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The Top Holiday Recipes on Leah’s Thoughts

October 6, 2016

Back in March, I began perusing Leah’s Thoughts and decided to curate groups of old posts from time to time, in order to give new readers a chance to see old posts. The first post was The Most Popular Blog Posts on Leah’s Thoughts. Those were the posts that received the most traffic, according to Google Analytics. Since we’re getting into the holiday baking season, I thought I’d round up my holiday recipes (and I have A LOT of recipes).

As I look back at all these old posts, I noticed how much more time I used to spend baking and photographing all my cooking adventures. I still do cook nearly every night, but I don’t blog the recipes here anymore. I’m not exactly sure why. Maybe it’s having less time, or I didn’t want this to become a food blog. Either way, looking at all these recipes inspired me to bake some fall treats. We’re hoping to go apple picking this weekend and I’ve been craving apple butter. I also bought pumpkin to make pumpkin bread and muffins.

So here you have it: A roundup of holiday recipes, starting with apples and pumpkins, of course!

apple desserts collageApple Desserts — Apple butter jam, honey apple cake and my grandmother’s apple cake

pumpkin recipe collage

Bounty of Pumpkin Desserts — Pumpkin muffins, pumpkin snickerdoodles, pumpkin praline dessert and pumpkin roulade cake

halloween treats collage

Quick and Easy Halloween Treats — Pumpkin brownie bites, candy corn mini cupcakes and candy corn bark

Thanksgiving Dishes and Desserts

Thanksgiving Dishes and Desserts — Crockpot stuffing, matzo stuffing, leak and mushroom bread pudding, Brussels sprouts with mustard sauce, Brussels sprouts with pancetta, creamed corn, butternut squash gallette, cranberry zinfandel sauce, cranberry crumb bars with mulling spices

holiday cookies

Christmas and Holiday Cookie Baking — peppermint cupcakes, chocolate kiss cookies, Christmas shortbread cherries, toffee squares, lemon truffles, chocolate candy cane cookies, sugar cookie bars, peanut butter buckeye balls, candy cane fudge, cranberry bliss bars, hidden peppermint kiss cookies, mint chocolate brownies, fantasy chocolate fudge

Hanukkah Latkes — Yukon gold potato latkes (also one of the most popular posts on this blog)

cashew chicken

Chinese New Year — Cashew chicken, steamed shu mai

cupcakeExplosion of 4th of July Desserts — Patriotic cupcakes, flag cake, red-white-blue cookie bars, patriotic cake batter ice cream, red-white-blue Jello stars

Clearly I need to get my act together and start treats for Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, New Year’s Eve, Passover and Easter. I have dozens more recipes, including popular crockpot creations, soups and other desserts. You can check out all the recipes I’ve posted on this blog on the Cooking and Recipes page.

Happy baking and eating!







2 Comments leave one →
  1. October 6, 2016 10:01 am

    My mouth is watering from the pictures Leah! Delicious! (though I probably won’t cook/bake any of them because they would never taste or look the same as someone who knows what they are doing!) 🙂

  2. October 6, 2016 7:34 pm

    OMG… My mouth is watering! Was fun to see Buckeyes — my aunt used to make those. Everything looks SO delicious. I’m coming to your place for the holidays!

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