• Baking Recipes,  Brownies & Bars,  Christmas & holidays

    {Countdown to Christmas} Cranberry Bliss Bars for the sweet tooth

    If you’re the type to frequent Starbucks not just for its coffee but also for its snacks, then you’re in luck with today’s post. I don’t go to Starbucks at all but I’ve been told they serve up something like this around the holiday season: a spiced bar dotted with white chocolate chips; filled with the aroma and tang of orange zest; topped with cream cheese icing and a sprinkling of the colours of Christmas, all thanks to the green of pistachios, the red of dried cranberries, and shaved white chocolate. Now how does that sound? In truth, it’s really the festive appearance of these bars that captured my attention.…

  • Baking Recipes,  Christmas & holidays,  Simple cakes

    {Countdown to Christmas} Minty Chocolate Bundt Cake

    By appearance, it would seem that this bundt cake isn’t quite as Christmas-y as most holiday treats. There are no red or green splashes of colour nor intricate Christmas designs and shapes, but simply a rich, dark chocolate cake with an equally rich and dark glaze. The thing that adds a decidedly Christmas twist to this cake is the touch of peppermint extract I applied to the glaze. Small as that may be, I do think this is a good kick-off post for the series of holiday recipes I am excited to share! I’ve been eyeing this recipe awhile mostly because of this photo. I just love how the glaze…