Christmas

Guest Blogger: Weedy’s Homemade Bailey’s Irish Cream

December 19, 2016 Cocktails
weedys-homemade-baileys

My friend Weedy showed up to Champagne & Cookies this year (more on that next week) with Homemade Bailey’s, two dozen shot glasses, and the confidence that she was about to blow everyone’s minds. I swear her version is even better than the real deal. She totally stole the show and I asked her to […]

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Chocolate Pretzel Crumb Bars + My First Cookie Exchange

December 7, 2016 Bars & Squares
chocolate-pretzel-inside

I didn’t think I needed to start off this post with a description of what a Cookie Exchange is, but evidently I do, since I had to explain it to about six of my co-workers this week. So before we get into the details, a brief lesson: a Cookie Exchange is a gathering/party where each person in […]

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~ Champagne & Cookies 2015 ~

December 29, 2015 Cookies
Classics

Someone asked me last week how many cookies I make in December. I replied that I usually make about 10 different types of cookies, but she came back at me wanting to know the total volume. I guessed about two dozen of each type, so somewhere in the neighbourhood of 250 cookies. The look of shock on her […]

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Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

December 8, 2015 Drinks
Hot Chocolate Mix

Last week my friend from work had a couple of us over to her house for dinner, and true to form, I spent like a week trying to decide what to bake to bring over. I just find it so lovely when people open up their home to you and welcome you in. I feel […]

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Baked Sunday Mornings: Whipped Shortbread

December 6, 2015 Baked Sunday Mornings
Whipped Shortbread

I feel like shortbread has a bad reputation as a “boring” Christmas cookie. I made a traditional whipped shortbread for my first Champagne & Cookies party back in 2010, and I think it was kind of overlooked. Partly my own fault, because when there are nine other treats to choose from, a plain shortbread cookie […]

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Orange Gingerbread Cake {Butter Celebrates GIVEAWAY!}

November 25, 2015 Cakes, Cupcakes & Icing
Butter Celebrates

Christmas is coming early to Planet Byn, and we’re celebrating the release of Rosie Daykin’s new book, Butter Celebrates! You’ll remember the Butter Baked Goods Bakery from previous gushing here (when I visited the store in Vancouver last year) and here (when we hosted a giveaway for Rosie’s first book a year ago). I was […]

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~ Champagne & Cookies 2014 ~

December 28, 2014 Cookies
The New Classics

It’s time for the recap of my annual Champagne & Cookies Christmas party! Last year there was a snowstorm on the night of the party, so I nervously started checking the weather about a week before, and it was nothing but clear skies. Hooray! Since I went on a little trip to NYC the weekend […]

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Baked Sunday Mornings: Wintermint Cake

December 21, 2014 Baked Sunday Mornings
Wintermint Test

My fellow Baked Sunday Morning members are making this glorious Wintermint Cake today, and it’s so perfect for the season. It’s three layers of rich chocolate cake, stacked up with peppermint chocolate ganache and peppermint buttercream. Can’t you just picture eating a lovely slice with a cup of hot chocolate, or coffee spiked with Bailey’s, […]

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Banana Chocolate Chip Biscotti {Gastropost Mission #83}

December 28, 2013 Cookies
Banana Chocolate Chip Biscotti - DS

It’s Gastropost Saturday, and our mission this week was “The Gift of Food”. Let’s be honest, I don’t just give the gift of treats at Christmastime; it’s pretty much a year round mandate here on Planet Byn. But I did give a very special gift this year, and it was something I’ve never made before. […]

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~ Champagne & Cookies 2013 ~

December 23, 2013 Cookies
Gingerbread, Sugar, Pecan Cookies

Every year I host a little Christmas party for my friends, where we eat cookies, drink champagne, and toast the holidays. It’s selfish really; in years past I used to make up cookie packages and deliver them around to everyone, whereas now, everyone comes to me! This little soiree is always BYOT, where the T […]

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