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7 Ways to Shake Up Your Holiday Baking

JBF Editors

December 14, 2016

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Getting into the holiday baking spirit, but tired of the same old tricks? While we love a good gingersnap or sugar cookie, we're also big fans of varying tradition. Add a little wintertime whimsy to your routine with any one of these tempting treats—and, pssst, they also make festive gifts. 

Allspice Oatmeal Cookie
Concocted as a stand-in for an allspice-based liqueur that’s no longer available, cocktail king Dale DeGroff’s pimento bitters add a spicy undercurrent to these irresistible spiked cookies.

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies with Vanilla–Cream Cheese Filling
Fragrant with molasses, ginger, and cinnamon, these adorable pumpkin whoopie pies are a delightful addition to any gathering.

Chocolate–Rosemary Bombolini 
Bombolini are the Italian analogue of doughnut holes. This elegant version is filled with a gooey chocolate ganache enlivened with the earthy flavor of rosemary.

Lavender Shortbread Cookies
Up the ante on a seasonal staple by perfuming it with fresh lavendar. If you can't find fresh flowers, just substitute readily available dried lavendar instead. 

Overnight Panettone Bread Pudding
During the holidays, there's no excuse to let a store-bought (and oft-overlooked) panettone languish in its box. Take a cue from a JBF staffer and use the rich, brioche-like loaf to make a lovely bread pudding.

Fresh Mint Truffles 
Homemade truffles are a surefire way to elicit ooohs and aaahs from your party guests or gift recipients, and this particular mint-infused recipe is surprisingly easy to make.

Corn Flake–Candy Cane Cookies 
Momofuku Milk Bar's JBF Award–winning pastry chef Christina Tosi stockpiles candy canes during the month of December, and then folds them into a cookie dough made with corn flakes, chocolate chips, and marshmallows for a batch of cookies with serious holiday flair.

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