Christmas Cookies You Need to Bake

The best sugar cookie recipe for your Christmas cookies. Soft, and simple cookie recipe just can't be beat! This has been my favorite for years now and I use it every year because it is so easy and tasty. Merry Christmas and happy baking! Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme The best sugar cookie recipe for your Christmas cookies. Soft, and simple cookie recipe just can't be beat! This has been my favorite for years now and I use it every year because it is so easy and tasty. Merry Christmas and happy baking! Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme

One of my favorite Christmas traditions is baking cookies while listening to Christmas music. It’s a tradition that happens in most households, perhaps yours included. But it’s one of those things that feels deeply personal to me. It makes me slow down and truly embrace this season that goes by all too quickly. I know so many people feel the stress of the holidays, but it must be my slow paced upbringing, but I go even slower in these winter months. Someone once told me, “life is a gift, not an emergency.” I love that. Especially during this special season of joy.

This year Julian has been helping me in the kitchen more than ever, and baking cookies is one of his specialties. What child doesn’t love to sprinkle a cookie?! I am using my go-to sugar cookie recipe, one that you may remember from last year. It may take me longer than ever to bake 1 batch with this two Christmas cuties of mine, but this recipe is still being put to good use in our household.

I’m also working on showing you guys a little more of my Christmas decor at home. Lots of you have shown interest in our home styling, so I’m hoping to have that up in the next few days. Until then, here’s our home from last year!

If you add this recipe to your Christmas baking, be sure to tag me so I can see your creations! (Instagram: @heidi.stephensFacebook: Bainbridge Boheme).

CHRISTMAS COOKIES:

Ingredients:

¾ cup butter, room temp

1 cup sugar

1 egg

1 egg yolk

2 tsp vanilla

Grated rind of 1 lemon (orange works great too)

¼ tsp salt

2 ½ cups flour

Instructions:

With a standing mixer, beat the butter until creamy. Add the sugar and continue beating until light in color. On low speed beat in egg and egg yolk just until combined. Add vanilla, lemon rind and salt. Add the flour until blended, do not over beat batter. Form dough into a ball and wrap in plastic. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 375F. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough and stamp with desired cookie cutters. Bake on a lightly greased baking sheet for approx 8-10 minutes. Allow to cool completely before decorating. Store in an airtight container if you don’t eat them all! Enjoy!

Adapted from The Cook’s Encyclopedia of Baking

ROYAL ICING: Wilton’s recipe

xx,

Heidi

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This Simple Ingredient Will Transform Your Pumpkin Pie

Classic Pumpkin Pie with a hint of chocolate. Perfect, simple recipe for baking from scratch. Makes a statement on any Thanksgiving table with this pumpkin pie! Beautiful pie crust makes all the difference in creating a showstopping pie for your thanksgiving tablescape. Oh how I love fall baking! Autumn flavors have my heart. Heidi Stephens--Bainbridge Boheme

Pie dish: Crate & Barrel, Cake knife: Waterford, Crust cutters: Williams Sonoma, similar here

As you can probably imagine, I am in charge of desserts for Thanksgiving dinner in our family. Thanksgiving is my second favorite holiday, next to Christmas. Jeff and I have been hosting our families at our home for a few years now, and our Thanksgiving dinners hold some of my favorite memories. I love celebrating gratitude, good food and family. Jeff loves cooking, I love baking.

When it comes to Thanksgiving dinner, you don’t want to stray too far from traditional. People yearn for those same dishes they have been eating for years. My dad and I were just discussing his disastrous oyster stuffing of Thanksgivings past. He still claims it was delicious.

Pumpkin pie is a staple on every Thanksgiving table. But I have found that adding this one, simple ingredient takes it to the next level, without making it too experimental.

By adding a thin layer of chocolate between the pie crust and the pumpkin filling, the pie becomes oh so decadent. That’s right, chocolate! This pie is a hit at our Thanksgiving table, and the perfect addition to a Friendsgiving as well.

If you whip this up for your Thanksgiving celebration, be sure to tag me so I can see your creations! (Instagram: @heidi.stephens, Facebook: Bainbridge Boheme).

Ingredients:

  • 1 Perfect Pie Crust
  • 3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar (I prefer dark)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp cloves
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips
  • Whipped cream for serving

Instructions:

  1. Prepare pie crust as directed. I always use my go-to perfect pie crust! But if you’re in a pinch, or just don’t feel like it that day, store bought works just fine too.
  2. Roll out 1 pie dough disk onto a lightly floured surface. Transfer to an ungreased pie dish and trim edge. Flute edges decoratively if you wish. Refrigerate crust until firm, about 30 minutes
  3. Preheat oven to 375F and place oven rack on lower third portion of oven.
  4. Cover crust completely with aluminum foil and pat the foil down against the crust. Fill with pie weights (rice works too) to prevent shrinking. Bake for approximately 25-30 minutes. Periodically checking on the crust and lifting the foil until it no longer appears wet in the center. Crust should still be pale in color. Remove crust from oven.
  5. Evenly spread chocolate chips over the bottom of pie crust. Return to oven until melted, only about 1 minute, then remove from oven. Decrease oven temp to 350F and move wire oven rack to center of oven.
  6. Whisk together brown sugar and eggs until well incorporated. Add spices and blend well. Add pumpkin puree, then cream until smooth. Pour into partially baked pie shell.
  7. Bake pie until the filling is firm in the middle, approximately 35-45 minutes. Center can wiggle slightly, but not jiggle!
  8. Serve with whipped cream once cooled. Enjoy!

xx,

Heidi

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Halloween Sugar Cookies

Autumn at home on beautiful Bainbridge Island, Washington. Pacific Northwest home decor during fall time. White kitchen with warm open cabinets of wood and marble counter tops. Halloween sugar cookie recipe, easy recipe with cream cheese frosting. Bainbridge Boheme

This is going to be a cut to the chase kind of blog post. I didn’t have the chance to snap photos of these delicious cookies after they were frosted, but before they were devoured! So this is the only photo you get! You’ll just have to take my word for it, these cookies are amazing. These are my favorite Halloween cookie cutters that I’ve had for years. I lost the pumpkin cutter somewhere along the way, but that is life.

I make these cookies every year, but this year has been especially fun. Now that Julian is a little older (almost 2, oh my word!) he has been able to help so much in the kitchen with me! If you follow along on Instagram (@heidi.stephens) you’ve probably seen that a lot! For a future post I may offer some tips on baking with toddlers if you all are interested.

Anyhow, happy baking everyone! Oh, and if you try this recipe out, be sure to tag me so I can see your spooky, sweet creations! Without further ado…

Ingredients:

COOKIES:

¾ cup butter, room temp

1 cup sugar

1 egg

1 egg yolk

2 tsp vanilla

Grated rind of 1 lemon (or 1 tsp lemon extract)

¼ tsp salt

2 ½ cups flour

FROSTING:

1/4 cup butter, softened

4oz cream cheese, softened

2 cups powdered sugar

2 tsp vanilla

Instructions:

With a standing mixer, beat the butter until creamy. Add the sugar and continue beating until light in color. On low speed beat in egg and egg yolk just until combined. Add vanilla, lemon rind and salt. Add the flour until blended, do not over beat batter. Form dough into a ball and wrap in plastic. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 375F. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough and stamp with desired cookie cutters. Bake on a lightly greased baking sheet for approx 8-10 minutes. Allow to cool completely before decorating. In a small bowl, beat the frosting ingredients until fluffy and well combined. Frost cookies. Store in an airtight container if you don’t eat them all! Enjoy!

xx,

Heidi

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Blueberry Oat Muffins

A healthy start to the morning with these simple blueberry oat muffins! Easy recipe packed with whole wheat, and delicious berries for a kid friendly snack or breakfast. So simple! A healthy start to the morning with these simple blueberry oat muffins! Easy recipe packed with whole wheat, and delicious berries for a kid friendly snack or breakfast. So simple!I have made a batch of these muffins about once or twice a week for the last month. They are such a simple and nutritious snack for my on-the-go toddler and for myself as a ravenous nursing mom. But I especially love them as an easy addition to breakfast. I’m all about simplifying breakfast lately, since I’m so sleep deprived with a newborn! A healthy start to the morning with these simple blueberry oat muffins! Easy recipe packed with whole wheat, and delicious berries for a kid friendly snack or breakfast. So simple!“Muffin” just may be Julian’s new favorite word as of late. Hooray for healthy toddler snacks! This recipe is super simple, but really packs a punch when it comes to a nutritious treat. I adapted the recipe from a Martha Stewart segment in her latest magazine. I can’t find it anywhere online yet! I substituted a lot of the ingredients that didn’t suit my taste, or that required an extra trip to the store. I’m talking to you spelt flour. Who has time for another store run anyway?!A healthy start to the morning with these simple blueberry oat muffins! Easy recipe packed with whole wheat, and delicious berries for a kid friendly snack or breakfast. So simple! I know you’ll love this recipe as much as my family does right now. I’m soaking in the last blueberry days before it’s pumpkin spice everything. If this recipe inspires you to bake some tasty muffins of your own, be sure to tag me on Instagram (heidi.stephens) or on Facebook (Bainbridge Boheme) so I can see your beautiful creations! Enjoy!A healthy start to the morning with these simple blueberry oat muffins! Easy recipe packed with whole wheat, and delicious berries for a kid friendly snack or breakfast. So simple!Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 2 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 2 eggs (room temp)
  • 1/2 cup butter (melted and cooled)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line a 12 cup muffin tin with paper liners.
  2. In a large bowl whisk together flour, oats, chia seeds, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a medium sized bowl whisk together milk, eggs, butter, sugar and vanilla until well incorporated.
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir to combine.
  5. Gently fold in blueberries.
  6. Divide batter evenly to muffins cups.
  7. Bake for 222-24 minutes. Until tester inserted into the center of the muffins comes out clean, or until the top springs back when lightly touched.
  8. Transfer to wire rack to cool completely.

xx,

Heidi

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An All-American Apple Pie

The perfect. simple, easy apple pie. An all-American apple pie to enjoy all summer long! Summer baking is easy with this recipe! Perfect for summer BBQ, fourth of July and Father's Day

Funny back story about the night my husband and I first met…we were at a bar (gasp!) I was sitting with my Dad, who caught Jeff checking me out from across the bar. Jeff was sitting with a buddy, and his friend leaned into him and said, “man that girl is All-American Apple Pie.” Little did he know yet, that I was pie obsessed! Very loudly my Dad announced to me that Jeff was checking me out, and sure enough Jeff heard him. Of course, he had to come say hi now! We hit it off right away, and my poor brother sat with us as we talked for hours, missing about 5 ferries in the meantime. And the rest is history!  Apple pie is now a staple dish, and a funny nickname for me, in our household.

Now onto the pie! For whatever reason, people always say that baking needs to be exact; unlike cooking, which can often be improvised. But I disagree. Sure, there are a few ingredient that you don’t want to mess with too much. But for the most part, I like to experiment quite a bit, especially with my spices.  This is my current favorite combination of spices for an apple pie. I think the hint of ginger is a fun addition, and the amount is small enough that it isn’t overpowering. This pie is simple and classic, and always a hit all summer long. The cherry red pie dish adds an extra flair that I love! Father’s Day, Fourth of July, and summer BBQ’s just scream for apple pie!

The perfect. simple, easy apple pie. An all-American apple pie to enjoy all summer long! Summer baking is easy with this recipe! Perfect for summer BBQ, fourth of July and Father's Day

The perfect. simple, easy apple pie. An all-American apple pie to enjoy all summer long! Summer baking is easy with this recipe! Perfect for summer BBQ, fourth of July and Father's Day The perfect. simple, easy apple pie. An all-American apple pie to enjoy all summer long! Summer baking is easy with this recipe! Perfect for summer BBQ, fourth of July and Father's Day

We enjoyed this particular pie the other day, while having some island friends over for a BBQ. The star cutouts make the pie feel even more “All-American.” As if an apple pie needs help with that.  I love these star cookie cutters and use them all summer long! Julian was my little sous chef, and helped with the star crust, and the “sugar crustos” we made with the leftover pie dough. It’s so fun to share my love of baking with my little man!

As always, please let me know if you try this recipe out at home! I love seeing your creations, so be sure to tag me on Instagram (@heidi.stephens) or on Facebook (@BainbridgeBoheme).

The perfect. simple, easy apple pie. An all-American apple pie to enjoy all summer long! Summer baking is easy with this recipe! Perfect for summer BBQ, fourth of July and Father's Day The perfect. simple, easy apple pie. An all-American apple pie to enjoy all summer long! Summer baking is easy with this recipe! Perfect for summer BBQ, fourth of July and Father's DayIngredients:

1 Perfect Pie Crust

2 1/2 pounds tart apples (Granny Smith’s are my favorite)

2 Tbsp flour

1/2 cup sugar

1 1/2 tsp lemon juice

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp allspice

1/4 tsp nutmeg

1/4 tsp ginger

Pinch of salt

4 Tbsp butter, cold and diced

1 Tbsp water (for glaze)

1 beaten egg (for glaze)

Instructions:

  1. Prepare pie crust as directed. I always use my go-to perfect pie crust! But if you’re in a pinch, or just don’t feel like it that day, store bought works just fine too. Even Martha does it sometimes!
  2. Roll out 1 pie dough disk onto a lightly floured surface. Transfer to an ungreased pie dish and trim edge.
  3. Peel, core and slice apples. Toss apples with flour, sugar, lemon juice, spices and salt. Spoon into prepared pie shell and dot with butter.
  4. Roll out remaining dough. Using a star shaped cookie cutter, cut out approximately 9 larger stars and approximately 6 smaller stars. Arrange onto top of pie.
  5. Place pie in refrigerator to chill for approximately 30 minutes, until crust firms.
  6. Preheat oven to 425F while pie is chilling.
  7. Beat 1 egg and 1 Tbsp cold water together for glaze. Brush stars and pie crust lightly with glaze.
  8. Bake pie for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 350F and bake for an additional 45-50 minutes or until crust is golden and juices begin to bubble.
  9. Best served warm, with ice cream or fresh whipped cream! Enjoy!

xx,

HeidiThe perfect. simple, easy apple pie. An all-American apple pie to enjoy all summer long! Summer baking is easy with this recipe! Perfect for summer BBQ, fourth of July and Father's Day

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Sundae Fundae!

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I am so thrilled it’s June already! Holy cow, that was a rough Winter and early Spring. Warmer weather and sunnier days means ICE CREAM! And I have had some serious ice cream cravings this pregnancy. I have been frequenting our local ice cream parlor a bit too much lately. And dang, that adds up. I decided it was time that I create my own tasty concoction at home.

Sharing an ice cream sundae with a loved one creates a lasting memory. I can still remember making sundaes with my mom in the summer when I was a little girl! I want Julian and our baby girl to have those same memories. I think I’m on the right track with this recipe, because Julian was in heaven! And baby girl was kicking up a storm!

You guys, these sundaes turned out to be out of the world delicious! And so easy! I stopped into our local Walmart to grab all of my ingredients and decided to make a fun twist out of the classic sundae. Instead of using plain vanilla ice cream, I decided to try Blue Bunny® PB ‘N Cones™! It has peanut butter swirls and bits of cone already mixed into the ice cream, so no need for an additional cone! Such a scrumptious twist on the traditional vanilla flavor. Smucker’s has a wide variety of ice cream toppings, but I opted for the classic Smucker’s Hot Fudge Spoonable Ice Cream Topping to complement my PB ‘N Cones ice cream selection. And how can you have a sundae without Reddi-Wip® original whipped topping? You just can’t. For fun embellishments I grabbed some delicious fresh fruit and tasty pecans. I finished the sundae with a fresh, homemade waffle as a fun garnish. Delicious! See the full recipe below!

Tag me in your sundae fundae family memories and let me know if you try this recipe at home! I always love seeing a Bainbridge Boheme creation come from someone else’s kitchen! Tag me on Instagram (@heidi.stephens) or on Facebook (@BainbridgeBoheme).

Ingredients:

  • Blue Bunny® PB ‘N Cones™
  • Smucker’s Hot Fudge Spoonable Ice Cream Topping
  • Reddi-Wip® original whipped topping
  • 1 Banana
  • 1 pint of strawberries, hulled and quartered
  • Chopped pecans
  • Cherries
  • Fresh waffles, quartered for garnish (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Assemble sundae. Scoop two heaping scoops of PB ‘N Cones ice cream into dish
  2. Prepare Smucker’s Hot Fudge Spoonable Ice Cream Topping by microwaving with lid off for 30-45 seconds as label directs
  3. Top ice cream with generous amount of Smucker’s Hot Fudge Spoonable Ice Cream Topping
  4. Dress your sundae with desired amount of fresh fruits and nuts
  5. Top with a heaping dollop of Reddi-Wip® original whipped topping 
  6. Garnish with a slice of fresh waffle if desired
  7. Complete sundae with a cherry on top of your whipped cream
  8. Enjoy with someone you love!

xx,

Heidi

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