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Holiday Cookie Round-Up

Wednesday, December 16, 2020
Pan-banging Sugar Cookies

Each year at Christmas I like to put together a cookie box for family, friends, and neighbors. The content changes somewhat over the years; some cookies come and go, others are staples that stick around. I’ve put together a list of favorite holiday cookies that I’ve featured here on my site. Many of these recipes come from both my cookbooks: 100 Cookies and The Vanilla Bean Baking Book. …

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Cheesecake Cookies

Saturday, December 7, 2019
Cheesecake Cookies

This past week I was on Twin Cities Live for their 12 Days of Cookies that airs each year around the holidays. I made these cheesecake cookies, and wanted to include them here as well because they are so delicious. On the show I didn’t add the chocolate drizzle, but I made them again this weekend and liked the added touch. They are good either way (you could…

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Pumpkin Spice Bread with Cream Cheese Icing

Sunday, December 1, 2019
Pumpkin Spice Bread with Cream Cheese Icing | Sarah Kieffer | The Vanilla Bean Blog

One of my favorite holiday treats is pumpkin spice bread and I make quite a few loaves every year, some for giving, some for keeping. This version comes from Michelle Lopez’s new cookbook, Weeknight Baking. It’s based on a recipe from the Tartine: A Classic Revisited cookbook, and it is quite delicious. Michelle makes hers with granulated sugar sprinkled on top instead of the cream cheese icing, but I…

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pumpkin scones

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Pumpkin Scones These scones are a family favorite, and might be what we wake up to this Christmas morning. “If the world seems cold to you, kindle fires to warm it.” —Lucy Larcom NOTES: Putting another baking sheet nestled directly underneath the one the scones are on helps keep the bottoms of the scones from browning too quickly before they fully bake. If you like the bottoms extra…

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Cranberries and Cream Danish Braid

Sunday, December 16, 2018
Cranberries and Cream Danish Braid | Sarah Kieffer | The Vanilla Bean Blog

Christmas is just around the corner. I’ve been baking for weeks (mostly recipe testing for my next book, but also holiday baking!), and must say this cranberries and cream Danish braid is one of my favorite things I’ve made this December. The tart cranberries paired with cream cheese, sweet icing, and flaky Danish dough is just about perfection. If cranberries aren’t your thing, you could fill the braid…

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Gift Guide 2018 Part Two

Friday, December 14, 2018

Part Two of my gift guide! (You can find Part One here.) Today is my favorite kitchen appliances, stocking stuffers, and book ideas.  ***(Also: Holiday Playlists! On Spotify: My Holiday Mix from last year is here. My Classic Christmas Mix is here. And my Quiet Christmas Mix is here.) On Apple Music: Christmas Fun, Ease Into Christmas, Ease Into Christmas (Jazz and Classics Edition), and Christmas Albums.  KITCHEN APPLIANCES Kitchen Aid Pro Line Stand Mixer – I…

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st. lucia buns

Monday, December 3, 2018
St. Lucia Buns

This recipe for St. Lucia Buns was posted a few years ago originally, but it got buried in the archives and I thought I’d bring it up again for the Holidays. ****************************************** Each December, I find myself searching for the perfect holiday traditions. Not that there are any perfect ones, of course, but with two little ones in our family, I crave some routine and consistency each year.…