Baking season is in full force with Christmas right around the corner! I love baking for my friends and loved ones around the holidays. There is nothing like getting in the kitchen and baking to really get you in the Christmas spirit. Here are some dessert recipes to try this holiday season!

Dark Chocolate Tart with Sea Salt

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Recipe Via Cup of Jo

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 3 tbsp dark cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) chilled butter, chopped into cubes
  • 1-2 tbsp ice water
  • Light cooking oil spray
  • 1 2/3 cups dark chocolate, chopped into small chunks
  • 1 2/3 cups cream
  • 3 1/2 tbsp whiskey
  • Sea salt for sprinkling

Let’s Make a Dark Chocolate Tart!

  1. Combine flour, cocoa, sugar and butter in a food processor. Whiz to form “breadcrumbs.”
  2. Add water and pulse until mixture starts to form clumps. Tip out onto a countertop and squash together, patting it into a mound.
  3. Refrigerate for 15 minutes then roll out between two sheets of baking paper into a circle a few centimeters larger than a 10-inch tart pan.
  4. Spray tin with light cooking oil and gently remove top layer of baking paper and invert pastry into it.
  5. Press in and trim edges.
  6. Refrigerate for 15 minutes while the oven preheats to 375F. Line the pastry with baking paper and place baking beans, rice or weights on top. (It will look similar to this.)
  7. Cook 12 minutes.
  8. Remove weights and paper and cook a further 10-12 minutes until lightly crisp.
  9. Cool in the tin.
  10. Heat cream in a pot until simmering (not boiling), remove from heat and add chocolate.
  11. Sit for a few minutes then whisk until smooth. If necessary, return to a very gentle heat for a minute to complete the melting.
  12. Stir in whiskey and leave to cool for 15 minutes before pouring into pastry shell.
  13. Let the tart cool at room temperature overnight, but it can be made on the same day and refrigerated.
  14. Remove from the fridge half an hour before serving and sprinkle with a little sea salt and serve as is or with some softly whipped cream.

Chocolate Reindeer Marshmallow Pops

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Recipe Via Just A Taste

What You’ll Need:

  • 2 cups of chocolate chips
  • 12 Marshmallows
  • 24 small pretzels
  • 24 candy eyes
  • 12 cinnamon red hot candies

Let’s Make Reindeer Pops!

  1. Add 1 ½ cups of the chocolate chips to a microwave-safe bowl.
  2. Microwave them in 30 second intervals, stirring between each interval, until they’re melted.
  3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or wax paper.
  4. Skewer a marshmallow on each lollipop stick then dip it into the melted chocolate so it’s thoroughly covered.
  5. Shake off any excess then place each marshmallow pop on the baking sheet.
  6. Once the chocolate has hardened, melt the remaining ½ cup of chocolate chips and transfer it to a pastry bag or sealable plastic bag.
  7. Pipe chocolate onto the back of each marshmallow then attach two pretzels to form the antlers.
  8. Next, pipe two chocolate dots and attach the candy eyes, followed by piping a final chocolate dot in the center and attaching the cinnamon red hot nose.
  9. Repeat the decorating process with the remaining marshmallows.
  10. Allow the pops to sit until fully hardened then serve.

Lucinda’s Molasses Drops

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Recipe Via Martha Stewart

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon coarse salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ½ cup paked light-brown sugar
  • 2 ounces unsalted butter melted
  • ¼ cup unsulfured molasses
  • ¼ cup whole milk
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • ¼ cup finely chopped orange peel
  • Sanding sugar, for rolling

Let’s Make Lucinda’s Molasses Drops!

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Whisk together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, ginger, and cloves.
  3. Whisk in brown sugar.
  4. Stir in melted butter, molasses, milk, and egg.
  5. Fold in candied orange peel.
  6. Roll 1 tablespoon or 1/2 teaspoon dough into a ball.
  7. Roll in sanding sugar, and transfer to parchment-lined baking sheets.
  8. Repeat with remaining dough.
  9. Chill in refrigerator for 5 minutes.
  10. Flatten each ball with the bottom of a glass.
  11. Bake for 12 minutes.
  12. Transfer cookies to wire racks, and let cool.

Old Fashioned Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Recipe Via Mon Petit Four

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 6 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

Let’s Make Old Fashioned Chocolate Chip Cookies!

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with a sheet of parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, beat the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar together. Add the egg and vanilla extract; mix to combine.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix the flour, baking soda, and salt together. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, and stir to combine. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  4. Scoop balls (however small or big you prefer) of cookie dough onto your cookie sheet. Chill the cookies for 10 minutes before baking.
  5. Bake the cookies for 10 to 15 minutes, until the cookies are golden along the edges and slightly on the top.

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