Staff Picks: Favorite Holiday Recipes

It’s the sweetest time of year! Whether you’re looking forward to connecting with loved ones, participating in your favorite traditions, or taking some time for yourself, we wish for you to find moments of peace, joy, and rest in the midst of all the hustle and bustle this holiday season. And what better way to slow down and enjoy the moment than with some festive, delicious treats? We asked a few of our staff to share their favorite holiday recipes that add a little something special to this time of year and we hope you enjoy them as much as we do.

Cinnamon Roll Cupcakes

Recipe by Kelly Sadler – Sr. Manager, Client Services

Recipe makes 2 dozen cupcakes

  • ⅔ cup butter (room temperature)
  • 2 eggs (room temperature)
  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup packed brown sugar
  • ⅓ cup finely chopped pecans
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 ¾ cups sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 ¼ cups milk
  • Line cupcake pan with 24 paper baking cups and preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 
  • In a medium bowl stir together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  • In a small bowl stir together brown sugar, pecans, and cinnamon. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Gradually add granulated sugar, about 1/4 cup at a time, beating on medium speed until combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes more or until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Alternately add flour mixture and milk to butter mixture, beating on low speed after each addition just until combined.
  • Spoon about 1 tablespoon batter into each prepared muffin cup. Sprinkle about 1 teaspoon of the brown sugar mixture over batter in cups. Spoon remaining batter evenly over brown sugar mixture in cups. Sprinkle remaining brown sugar mixture over batter in cups (you can also reserve a small amount for sprinkling on iced cupcakes).
  • Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool cupcakes in pans for roughly 10 minutes. Remove cupcakes from pans and cool completely on wire racks.
  • Spread or pipe your favorite cream cheese icing on each cupcake and enjoy.

Hot Mulled Wine

Recipe by Kaylah Rodriguez – Senior Marketing Specialist
image of two glasses of mulled wine with cinnamon sticks, star anise, & orange slice garnishes

Recipe serves 4

  • 1 bottle of your favorite red wine
  • 1/4c brandy
  • 1/4c brown sugar
  • 1tbsp maple syrup
  • juice of one orange
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 6 allspice berries
  • 2 star anise
  • Toast dry spices in a heavy bottomed pot on medium heat for 2-3 min.
  • Add the bottle of wine to the pot, along with the brandy, orange juice, brown sugar, & maple syrup.
  • Reduce heat to low and simmer for 30min to an hour, avoiding letting the wine heat to the point of bubbling.
  • When ready to serve, use mesh strainer to remove spices.
  • Ladle hot mulled wine into your favorite mug and garnish with orange slices, cinnamon sticks, cranberries, or whatever else you’d like & enjoy!

About the Author: Kaylah Rodriguez is a Senior Marketing Specialist at Musictoday. She manages paid social campaigns, sweepstakes, SMS marketing, blog content & more.

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