The Weekend Dish 12/14/2012

Happy weekend to you! I can’t believe we only have this weekend and next weekend before Christmas is here. Suddenly it’s the midway point of December and I have not yet purchased a single Christmas present. This is totally unlike me… I’m usually very close to being finished, if not totally done. Now, I’ve been on a bit of a baking bender for the last week, so there is no shortage of cookies to eat. Those should fuel me during my last-minute shopping trips! How are your holiday preparations coming along? Don’t forget that you can still enter the KitchenAid Mixer Giveaway through tonight! The 12 Days of Giveaways will conclude this coming week with days 11 and 12 on Monday and Tuesday. Stay tuned for two more great giveaways!

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

10 Awesome Foodie Gift Ideas (2012) – A roundup of 10 unique gift ideas for anyone who loves to spend time in the kitchen. You might find some items to add to your own wish list!

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies – One of my favorite re-discovered recipes. A soft peanut butter dough is baked up, and then a miniature peanut butter cup is pressed into the center. One of the best cookies, ever.

Homemade Torrone – A classic Italian nougat candy loaded with almonds. I would have never thought to make these at home, and now I can’t imagine buying them ever again!

Snowball Cookies – Whether you call them Snowballs, Russian Tea Cakes or Mexican Wedding Cookies, these shortbread-style cookies loaded with nuts and rolled in powdered sugar are a holiday must.

Friday Things – Holiday baking, a new cookbook, Grandma’s biscotti, and more…

Most Viewed Post This Week: 30 Favorite Christmas Cookies & Recipes

Most Pinned Post This Week: Chubby Hubby Truffles

Most Emailed Post This Week: Chubby Hubby Truffles

Most Facebook Shared Post This Week: Pistachio & Cranberry White Chocolate Bark

Most Tweeted Post This Week: 10 Awesome Foodie Gift Ideas (2012)

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:

Butter Cookies with Eggnog Cream Cheese Icing (White On Rice Couple)
Sugar cookies are one of my favorite treats during the holidays, and this buttery version with a very festive eggnog cream cheese icing sounds perfect for nibbling while watching Christmas movies by the glow of the tree.

Chewy Brown Sugar Cookies with Brown Sugar Frosting (Cookies & Cups)
More sugar cookies! I can’t wait to try this brown sugar version – I imagine a very delicious praline flavor.

Holiday Spice Cake with Eggnog Buttercream (Portuguese Girl Cooks)
More December flavors! Please do yourself a favor and click over to see how utterly gorgeous this cake is. The combination of flavors sounds amazing, must make this soon!

Loaded Chocolate Bourbon Fudge (How Sweet It Is)
Fudge is never one of my “must eats” during the holidays, but this version sounds like it would have me going back for seconds… thirds… fourths… it could be dangerous!

Peppermint Bark Brownies (Love and Olive Oil)
Peppermint bark is one of my most favorite holiday treats, and I love the idea of combining it with dense, fudge-like brownies.

What was the best thing you ate this week??

Have a delicious weekend!