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Pecan Buttercrunch

By Chef Megan Joy / December 16, 2013

Christmas is 9 days away! Are you ready? As promised, I made a candy recipe that performs appropriately at high altitude. My mom’s good friend Cheryl always sends the most delicious chocolate covered toffee around the holidays, and this recipe reminds me of it. It’s buttery, crunchy, chocolaty, and coated in nuts. Highly addictive.  I […]


Gingerbread Cupcakes

By Chef Megan Joy / December 14, 2013

This time of year there is so much sugar- Christmas cookies, candies, cocktails…that these cupcakes are a refreshing break from all things sweet. They don’t rise too much and are more of a ‘flat topped cupcake’, but their damp, almost black interiors are richly spiced and festive.  Smeared with a ginger-coffee icing, these cupcakes are […]


Chocolate Brioche

By Chef Megan Joy / December 13, 2013

My, what a busy time of year! I’m sure everyone else feels the same way.  In between wintery wedding cakes, business trips (pictured above is snowy Aspen), Christmas shopping, preparing for our puppy, and other work, it’s been hard fitting in any holiday baking. But the show must go on… Thankfully we have a multi-tasking […]


Spiced Pear Pastries

By Chef Megan Joy / December 6, 2013

I can’t stop baking these. I’ve already planned to make them again in 2 1/2 weeks  so we can eat them for breakfast on Christmas morning. They remind me of my days as a student at The French Pastry School, when obviously, pastries were plentiful.  Flaky, tender, and feather-light, homemade ‘quick’ puff pastry serves as […]


Chewy Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies

By Chef Megan Joy / December 4, 2013

A few weeks ago, a High Altitude Bakes baker alerted me of this recipe and I thought they sounded divine. It was too late to include them in this year’s Holiday Cookie Book, so I decided I would make them later on, and of course, post about it.  That time has arrived! We awoke to […]


My Favorite Honey-Glazed Dinner Rolls

By Chef Megan Joy / December 2, 2013

A few years ago, I discovered this recipe and haven’t looked back. These yeast rolls are for when you are seeking bread that is tender, soft, and simply white. Not whole grain, crusty or heavy (which can be good, but just not for this instance). Back in elementary school, one Thursday a month we’d have […]


Praline Pumpkin Cheesecake

By Chef Megan Joy / December 1, 2013

Well, it’s Thanksgiving round 2 today. This evening we are heading to a friend’s house to celebrate the holiday all over again, and I just finished up this praline pumpkin cheesecake.  I’ve made it once before, and it’s a great make-ahead holiday dessert- you get cheesecake, pumpkin, caramel, pecans, and gingersnaps all in one. For […]