Christmas – Take 2

Baking Date: January 18, 2014

My husband’s dad lives about 5 hours away from us. Each year, it’s our tradition to get together with him and his wife, along with my husband’s brothers and their families at some point in January to celebrate Christmas.

This year, I offered to make desserts (shocker!).  I made sugar cookies and decorated them in Christmas colors. Each one was unique — here they are:

Rice Christmas Cookies 2

Christmas-themed cookies

More Christmas-themed cookies

More Christmas-themed cookies

I also made a pie, based on a recipe I saw in Food Network magazine.  It’s cinnamon roll apple pie.  One note about this recipe — it calls for the juice of one lemon. I found that to be a bit too tart, and overwhelmed the apple flavor somewhat. I would recommend the juice of half a lemon to cut the tart flavor and let the apple flavor come through.

Here’s the pie after it came out of the oven and the icing was applied:

Cinnamon bun apple pie with icing

Cinnamon bun apple pie with icing

Here’s hoping your holiday traditions hit the “sweet” spot!

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