It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Crunchy leaves, a chill in the air, steaming mugs of hot cocoa, happy visits from family and friends, and presents! Who doesn’t love presents?
The best gifts are handmade, especially if they’re sweet homemade treats! Something yummy to indulge in, something festive to share with company, and a lovely gesture of appreciation.
Something Sweet With Pumpkin was the trend for last month, but lately I’ve become a far bigger fan of sweets with a kick – a kick of cinnamon! Here’s a little round-up of my favorites!
These may look like your average candied pecan, but mine pack a mighty punch! They’re pumpkin pie spiced pecans – candied with my own blend of rich dark brown sugar, TWO kinds of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, mace, allspice and cloves. Such a treat!
The runaway favorite in my Etsy shop this season? Cinnamon Roll Cookie Bars – by a mile. LOTS of buttery cinnamon brown sugar swirls in this chewy cookie bar, with the perfect amount of gooey sugar glaze to top – they taste JUST like a cinnamon roll!
And now for something completely different. Cardamom Shortbread – just baaarely sweet with hint of luxury. Flaky, buttery shortbread gets an exotic kiss from this Asian-Indian spice, both mixed in to the dough and sprinkled on top. A little goes a long way [it better, when the spice can cost upwards of $10 per ounce!], and adds a wonderful sweet-but-spiced flavor.
How about a scrumptious treat for Christmas morning? Cinnamon Swirl Buttermilk Pound Cake. Just say that three times out loud and tell me you’re not drooling. All I can say is WOW! Rich, fluffy buttermilk cake swirled with pure Vietnamese cinnamon and sugar. The aroma fantastic and it’s a wonderful balance of light and airy with rich and decadent.
Is your tummy grumbling now?