Baking Gone Wild! Top 10 Over-the-Top Baked Goods for the Holidays

I’ve been sucked in. For some reason, I can’t stop watching The Great American Baking Show. I don’t know if it’s the soothing voices of Nia Vardalos and Ian Gomez, the adorable British version of your grandma in Mary Berry (seriously – even her name), or the hunkish looks and personality (yes, I am comfortable with my sexuality) of Johnny Iuzzini. Whatever it is, I’m hooked. Then I started thinking about the 150 million dozen cookies my wife baked, the bread we are baking for Christmas dinner, the delicious cinnamon buns we have Christmas morning, the list goes on. We are in the heart of the season of baking. Some savory bakes, others totally sweet. Either way – we have it all. After much thought, eating, and more eating, we have the top ten breads, cakes, and bakes for the holidays. You’re welcome.

In no particular order…

10. Rolo Cheesecake Bars


Thank god for bakers, right?

9. Six Layer S’mores Bars


When a dessert is described as “oozing” with peanut butter, chocolate, and marshmallow, I’m in. Don’t tell me anything more.

8. Chocolate and Toffee Pecan Pinwheels

That is puff pastry. Yes, it does make everything even that much better. Carry on.

7. Pistachio Rum Mini Bundt Cakes

Pistachio Chewy Bite Mini Rum Cakes

Sure, you could make a chocolate bundt cake. But let’s be real – you’re making it from a box and nobody’s going to finish the whole thing. Try these for a change.

6. Cocoa Crumble Ricotta Cake



5. Gingerbread Biscotti


Put the Nonni’s down! You can make your own biscotti. It will even taste better.

4. Cheesy Saison Beer Bread

The right kind of beer makes anything taste better. Plus…cheese.

3. Fancy Toffee Caramel Shortbread Bars

Yes…those are homemade Twix bars.

2. Double Garlic Cheesy Bread

Not garlic bread. Not cheesy bread. Not even garlic cheesy bread. DOUBLE. Again, an instance where the descriptor of “oozing” is applicable in a good way.

1. Biscuits and Gravy

Bangers Biscuits and Gravy Austin


Is this STRICTLY baking? No. Will anyone complain about this recipe or food? I’d put my money on “no.”

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