Tag: Holiday Baking

Patriotic Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting

Patriotic Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting

Make Patriotic Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting for your 4th of July Celebration. This is a fun recipe to surprise your family with or to make with your kids. You may substitute other colors for other times of year, or simply omit for a vanilla cupcake. 

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies have two of my favorite ingredients in them–chocolate and peanut butter. These cookies are perfect for holiday gift giving. I love to add this recipe to my cookie trays. When deciding which cookies to make, I always try to select varying 

Russian Tea Cakes

Russian Tea Cakes

I like to make Russian Tea Cakes during the holidays or for special tea parties. My granddaughter loves these little cookies–at least she loves licking the jam from the center! They are easy to make, too, which means they are kid-friendly.

I’m guessing they are called Russian Tea Cakes because they are much like Christmas Snowball Cookies that have nuts and are rolled in powdered sugar. I’ve also heard them called thumbprint cookies, which appear to have originated in Sweden.

Ingredients Needed to Make Russian Tea Cookies

  • butter, softened
  • powdered sugar
  • vanilla extract
  • all-purpose flour
  • salt
  • raspberry and/or apricot jam
  • powdered sugar

Instructions for Making This Recipe

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Gather your equipment and ingredients so that you have everything close at hand on the counter or table.

In a large mixing bowl, cream together the softened butter and powdered sugar. Add vanilla extract.

Use real butter. I always use salted butter in my recipes. Simply because that is what I buy and have on hand. If you use unsalted butter, you may want to increase the salt to 1/2 teaspoon. If possible, use real vanilla, too. 

Blend in the all-purpose flour and salt and mix thoroughly.

Roll tablespoons of dough into 1 inch balls. Place on cookie sheets lined with silicone baking mats or parchment paper.

Back to School Tea Party - Russian Tea Cakes

Press down with your thumb or a spoon in the center of each cookie. Fill centers with a teaspoon of the strawberry and/or apricot jam.

You may use any flavor of jam that you like. We almost always go for Raspberry and Apricot, although Strawberry, Plum, or even Fix would be good, too. You could also fill the centers with chopped nuts, such as pecans, hazelnuts, or almonds. 

Bake in preheated oven for 15-20 minutes until the bottoms are just golden brown. Cool on wire racks. When cool, dust with powdered sugar.

This recipe will make 2 dozen cookies perfect for your next tea party. I encourage you to make some today!

See more Cookie Recipes Here. Here are more Tea Party Ideas.

Recipe for Russian Tea Cakes

Russian Tea Cakes

This is a recipe I like to make during the holidays or for special tea parties.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, English
Keyword: Butter Cookies, Cookies, Jam, Tea Party, Thumbprint Cookies
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 2 dozen

Equipment

KitchenAid Mixer
Baking Sheet
Silicone Baking Mat
Cooling Rack

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup raspberry/apricot preserves
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In mixing bowl, cream together butter and powdered sugar. Add vanilla. Blend in flour and salt and mix thoroughly.
  • Roll tablespoons of dough into 1 inch balls. Place on cookie sheets lined with silicone baking mats or parchment paper. Press down with your thumb or a spoon in the center of each cookie. Fill centers with a teaspoon of preserves.
  • Bake 15-20 minutes until bottoms are just golden brown. Cool on wire racks. When cool, dust with powdered sugar. Makes 2 dozen.

Notes

*Unless otherwise indicated, all of my recipes use salted butter. 
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Coconut Cream Pie

Coconut Cream Pie

Coconut Cream Pie is my husband’s favorite pie. A delicious vanilla pudding flavored with sweetened coconut flakes and topped with a fluffy, light-as-clouds meringue. I like making this pie from fall to spring, as it just goes perfectly with other comfort food recipes. Ingredients Needed 

Orange Nut Bread

Orange Nut Bread

My grandma used to make Orange Nut Bread every Christmas. I like to make it every year to think of her, and to use as a holiday food gift. The orange flavor and pecans are perfect paired with a nice cup of warm tea. 

Irish Cream Cake

Irish Cream Cake

I enjoy making Irish Cream Cake at Christmas, which uses a cake mix as its base and is flavored with miniature chocolate chips and Irish Cream Liqueur. The Irish Cream icing seeps into the cake and creates a sweet and crusty film on the outside–like a cake donut! It’s so good. Perfect for any holiday celebration with family or friends. 

Serving Irish Cream Cake

 

Ingredients Needed to Make Irish Cream Cake

  • white cake mix (like Betty Crocker or Duncan Hines)
  • instant vanilla pudding
  • Irish Cream Liqueur
  • half and half cream
  • miniature semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • large eggs
  • vegetable oil

For the Glaze:

  • more Irish Cream Liqueur
  • half and half cream
  • powdered sugar

A Few Notes About Irish Cream

When buying Irish Cream Liqueur, you’ll need enough to measure out 1 1/4 cups, so you don’t need a lot of it. Supposedly, Bailey’s Irish Cream can be stored opened or unopened for up to 2 years in the refrigerator or pantry, so you should be safe to buy a larger bottle to get a better price margin.

Bailey's Irish Cream Liqueur

What is Irish Cream?

Irish cream is made of fine Irish whiskey, dairy cream, and chocolate and vanilla flavoring. Alcohol content 17%. Delicious poured over ice, used in mixed drinks or coffee, over ice-cream, or in baked goods–such as this recipe!

 

Instructions for Making This Recipe

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Gather ingredients so that you have everything close at hand on the counter or table. Grease and flour a 9 or 10-cup Bundt cake pan or spray it with Baker’s Spray.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the white cake mix, instant vanilla pudding, Irish Cream Liqueur, half-and-half cream, large eggs, and vegetable. Mix together well on medium-high speed for 2-3 minutes.

With a rubber spatula, fold in the miniature semi-sweet chocolate chips.

Pour the batter into the prepared Bundt cake pan. Lightly tap the pan on the counter once to break any air bubbles in the batter.

Irish Cream Cake in Bundt Pan

Bake in preheated oven on middle to lower rack for 45-50 minutes until cake tests done with a toothpick.

 

To Make the Glaze:

In a small bowl, whisk together the Irish Cream Liqueur, half-and-half cream, and powdered sugar. Mix well until smooth and creamy.

Poke the bottom of the cake with a fork so that there are many holes for the glaze to seep into.

Pouring on the Glaze to the Irish Cream Cake

Gradually pour the glaze over the bottom of the cake, allowing time for the glaze to seep into the holes and along the sides of the pan. Continue doing so until all of the glaze has been used.

Allow to cool in the pan for 2 hours. Carefully, turn out onto a cake plate for serving.

This cake will serve 18-20 people.

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Recipe for Irish Cream Cake

Irish Cream Cake

I enjoy making Irish Cream Cake at Christmas, which uses a cake mix as its base and is flavored with miniature chocolate chips and Irish Cream Liqueur. It's so good. Perfect for any holiday celebration with family or friends. 
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Bailey's Irish Cream, Cake Mix Recipes, Holiday Baking, Holiday Entertaining, Miniature Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Cooling Time:: 2 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 20 minutes
Servings: 20

Equipment

KitchenAid Mixer
Glass Measuring Cups
Rubber Spatula
Bundt Cake Pan

Ingredients

  • 1 package white cake mix like Betty Crocker (with pudding in it)
  • 3.4 oz instant French vanilla pudding
  • 1 cup Irish Cream Liqueur
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half cream
  • 1 cup miniature semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil

For the Glaze:

  • 1/4 cup Irish Cream Liqueur
  • 3/4 cup half-and-half cream
  • 3 cups powdered sugar

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Gather ingredients so that you have everything close at hand on the counter or table. Grease and flour a 9 or 10-cup Bundt cake pan or spray it with Baker's Spray.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the white cake mix, instant vanilla pudding, Irish Cream Liqueur, half-and-half cream, large eggs, and vegetable. Mix together well on medium-high speed for 2-3 minutes.
  • With a rubber spatula, fold in the miniature semi-sweet chocolate chips.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared Bundt cake pan. Lightly tap the pan on the counter once to break any air bubbles in the batter.
  • Bake in preheated oven on middle to lower rack for 45-50 minutes until cake tests done with a toothpick.

To Make the Glaze:

  • In a small bowl, whisk together the Irish Cream Liqueur, half-and-half cream, and powdered sugar. Mix well until smooth and creamy.
  • Poke the bottom of the cake with a fork so that there are many holes for the glaze to seep into.
  • Gradually pour the glaze over the bottom of the cake, allowing time for the glaze to seep into the holes and along the sides of the pan. Continue doing so until all of the glaze has been used.
  • Allow to cool in the pan for 2 hours. Carefully, turn out onto a cake plate for serving. Serves 18-20.

Nutrition

Calories: 382kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 44mg | Sodium: 232mg | Potassium: 118mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 40g | Vitamin A: 113IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 86mg | Iron: 1mg
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Cranberry Pound Cake with Almonds

Cranberry Pound Cake with Almonds

  Here’s a delicious recipe to make for your family during the holidays. Cranberry Pound Cake with Almonds is especially good after it has set for 1-2 days. It is amazingly flavorful and moist, and I love the added sweet bites of cranberries. So yummy!  

Addicting Munchies Holiday Snack

Addicting Munchies Holiday Snack

Every winter, my grandma made Addicting Munchies Holiday Snack. The name is accurate as this is very addicting, and it’s the perfect snack to put out in a bowl when you have company come over during the holidays.