December Recipes & Link Up

Our time in Aruba in December was fabulous.  To say it was the best three and a half weeks of our year would be a very true statement.

While I was here, I did a fair amount of cooking and baking.  And I loved every hot and sweaty chocolate-melting-in-the-photos second of it.

For me, cooking and baking is fun and brings out my creative side.  It’s even more fun when the pressures of real life aren’t upon me and on vacation, I had nothing but time on my hands.


And sweat down the back of my neck.

If you’re interested in reliving the treat-filled month, here it is working my way from the beginning of the month until the present.

Eggnog Chai Smoothie (Nov 29 but close enough to December)

12 Bars of Christmas – My Favorite 12 Recipes for a pan of bars

Baked Eggnog Vanilla Donuts with Eggnog Rum Glaze

White Chocolate Peanut, Pretzel, & Chocolate Chip Fudge

White Chocolate Peanut Butter Vanilla Puppy Chow

Peaches & Coconut Cream Smoothie

Caramel Peanut Butter & Jelly Bars

Chocolate Saltine Toffee

Coconut Oil Fried Cinnamon Sugar & Ginger Plantains

Double Chocolate Caramel Corn & Cocoa Rice Krispies Candy Bars

Ho Hos with Cream Cheese Frosting

Creamy Cookie Butter White Chocolate Banana Smoothie

Cookie Butter Spread Ginger Molasses Cookies

No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Oat Squares

I loved the month and I’d like to see what you made in December that you enjoyed, shared with friends and family, gave away in cookie exchanges, or any recipes you made that you’re proud of or feel like sharing.

Or if you have a showstopper recipe from 2011 that you loved, link that up to.

Link up as many as you want!  If you made 10 great things, link ’em up.

I can’t wait to see what everyone made.  Click the little blue button to link up.  It only takes a second.  (It’s  my first time using one of these on a post so hopefully it works!)

Note: “Name” is the name of the recipe, not your first name.


What did you make that you loved?

Is there something you wanted to make but didn’t get around to it for the holidays?

Yes, that was the story of my life.  There’s only so many hours in the day to cook and bake.   And another reason is that elastic waistbands only stretch so far.

Is there something on your To-Make List that you plan to make in 2012?

Yes, that’s what Pinterest is for, right?  To give me a visual reminder of everything I want to try.  There are so many amazing blogs, websites, and recipes out there.  More than I will ever have time for but I am so inspired by just looking and browsing.

The winner of the DAHLicious Giveaway is Keelie (SweatEqualsSuccess)

25 comments on “December Recipes & Link Up”

  1. Everything you made looks wonderful!

  2. Love this link up! I had to use a dessert recipe since yours are always so amazing!

  3. Is there something on my “to make” list for 2012? haha, there’s about 500 things on that list! I had to include a dessert, since you’re the queen of them! ;)

  4. Looove your round up! I just linked mine. I think it worked!

    Happy new year, dear!

  5. Such a beautiful way to spend a December! Such a blessing to have that opportunity!


  6. Just added my recent link! I am looking forward to making some new ice cream flavors in 2012. Always love experimenting in that area.

  7. mmm chocolate saltine taffy looks PHENOM!!!!!! happy new years love!

  8. My mouth is watering as I scroll through your list…
    There were definitely a lot more things that I wanted to make, but I did get to some no bake cookie butter cookies TODAY.

    New 2011 favorites: Grilled Feta, this salmon and quinoa salad with veggies

    And white chocolate peanut butter….yummy!

  9. absolutely love those photos…of the beach and the food! one thing i’m glad i finally got around to making was greek yogurt (so easy and the leftover whey can be used to make ricotta) and one thing that i intended to make but didn’t get a chance to was fudge:( ah well, there’s always 2012!

  10. Yea, link love!
    I want to get around to those plantains in the new year…

  11. Can I fit in your suitcase next time? What a beautiful place! Love all of your recipes too!

  12. I am so over sugar right now, and I am still drooling over all these recipes. Had to link a donut recipe, a la Averie. :D

  13. Everything looks so good! I need to hang out at your house! :) This year there is a couple of things I wanted to make but didn’t, such as sugar cookies, spiced nuts and marshmallows. I guess we can make these things for anytime, doesn’t have to be just for the holidays! Have a wonderful New Years!

  14. Everything looks amazing Averie! Just linked up a few things I made too ;) Thank you for all your wonderful recipes, I will look forward to trying more in the new year :)

  15. I want to “pin it” to all those recipes!

  16. I love the recipes on your blog! From the banana cake on my birthday to the white chocolate puppy chow for Christmas. I made your flourless chocolate cookies for my niece and nephew’s birthday and they were a huge hit! Anything that involves dessert is a hit with my family and friends :)

  17. I made so many good things over the holidays, and found many new recipes that I love. I wish the holidays would last all year long …

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