Baking & Desserts

Gingerbread Cake
Heady with sweet spices, this gingerbread fills all of your senses and leaves you longing for more. A bright burst of lemon in the icing makes this cake sing. It's absolutely perfect for the holidays! More »
Holiday Brunch Menu
 Sample Menu for a Holiday Brunch from Best of Bridge Holiday Classics   • Eggs Benedict with Blender Hollandaise (page 14) This classic dish was created at New York’s famed Delmonico’s in the 1920s for Mr. and Mrs. LeGrand Benedict, who complained there was nothing new on... More »
Nectarine Crostata with Cardamom Sugar (extra-simple pantry meal)
This rustic free-form tart is easy to make, even for a novice baker. A sprinkle of cardamom-scented sugar intensifies the flavor of the nectarines. What a delightful holiday recipe! More »
Best Baking Tips for Cookies, Bars & Squares
Although bars, squares and cookies are among the simplest treats to bake, here are some helpful tips from Jill Snider, author of Bake Something Great! to make yours even better: • Stick to the recipe or the variations. Do not use margarine identified as diet, liquid, soft or whipped. These contain... More »
Christmas Pudding (gluten-free)
This is the dessert on every Christmas menu at both Heather and Donna’s homes. Serve warm on its own or with lots of Toffee Sauce. More »
Pumpkin Pies with Spiced Walnut Streusel + All-Butter Pie Dough
'I prepare a large version of this pie every year that I host Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner. The streusel and filling are both heavy on the ginger, but it is balanced out by the creamy custard filling and a dollop of whipped cream on top. The flavors of the filling improve over time, so... More »
Pumpkin Cheesecake
A delectable grand finale for your Christmas dinner. More »
Mom's Fancy Pressed Shortbread Cookies
Shortbread originated in Scotland, where it was originally served during the Christmas season. "Short" means crumbly, which refers to its characteristic texture. Use the holiday design you prefer in your cookie press ~ star, bell, tree, wreath or whatever you have ~ all work well. More »
Minty Chocolate Cheesecake
This cheesecake is perfect for Christmas — chocolate and mint! Two great flavors to savor next to a warm fire or to treat your guests after a delectable meal. More »
Old-Fashioned Sugar Cookies
An old-fashioned melt‑in-your-mouth cookie that’s great for the holiday season and perfect for cookie swaps. More »
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