What I’m Bringing to Thanksgiving

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This is the first year in as long as I can remember that I am not cooking Thanksgiving dinner. We are going to my aunt’s in New Jersey and we are so excited to see everyone. We haven’t all been together in a long time. It is actually nice to have the year off.

Just because I am not cooking the whole enchilada doesn’t mean that I am not making anything. I can’t help myself. I need to make some things to bring, it would be weird to not cook anything at all. And I really love cooking in my grandmother’s kitchen. I like using her things. She is the family baker, and has some really fun tools and vintage things hiding in her cabinets. Some of my most cherished memories of my childhood are of cooking with her and mom and my sister.

So what am I bringing?

Sugar Cookie Personalized Place Cards – This is my favorite sugar cookie recipe flavored with almond. I dipped them in cookie glaze and then piped everyone’s name on them with royal icing. I had some gold stars and they are both delicious and useful. How cute are these going to be on your Thanksgiving table?

orange and thyme baked brie recipe

Orange and Thyme Baked Brie – I made this for Peapod earlier this fall and I have made it many times since. It is so simple and you can throw it together in a couple of minutes. It is one of my favorite holiday appetizers. I like to serve it with apple slices and toasted baguette.

thanksgiving recipes

German Mulled White Wine – I make this all fall, and it is the perfect cocktail to start Thanksgiving dinner. You can simmer it on the stove and let people ladle it themselves. Or I put it in an airpot and keep a stack of mugs and bowls of garnish and get everyone out of the kitchen.

horseradish cranberries

Bobbie’s Berries – It is not Thanksgiving for me unless these horseradish cranberries are on the table. I know it might sound weird, but I beg you to give it a chance. It is my most requested recipe from family and friends.

maple bourbon custard pie

Maple Bourbon Custard Pie – This pie is new to the Thanksgiving dessert rotation, but definitely deserves a spot. It is heavenly. Make some whipped cream and grate some fresh nutmeg over each slice.

Pumpkin Bread Pudding

Pumpkin Bread Pudding – I really need to take an updated picture, because this one does it zero justice. I’m sharing it anyway because it needs to be on your table. This actually gets better if you make it a day or two ahead of time.

What do you like to bring when you are a Thanksgiving guest?


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Well, hello there! I’m Bree Hester, the Boston-based blogger and food photographer here at Baked Bree. Here you can get lots of weeknight meal inspiration, eat more plant-based meals, and still indulge in a decadent sweet treat. Baked Bree is a place where you will find great recipes and inspiration for your next family adventure.

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  1. christi in ma

    Your cookies are beautiful.
    We always have Thanksgiving at my uncle’s house. He makes the turkey, stuffing and gravy, my mom makes the pies and the rest of us bring appetizers and sides.

    I bring Carmelized Onion, Gruyere and Bacon dip from Cooking Light, pumpkin rolls, and a cocktail – something with apple and bourbon typically!

    I usually make Bobby Flay’s twice baked sweet potatoes with the potatoes in a 13×9 instead of restuffed. But this year I’m trying the Barefoot Contessa root vegetable gratin via Smitten Kitchen.

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