December is a big, big month for cooking. There are the holiday parties, with fizzy cranberry cocktails and elegant appetizers. There are the big family meals with hearty beef roast and caramelized onions. Then there are all the food gifts -- chocolate candies, caramels wrapped in white paper, and jars and tins of chutneys, jams, liqueurs, and cookies. And we haven't even mentioned fruitcake or candy canes yet.
We want to know: What recipes do you save for December? What do you look forward to cooking this time of year?
I personally love all the sweets: the peanut butter and chocolate Buckeyes, sweet sticky divinity with smoked almonds, and the dark molasses toffee. Sara Kate's mother's toffee is divine. I also can't wait to make this cranberry cake.
The recipes in the photo above, clockwise:
• Ginger Cinnamon Caramels
• Mailing Toffee
• Best Cut-Out Sugar Cookies
What about you? What do you love to cook (and eat!) this time of year? We're definitely looking for good recipes for gift-giving and holiday entertaining too.
(Images: Faith Durand)