30+ Favorite Holiday Ideas

Over the years, I’ve become less and less the person who buys gifts and more the person who makes, bakes or cooks them. In the space of time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, I find myself searching out every opportunity to host friends for festive meals, whip up care packages of home-baked treats, or share jars of whatever special summer ingredient I hoarded and turned into jam, jelly or preserves. Here are a few favorite things I’m thinking about as I’m sharing this love language with friends and family this time of year.



Chewy Triple Ginger Cookies

Iced Double Maple Glazed Cookies

Raspberry-Hibiscus Sablé Cookies

Perfect Sugar Cookies

Molasses Masala Snap Cookies

Chewy Ginger-Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Tahini Thumbprints


Festive Treats:

Kabocha Pumpkin Cake with Bittersweet Chocolate Chunks

Apple Cider Doughnut Cake

White Chocolate Cardamom Cake with Poached Pears

Fig Hazelnut Caramel Candy Bars

Rooibos Chai Pumpkin Bread

Lemony Pistachio Olive Oil Cake

To-Die-For Coconut Popcorn

Favorite Almond Butter Bars

Pillowy Vanilla Marshmallows


for Merry Mornings:

Granola Chocolate Chip PANcakes

Cherry-Apple Oatbake

Everything Bagel Egg and Cheese Bake

Fluffy Sweet Potato Gingerbread Pancakes

Baked Carrot Cake Custard Oats

Spiced Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

Main Events:

Great Golden Shiitake Dumplings

Radicchio and Roasted Sweet Potato Salad

Easy Peasy Rotisserie Chicken Pot Pie

Winter Squash Puff Pastry Pizza

A Very Good Mushroom Casserole

Dumpling Soup for Everyone

Butternut and Burrata Lasagne with Winter Greens



Sister’s Whole Spiced Chai

Date-Coconut Cacao