The holidays just wouldn't be as special without a range of tempting, decadent homemade baked goods for family dinners, parties, potlucks and other special occasions. Whether you're a novice baker or your family's designated dessert maker, HHolly Jolly Cookies is chockfull of dozens of recipes that will inspire you to put on your apron. Sugar & Spice Molasses Cookies, Christmas Tree Cookies and Cranberry & Nut Biscotti will be the hit of any cookie swap. Desserts like Christmas Present Cake, Peppermint Bark Brownies and Coconut-Chocolate Layer Cake will wow your family and guests. Kids will love making (and eating) Stained-Glass Stars, Candy Cane Layer Cake and Snowmen Cupcakes. Readers will be delighted with the many delicious options, many of which will become longtime family favorites!
Alexis Mersel is a food writer, editor, and taco lover. After spending 10 years as an executive at Food Network and Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, she attended Ballymaloe Cookery School on a 100-acre organic farm in southeast Ireland. She is a former adjunct faculty member of New York University’s graduate school of publishing and currently works as a cookbook author, food stylist, and blogger. Having lived in Paris, London, New York, and San Francisco, Alexis infuses her love of food and travel into everything she cooks and bakes. Alexis lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband, daughter, and giant cookbook collection. She spends her free time baking sourdough bread and teaching kids of all ages how to cook.