Gluten-Free Cranberry Orange Cookies

These Gluten-Free Cranberry Orange Cookies are soft, chewy and bursting with flavor! They’re loaded with cinnamon, orange zest, fresh tart cranberries, and chewy dried cranberries. Perfect for the holidays!

These Gluten-Free Cranberry Orange Cookies are soft, chewy and bursting with flavor! They're loaded with cinnamon, orange zest, fresh tart cranberries, and chewy dried cranberries. Perfect for the holidays!Ah, the madness of Thanksgiving has passed! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and weekend, full of family, friends, and of course…it wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without lots of delicious food.

I spent pretty much all day Wednesday and Thursday prepping for our feast, and my dad ended up having to come pick me up because I couldn’t get the two pies, apple cranberry crisp, pumpkin chocolate chunk cookies, four-layer birthday cake, brussels sprouts, and cranberry sauce safely over to his house in one piece by myself, especially with my huge dog lurking in the car. [Read more…]

Cranberry Apple Crisp (Gluten Free + Vegan)

This Cranberry Apple Crisp is spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg & orange zest and topped with a crunchy pecan oatmeal crisp topping. This gluten-free and vegan crisp is the perfect holiday dessert!

This Cranberry Apple Crisp is spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg & orange zest and topped with a crunchy pecan oatmeal crisp topping. This gluten-free and vegan crisp is the perfect holiday dessert!Are you a planner or a procrastinator? I know some of us have already had the whole Thanksgiving menu planned out for weeks now…and then there’s the other group, who’ll be running frantically to the grocery store for another bag of potatoes the morning of Thanksgiving. Which group are you in?!

I’m typically in the planner group – leaving things until the very last minute has always given me anxiety, so I made sure that my family knew who was making what for our Thanksgiving feast earlier this week. [Read more…]

Pear Cranberry Ginger Crisp (GF)

This Pear Cranberry Ginger Crisp is a mix of sweet, tart, and little spicy with a buttery shortbread cookie crumble! This festive holiday dessert is gluten-free and doubles easily.

This Pear Cranberry Ginger Crisp is a mix of sweet, tart, and little spicy with a buttery shortbread cookie crumble! This festive holiday dessert is gluten-free and doubles easily.I have been, no joke, thinking of holiday cookies for pretty much the entire month of December (and November and October, because planning and testing). I even did a roundup of my 16 All-Time Favorite Holiday Cookies! And as much as I LOVE cookies…I’m sorta done with them for the year. Is that ok? Instead, I’m going to share with you some other swoon-worthy, still totally holiday-relevant desserts.

Like this pear cranberry ginger crisp. I’ve said it before, but crisps are my favorite. Especially with ice cream, and I won’t complain about caramel sauce either. Apple tends to be my fave, but this pear cranberry ginger crisp is a serious contender for 1st place crisp winner in my book. It is SO good.  [Read more…]

Cranberry Lime Sangria

This Cranberry Lime Sangria is a sparkling + festive take on sangria! This is the perfect refreshing cocktail for a crowd this holiday season.

This Cranberry Lime Sangria is a sparkling + festive take on sangria! This is the perfect refreshing cocktail for a crowd.Happy Friday, friends! Can you believe that Christmas is ONE WEEK from today?! Is this for real? I seriously don’t know where this year went, and I’m in shock that we only have two weeks left in 2015.

I’ve been up to my ears in holiday-themed festivities (along with the rest of the Internet), and I must say, I love everything being so festive. Blasting holiday music and looking out my window to see twinkle lights adorning all of the houses makes the long, dark nights a whole lot more bearable. [Read more…]

Paleo Cranberry Crumb Bars

These Paleo Cranberry Crumb Bars use leftover cranberry sauce to make an irresistible gluten-free, refined sugar-free, and vegan dessert. The crumb mixture doubles as the crust and crumb topping.

These Paleo Cranberry Crumb Bars use leftover cranberry sauce to make an irresistible gluten-free, refined sugar-free, and vegan dessert. The crumb mixture doubles as the crust and crumb topping.Happy day-after-Thanksgiving! Hope all of you had an amazing day full of family, love, and especially food. As much as I love to spend my time baking and cooking, even intricate, time consuming desserts and (occasionally) meals, I’m always amazed by how quickly something that I spent hours and hours on can be eaten. Hours of work, disappeared into people’s mouths.

We spend even more time prepping for Thanksgiving, because besides just the actual cooking and baking that goes on, we have to spend a whole bunch of time planning out the meal, coordinating with family, grocery shopping, and getting everything else in order for the big day.

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Pumpkin Spice Cookie Sandwiches with Cream Cheese Filling

Pumpkin Spice Cookie Sandwiches with Cream Cheese Filling are easy and delicious! Added white chocolate and dried cranberries make these pumpkin spice cookies outstanding.

Pumpkin Spice Cookie Sandwiches with Cream Cheese Filling are easy and delicious! Added white chocolate and dried cranberries make these pumpkin spice cookies outstanding.Need a super quick and easy last-minute Halloween-worthy dessert to help you pregame getting candy wasted? I got you covered with these pumpkin spice cookie sandwiches with (yum!) cream cheese filling.

These are not ~spooky~ Halloween-y, they’re more of just fall themed cookies, but that’s a good thing because it means you can eat these whenever you want pumpkin spice. [Read more…]

Cranberry Brownies

These Cranberry Brownies are made with dark chocolate, fresh and dried cranberries, and dark chocolate covered cranberries! If you love the tangy flavor of cranberries, you’ll love this unique brownie recipe.

These Cranberry Brownies are made with dark chocolate, fresh and dried cranberries, and dark chocolate covered cranberries! These are the perfect addition to a holiday dessert platter.How do you feel about cranberries? I know for some, it’s not a great relationship, but then there’s the folks who can’t have Thanksgiving without a few big spoonful of cranberry sauce on the plate (I’m looking at you, Pop Pop!).

I’m sort of in between. I don’t love cranberry sauce on my Thanksgiving dinner, but I absolutely love cranberries in baked goods! There’s something about the super tart bite of cranberries and the way it plays with sweet flavors…it’s irresistible as a baker, and especially as someone that loves to put contrasting flavors together.  [Read more…]

Cranberry Brie Tart with Pancetta & Thyme

This Cranberry Brie Tart with Pancetta & Thyme is a unique appetizer that’s perfect for the holidays! It’s a delicious twist on a traditional baked brie.

This Cranberry Brie Tart with Pancetta & Thyme is a unique appetizer that's perfect for the holidays! It's a delicious twist on a traditional baked brie.Phew, 2 more days until Christmas, and I’m squeezing in one last recipe for you guys! But this one isn’t a dessert – today I’m sharing a recipe for a delicious appetizer to serve at your holiday gatherings, or to enjoy any time.

One of my favorite Christmas Day appetizers is the baked brie that my mom makes every year. Each year, it gets devoured, way too much of it from my doing. This Cranberry Brie Tart has that same melty brie and puff pastry that I love so much, but this version comes with unique flavors and a delicious, buttery crust. [Read more…]