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in the kitchen with: the best of winter baking

by Kristina Gill

I’m still craving sweets, and it’s still cold out, so I thought this would be the perfect week for a “best sweets” round up from our archives. These recipes are perfect for curling up with something or someone warm! Now that Design*Sponge has a Pinterest page, I’ve created an In the Kitchen With pinboard for a quick and visual way to find the recipes in our archives. Keep warm! — Kristina

Image above: Alexis and Courtney’s Chai Tea S’mores

Nothing says warm like a s’more! I can feel the warmth of the fireplace right now!

Image above: Sabra Krock’s Maple Sour Cream Walnut Muffins

Sabra Krock provided a series of fantastic recipes, and this was a readers’ favorite. I can see why! It’s the perfect way to use your walnuts this winter.

More recipes after the jump!

Vera Violin’s Puffer Cakes by Andi Kovel

Though Andi’s recipe calls for a whole cake, I thought it would be extra special to make these as bundtlets so that each of our guests had their own cake. It was a hit!

Jamie Beck’s Chocolate Spice Biscotti

In our house, having a stash of cookies for afternoon tea, breakfast or any time is a must. Jamie’s cookies provide the perfect snack when you need a little sweetness with your tea or — even better — coffee.

Rick Poon’s Chocolate Hazelnut Baklava

Some people are purists and prefer a traditional baklava. Some people love chocolate and hazelnuts and couldn’t think of a better way to eat the two together. Rick Poon’s take on a great dessert is heaven on a plate.

Stacy Newgent’s Apple Dumplings

I love autumn, when the best apples start appearing in the market. Luckily, when stored properly, apples last a very long time, so you aren’t limited to autumn. Stacy’s apple dumplings are the perfect last-minute dessert if you need to make a great impression with little time.

Clotilde Dusoulier’s Rum Baba

I’ll share a secret with you: I became so obsessed with making these baba picture-perfect that I tried seven times with four different shaped molds before I got them the way I wanted for these images. You don’t have to try that hard, though! Once you see how amazingly easy these are to make, they will be the star of your entertaining!

Molly Hatch’s Maple Pecan Whiskey Cake

Maple, pecans, whiskey. What is more winter-y than that? This dense, rich cake is a perfect way to start the day with tea on cold mornings when you would rather stay under the covers but have no choice but to get up and go.

Marlena Spieler’s Sticky Toffee Coffee Pudding

Warning! This is for people with insatiable sweet teeth! You can try to reduce the amount of sweetness, but what’s the point? Marlena’s addition of coffee to the traditional sticky toffee pudding was a phenomenal success in our house.

Megan Fizell’s Pear Whiskey Tart

I still dream about the flaky hazelnut crust in Megan’s tart. And about the whiskey cream. It’s the dessert that friends ask for the most once they’ve cruised the ITKW archive. So easy to prepare, I think I will raid my husband’s hazelnut stash to make one this weekend.

Coffee-Flavored Cakes

This Australian recipe called for making a whole cake, but I opted for cupcakes. These are made with coffee in the mix, so they have an extra kick. Wonderful with a cup of coffee.

Sunday Suppers’ Olive Oil Loaf Cake with Citrus Rosemary Compote

What’s better than a slice of loaf cake with a moist, dense crumb? I love olive oil cakes, and though I normally don’t like citrus cakes, I think the citrus rosemary compote is perfect here and wouldn’t have it any other way!

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