Gimme Some Oven Celebrating Delicious and Easy Recipes Sat, 11 Dec 2021 18:14:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Baklava Tue, 07 Dec 2021 08:30:10 +0000 A step-by-step guide (and video) for how to make homemade baklava with perfectly crispy golden layers of phyllo, your choice of nuts, and lovely citrus honey syrup.


Homemade baklava has been on my culinary bucket list for years and years and years. So last December, I finally decided to have a little baklavathon and spent the whole month learning about the different baklava styles and food traditions from around the world, testing out various baklava recipes, and refining our own family’s favorites. And turns out — I enjoy making baklava so much. ♡

To be sure, baklava is a labor of love that will always require a few patient hours of your time to prep, assemble and bake. But as you’ll see in the video demonstration below, the process for how to make this particular style of baklava is genuinely quite simple. (No fancy techniques or equipment required.) And as someone who tends to find repetitive baking projects quite relaxing and meditative, I actually really enjoyed all of the chopping and brushing that goes into creating all 40 of those lovely, flaky, honey-soaked layers.

There are of course endless different ways that you can make baklava, depending on which food tradition you happen to be following. But the recipe our family loved best ended up being a bit of a mix between Greek and Turkish-style baklava, made with lots of buttery, golden, flaky sheets of phyllo, a mix of pistachios and walnuts, honey-sweetened syrup, plus a touch of warming spices and orange blossom water added in for extra depth of flavor. And my goodness, it is so decadent and SO delicious.

It’s the perfect project for easy weekend days or — now that we have a very active 8-month old around this holiday season — some blissfully uninterrupted solo baking time in the evening once the little ones finally go to sleep. And it also makes for a great gift if you feel like sharing some sweet treats with friends and family season. (Oohs and ahhs are guaranteed!)

If you’re new to making baklava, I would strongly recommend reading the notes and tips below before starting the recipe. But I promise that it’s truly easy to make and will be worth the time and effort. So grab your apron and let’s make some homemade baklava!


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My Favorite Classic Cookie Recipes Fri, 03 Dec 2021 15:17:32 +0000 A delicious collection of my favorite classic cookie recipes!

The BEST Chocolate Chip Cookies

‘Tis the season for baking cookies, cookies, cookies! ♡

And if you happen to have a craving for one of the classics, we’ve gotcha covered here on Gimme Some Oven with a well-tested collection of some of the best cookie recipes I know.

From classic cut-out cookies (gingerbread cookies, sugar cookies, linzer cookies) to soft and chewy cookies (chocolate chip cookies, oatmeal cookies, peanut butter cookies), to holiday favorites (chewy ginger molasses cookies, peanut butter blossoms, chocolate crinkles cookies) and more, there’s a cookie here for everyone. And after baking these recipes more times than I can count, I have faith that they won’t let you down!

Let’s get to baking.

The BEST Chocolate Chip Cookies

The BEST Chocolate Chip Cookies

“I am known as the cookie queen to my friends. I have been making chocolate chip cookies for as long as I can remember. I found a recipe that I loved that I’ve been making for a couple years now and just came across this. I’ve decided to make them and these are literally the best chocolate chip cookies I’ve ever eaten. I will be making these from now on! Follow the directions exactly and they are absolutely delicious!” -Jema

Gingerbread Cookies

Gingerbread Cookies

“Best gingerbread cookies ever! As spicy as ginger snaps. Strong enough to put icing on but still soft inside if you do 1/8 inch. Crispy if you do 1/4 roll. Thank you.” ~Haddie

Brown Sugar Cookies

Brown Sugar Cookies

“These cookies are AMAZING. I never leave comments or reviews but I had to for these. I made four batches and every single one turned out perfectly. Sugar cookies are usually boring but I love the subtle flavor of these. I will be using this recipe for my Christmas cookies for years to come. Thank you!” ~Katie

Peanut Butter Blossoms Cookies with Hershey's Kisses

Peanut Butter Blossoms

“Came together really fast and baked quickly. They were so good, I’ll be making another batch as a birthday present for my sister!” ~Christy

Chewy Ginger Molasses Cookies

Chewy Ginger Molasses Cookies

“This recipe is a gift. I bake all of the time and this is the only recipe that people routinely ask me for. It is a staple for all family gatherings and friend events because everyone loves these cookies so much. I cannot recommend this recipe enough.” ~Maya

Linzer Cookies with Snowflake and Christmas Cut-Outs

Linzer Cookies

“I made these as part of my Christmas cookie baking session yesterday. They are SO GOOD! I filled half with seedless raspberry jam and half with nutella. Thanks for the amazing cookie recipe!” ~Vanessa

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

“This was, hands down, the BEST chocolate crinkle cookie recipe I have ever tried! They stay fresh and they are very moist with a decadent texture. I highly recommend this recipe. Thanks for sharing!” ~Angie

Peanut Butter Cookies

Peanut Butter Cookies

“The best peanut butter cookie recipe I’ve ever had. Easy to follow recipe, I made it exactly as stated, I would not change anything. Cookies looked amazing and tasted wonderful! Not too sweet with the perfect balance of peanut butter. Everyone that tried them, loved them.” ~Jen

No Bake Cookies Recipe

No Bake Cookies

“I love your cookie recipes! No bakes can be so finicky, but this recipe was perfect! I used almond milk because that’s all I had, and they still turned out delicious! Thanks Ali!” ~Joni

Stack of Oatmeal Cookies with Raisins

Oatmeal Cookies

“These taste incredible! My daughter and I had a lot of fun making them together today. We did half with white chocolate pieces and half with M&Ms. Love your site! Directions are always easy to follow and everything is always delicious.” ~Jess

Brownie Cookies

“Ok, these cookies are SO fun! I was a little doubtful that the tops would turn out as shiny and crackly as the pictures, but your instructions were perfect and they turned out great! As a family of brownie lovers, these are 100% going in our regular rotation.” ~Kara

Happy cookie baking, everyone!

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Caga Tió Cupcakes Tue, 30 Nov 2021 11:27:18 +0000 These fun Caga Tió cupcakes celebrate the famous “pooping” log that brings children presents each Christmas here in Catalonia, Spain.

Caga Tio Cupcakes

Christmas cupcakes…but make them Catalan. ♡

This December marks our fifth holiday season living here in Barcelona…and Teo’s very first! We had such a fun time this past weekend taking him to the central Christmas market, buying his first tree, adding to our nativity set, and watching his eyes light up seeing all of the twinkly lights around the city. But of course, it wouldn’t be the Christmas season here without one of the best and quirkiest Catalan traditions that we absolutely love…the arrival of Caga Tió, the famous Catalan pooping log.

If you’ve never heard of Caga Tió, Barclay and I actually recorded a video learning about the tradition when we first moved here (see below). But in a nutshell, kiddos across Catalonia spend the month of December feeding their Caga Tió oranges and food scraps each day, while trying to be on their best behavior under his watch all month long. Then on Christmas Day, the kids all gather to sing a song and (yes) whack Tió repeatedly with a stick. Then if they were good and their Tió is nice and full…he “poops” out presents for everyone.

It’s a centuries-old tradition that everyone here still has so much fun celebrating. (As our friends say, is it really that much weirder than a dude from the North Pole sliding down your chimney?) So this weekend, we had a great time finally introducing our Teo to our Tió. And together, we started feeding him early so that he’ll be ready to do some excellent pooping this Christmas. Then I got a little carried away…and made cupcakes to celebrate.

So for anyone here in Catalonia or around the world who wants to celebrate Caga Tió in an extra sweet way this year, here’s a quick tutorial for how to make these cupcakes!


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Christmas Cupcakes Mon, 29 Nov 2021 11:57:38 +0000 These cute Christmas cupcakes are made with soft and fluffy vanilla cupcakes, a simple vanilla buttercream frosting, and whatever fun sprinkles or toppings you choose. Decorating instructions included below!

Christmas Tree Cupcakes

Usually, I kick off the holiday season by baking dozens and dozens of my favorite Christmas cookies. But this year, I randomly decided to dust off my set of piping tips and decorate a few rounds of Christmas cupcakes instead.

And it’s been surprisingly fun! ♡

I used to be really into cake decorating in my early twenties, and had forgotten how much I enjoy getting lost for a few hours on a Saturday afternoon in the world of frostings, food colorings, piping tips and sprinkles galore. It’s been a fun creative hobby to pick back up this holiday season…with some very merry and delicious cupcakes to enjoy as a result!

So for any of you who might interested, I thought I’d share a few batches of my favorite Christmas-themed cupcakes that I’ve made lately. These simple Christmas tree and Christmas wreath designs in particular are very beginner-friendly, if you’re new to the world of working with piping tips, and relatively quick and simple to make. Or if you happen to be interested in an even more basic option, I’ve also provided instructions below for how to make similar designs using just a ziplock bag and a butter knife. I’ve included my favorite vanilla cupcake and a simple vanilla buttercream recipes below, but feel free to use whatever homemade cupcake and frosting recipe sounds best to you here. (Or hey, if you want to save a step and go with a box mix, no shame here.)

Let’s bake some Christmas cupcakes!

Christmas Wreath Cupcakes


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Stuffed Mushrooms with Goat Cheese and Sun-Dried Tomatoes Tue, 23 Nov 2021 11:04:01 +0000 This easy stuffed mushrooms recipe is made with a garlicky goat cheese, sun-dried tomato, pine nut and basil filling and topped with crispy toasted breadcrumbs.

Stuffed Mushrooms

When it comes to easy appetizers that are sure to please a crowd, you can’t go wrong with stuffed mushrooms. And this particular recipe is the new favorite in our house this season! ♡

These little guys came about as we were scavenging the fridge and pantry to whip up a quick appetizer for a gathering, but ended up being so delicious that couldn’t resist making them again and again. The filling is made with a savory and tangy filling, thanks to a simple mix of sun-dried tomatoes, goat cheese, cream cheese, fresh basil, toasted pint nuts, green onion and lots of garlic. Fresh baby bella mushrooms are then stuffed with the filling, sprinkled with crispy golden Panko, and baked until tender. And when served nice and warm, these stuffed mushrooms are SO flavorful and downright irresistible!

We opted to make our stuffed mushrooms vegetarian, although you’re welcome to mix in some bacon or sausage if you would like to add a protein. And if you need to make them gluten-free, just use some variety of gluten-free breadcrumbs and you’ll be good to go. I’ve also included make-ahead instructions below if you would like to prep this easy stuffed mushrooms recipe up to a day in advance, which can come in extra handy for holiday entertaining this time of year.

Let’s make some stuffed mushrooms!


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Thanksgiving Recipes You Can Totally Count On Mon, 22 Nov 2021 11:45:16 +0000 A delicious collection of my favorite Thanksgiving recipes.

Thanksgiving Recipes

Looking for some five-star-reviewed, tried-and-true, all-time favorite Thanksgiving recipes that won’t let you down?

We’ve gotcha covered. ♡

From nostalgic old-fashioned classics to lightened-up modern twists, make-ahead options to last-minute quick fixes, sweet treats to savory faves, plus options for all kinds of dietary preferences around your table, there’s something delicious on this list for everyone. So whether you are just now starting to plan out your Thanksgiving menu, or maybe you’re simply needing a final recipe or two to fill in the gaps, scroll down through the list below or click on any of the following categories to find some tasty inspiration:

Wishing you all a cozy, safe, and gratitude-filled Thanksgiving this year! (more…)

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Hot Toddy Fri, 19 Nov 2021 13:06:12 +0000 This classic hot toddy recipe is easy to make in just 5 minutes with hot water, whiskey, lemon and honey. Feel free to use your favorite type of whiskey, plus any extra add-ins or garnishes that you enjoy.

Hot Toddy Recipe

Chilly nights call for warm drinks. And when you’re looking for a simple cocktail to warm you up, nothing beats a classic hot toddy. ♡

This centuries-old drink has long been one of my favorites to enjoy this time of year. It’s incredibly quick and easy to whip up in 5 minutes with just 4 basic ingredients — hot water, whiskey, lemon and honey. But of course, everyone has their own opinion regarding exactly what ratios, add-ins and garnishes make for the best hot toddy. So I highly recommend tinkering around with the ingredients here to come up with your own signature hot toddy recipe that tastes perfect to you!

My own favorite way to make a hot toddy is to mix one nice and strong, without too much water, and with plenty of tart lemon and a hint of sweet honey to complement a good-quality bourbon. But my “secret” ingredient — which I’m going to insist that you all try! — is adding a few slices of fresh ginger to the hot water, which only require a few extra minutes to steep before mixing into the cocktail. Fresh ginger tea always tastes so cozy this time of year, especially when I’m feeling under the weather, and its flavor pairs perfectly with the lemon, honey and whiskey. And, in my opinion, makes the drink taste far more interesting than using just plain hot water!

That said, though, you do you when it comes to this drink. I’ve included the classic hot toddy recipe below, plus lots of other fun ideas for different variations that you’re welcome to try including different spirits, garnishes or add-ins. Or of course, feel free to nix the spirits altogether to make a non-alcoholic hot toddy that is wonderfully comforting (and also kid-friendly) on its own.

Cheers to cozy drinks keeping us all warm this season!


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Green Bean Casserole Wed, 17 Nov 2021 11:30:27 +0000 This easy Green Bean Casserole recipe is made 100% from scratch with lightened-up ingredients, including a delicious creamy green bean filling and crispy onion topping. It’s also easy to make ahead and always a crowd fave.

Green Bean Casserole Recipe

Move over, canned creamy soup, frozen green beans, and packaged fried onions.

This modern homemade green bean casserole recipe is made entirely from scratch and tastes a million times better than the retro casserole full of processed ingredients. And it is my hands-down fave. ♡♡♡

For too many years, I always passed on the green bean casserole at Thanksgiving because it was so mushy, bland and boring. But as it turns out, when homemade green bean casserole is well-seasoned and made with better ingredients, it comes to life and tastes SO fresh and flavorful. And it’s still quite simple to make!

Instead of soggy frozen green beans, fresh green beans are the star of the show here, which are ever-so-briefly cooked in order to preserve their crisp texture and bright flavor. Instead of canned cream of mushroom soup, fresh mushrooms are sautéed and folded into a lightened-up creamy Alfredo sauce. And instead of dry, packaged, palm-oil-fried onions, fresh red onion is sautéed with crispy panko breadcrumbs, which toast to golden perfection as the casserole bakes.

Together, all of these ingredients combine to make a casserole that is legit delicious and anything but boring. I make it every Thanksgiving, and friends and family all agree that it’s the best!


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One Hour Rosemary Garlic Dinner Rolls Mon, 15 Nov 2021 11:54:39 +0000 This buttery rosemary garlic dinner rolls recipe is perfectly soft and fluffy, easy to make with or without a stand mixer, and ready to go in about one hour.

One Hour Rosemary Garlic Dinner Rolls

Meet the garlicky dinner rolls that I’m going to be bringing to everything this holiday season! ♡

They’re a simple riff on my classic one hour dinner rolls recipe, made this time with lots of rosemary and garlic kneaded into the soft and pillowy dough. Then once the rolls emerge hot from the oven, they are brushed with a generous spread of melted garlic herb butter and sprinkled with a pinch of flaky sea salt to finish. Y-u-m.

This particular dinner roll recipe has long been my favorite because it’s genuinely simple to make either completely by hand or with the help of a stand mixer. And the great news is that the rolls genuinely can be ready to go in just an hour. Or if you prefer, you can also press the pause button halfway through to prep the dough up to 48 hours in advance and then bake the rolls later, which is what I typically do to make Thanksgiving day a bit less stressful.

Feel free, of course, to customize the recipe a bit with whatever fresh herbs you love best and enjoy! These rolls are always the best!


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Butternut Squash Soup Thu, 11 Nov 2021 10:30:19 +0000 The best butternut squash soup recipe I know! It’s super-easy to make, naturally gluten-free and vegan, and so incredibly cozy and delicious. Stovetop, Crock-Pot and Instant Pot instructions included.

Best Butternut Squash Soup Recipe

Is there a more quintessentially autumn meal than a cozy bowl of butternut squash soup?

Well on a particularly chilly day this past weekend, we made our millionth batch of my mom’s butternut soup recipe to share with some good friends who came over for dinner. And as always, this vibrant, healthy, velvety soup came through with all of the fall comfort food vibes and completely hit the spot. It’s just perfect this time of year!

The great thing about this butternut squash soup recipe too is that it happens to be naturally gluten-free and vegan, which makes it a wonderful option for hosting large groups (especially around the holidays). It’s easy to make in either the Instant Pot, Crock-Pot or on the stovetop (all options included below). It’s loaded up with lots of savory veggies and seasonings, plus a hint of sweetness thanks to the addition of one apple. And most importantly, it’s just incredibly comforting, flavorful and delicious.

I first shared this butternut soup recipe on the blog nearly a decade ago, but thought it was worth bumping back to the top of the site today for anyone who’s craving some lighter fall comfort food. Our family hopes that you enjoy it as much as we do!


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