As y'all no doubt know by now, I love to cook. Specifically, I love to bake. The Better Half and I are sharing Thanksgiving duties with my folks as well as hosting the in-laws to-be for Christmas this year, so I've been going crazy looking up holiday desserts. I've gotten the “I must make this!” list down to nine choices based on their potential deliciousness factor. Now all I have to do is wade through all the actual recipes … but first I thought I'd share my tastiest finds with you and see what you think!
1. Red Velvet Cheesecake
Photo Credit: elaynam
Um, could you die? Can you even imagine? The recipe for this dessert looks super involved, but I don't even care. Anything that combines Red Velvet cake and cheesecake is all right by me. With cheesecakes, timing is always key, from mixing to baking, but I think this one is well worth all that work.
2. Buche de Noel
Photo Credit: rebecca_84
I've always wanted to make one of these, because it's basically a giant Swiss Roll, and the BH loves Swiss Rolls. That being said, do not attempt this recipe unless you have an enormous baking pan. The recipes I've seen call for nothing less than 15in by 10in by 1in. I'm not sure I even have enough counter space for that...
3. Caramel Turtle Cake
Photo Credit: Rachel Ford James
I'm really looking forward to trying this one. It is super rich, you can tell that just by looking at it. However, my dad loves caramel turtles with a passion. My grandma used to make the actual candy but has since stopped and I have yet to get the recipe out of her, so this cake with its moist cake and surprising ingredients – like coffee! – seems to be the next best thing.