Category: Recipes

Round up of Christmas Sweet Treats – Holiday Baking Ideas

30 of my favorite holiday recipes

The holidays are such a fun time in the kitchen.  There are so many occasions when you can bring out your favorite Christmas sweet treats to share with loved ones to a bit of holiday spirit. Whether it is the dessert table for Christmas day, your annual cookie swap, or a time to bring some…

20+ Fudge Recipes for the Holidays

20+ holiday fudge recipes at thegardeningcook.com

Are you ready for the holidays and all the sweet treats that it entails?  How about making up a few of these fudge recipes to have on hand for Christmas? Fudge is the one sweet treat that I make each year without fail.  I can’t trust myself to have it sitting around during the year,…

Pumpkin Recipes for Halloween and Thanksgiving

Round up of Pumpkin Recipes from Soup to Drinks!

It is that time of the year. October 26 is National Pumpkin day. The pumpkins are everywhere and it’s time to think of new and tasty ways to use them after the carving is done and it’s time to think ahead to Halloween and Thanksgiving. These pumpkin recipes are the perfect way to use up…

Christmas Gumdrop Cookies

Festive Christmas Gumdrop Cookies

These festive gumdrop cookies are easy to make and very tasty. They would make a lovely addition to your annual cookie exchange. One of my favorite candy choices during the holiday season are gumdrops. Let’s use this sweet treat to flavor some Christmas cookies in style. Do you enjoy making cookies for the holidays? Why…

Bailey’s Irish Cream Fudge

Bailey's Irish Cream Fudge - Just plain delicious!

Are you looking for an idea for a great handmade (and lovingly wrapped) Christmas present?  This recipe for Bailey’s Irish cream fudge is sure to please your friends. Bailey’s Irish cream is a traditional favorite liqueur.  The flavor is rich and creamy and it can be used in all sorts of holiday desserts to add…

Vegan Peanut Butter Fudge

Vegan Peanut Butter Fudge

November 20 is National Peanut Butter Fudge Day. This recipe for vegan peanut butter fudge is easy to do and makes delicious fudge very quickly. It has a lovely melt in your mouth texture that anyone will love. It is perfect for your holiday celebrations. Peanut butter is an American favorite.  Did you know that…

Meringue Christmas Stocking Cookies

Meringue Christmas Stocking Cookies

These delicious Christmas stocking cookies will be the highlight of your Christmas dessert table. The meringue cookies are brimming with the flavors of cream cheese and cranberries and are so pretty and festive. I love the texture of meringue cookies. They have a melt in your mouth thing going on that is very appealing, but…

DIY Christmas Cookie Ornaments

DIY Christmas Cookie Ornaments

These DIY Christmas cookie ornaments do double duty. They can be made as Christmas cookies and also used to decorate your tree with a few extra steps. Making Christmas themed cookies is one of the joys of baking for the holidays.  Turn those cookies into actual tree ornaments by letting them dry and then adding a…

Candy Cane Cream Cheese Spread

Candy Cane Cream Cheese Spread

 December 26 is national candy cane day. This festive candy cane cream cheese spread will put your party goers in a great mood for Christmas or even Boxing day. The spread is shaped like a candy cane but won’t stay that way long! What a month this has been!  Did you know that there are…

Candy Cane Cookies

Candy Cane Cookies

What a great cookie these twisted candy canes would be to take your traditional Christmas cookie swap! Ingredients 1 box sugar cookie mix 1/2 stick butter, melted 1 egg 1/3 cup softened cream cheese 1/2 cup all-purpose flour, plus additional for surface Red food coloring 1 1/2 teaspoons peppermint extract

Chocolate-Mint Evergreen Christmas Tree Cookies

Chocolate-Mint Evergreen Christmas Tree Cookies

These lovely Christmas cookies have a mint puffy frosting tree and nonpareil and sprinkles for ornaments.  They would make a great addition to a Christmas cookie swap. Ingredients 5 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped 2 sticks (8 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature 1 cup granulated sugar 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract 1 tablespoon large egg…

Candy Cane Cake

Candy Cane Cake

What a festive cake this would make for your Christmas table.  It is so pretty and delicate looking~but when you cut into it, you get the red velvet surprise. Ingredients   RED VELVET CAKE: 170g (6 oz) of butter 280g (1¼ cups) of caster sugar 100g (1/2 cup) of brown sugar 3 large eggs 1…

Banana Marshmallow Santa Head Treat

My Banana Marshmallow Santa hat EPIC FAIL DIY project.

Not all projects work out the way I intend them to and this cute little marshmallow banana Santa Head is definite proof of that. I found this cute project on Pinterest last year.  The website Creative Kid Snacks, no longer had it on their site and every site that shared it linked to a page…

Sweet Christmas Angel Cookies

Christmas Angel Cookies

These sweet angel cookies are as much fun to make as they are delicious and cute. The kids will really enjoy making them with you. One of the best parts about the holiday season is making batches and batches of cookies. I love coming up with new recipes each year to tempt my family and…

Snowmen Cake Pops – Cute Christmas Treat

Snowman Cake pops

These adorable little snowmen cake pops are sweetness on a stick.  The project is made from cake batter that is made into balls and threaded on a popsicle stick and then decorated. Make yourself a Snowman Cake Pop To make the project, you will need cake batter, fruit roll ups for the scarf, some popsicle…

Cute Turkey Cupcakes

Turkey cupcake

These adorable turkey cupcakes will make be the star of your Thanksgiving Dessert Table. They are colorful and bright and will be gobbled up in a flash! It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving is just around the corner.  This means lots of turkey with gravy and stuffing and lots of fun turkey inspired desserts. But…

Peanut Butter and Jelly Ghost Sandwiches

When it’s time for Halloween to roll around, it’s hard to get kids to sit still for any meal.  Turn the season to your advantage with these cute peanut butter and jelly ghost sandwiches. Your child will love this Ghost Sandwich! Transform an ordinary sandwich into a Halloween work of art that your child will…

Christopher Columbus Jello Boats

Christopher Columbus jello ships

These little Christopher Columbus Jello Boats are a cute snack to send to your child’s school to celebrate Columbus day. Columbus Day Snack:  Christopher Columbus Sailing Ships The recipe is simple.  Just use blue jello cups, add a skewer (could even be a pretzel for more fun) and add an orange slice. Top the whole…

Marshmallow Turkey Cookies

Marshmallow Turkey Cookie

If you love to decorate cookies, this recipe for Marshmallow Turkey cookies is for you. They are as much fun to make as they are to eat. They make the perfect Thanksgiving sweet treat. Having fun with food is one of the neat things about the holidays. I’ve made a lot of turkeys in my…

10 best Halloween Recipes

10 Favorite Halloween Recipes

Looking for a neat recipe to grace your Halloween party table this year?  Why not try one of these great Halloween recipes? Whip up a Fright with one of these Halloween Recipes Any of these ideas would be perfect for your next Halloween party. Are you planning a party but don’t know where to start?…

Mini Christmas Pizzas

Mini Christmas Pizzas

What could be more fun that pizza at Christmas time?  Why, Mini Christmas pizzas, I think!  Use your cookie cutters to turn an ordinary pizza into a special treat. I found these adorable pizzas on Rhodes, and thought I would give them a go. These sweet mini pizzas are perfect for your Christmas buffet table. …

Beer Cheese Stuffed Pretzel for Oktoberfest

Beer Cheese Stuffed Pretzel for Oktoberfest

Celebrate Oktoberfest and National Pretzel Day with these Beer and cheese stuffed pretzels.  What is Oktoberfest? Oktoberfest is an autumn festival which is held in Munich, Germany, in late September and early October. It features the drinking of large amounts of beer, great tasting food and amusement rides and activities. Pretzels are also associated with…