Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Christmas baking has begun! This is a new holiday favourite – I found it a few years ago when trying to find a recipe to add to my cookie spread knowing I would have friends attending our annual holiday party who eat gluten free. Easily one of the favourite cookies of everyone, regardless of their…

Nicole’s Holiday Lasagna

To be honest, I never follow a recipe for lasagna anymore and just wing it every time. This approximates what I normally make. For best results, make the vegan ricotta the day before. The ground round layer can also be made ahead and stored in the fridge until ready to use. Tofu ricotta layer 2…

Kourabiethes – Greek Shortbread

A delicate, melt-in-your-mouth shortbread for any occasion – but I have decided to categorize this as a “holiday” recipe because they are reminiscent of grandma’s whipped shortbread, the powdered sugar, of course, brings snow to mind, and they are simply divine with the use of a clementine where the recipe calls for an orange. I…

Ginger Cookies

Is it really Christmas without a gingerbread cookie? While these aren’t actually gingerbread – the molasses and ginger will hit the same spot and their soft chewiness will bring a little extra holiday comfort. These won’t last long in our house. Ingredients 1 cup granulated sugar (+ ½ cup for rolling) ¾ cup Earth balance…

Chocolate Covered Marzipan

This is a great holiday recipe that is completely vegan and gluten free. Homemade marzipan is actually very easy to make – the element of skill required in this recipe is tempering the chocolate. I’ve made chocolate covered confections back when I didn’t know what I didn’t know – that is, that just melting chocolate…

Darlene’s Fruitcake

Darlene was a good friend of Grandma Donna. Of my grandma’s few fruit cake recipes, I chose to try this one first because it required the fewest ingredients and had the shortest baking time. I like that’s it’s lighter and less fussy than traditional fruit cake, something I would enjoy for breakfast with a cup…

Fruited Holiday Nog Bread

I thought it might be fun to try a recipe with holiday nog as an ingredient because I always loved eggnog growing up. Although my family currently consumes eggs, we’re very picky about the source of the eggs and real eggnog would source its eggs from concentrated factory farms, which doesn’t fit with our ethos….

Butter Tarts

These butter tarts, along with whipped shortbread, are my family’s two most beloved Christmas recipes. There are two major factions of butter tart lovers out there – the type who love raisins and/or nuts in their butter tarts and those who hate them. We’re clearly in the raisins and nuts camp. My mom also sometimes…

Sugar Cookies

These are another Christmas staple in our family – I’ve thrown many cookie decorating parties among friends and am now happy to continue the tradition with my kids. This batch is a special edition from my dino-loving 3-year-olds. Ingredients 1/2 cup Earth balance 2/3 cup granulated sugar 1 egg 1 tsp vanilla 1 3/4 –…

Whipped Shortbread

This was a big family favourite over the holidays in our house. It almost wasn’t Christmas without a batch of mom’s / grandma’s whipped shortbread. In fact, I had no idea until I was well into adulthood that there was any other kind of shortbread. Ingredients 2 cups Earth balance, cold 3 1/2 cups flour…