Merry & Bright.

All things merry & bright | Sally's Baking Addiction

Hi! So what has your December been like? If it’s been anything like mine, you’ve gone through approximately 19 tons of butter and 200 lbs of sugar. Just kidding.

Or am I?

Sally's Baking Addiction Slice 'N' Bake Cookies

But in reality, it’s been absolutely wonderful being at home the past few weeks. I caught up on work, spent time with all of my local friends, went out to a few dinners, decorated our Christmas tree with my mom, baked Christmas cookies, listened to Christmas music, ran an ugly Christmas sweater 5K (so much fun if you’re local!), my friends got engaged, drank mimosas, and more. And this week, it will get even more festive!

Back to all those Christmas cookies. I’ve been baking slice ‘n’ bakes, making peppermint bark, and baking caramel corn like nobody’s business.

Peppermint bark on

Speaking of peppermint bark, did you know that Ghirardelli makes peppermint bark minis?! You can get them at Walmart and Target!

Ghirardelli Peppermint Bark Minis

Last week, I shared a huge round up of 50+ Christmas cookies on my food blog. If you still need Christmas cookie ideas this week, check out all my favorites right there!

Sally's Baking Addiction Christmas Cookies

I also made these super soft ginger molasses cookies. I published the recipe on People in case you missed it! I want to slather cream cheese frosting on any and all cookies from now on, btw.

Soft Ginger Molasses Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

Dog wrapping paper. It’s not weird.

All things merry & bright | Sally's Baking Addiction

For the record, the presents wrapped in dog wrapping paper are for humans. I don’t wrap Jude’s gifts. They go into his stocking. Duh.

Jude's Stocking

Lucky pup.

All things merry & bright | Sally's Baking Addiction

I made oodles of grandma’s caramel corn this past weekend!

Grandma's Caramel Corn Recipe

Grandma's Caramel Corn Recipe

Grandma's Caramel Corn Recipe

Have you ever tried it before? I also have a cinnamon bun flavored version for you to try too. Great treat to make for snacking during the holiday break.

Other treats I’m working on…

Slow Cooker Cinnamon Rolls on

Above: my slow cooker cinnamon rolls.

Below: gingerbread cake. (publishing the recipe on my food blog Wednesday!)

Gingerbread Cake on

I’ll leave you with yet another cupcake ornament on my tree. I have about 10 of them now. I think I need a Christmas tree just for my growing collection of cupcake ornaments.

Cupcake Ornament

Q: What have you baked so far this holiday season?

Most shot with my Canon 5D Mark iii & Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 lens, some shot with my iPhone.


  1. My dog would be furious with us if we didn’t wrap his presents…he LOVES ripping open the paper.

    So far I’ve made your pumpkin spice toffee (huge hit, already have someone asking for the recipe), mint truffles, coconut bars, peanut butter cups, sugar cookies, and cake batter chocolate chip cookies (it’s impossible to eat less than 3 of these at once). On Christmas Eve I’ll make your snowball cookies. 🙂 And after looking at these pictures, I really want to make caramel corn! 

  2. That wrapping paper is actually so adorable. My dog loves running through (and napping in) the kids’ wrapping paper on Christmas morning.

    I spent Monday through Wednesday mostly baking last week and it was wonderful. I made your red velvet 7 layer bars, candy cane kiss cookies, holiday cutouts, chocolate crinkle cookies, no-bakes, peppermint truffles, white chocolate cranberry pistachio biscotti and cookies, hazelnut slice ‘n’ bakes, monster cookies, Biscoff chocolate chip cookies, and saltine toffee. And I’m doing more this week… I may be going overboard, but I’m totally loving it. 🙂

  3. I’m with Angie! Since I don’t have kids, my dogs are my children and love the anticipation of watching my (2) dogs unwrap their gifts! It’s hysterical to watch…my Golden, Cheyenne, is kind of challenged each year in ‘what to do’ and my Yellow Lab, Sadie, caught onto it her very first Christmas 8 years ago. Wrap Jude’s! You will have a comedy show!

    You’re spot on with the 100’s of pounds of butter. I have baked approx. 23 doz cookies and oodles of candy! Including my originals…..Choc Chip, Butter Pecan Crisps, Coconut Butter Crisps, Mexican Wedding Balls, Swedish Dreams and dozens of Shortbreads (my fav) some dipped in choc, some sprinkled with sanding sugar and dozens of others. Candy wise, I’ve done peppermint bark (trying your mint choc bark tomorrow), my infamous PB cups (where you feel guilty for eating just 1), dozens of “painted” pretzel rods & reg pretzels with caramel, toasted coconut and toffee, etc. Hoping to finish all baking tomorrow! My debit card got a very strong workout in the grocery store this season! Merry Christmas to you Sally & your family!

  4. P.S. – My “early” 2016 Goal is to become very acquainted with my brand new gift I bought myself for Christmas this year! My new Canon EOS Rebal T5! It just arrived yesterday! I’m brand new to DSLR Camera’s and I’ve done a lot of research that suggests this is a GREAT beginner DSLR camera! EEKS! Feels a bit overwhelming but my iPhone nor my Nikon “point and shoot” (although it’s a good clear pic!) cuts it when it comes to the macro features. I want to get really good at food photography & later next year have my own food blog (and thanks for your tips on this!) and those are 2 of my 2016 goals with lots of practice, practice as you say!

  5. Oh! And Santa is buying me the 50mmf/1.4 lens you suggested on your blog which I know is a MUST for this type of photography. It also came standard with the 18-55mm and another, the 75-300mm. It was a great package deal for the price. Any other suggestions for lens (as a beginner)? Thanks!

  6. Sally, your pictures are fantastic- so festive and inviting!
    Your recipes are always in my kitchen ready to try a new one.
    I can’t thank you enough for white chocolate cranberry biscotti recipe which is truly my favorite treat with coffee. I used slivered almonds instead of pistachios.
    Your pumpkin chocolate chip bread recipe has been used several times, making small loaves to give as gifts, with more loaves to be made today. I made your cake batter chocolate chip cookies with festive sprinkles, and gingerbread men with my granddaughter. She enjoyed decorating them herself.
     You’ve made Christmas baking quite fun and delicious!
    Have a very blessed, joy-filled Christmas!

  7. Love the photos. I love how you make them each have it own look. 

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