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If you are still wondering what sugarplums to serve on your dessert buffet for Christmas, there are two great cookbooks from Harvard Common Press ( to offer you some very creative and sweet inspiration.

Cake Balls by Dede Wilson is a beautifully illustrated book that gives you more than five dozen different ways to craft dessert out of a basic cake recipe, a binder and a coating. Desserts in Jars: 50 Sweet Treats That Shine by Shaina Olmanson offers colorful ways to use those old jam and jelly jars as new dessert containers, and there is a great section at the end of the book that provides easy to create dry mixes to give in jars as gifts.

Desserts in Jars and Cake Balls – Gotta Love It!


Many people enjoy gifting others during the holiday season with something lovin’ from their oven. The new Better Homes & Garden Baking recipe book ( is a spectacular visual treat that’s worthy of giving as a gift itself in addition to providing the reader with more than 300 baked goods recipes, tips and techniques, from novice through professional levels of skill.

The photography is so gorgeous it feels like you could almost reach inside the page and grab a sweet snack for yourself. Good tutorial in the front of the book regarding bakery basics and we especially like the section on cookies and artesenal bread creations.

Better Homes & Gardens Baking – Gotta Love It!


best cookies

Cookies are among our favorite treats on any sugarplum holiday buffet, and we love the artistic inspiration provided by the new cookbook offering from Julie Anne Hession, “100 Best Decorated Cookies” (

Beautiful color photography accompanies the step by step instructions for creating such themed sugar cookies as Autumn Leaves, Christmas Trees, Squirrels, Snowmen, circus and farm animals and winter accessories. Spiral binding on this book makes it easy to lay flat while following the directions. Great resource section for where to find  cookie baking ingredients and accessories by mail order.

“100 Best Decorated Cookies” by Julie Anne Hession – Gotta Love It!


big book cakes

Another weekend just around the corner? Perfect for browsing online as well as retail book stores. The newly released  Big Book of Cakes from Betty Crocker ( celebrates everything about America’s favorite dessert choice.

There’s good reason to sing the praises of cake — cake is perfect for observing birthdays, special occasions and anniversaries, cakes can be baked in a variety of shapes, served iced and decorated or unadorned and accompanied by sauces or fresh fruit. Cakes can be classic or creative and cakes freeze well to bake now and enjoy another day.

Betty Crocker, The Big Book of Cakes – Gotta Love It!

Add color and flair to fall kitchen creations

A bottle of Wilton Sprinkles (  in Micro Leaves shapes and colors is one item you will definitely want to have in your kitchen cabinet this fall. Not only will these tasty sprinkles add color and panache to cupcakes and cake decorating, kids of all ages can go to town adding some fall flair to breakfast oatmeal, hot chocolate whipped cream and the make your own sundae bar. Available at arts and crafts retailers such as A.C. Moore and Michael’s nationwide.

Wilton Sprinkles – Gotta Love It!