My Favorite Christmas Treats!

Who else is kicking off the first weekend in December with holiday baking?! We tackled FIVE batches of baked goods on Saturday, And we had a ball…{and a blissful sugar high!}.

I simply adore December! It really is The Most Wonderful Time of The Year! Not only do we have Christmas & Hanukkah this month, but we also have TWO December birthday celebrations. Lucky for us, that gives us a reason to get in the spirit, warm up the oven, and get out our mixing bowls! Thankfully I have my Mom and Zia to help!!

I’m super nostalgic about holiday baking. It evokes memories of making Chocolate Chip Cookies, Christmas fudge and Hello Dollies with my Mom. Now I get to make new baking memories with my daughter AND my Mom! How special is that!?

Y’all know I try to live a life with balance over here and I’m fully PRO indulging. But if I can recreate a recipe to be grain free and JUST AS GOOD–I’ll lean into the “healthy-ish” dessert option every time.

This Christmas Treat list is a little mix of both. It’s Indulgent, healthy-ish, festive and totally delicious.. OH and EASY!

Because why make things complicated when there are ways to simplify. Holiday Baking is supposed to be JOYFUL! Otherwise, why are you doing it? **Scroll to the end of the article if you feel like skipping the holiday baking sesh all together–I got an alternative for you!!

On to the recipes bringing us JOY this month!

GF Peppermint White Chocolate Chip Cookies

These grain-free white chocolate chip peppermint cookies will get you in the holiday spirit in no time. They have the perfect crunch and the peppermint flavor is subtle. Be sure to use Organic candy canes to avoid artificial dyes!!!

If Peppermint is your jam, I also really love THIS super easy Peppermint Park recipe. It’s a great addition to gifts for teachers or neighbors.

Almond Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies

These are the chocolate chip cookies to leave out for Santa on Christmas Eve!! They are paleo, so easy and delicious!! I used to Make the Against All Grain version of paleo chocolate chip cookies, but this recipe is quickly becoming my new favorite!!!

paleo almond flour chocolate chip cookies on a marble board

Pecan Chocolate Chip Shortbread Bars

Grain Free Hello Dollies by Happy Dinner ATX

Sea Salted Nut Butter Cups

4 ingredients, only sweetened with a banana and totally amazing!! I make these year round, but they really add something special to the dessert table!

sea salted nut butter cups

Chocolate Peppermint Crunch Cookies

Chocolate Peppermint Crunch Cookie Recipe

Peppermint Flourless Chocolate Cake

Peppermint Flourless Chocolate Cake Recipe

Classic Fudge Recipe by Happy Dinner ATX

Triple-Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies

I use Cup 4 Cup Gluten Free flour to make these amazing cookies GF! I also use EVOO instead of Canola Oil.

triple chocolate hazelnut cookies

Simple Sugar Cookies by Martha

My Dad opts for either Cherry Pie or Sugar Cookies for his December Birthday “cake”. I often turn to these when he chooses sugar cookies. Zia gets so excited to roll out the dough!

Simple Sugar Cookies

Holiday Spritz Cookies

Holiday Spritz Cookies Recipe - These easy Christmas spritz cookies are a wonderfully tasty classic! #Holiday #Christmas #Cookies #Spritz

Gluten Free Lemon Cringle Cookies

Gluten Free Lemon Crinkle Cookies Recipe - Food Fanatic

Tahini Chocolate Dipped Cookies

Chocolate Dipped Tahini Shortbread Cookies | Olive & Mango

Baking not your scene? I get it, and I have a solution for you! Check out my article on Austin Mom’s Blog. It’s all about my favorite ways to indulge in Austin and includes my favorite local bakeries. Totally worth the splurge AND you are supporting a local business or two!!

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