistful and grateful.

I hope you had a wonderful holiday season. I got completely spoiled in the kitchen by the wonderful Jim. I received a set of pots and pans that I’ve been wanting for some time now, but couldn’t really justify splurging on. I had very specific things I wanted in a set (stainless, tri-ply, no non-stick, glass lids) so when I came across a set that met my desires, it seemed too good to be true… but I didn’t really need them. They are a great deal though, very high quality but not too expensive. Not wanting to play with fate and have them go out of production, Jim got them for me, along with a stocking full of fun kitchen gadgets I can’t wait to play with.

Did you do any fun holiday baking?

Like these delicious Cranberry Almond Squares from Baking Bites… (veganized with applesauce for the eggs). I also added a little almond extract to make them very almond flavored.

Some Lemon Drop Cookies…

The often imitated but never rivaled Chocolate Peanut Butter Shells (my favorite!)

Some Spice Spiked Chocolate Chunk Cookies.

Some Chewy Chocolate Peppermint Cookies topped with some Chocolate UFOs from Trader Joe’s.

All were safely stowed away into festive tins for our co-workers to enjoy!

What treats did you indulge in?

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8 Responses to holiday wrap up

  1. Josiane says:

    I didn’t bake as much treats as I’d have liked to, but you’ve packed enough inspiration in that post to keep me going for New Year’s (or even post-holidays) treats!
    What I did bake was a frangipan pie, inspired by Shelly’s version found here – I substituted a thick homemade blueberry sauce for the jam, and it was delicious!

  2. Linda says:

    Kris – since i purchased your “100 Best..” cookbook – it has been a MAINSTAY in my kitchen! i cannot keep enough of your ‘BEST BANANA BREAD’ in the house… I made it x 3 in just the past 24 hours- adding chocolate chips in a few of the recipes, I will admit… itis so easy and quick to make – and so healthy for my 14 and 17 year old daughters.

    ‘Randy’s Upside Down Sticky Muffins’ is another recipe i almost know by heart now b/c i make it so often. It definitely earns a ‘customer top choice’ award in my house [customers being my 2 teens!]

    I made so many recipes of your Snickerdoodles – I love that recipe – it is so rich – no one in my hubby’s persnickety family even realized they were vegan!

    Thanks for sharing all these – and so many, many more that I’ve tried with all of us!!!!


    • Kris says:

      Aw, Linda, thank you so much! I’m SO happy that you’ve been making the sticky muffins! I was recently lamenting to my husband that no one has mentioned making them yet and they are one of my favorite recipes. I’m glad you and your family has been enjoying the cookbook and that you were able to pull one over on your in-laws!


  3. Molly Walter says:

    I made two cookies that my mom always makes for holidays and they were tasty. BUT yours look so much better. I think next holiday will be all vegan baking for me and shhhh, I won’t tell the family and they will be shocked after one bite! :)

  4. nicoleee says:

    i want to eat them. you make everything look wonderful.

    thank you, kris!

  5. Ang says:

    I’ve been making loads of your “Better than Breadsticks”, “Garlic Rolls” and variations of these (2 batches last night).
    I can’t get enough of the Lemon Drop cookies and I made a big batch for my parents (My Mum is a huge lemon merange pie lover) and we ate them all in one sitting :-)
    I am looking forward to your next cookbook, thank you so much for all the wonderful recipes :-)