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…]

Double Cranberry Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies

These Double Cranberry Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies feature a browned butter and nutmeg dough loaded with chocolate chunks & cranberries, both dried and fresh! The fresh cranberries add a tart bite to a chewy, richly flavored cookie. They’re the perfect addition to your holiday cookie platters!

These Double Cranberry Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies feature a browned butter and nutmeg dough studded with chocolate chunks & cranberries, both dried and fresh! They're the perfect addition to your holiday cookie platters. Recipe from Bakerita.com
Cranberries are a symbol of winter. The festive, cheery red color, the sweet sauce (hopefully homemade) that gets slathered all over your Thanksgiving dinner, and the piles of bags of cranberries that you see placed at the front of the produce section of the market, basking in their 15 minutes of fame, until Christmas passes and they’re replaced.

And this year, prepare for cranberry overload, because I’ve been having too much fun playing with cranberries in the kitchen! I’ve always adored the tart, sweet bite that cranberries add to any dessert, and I’ve always fondly remembered how much I loved these browned butter cranberry lime muffins that I made way back when Bakerita was only a few months old. The tartness of cranberries adds a flavor to dessert that I find absolutely enticing, and if you’ve never tried it, well…you’re in for a major treat. [Read more…]

Cranberry Crumb Bars

These easy Cranberry Crumb Bars are super portable, super delicious, and perfect for your holiday cookie platters!

These easy Cranberry Crumb Bars are super portable, super delicious, and perfect for your holiday cookie platters!So, I know I’m a little bit late but…Happy New Years!!

I would have said that exactly 9 days ago, but unfortunately my New Year was rung in asleep in my bed (where I had been since 7:30 P.M., thank you very much), with the beginnings of a nasty bout with tonsillitis. It was a rough 8 days, and yesterday, when I was finally able to get out of the house (because I had literally not stepped foot out of the house in 8 days), I was exhausted by 11 A.M., took a two hour nap, and was still in bed at 8:30 P.M.

This recovery thing might take a while.

While I was sick, I couldn’t even do anything. Like at all. I watched TV occasionally, but even that got to be strenuous and I would get turn it off, roll over, and go to sleep so I was unconscious for my misery. [Read more…]