The Weekend Dish: 12/1/2012

Happy December! I’m totally ready to dive head-first into Christmas this weekend! I’ll be spending time today getting the house decorated and making my massive “to-bake” list of Christmas cookies and candy. Bring on the shopping, wrapping and Christmas movies… I’m ready!

Speaking of shopping and wrapping gifts, the annual “12 Days of Giveaways” on Brown Eyed Baker will return on Monday with the first giveaway of the season! Be sure to visit the site everyday for a new giveaway announcement!

Are you doing anything holiday-related this weekend, or taking the time to relax before the real craziness begins? Whatever you’re up to, I hope you have a fabulous weekend and get to eat something delicious!

As always, you’ll find a recap of what was posted to the site this week as well as some bookmarked recipes from other blogs. Enjoy!

On Brown Eyed Baker This Week

DIY: Homemade Twinkies – Twinkies will never be gone for good with this recipe to make them at home!

Ultimate Holiday GIVEAWAY: Win an iMac or $500 Visa Gift Card! – You can still enter to win an iMac computer or a $500 Visa gift card! Hurry and get your entries in!

120 Christmas Cookies & Holiday Recipes – A huge roundup of all of my favorite Christmas recipes, everything from breakfast to cookies and breads!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge – A delicious fudge recipe highlighting my favorite flavor combination.

Friday Things – Christmas lights, Anthropologie, concerts, reindeer, photo challenges, and more!

Most Viewed Post This Week: 120 Christmas Cookies & Holiday Recipes

Most Pinned Post This Week: Loaded Baked Potato Dip

Most Emailed Post This Week: Chubby Hubby Truffles

Most Facebook Share’d Post This Week: DIY: Homemade Twinkies

Most Tweeted Post This Week: Ultimate Holiday Giveaway: Win an iMac or $500 Visa Gift Card!

What I Bookmarked This Week

Recipes and posts from other blogs that I thought looked especially delicious and that I thought you would like, too:

Brown Butter Snickerdoodle Cookies (Ambitious Kitchen)
This sounds like a phenomenal spin on classic snickerdoodle cookies.

Carrot Cake Cheesecake Bars (The Sweets Life)
I love carrot cake and I love cheesecake, so I naturally think I would LOVE these cheesecake bars!

Eggnog Banana Bread with Boozy Rum Glaze (Peanut Butter and Peppers)
Looooove this bread! Such a fun way to put a festive spin on traditional banana bread.

Gingerbread Scones (Patty’s Food)
I sometimes forget how amazing scones are until I see a recipe like this. What a perfect recipe for Christmas morning!

Salted Caramel Fudge (Eclectic Recipes)
Christmas cookie trays aren’t complete without fudge, and I’m pretty sure this will knock the socks off of everything.

What was the best thing you ate this week??

Have a delicious weekend!


10 Responses to “The Weekend Dish: 12/1/2012”

  1. Lisa {Sweet 2 Eat Baking} on December 1, 2012 at 10:33 am

    Wow, what a round up, you’ve been a busy bee again. 🙂 I’m loving the homemade Twinkies. How do they compare to the real thing taste-wise? I’m in the UK so they don’t have Twinkies here and I heard all about the Twinkie drama going on in the states. I’ve been looking for a homemade Twinkie recipe for a while but since I’ve never tried one, I’d have no idea whether they’d taste like the real thing or not.


  2. Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers on December 1, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    Oh my gosh! I am so honored you put as one of your bookmarks!! he he I already got my ingredients and plan on making your homemade twinkies today! Have a great weekend!!


  3. Baker on December 1, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    Yea, I made the twinkles and they turned out GREAT. My family ate them in seconds…. Left only one for me! 🙂 anyways, I just made sugar cookies, and I discovered ur royal icing tutorial thing…. I think it was ALSO very great, but you should also maybe try making a video…. It would help so people could understand more exactly how you make them. Just so they come out perfect. 🙂 it may b a stupid thought, but I think u should try it. I know I would appreciate it!


  4. Baker girl on December 1, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    Hi! This might sound stupid, but I think it would really help ALL of us, a lot if… Well see, I made the sugar cookies… DORIE GREENSPAN one, and I then looked at ur royal icing tutorial and tried it (turned out great!) but I think that maybe it could of come out EVEN BETTER if u made a VIDEO tutorial so I can see each and every one of
    Ur mixing, flooding, and other techniques. I think it would really help. 🙂
    And especially since its the holidays!


  5. buttercream bakehouse on December 1, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    gingerbread scones sound amazing.


  6. Taylor @ greens & chocolate on December 1, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    I made chicken alfredo pot pies and it was definitely the most delicious meal I made this week! I cannot wait to make your fudge…I love fudge!!


  7. Renee on December 2, 2012 at 10:07 am

    Hi there my baking friend….I think you should know that you have helped me survive in Asia the last 18 months with all of your “from scratch” recipes! We definitely love curry and asian cuisine, but nothing beats the taste of home….and no I don’t mean from a box. Anyway, I have been meaning to tell you THANKS for some time now…so here it is. THANK YOU! We love your recipes, and I know all the substitutions now with my Asian markets 🙂 I bake cakes, muffins, breads, bagels and so much more thanks to you….


    • Michelle on December 2nd, 2012 at 11:20 am

      Hi Renee, Thank you so much for the note! I’m thrilled to hear the site has helped you survive away from home. Happy baking! 🙂


  8. natalie@thesweetslife on December 5, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    thanks for the shout out–you WILL love those cheesecake bars!


  9. Monique @ Ambitious Kitchen on December 10, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    Thanks for the link love!


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