Cranberry Christmas Scones are Tasty any Time of Year (Recipe here)
Having my Cranberry Christmas Scones recipe featured on Sew Mama Sew's Third Annual Handmade Holidays series was the perfect excuse I needed last month to mix up a batch and finally take a more festive photo. (Any reason to bake, right?)
I enjoyed a few of the warm scones with butter and a hot cup of tea, then tucked the rest away in the freezer to save for my foodie mother's upcoming Christmas visit (because she'd rather brave the winter cold than show up for spring lambing season again). If you want to bake up fresh scones for breakfast or brunch, you can save a little time in the morning by mixing up the dry ingredients and cutting in the butter the night before.
Handmade Holidays is a month-long assortment of ideas to make the holidays unique, fun, and handmade, but you'll find enough crafty tutorials, gift suggestions, recipes, and shop features to carry you all the way through next year. The entire month is wrapped up on the Ultimate Handmade Holidays 2009 Master List.
If your skills tend more toward the kitchen than the crafts room, you might be inspired to do some holiday baking with these sweet recipes from the archives, all of which freeze beautifully.
These keep well—perfect for gift giving:
Molasses Ginger Spice Snaps
Baby Chocolate Chip and Toffee Shortbread Bites
Chocolate Biscotti for Beginners
Toasted Almond Chocolate Chip Biscotti
Sweet treats for anytime:
Easy Orange Yogurt Loaf Cake
Quick Emergency Chocolate Loaf Cake
Heavenly Lemon Coconut Quick Bread
Chocolate, Cinnamon, and Banana Mexican Monkey Cake
Indulge without the guilt—these aren't all that bad for you:
Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Raisin Cookies (and How To Hug a Sheep)
Apple Blueberry Crumble Bars
Spicy Pumpkin Pecan Raisin Muffins
100% Whole Grain Bran Muffins (four different flavors)
100% Whole Grain Ginger Pear Bran Muffins
Autumn Pear and Apple Crisp (great for breakfast!)
Are you planning a homemade or handmade holiday this year?
© Copyright 2009 FarmgirlFare.com, the half baked foodie farm blog where these temperatures in the teens (not to mention the upcoming snow predicted) have us wanting to simply keep the oven going all month long. I mean, can you ever really have too many holiday baked goods on hand? Not if there's still empty freezer space!