The Weekend Dish: 12/3/2011

It’s officially December! Which means twinkling Christmas lights, decorating trees, holiday programming on TV, hot chocolate, cookie baking, shopping, wrapping, and of course my super cute reindeer shirt that I have had for about 10 years now and that I insist on wearing at some point during the month of December. I also saw a few brief snowflakes fluttering around earlier this week. Still waiting on our first good snowfall, fingers crossed for a white Christmas! As you may have noticed, I started in on some holiday recipes this week, as well as a nice roundup and of course the beginning of my “12 Days of Giveaways”. I hope you enjoy the recipes as well as the goodies I have lined up for you!

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

Brussels Sprout Slaw with Mustard Dressing & Maple-Glazed Pecans – A very different and amazingly delicious way to serve Brussels sprouts. Love the contrast of the tangy mustard dressing with the sweet maple-glazed pecans.

Announcing “12 Days of Giveaways” – I will be celebrating the “12 Days of Christmas” by giving away something new each week day from December 1st until the 16th. Stay tuned for the daily announcements!

75 of the Best Christmas Recipes – A roundup of some of my all-time favorite Christmas recipes – cookies, candies, and more.

Chocolate Chip Cookie & Oreo Fudge Brownie Bars – So sinful and decadent, but you should definitely add vanilla ice cream 😉

Chubby Hubby Truffles – Truffles fashioned after my favorite ice cream – peanut butter, pretzels and chocolate!

Eggnog Cheesecake Bars – Smooth, creamy, full of eggnog flavor, and with a kick of brandy. Hellooooo holidays!

Classic Gingerbread Cake – A wonderfully moist cake, packed with tons of ginger flavor and amply spiced.

Most Viewed Post This Week: Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes

What I Bookmarked This Week

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

Apple Coffee Crumb Cake with Brown Sugar Glaze (Two Peas and Their Pod)
I had a favorite apple cake recipe from eons ago that I can’t seem to find, but I think this will be a perfect replacement!

Caramelized Mushrooms & Dumplings (Joy the Baker)
I fell in love with this as soon as I laid eyes on it. So perfect for cold winter nights. It just feels so warm and cozy. Can’t wait to try it for dinner one night.

Cinnamon Roll Waffles (Chef in Training)
Oh.My.God. Need to make these immediately. Just because. But also, great for a Christmas morning breakfast!

Mascarpone Raspberry Trifle (Junglefrog Cooking)
This is one of the most gorgeous holiday desserts I’ve laid eyes on. I need to make it a point to try this!

Oatmeal Carmelita Bars (Bluebonnets & Brownies)
A couple of readers have asked about a recipe for these bars, and I am happy to have finally found one that looks amazing. I can’t wait to make these!

Have a delicious weekend!