Gingerbread Cookies and St. Frank Textiles

This recipe for soft and chewy gingerbread cookies is a Christmas staple in my house! You can decorate them with a simple icing and sprinkles, or keep them plain!

Thick and Chewy Gingerbread Cookies | ChezCateyLou.com #Christmas

Is there any kind of food that says Christma more than a gingerbread cookie? There is just something about the flavor of gingerbread that makes me think about decorating the tree by a cozy fire while Christmas music is playing in the background. And they are so much fun to make because you can choose any shape that you want! I love to get out my cookie cutters each Christmas season and play with them – it makes me feel like a kid! Of course the standard gingerbread man is adorable, but there are so many fun options.  This year I was inspired by these gorgeous ornaments  from St. Frank.

St. Frank sells handmade textiles that are sourced from artisans around the world. This holiday season they are featuring a limited edition Birds of Peace ornament set that consists of four embroidered birds, each one with a unique and beautiful pattern. So I added a new cookie cutter to my collection and got to work.
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Gingerbread Doughnuts

All the warm flavors of gingerbread are baked into a cute little donut and topped with a thick layer of frosting! These gingerbread donuts are perfect for the holiday season!

Gingerbread Donuts | ChezCateyLou.com

It is December 1 – let the Christmas recipes begin! I have a hard time getting into the Christmas spirit until Thanksgiving and my birthday have passed. But once they are over, I start to get so excited about Christmas. TheBetterHalf and I just got back from an amazing trip to Paris and Brussels (more to come about our trip in a future post) and both cities were all decked out for Christmas. It was gorgeous, and got me in such a festive mood!

So when I woke up at 5:00am this morning because of jetlag, naturally my thoughts immediately went to Christmas baking. And since it is a weekend morning, I focused on doughnuts, one of our favorite weekend breakfasts since I bought my Donut Pan.  And so gingerbread donuts were born!  … 

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Pumpkin Crumb Coffee Cake

Cinnamon crumbs are piled high on top of moist and flavorful pumpkin cake – this Pumpkin Crumb Coffee Cake is the perfect fall breakfast!

Pumpkin Crumb Coffee Cake | ChezCateyLou.com #pumpkin

I’m back with another pumpkin recipe. I just can’t stay away! For some reason this time of year all I want to eat is pumpkin! Like these pumpkin doughnuts, or these pumpkin doughnuts, or these pumpkin muffins. I can’t believe I am about to say this, but I like it even more than chocolate right now. Pretty sure that will change in a month or so, but for now I’m embracing pumpkin everything! … 

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Cinnamon Roll Donuts with Cream Cheese Icing

These baked Cinnamon Roll Donuts, drizzled with cream cheese icing, give you all the delicious cinnamon roll flavor without the hassle of baking cinnamon rolls!

Baked Cinnamon Roll Donuts with Cream Cheese Icing | ChezCateyLou.com

According to this handy little website, it is Donut / Doughnut Appreciation Day!  I know there is a National Donut Day in June, but I fully support having two days a year when we can celebrate the mighty Donut.  If you follow my blog regularly, you probably think that I celebrate donuts on a weekly basis.  I have been obsessed with making them ever since I bought this amazing donut pan!  I decided that I had to celebrate this holiday with baked Cinnamon Roll Donuts with Cream Cheese Icing…. 

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Baked Pumpkin Doughnuts with Pecan Brown Butter Icing

Pumpkin Pecan Doughnuts | chezcateylou.com

I have been dreaming about pumpkin doughnuts ever since I made these.  They were SO good. But I always like to try out new recipes (and then share them with you!), so I went on the hunt for a different pumpkin doughnut recipe.  It didn’t take me long to find one.  Pumpkin recipes have really exploded in the past month. Everywhere I look, there is pumpkin – Pinterest, food blogs, Instagram pix.  But I am not complaining, I am also pumpkin obsessed!  There is just something about the color and flavor that screams fall.  … 

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