Treat Yo'self (and others!)

Last minute baking/cooking/infusing help is HERE!!! We're gonna brainstorm with my recipe archives.


coconut lime bars

Coconut Lime Bars

Last year I made these Coconut Lime Bars. They were a HIT! People appreciate something different. Especially when they've been inundated with chocolate!

Coffee Chocolate Marshmallow Krispies-

These will get you noticed. PROMISE.

bacon oatmeal raisin cookies

Bacon Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

If you have someone on your list that likes something a little more savory, these cookies will do the trick! Also- dudes will be into these. I just know it.

Flourless Coconut Chocolate Drops

These are what I'm making this year! They're super easy, and gluten free!

Chocolate Chunk Blondies

I'm also making these. I can't help myself. They freeze well so I plan on making some this week to give away next week!

Caramel Brioche Croutons

These are CRAZY good. You could fill up a huge jar with them...or you could dip them in chocolate and package them up...or you could just give them to me directly off the baking sheet. I'm down for whatever.

Roasted Rosemary Almonds

Can't go wrong with these babies. People appreciate savory this time of year!

orange spiced cashews

Orange Spiced Cashews

These cashews are a perfect balance of savory & sweet. Things that make you go mmmmmm.

oh yes i did

Spiced Cocktail Nuts

Give people a nut sack for Christmas....No...Really.... These ones are spicy!

Candy Cane Vodka

I'm doing it. You should too. Package up some hot chocolate or pair it with some awesome coffee beans!

homemade limoncello

Homemade Limoncello

People are making a ton of this this year! Thank you for your photos on Instagram & twitter, people!

You still have time to get this done did.

Homemade Amaretto

If you love the taste of might not give ANY of this away! Super easy. Done in an hour.

cucumber infused vodka

Cucumber Infused Vodka

Pair with a few ingredients for bloody mary's and you have yourself a SPLENDID gift. WANT.

strawberry infused vodka

Strawberry Infused Vodka

I am so lucky to live in California where we can get strawberries year round. That means I can drink this YEAR ROUND. Dangerously....awesome!


Candied Citrus Peel

Made this this year. People are loving it. I might make another batch...we shall see! Dip them in chocolate too!

white chocolate peppermint dipped pretzels

White Chocolate Peppermint Pretzels

These pretzels were for Cooper's teachers last year. They loved them. They had no idea it took me no time to do.

Basil Infused Oil

Try your hand at infusing some oil with herbs! It's a fantastic gift. A crusty baguette or some top notch pasta and other pasta accoutrements would be fantastic in a basket!

cardamom pear butter

Cardamom Pear Butter

People appreciate food in jars. That means they will love this pear butter! It's spiced perfection.

let the salivation begin

Fleur De Sel Caramels

These caramels changed my life. I am forever grateful.

Killer Granola

Lastly! GRANOLA. Who doesn't like granola? That person doesn't belong in your life.


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  • Sini
    December 18, 2012

    Thank you Tracy! This is a great list. Definitely gonna make candy cane vodka this week! I already got the ingredients today :)

  • December 18, 2012

    this is exactly what I needed today! I have NINE half full mason jars I'm giving as gifts and I need another item to put into them.

  • Jessica McLeod
    December 18, 2012

    Awesome Tracy! I DO need to make something wonderful. I love the nutsacks and blondies. All I've made so far is burnt gingerbread men and ghetto toffee, lol.

  • December 18, 2012

    Ooooh thank you for this! I am planning on making both spicy & sweet nuts to gift (and labeling them "naughty" & "nice", har har) but haven't nailed down recipes yet!

    Also, love the Treat Yo'self reference :)

  • December 18, 2012

    Great suggestions!!

  • Teri
    December 18, 2012

    Thanks for the great round-up, Tracy! I have been dreaming about those blondies since you posted them a few days ago. I can't wait to make them!

  • December 18, 2012

    YES! The coconut lime bars. Genius. Thank you ma'am.

  • December 18, 2012

    Great choices! I'm starting my mustard but may have to add your nuts! They all look very tempting.

  • December 18, 2012

    This is SUCH a good list! I want to make every single one of these recipes, like right now. You make it sound so easy and fun. I'm not a baker or bartender, but after seeing this post especially, I'm giving it my best shot :)

  • Jillian
    December 18, 2012

    CRAP!!!!!!!!! I forgot about the coconut lime bars. I effing love those things. Thanks for destroying my after New Year's diet!!!! I seriously don't even cut them..... I prefer to eat them from the pan.

  • December 18, 2012

    I'm especially intrigued by those caramel brioche croutons...I've never seen anything like them. Having made FOUR different types of caramels in two days you'd think I'd be over them for now, but no!

  • December 18, 2012

    I love that episode of Parks and Rec ... and I love your roundups! :)

  • December 18, 2012

    "Who doesn’t like granola? That person doesn’t belong in your life." Amen. Thanks for this list of awesomeness, sister.
    Heidi xo

  • December 18, 2012

    The coconut lime bars are a nice switch from all the decadence. I may just make this!

  • December 18, 2012

    Ok, when are you getting your cookbook deal because you have some totes amazing recipes?!

  • Carly
    December 19, 2012

    I've made both your chocolate chip blondies and your candy cane vodka last night for gifts! The vodka is AMAZING! (I may have kept half for myself.) Thanks for the inspiration! Merry Christmas!

  • Shawna Greenway
    December 19, 2012

    Have I told you lately that I love you? Really and truly I do!

    • Tracy
      December 19, 2012

      you are the best!

  • jessica
    December 19, 2012

    1. you make some killer recipes, lady.
    2. two words: nut sack. i die.

    • Tracy
      December 19, 2012

      3. THANK YOU!

  • December 20, 2012

    Thanks for the visual timeline of recipes. This will really help with baking for Christmas next week. caramels are my favorite

  • December 20, 2012

    You had me at... Treat yo self

    Beautifully done:)

  • SharonM.
    December 22, 2012

    OMG...I'm so excited I found your blog! What beautiful ideas and creations Tracy!
    AND your teacher treats were just delicious thank you!
    Ho Ho Ho... Hugs to Cooper ;-)

    • Tracy
      December 22, 2012

      YAY!!! You found me!! I'm so glad you did :)

  • Lily
    January 9, 2013

    I tots want to make/give/receive ALL of these things. Awesomeness. Might just call this my 2013 kitchen bucket-list.
    Also, love your photos!

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