Last Minute Gift Guide for Bakers

As I type I’m enjoying Christmas cookies and listening to Sufjan Stevens’ ‘Silver & Gold.’ If only there were a few snowflakes outside my window, then I would really be ready for the holiday. Okay, so I have a few more things to pick up so I’m not really ready. This is totally unlike me. Normally, the shopping is done and I’m laughing at those last minute shoppers, my apologies. If you still have some holiday shopping and have a baker in your life, here a few suggestions:

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1. Chalkboard Spice Jars from Anthropologie – I’m a sucker for anything with a chalkboard. These would look great displayed in any kitchen and are perfect for the baker in your life that is always experimenting with new ingredients.

2. Heritage Hill Glass Jars from Crate & Barrel – Your favorite baker spends hours slaving over the mixer only to put the creations in tupperware. They deserve better, imagine how amazing cookies would look in these jars.

3. Odd-Measure Stainless Steel Measuring Cups & Spoons from Williams-Sonoma – Every baker knows how important the right measurements are. Make life a little easier with these odd-measure tools that come in 2/3-, 3/4- and 1 1/2-cup sizes or 2-tsp., 1 1/2-Tbs. and 2-Tbs. sizes.

4. Bouchon Bakery Cookbook – Yes, I was the girl in the bookstore drooling over these pages. The author Thomas Keller says it all, “Baking is a unifying force. The smell of baking bread is the smell of sustenance and security. A bakery is an anchor – it draws a community around it. And that is one source of my desire to offer baked goods to as many people as possible, and why I’m so excited to be sharing the craft in this book.”

Most importantly, don’t stress about finishing that holiday to-do list. Just enjoy being with those you care about!

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Peppermint Mocha Cookies

Happy Holidays! What are you baking this holiday season? So far I’ve made sugar cookies and whipped up my own recipe to pay homage to one of my favorite holiday traditions, the Peppermint Mocha.

Today you can find my guest post with a recipe for Peppermint Mocha Cookies over at A Myriad Life. I really had fun putting this recipe together and was so happy it came out successfully on my first try. Thanks to Heather for letting me share the joy. Make you sure you visit A Myriad Life for more Peppermint Mocha Chronicles! Cheers!