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Gingerbread Chocolate Mini Cupcake with Cinnamon Buttercream Frosting | Playful Cooking #cupcakes #gingerbread #cupcakes #buttercream #foodphotographylink to Gingerbread Chocolate Mini Cupcake

Gingerbread Chocolate Mini Cupcake

Continuing my baking marathon this holiday season, I have these Gingerbread Chocolate Mini Cupcake with Cinnamon Buttercream Frosting for you. If I haven’t said it enough already, I will say it again that I love this sudden urge to bake that has gotten into me. I am not sure if this will last post holiday season but for now, the little fella is enjoying it fully. The Gingerbread Chocolate Mini Cupcake is so soft and perfect crumbs that you wouldn't even need the frosting.

Almond Orange Snowflake Cookies | Playful Cooking #foodphotography #cookies #christmas #snowflake #cookiewreathlink to Almond Orange Snowflake Cookies

Almond Orange Snowflake Cookies

Over the past few years, a lot of baking bloggers have inspired me with their cookie wreath photography. I had gawked, admired and planned to try something similar until I finally implemented it last week. I made these soft almond orange snowflake cookies. These cookies have the richness of almond and a subtle orange taste. The icing that I used is super easy with just two ingredients.

Ginger Cinnamon Molasses Cookies - 2 Ways | Playful Cooking #bakingwithkids #cookies #baking #foodphotographylink to Ginger Cinnamon Molasses Cookies – 2 Ways

Ginger Cinnamon Molasses Cookies – 2 Ways

I don’t think I have ever baked cookies as frequently as I am doing this year. Last weekend, I baked these Ginger Cinnamon Molasses Cookies with my little elf. It was crunchy, crumbly and the ratio of ginger with cinnamon was just perfect. At first, I was a little worried if Avyan will approve of these cookies because he wants chocolate or frosting all the time. Thankfully, he loved it, although he thought they had chocolate because of the color. You see, I made the dough on the previous day while he was in school. Clever mommy act, right?

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Sugar Cookies shaped Button, Star & Leaf

Continuing with the holiday season indulgence, I am now gearing up for all kind of Christmas cakes and cookies! Last weekend, I baked these Button, Star & Leaf Cut Out Sugar Cookies, along with my little helper. You have to pardon the terrible piping skills on the cookie, but I am assuring you on the taste.

Soft Gingerbread Cookies | Playful Cookinglink to Soft Gingerbread Cookies

Soft Gingerbread Cookies

The is the time of the year when you can’t help but indulge, go sugar high and drink a few extra glasses of wine. Festive season always brings such a happy feeling. No matter how tired you are, it somehow just melts away when you walk past the street and see all the colorful lights and shimmer. This is the first year that we got a Christmas tree and now I can’t wait to collect ornaments from all the places we hope to travel. This is also the first year that we baked Soft Gingerbread Cookies. We even tried to…

Nuts and Seeds Crackers | Playful Cookinglink to Nuts and Seeds Crackers

Nuts and Seeds Crackers

At first, I want to thank you all so much for showering your wishes and showing your love in my last post. It means a lot! Now, if you are looking for a last-minute Christmas gift, this savory nuts and seeds crackers could be a good choice. It’s so easy to bake. Even if you are not much of a baker, you can easily pull it through. It’s crispy and so dunk-able in a cup of tea, coffee or hot chocolate. You can go creative with the ingredients. Add your choice of nuts, may be some dried fruits or perhaps,…

Chicken in red wine, grapes and caramelized onion | Playful Cookinglink to Chicken in Red Wine, Grapes and Caramelized Onion

Chicken in Red Wine, Grapes and Caramelized Onion

Chicken breast dunked in a caramelized onion, grapes and red wine sauce. The flavor is rich and the color is vibrant. Served with creamy polenta that balances the lushness of the sauce wonderfully, leaving one asking for more.

Mulled Wine | Playful Cookinglink to Mulled Wine

Mulled Wine

This Christmas, don’t just serve a bottle of good wine. Instead, make it extra special by adding more flavors. Mulled wine is a perfect cozy drink to warm you up on cold winter nights. Even though we don’t celebrate Christmas in an authentic way, we still love to get in the mood and enjoy all the joyful foods. This warm drink surely helps to spice up the palate and get one into the festive spirit.

Orange Mint Almond Cake | Playful Cookinglink to Orange Mint Almond Cake

Orange Mint Almond Cake

This time of the year always takes me back to my days spent in Shillong, a tiny hill station in northeastern part of India. It was scenic, pollution free, pleasant and always much cooler than tropical India. That’s where I was born and spent a reasonable amount of time; learning, making mistakes and growing up. Even though I moved away after my graduation and my parents moved away after Dad retired, I still like to call Shillong as my hometown.