Healthy Pumpkin Cake with Butterscotch Frosting

Do you believe me when I say that this cake is actually healthy?  Well, you should, because it is!

This healthy Gluten-Free Pumpkin Cake with a special Butterscotch Frosting is whole grain, refined sugar free and contains ZERO butter (I think Paula Deen just shuttered there for a moment).  This cake may be good for you, but trust me, you’d never know it.

Healthy Pumpkin Cake with Butterscotch Frosting

Healthy Pumpkin Cake with Butterscotch Frosting

See that wonderful texture?  The fork just sinks right through.

This cake is soft and moist, you’d never guess that it’s made without a copious amount of butter and oil.  The entire recipe only calls for one tablespoon of oil!

The cake and frosting together are sweet and packed with flavor, you’d never know that the slice in front of you is refined sugar free and all natural.

This cake is unbelievably delicious, everyone who tried it loved it (especially the frosting, my friend and I ate the extra bit leftover straight out of the mixing bowl…  don’t judge us, you will too)

Healthy Gluten-Free Pumpkin Cake with a Spiced Butterscotch Frosting (no sugar added, low fat)

Yield: three 6 inch cake layers

Healthy Gluten-Free Pumpkin Cake with a Spiced Butterscotch Frosting (no sugar added, low fat)

Ingredients

Instructions

    For the Cake:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and spray three 6" cake pans with PAM cooking spray.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the sorghum flour, brown rice flour, starch, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.
  3. In a stand mixer bowl with whisk attachment, add the pumpkin, soy milk, egg whites, vanilla sugar, oil and extracts. Whisk on medium/low speed.
  4. Add the vinegar to the mixing stand mixer, then slowly add in the dry ingredients. When all is incorporated, scrape down the sides of the bowl. Whip batter on medium/high speed for 20-30 seconds.
  5. Pour batter into the three prepared pans and bake for 28-33 minutes, or until the surface of the cakes spring back when tapped.
  6. For the Frosting:
  7. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together both protein powders and the coconut flour.
  8. Whisk in the soy milk, then whisk in the extracts, spices and natural food coloring. Frosting should be thick (add coconut flour or protein powder if you want it thicker, added teaspoon by teaspoon).
  9. Frost the cake, refrigerate for ~30 minutes, then slice and serve!

Notes

**For easier frosting options, read beneath this recipe box below.

**I also added 35 drops of Natural Orange Food Coloring because I wanted the frosting to look more caramel-like, but it is totally optional!

This recipe is: sugar free, low fat, high fiber, high protein and gluten free!

http://dessertswithbenefits.com/healthy-pumpkin-cake-spiced-butterscotch-frosting-giveaway/

I know the frosting recipe here is a little wacky, I made it on a whim.  Some easier frostings include:

Healthy Vanilla Bean Frosting, Healthy Caramel Frosting, Healthy Maple Cinnamon Frosting.

My anxiety level used to go THROUGH. THE. ROOF. every time I’d bake and it was time to remove a cake from its pan.  My heart would beat like I had just finished some crazy CrossFit workout because I was so scared about the cake sticking to the pan.  Back in July, I was baking a layered chocolate cake for a local restaurant (on a time crunch) and it totally slipped my mind to spray the cake pans with cooking spray. I’m sure you’ve guessed it…  the cakes stuck to those darned pans with all their might.  Tapping the pans with my hands didn’t help, and neither did slamming the pans onto my counter.  I used knives, I used offset spatulas, I even tried a spoon at one point.  After a painstaking fifteen minutes, the cake finally gave way…  a little.  Half of the cake landed onto the counter while the bottom half stuck to the pan.  That cake was laughing at me.  I know it was! *Sigh* If only my handy dandy notebook, I mean, little bottle of PAM Cooking Spray were there to save the day!  Don’t worry, I’ve learned my lesson from then.  In case you were wondering, I managed to scrape the bottom half of the cake out of the pan and conceal the hideously uneven cake with a thick chocolate ganache and chocolate glaze…  I’ve never told a soul, so SHHH!! Now I bake all of my reduced-fat and low-fat desserts with cooking spray.  It’s so much easier, quicker and healthier than smearing a stick of butter all over a pan.

Healthy Pumpkin Cake with Butterscotch Frosting

Healthy Pumpkin Cake with Butterscotch Frosting

Healthy Pumpkin Cake with Butterscotch Frosting

Healthy Pumpkin Cake with Butterscotch Frosting

Easy peasy.  That took less than 3 seconds!

Now it’s time for the ultimate baking test  (AKA, the “get-the-cake-out-of-the-pan test”)

PS:  the cake pictured below is different than the one in the post, that’s why it looks different  :)

Healthy Pumpkin Cake with Butterscotch Frosting

Healthy Pumpkin Cake with Butterscotch Frosting

Healthy Pumpkin Cake with Butterscotch Frosting

Healthy Pumpkin Cake with Butterscotch Frosting

Healthy Pumpkin Cake with Butterscotch Frosting

PHEW!

Thanks, PAM.  My heart rate has returned to normal.

Healthy Pumpkin Cake with Butterscotch Frosting

If you are baking (less-guilty) holiday recipes the last thing you need is for your lovely dessert to stick to its pan.  So save yourself some time and stress and use cooking spray!  It’s the holidays people, celebrate and relax.  Drink a little vino and eat some of this (secretly healthy) cake  ;)

Healthy Pumpkin Cake with Butterscotch Frosting

Look at all that frosting!  I wish I could scoop some off the cake and hand it to you through the screen, but technology hasn’t caught up with Wonkavision yet…

It is holiday time…  PRESENTS!  GIFTS!  WOOHOO!!  Gifts always help get people into the holiday spirit and the winner of this giveaway will receive an amazing $100 VISA Gift Card! To enter, leave a comment telling me one of your favorite holiday shortcuts or tips! For good contest karma, like and follow Desserts with Benefits on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest!

This was a sponsored post, however all opinions (and embarrassing baking stories) are my own!  :)

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This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older. Winner  will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail. You have 72 hours to get back to me, otherwise a new winner will be selected.

This sweepstakes runs from 11/20/13 – 12/29/13

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Labels: Brown-Rice-Flour, Brown-Rice-Protein, Butterscotch, Cakes-and-Cupcakes, Coconut-Flour, Egg-Whites, Erythritol, Gluten-Free, High-Fiber, High-Protein, Icings-Frostings-and-Spreads, Low-Fat, Low-Sugar, Protein-Powder, Pumpkin, Sorghum-Flour, Sugar-Free

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Comments (255)

  1. Kaylin: November 20, 2013

    I like to take some spare time during the busy holiday season to unwind by watching a favorite holiday movie with my parents while snacking on healthy brown bag popped popcorn.

  2. Carly Echerri: November 20, 2013

    My holiday tip….always bring a dish so you know there will be something good to eat. And always have a glass of wine handy in case of emergency interviews from relatives ;)

  3. ashley: November 20, 2013

    my holiday tip: bake ahead of time!! especially for thanksgiving pies or Christmas cookie exchanges. this way you can prepare or come up with a plan b if something goes wrong!!

  4. Cori: November 20, 2013

    Always to make the dessert ahead of time along with all vegetable prep!

  5. Meredith B.: November 20, 2013

    My holiday tip is to make sure you have more than enough wine on hand for your dinner/event. You never know who may show up! And if you have bottles left, that’s never a bad thing :)

  6. Lisa Brown: November 20, 2013

    favorite tip shortcut: prepare all you can the day before the holiday to save time and enjoy your guests.
    jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com

  7. Lisa Brown: November 20, 2013

    my tweet – https://twitter.com/LuLu_Brown24/status/403199474278739968
    jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com

  8. Shannon: November 20, 2013

    I always bring a healthy dish to any holiday function I attend. That way I know there’s at least 1 thing that I can eat and not feel lousy about :)

  9. Miranda: November 20, 2013

    I love to buying a healthy twist to every dish and add as many veggies as possible.

  10. Miranda: November 20, 2013
  11. Jamila: November 20, 2013

    My tip: Plan the timing of every dish in/out of the oven, stove, refrigerator, etc. and create a schedule so the day you are going to cook it will be stress free ! I also like to set out ingredients for each recipe on a table and make sure to prep everything in advance.

  12. Jamila: November 20, 2013
  13. Anna: November 20, 2013

    TIP:
    If you’re hosting a holiday dinner provide the main dish, and a side dish or salad, but ask your guests to bring something. It’ll save you so much stress and time. And always ask if you can bring something to a party you’re attending. Even if the host doesn’t require you to bring something, many times they at least appreciate the offer.

  14. Michelle: November 20, 2013

    My holiday tip/shortcut is to make a batch of cookies (varying recipes) once a week a few weeks leading up to Christmas. Bake one or two cookies from each batch to enjoy, but freeze the rest and bake as needed for holiday gatherings! I started doing this a couple of years ago, and it is so much less stressful than making a ton of cookies a day or two in advance. Good luck to everyone in the contest!

  15. Elena: November 20, 2013

    My tip is to plan and cook ahead to save time

  16. Michelle: November 20, 2013
  17. Renee: November 20, 2013

    I love lists! I like to organize my calendar and plan out my to-do’s and shopping lists to try and minimize the holiday craziness. Another thing that I have realized over the last couple of years… it’s okay to say no every once in a while and spend a quiet night at home!

  18. Emily: November 20, 2013

    My holiday tip is to stop worrying! Your family and friends are there first and foremost to enjoy each other’s company, so no matter what you can whip together they will appreciate your effort and have a great time :)

  19. D Schmidt: November 20, 2013

    My short cut is making cookies in advance and then freezing them, I also tend to do that with scones, fruit pies and pound cakes as well! I also admit sometimes when I am short on time to using ready made frosting.

  20. D Schmidt: November 20, 2013
  21. Megan Schrier: November 20, 2013

    The easiest and most delicious go-to for holiday gifts and parties is saltine cracker toffee. Everyone thinks you slaved over making it- but it just takes some basic baking ingredients and a few minutes in the oven!

  22. Dina: November 20, 2013

    I make my pies the day before and cut up vegetables for the stuffing the day before so I just have to focus on the turkey!

  23. Dina: November 20, 2013
  24. april: November 20, 2013

    My tip is start shopping early-sometimes if I find good sales in the summer I will start stocking up for Christmas gifts!

  25. Madison @ Eating 4 Balance: November 20, 2013

    I think it’s absolutely impossible not to believe that all of your desserts are healthy now! You’ve given more than enough evidence in the past. :)

  26. Sarah: November 20, 2013

    I like to use the crockpot whenever possible, it leaves my oven free for other things!

  27. Ashley H: November 20, 2013

    I shop online to avoid the traffic and stress.

  28. Vanessa: November 20, 2013

    I try and purchase as many gifts as I can before Thanksgiving so I have more time to enjoy the Christmas season and all of its associated events

  29. Lilly: November 20, 2013

    My holiday tip is to not stress! It’s easy to be overwhelmed with things to get done around the holidays, but being a giant stress ball ruins everything! Get things done little by little and feel free to take breaks!

  30. Anna: November 20, 2013

    My holiday tip is to fill clear jars with holiday candy and cookies. Set them on the coffee table or dining table and create a holiday themed vignette. Oh and hunt down candy coupons now for upcoming sales! I spy quite a few:)

  31. Carla: November 20, 2013

    My holiday life saver tip is doing all prep work the night before. Having chopped veggies ready to go saves me an enormous amount of time day of.

  32. Erin: November 20, 2013

    Using baking mats while baking cookies ensures perfect cookie every time!

  33. Katie @ 24 Carrot Life: November 20, 2013

    I use Pam for everything! My mom has a great holiday baking trick that I have adopted: she butters the pan and uses white sugar instead of flour. The sugar caramelizes the baked good and makes a slightly crispy and super sweet outside!

  34. heather: November 20, 2013

    My time saving holiday tip is I bake pies the day before the big meal and do as much prep work the day before. As far as shopping I do it as early in the year as I can so I can skip all that horrible holiday store crowd stuff.

  35. Mami2jcn: November 20, 2013

    We keep it simple by only getting gifts for the kids and letting them pitch in with the dinner preparations.

  36. Mami2jcn: November 20, 2013

    tweet–https://twitter.com/mami2jcn/status/403327317583228930

  37. Kate: November 20, 2013

    My shortcut is use the microwave! Instead of a double boiler to melt chocolate, I zap it in the microwave – so much easier and still creamy!

  38. Bianca @ Sweet Dreaming: November 20, 2013

    scheduling in workouts keeps me sane!

  39. cw: November 20, 2013

    My favorite tip is to make whatever I can ahead of time. I love to do a makeahead casserole for xmas day.

  40. April: November 20, 2013

    I cannot tell you how amazing this cake looks! Thanks for the giveaway!

  41. April: November 20, 2013

    I forgot to mention my holiday shortcut tip in the first comment so I’ll do that and leave the link here! My tip is to start cooking at least two days before Thanksgiving with dishes that can be refrigerated and reheated! It saves so much time and scrambling on the big day! Thanks!https://twitter.com/Ricedaisy/status/403355286733201408

  42. jenna d: November 20, 2013

    I like to plan my holiday meals ahead of time

  43. jenna d: November 20, 2013
  44. Mimi: November 21, 2013

    I make lots of pie crusts ahead of time and freeze them!

  45. Rachel: November 21, 2013

    I’d say plan ahead as much as possible, but don’t worry if it doesn’t work out! The holidays won’t be ruined. :)

  46. courtney b: November 21, 2013

    my tip is get your mom to come over and help !:) and dont rush.. that’s when you tend to mess up…

  47. courtney b: November 21, 2013
  48. Jenny: November 21, 2013

    My biggest tip is always pacing! Use a relaxing weekend way before the holidays to prep things that can be frozen, do groceries gradually as you build up to the holidays for things that can be stored in the pantry/freezer, and even use Black Friday to do some casual holiday shopping (during the day, of course, when it’s less hectic!)

  49. Hannah@acaseofwanderlust: November 21, 2013

    best holiday tips? make sure you have a back up plan in case something goes wrong, like you mention with the cake!

  50. Sara: November 21, 2013

    Holiday tip: cookies, bars, breads, or homemade bark can be a great gift, as long as the wrapping and delivery system is special! Cellophane or printed bags can add a special touch, as well as boxes or handmade labels.

  51. Shelly: November 21, 2013

    I always try to do whatever I can ahead of time.

  52. Erika: November 21, 2013

    Prep everything you’re going to cook the day before so the day of, all you have to do is assemble and stick things in the oven!

  53. candace: November 21, 2013

    i try to prep everything ahead of time. also, my family delegates responsibilites so that everything doesnt fall on just 1 person.

  54. Emily: November 21, 2013

    I’m not sure if this is a tip or just common sense, but I feel like I fail at it every year: when baking a dessert from a new recipe for a holiday party, do not wait til the day of the party to do it!

  55. candace: November 21, 2013
  56. Heather @TheSoulfulSpoon: November 21, 2013

    Thanks so much for this giveaway! I have to admit, I make almost everything from scratch except one thing- pumpkin! I actually prefer the taste of canned to fresh! I know- isn’t that crazy?:) I used canned so it saves me time, money and I like it better:) It goes into my stuffing and of course, my pie!:) Thanks again:0

  57. Heather @TheSoulfulSpoon: November 21, 2013

    Just tweeted the giveaway:) Thanks again!
    Twitter name: @thesoulfulspoon

    https://twitter.com/TheSoulfulSpoon/status/403558765204471810

  58. Rose: November 21, 2013

    My tip is to make large batches of food gifts at once to give away to friends and family. You can always freeze items or can them yourselves. It makes the holidays so less stressful when you plan ahead and so much more rewarding to give homemade gifts!

  59. Jessica w: November 21, 2013

    I like to prepare and precut as much as possible and make some things in the crock pot so the whole process of big meals is easier and less stressful!

  60. Jessica w: November 21, 2013
  61. stephanie: November 21, 2013

    i plan ahead!

  62. stephanie: November 21, 2013
  63. Jeanne: November 21, 2013

    My tip is to make large batches of goodies to give away and in case unexpected guests arrive.

  64. Christinabina: November 21, 2013

    My tip is to make the desserts two days in advance of the big day. :)

  65. Miriam: November 21, 2013

    My holiday tip is to focus on family and friends! Everything is so crazy around the holidays that it seems like time with family and friends is impossible to fit into the schedule! I try to combine preparing meals or special desserts with family time by cooking with my Mom or sisters. I also try to show my family that I love them by preparing their favorite desserts or snacks. Keeping the ingredients on hand for their favorites lets me spontaneously prepare foods for them as I have time.

  66. Niko: November 21, 2013

    my favorite holiday short cut..? hmm… probably store bought crusts and canned pumpkin (not the pumpkin PIE, just plain pumpkin). that or (vegan) stuffing in a box. that stuff is so delicious! your blog is wonderful <3

  67. Meryl: November 21, 2013

    For baking, I measure all the dry ingredients in advance, and store them in airtight, labeled plastic containers until ready to use.

  68. Lou: November 21, 2013

    Do as much in advance as possible, and focus on love and goodwill, as opposed to material things.

  69. Kim Henrichs: November 21, 2013

    PAM is a lifesaver!! One holiday tip I have is to stock up on baking supplies pre-holiday. I usually shop for it in October so I’m not hit with a huge expense in November/December for all of those baking items!

  70. amy pugmire: November 21, 2013

    I like to cook early and freeze my cookie dough. My kids love to help and we also deliver them to our friends and family so it saves a bunch of time having the dough already made.

  71. Ashley: November 21, 2013

    Divvy up tasks/food if you are hosting! If you’re not, ask the host/hostess what type of dish to bring. That way you don’t end up with and abundance of one category x)

  72. amy pugmire: November 21, 2013
  73. Kim Henrichs: November 21, 2013
  74. Julia B.: November 22, 2013

    My holiday shortcut is to prep food the day before! On Thanksgiving and Christmas, my family just likes to eat little things all day before the big meal, so prepping those little snack dishes the day before makes everything really easy the day of! Especially when I am starving and don’t have the patience to wait for my mom to make our delicious Hobo Bread Spread, so having it prepped means it gets to my belly faster!

    http://fyre.it/EfVLHY.4 I posted on the actual BlogHer website since I don’t have twitter or a personal blog.

  75. Margot C: November 22, 2013

    Not earth-shaking but my biggest time saver is preparation in advance of every single item that I can (vegetables prepped and ready for assembly by mid-morning for example).

  76. Robin: November 22, 2013

    Cook some things ahead and freeze them.

  77. Sarah: November 22, 2013

    I’ve always hated stuffing as a kid. That is, until I discovered corn bread stuffing. This year – my first Thanksgiving eating gluten-free – I’m going to make the cornbread from scratch using a gluten-free recipe before turning it into stuffing. Between my brother’s vegan diet and my gluten-free diet, we have to find a lot of tricks to making our traditional Thanksgiving.

  78. Charlsey G: November 22, 2013

    I make as much as I can ahead of time. That way, I only need to heat things ups. Prevents my oven from being overrun with things at the same time :)

  79. One Frugal Girl: November 22, 2013
  80. One Frutal Girl: November 22, 2013

    Ask everyone to contribute to holiday dinners. This ensures one person doesn’t get stuck in the kitchen all day.

  81. Amy: November 22, 2013

    I like to be a little thrifty during the holidays and re-use wrapping paper and gift bags if I can. They have to be in really good condition to re-use, but I find it feels good to be less wasteful and save a few pennies.

  82. karen: November 23, 2013

    Make lists and don’t underestimate how much time everything takes.

  83. Nicole Podesta: November 23, 2013

    No-bake desserts are a great shortcut to take for the holidays! Also, anything that can be cooked in the crockpot is always delicious and easy

  84. Susan Smith: November 23, 2013

    My tip is to prep and make everything possible ahead of time so you have more time to socialize.

  85. Susan Smith: November 23, 2013
  86. Becca Entenberg: November 23, 2013

    My favorite tip is to bake the rolls ahead of time and freeze them so you don’t have to worry about them the day of!

  87. Caroline Martin: November 23, 2013

    I love to prep things ahead of time – them just throw the dish together.

  88. Tiffany: November 23, 2013

    Favorite holiday shortcut – making things ahead of time if possible and factor in extra ‘buffer’ prep time!

  89. Jessie C.: November 24, 2013

    I make stock and cookie dough in a large quantity and freeze it in plastic bags.
    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

  90. Jessie C.: November 24, 2013

    -https://twitter.com/tcarolinep/status/404476160668471297

  91. Margot C: November 24, 2013
  92. Sara: November 24, 2013

    I love roasting vegetables for holiday dinners–they taste fantastic with a simple olive oil, salt and pepper flavoring and are easy to chop and throw in the oven! Also baked sweet potatoes speak for themselves, I wash them, leave them whole and stick it in a 400 degree toaster oven for an hour and they’re amazing!

  93. laura: November 24, 2013

    buy butter when its on sale in large quantities, then freeze whole sticks until ready to be used for baking!

  94. Alexis K.: November 24, 2013

    My My tip is to make sure you have all of the ingredients before you start

  95. TC: November 26, 2013

    My shortcut is freezer cookies. Make ahead, stash in the freezer, and then slice and bake when ready.

  96. rachel: November 26, 2013

    Have a cookie exchange with friends! It’s delicious and a great way to get a variety of cookies.

  97. rachel: November 26, 2013

    There’s no shame in freezing meals in the fall and pulling them out during this busy season!

  98. Madeline: November 27, 2013

    I spray Pam on wax paper and lay that on top of a bowl of dough that’s rising. Then it won’t stick if it rises up to the paper.

  99. Madeline: November 27, 2013
  100. mary koselke: November 28, 2013

    we watch A Christmas Story marathon.

  101. Megan: November 30, 2013

    My favorite holiday shortcut is prepping in advance. That way I’m not spending all morning making my dish!

  102. Christina: November 30, 2013

    My tip is to keep a list of everything, to-do, meal plans, shopping lists for groceries, gifts, etc.

  103. Christina: November 30, 2013
  104. Tee: December 2, 2013

    My favorite holiday tip is getting your christmas tree early and decorating it pronto! Otherwise it sits there naked for a week.

  105. Annie @ Natural Sweet Recipes: December 3, 2013

    Gorgeous! Delicious! I wish I had seen this for Thanksgiving. :) I’ll have to make this soon!

  106. Stephanie: December 3, 2013

    I love to try and make healthier recipes :). I also freeze what I can!

  107. Haley: December 3, 2013

    My tip is to just relax and enjoy your time with family and friends. Don’t worry about all the details! And remember…Jesus is the reason for the season & focus on Him :)

  108. Marina: December 3, 2013

    My holiday tip is to take some time to do a little something for others who are not as fortunate. It always puts me in a good holiday cheer mood :)

  109. courtney b: December 4, 2013

    get help from your husband or even your kids, and start early! give yourself plenty of time!

  110. rachel: December 4, 2013

    Enlist your husband to do the dishes!!

  111. amy pugmire: December 4, 2013

    I usually cook with my mom and sister we do different things and we freeze whatever we don’t use to use it for something else or another day if we don’t’ finish.

  112. amy pugmire: December 4, 2013
  113. Amanda @runtothefinish: December 5, 2013

    My holiday short cut is to cook in large batches!! I freeze portions for later and it means something is always ready when we get back from travels.

  114. Liz: December 5, 2013

    Do as much as you can AHEAD of time so you can enjoy everything when the holiday finally gets here. :)

  115. Val: December 5, 2013

    I love to stock up on squash! I’ve had plenty last me till next fall. Best to buy them in season and they’re great in holiday dishes :)

  116. Caitlin: December 5, 2013

    diy for ALL my gifts… baked goods, decor, photo projects. and it’s more personal that way!

  117. Erica K: December 5, 2013

    My holiday shortcut is prepping in advance everything possible. In addition, I always send home leftovers with family to ensure no food does to waste :)

  118. Erika: December 6, 2013

    My favorite holiday shortcut is using store bought puff pastry for things that I might have otherwise made from scratch. It’s only once a year and saves sooo much time!

  119. karen medlin: December 7, 2013

    My tip is If you run out of Brown Sugar, mix 1 cup granulated sugar to 1 Tablespoon of molasses. Another one I always use unsalted butter, to help with family members on a salt free diet, there usually is salt added to the recipe, but cutting a bit back by using the unsalted butter.

  120. nannypanpan: December 8, 2013

    my tip is to line your cookie sheets with tin foil or parchment paper to make clean up easy when making your Christmas cookies
    nannypanpan@gmail.com

  121. Melissa: December 9, 2013
  122. Meg @ The Compost Cook: December 9, 2013

    Hey Jess! My holiday tip is to keep 80% dark chocolate squares with me at all times during the holidays…sounds crazy but blood sugar can run low and stress can get high during this season:) AAAND with organic dark chocolate I’m loading up on my antioxidants.

  123. Erika: December 9, 2013

    We have so many Christmas baking traditions- decorated sugar cookies, wreathes made from cornflakes, Chex Mix, etc. :) My tip is to make double batches!

    chambanachik at gmail dot com

  124. Amy Tong: December 11, 2013

    My favorite holiday tip is plan ahead. I get a long list for homemade goodies to give out. So, I always have to make ahead. I get the beauty or crafty things out of the way first because they last longer, then baking cookies, cakes and tarts at the last 2 days so they stay fresh.

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

  125. Amy Tong: December 11, 2013
  126. zosia: December 11, 2013

    My favourite plan-head tricks:

    Stock up on items that are non-perishable and/or can be frozen (so that I am not having to do crazy shopping runs closer to the date)

    Sounds obvious – but start a to-do list NOW. In other words, just have an on-going list from now until the holidays. Ticking things off as they are completed or bought.

    Finally, I don’t stress over the little things. Christmas is first and foremost about the coming of Christ…it’s not about the food or the presents (although those are lovely).

    Anyways…thanks for the giveaway! Hope someone who truly deserves it gets it!

  127. Wild Orchid: December 13, 2013

    tweet–https://twitter.com/WildOrchid985/status/411673248837820416

  128. Wild Orchid: December 13, 2013

    My favorite tip is to do as much prep work in advance, such as chopping veggies in bulk, so they are ready to use.

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

  129. Melissa L.: December 17, 2013

    My holiday tip is to prepare cookie dough ahead of time, and freeze them. It can be a real time saver!

  130. Natasha of Natashaskitchen.com: December 18, 2013

    Favorite holiday shortcuts? Hmmmm. I’d say make a potluck party that way you can focus on a few good dishes and still have a huge variety :)

  131. Tina M: December 19, 2013

    i make a list,shop early and use slow cooker to save some time

  132. Tina M: December 19, 2013
  133. Donna: December 20, 2013

    I don’t have any shortcuts. I love cooking with love and family /friends…that makes it all worthwhile!!

  134. Peggy: December 20, 2013

    Amazon! I wait until the last minute to order gifts. I do spend all of my time cooking, however.

  135. C V: December 20, 2013

    “tell me one of your favorite holiday shortcuts or tips!”

    Eat something small before you head to a gathering with LOTS OF FOOD– Apparently you’ll eat less, which makes sense…. But I’ve yet to do it. ;)

  136. kesha: December 20, 2013

    I try to prepare foods that can be frozen ahead of time and pull them when I need them

  137. Wanda McHenry: December 22, 2013

    I save time by prepping all ingredients before I start cooking or baking.

  138. Wanda McHenry: December 22, 2013
  139. steve weber: December 22, 2013

    If you are at a party don’t fill up on things like cheese and crackers.. you won’t have room for anything else.

  140. Mindy Merenghi: December 22, 2013

    Clean as you go :)

  141. Amy @ The Nifty Foodie: December 23, 2013

    If someone offers to help you in the kitchen, definitely accept! :-) You’ll have someone to talk to in the kitchen!

  142. Sabine B.: December 23, 2013

    Have a potluck family get-together. Less stress and less clean-up.

  143. tara pittman: December 23, 2013
  144. Martin Scatola: December 23, 2013

    I cook as much as I can the day before a party, this way all you have to do is heat up the cooked food, giving you more time to spend with the guests.

  145. Kerry: December 23, 2013

    My only tip is to make as much as you can ahead of time as you can for less stress the day of your party.

  146. Rebecca Graham: December 25, 2013

    I wash my dishes as I go.

  147. Rebecca Graham: December 25, 2013
  148. Debbie B: December 26, 2013

    my tip is to plan ahead and make sure you have all of your ingredients before you get started!

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  151. angie lilly: December 27, 2013

    Short cut is to raid Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s prepared foods. You can be sure they are made with good ingredients and will taste like homemade!

  152. angie lilly: December 27, 2013
  153. maria cantu: December 27, 2013

    cook what you can before the big day.

  154. LAMusing: December 27, 2013

    My best tip is to prep ahead of time as much as you can and don’t sweat the small stuff :)

  155. Norma: December 27, 2013

    Make double entrees and freeze half for later. Big help in those days leading up to the holidays when you’re busy!

  156. Cynthia C: December 28, 2013

    I try to choose recipes that can be made ahead and ask guests to bring something to share the load.

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  158. Lisa V.: December 28, 2013

    For a big holiday meal, I like to prepare everything the night before and throw in the crock pot and let that do the cooking all day. When it comes to using Pam, when I make spaghetti, I’ll spray some Pam in the water while boiling the spaghetti so the noodles don’t stick together

  159. Maureen: December 28, 2013

    This holiday I have used honey in a number of recipes and I spry the measuring cup with Pam before putting honey in it to get the desired amount and that makes sure that all the honey comes out.

  160. Karen Gonyea: December 28, 2013

    I always make extra so I have enough for unexpected guests :) and who doesn’t love leftovers?

  161. Kiara: December 28, 2013

    My tip is to prepare as much as you can the day before.
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  162. Cindy Merrill: December 28, 2013

    Need to cut back on sugar for Holiday cooking? Use unsweetened applesauce or puree canned fruit and use them in quick breads or muffins. An extra teaspoon of lemon, orange or vanilla extract also helps add flavor too!

  163. Shannon Baas: December 28, 2013

    I make as much as possible ahead of time.

  164. kathy pease: December 28, 2013

    When baking I use cocoa powder instead of baker’s chocolate to add the chocolaty flavor without the fat

  165. kathy pease: December 28, 2013
  166. Erica Best: December 28, 2013

    when i make dressing i used pam to keep it from sticking to the pan

  167. Erica Best: December 28, 2013
  168. Theron Willis: December 28, 2013

    My tip to counter Holiday stress is drinking lots of eggnog. That and giving out money in lieu of surprise gifts, to prevent disapointment.

  169. joseph gersch: December 28, 2013

    my favorite holiday shortcut is to enlist family help with cooking

  170. joseph gersch: December 28, 2013
  171. Barbara M: December 28, 2013

    I try to do some every day and delegate some of the things to other family members.
    Thank you.

  172. Barbara M: December 28, 2013
  173. Daniel M: December 28, 2013

    plan ahead so there’s no last minute scrambling

  174. Francine Anchondo: December 28, 2013

    I like to use parchment paper and Pam for my cookies .

  175. leah p.: December 28, 2013

    I clean up as I cook in order to keep the kitchen clean, and me sane!

  176. Stephanie V.: December 28, 2013

    plan and prep the night before – key to success! Use Pam for all of my baking needs – cookies and cupcakes!!
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  177. Lauren-Olivia Wood: December 28, 2013

    Prep all ingredients before baking and cooking!

  178. Natalie: December 28, 2013

    I try to assemble all dishes ahead of time and them bake them the day of the event/dinner/party.

  179. jessica: December 28, 2013

    clean the kitchen as things are baking/ simmering

  180. Ellie W: December 28, 2013

    I shell pecans and walnuts all year long and freeze them. For holiday baking I just grab a bag from the freezer. Saves time and saves a lot of money by not having to buy shelled nuts at Christmas time.

  181. Ellie W: December 28, 2013
  182. Kelly D: December 28, 2013

    My best holiday cooking tip is to do the prep work ahead of time, like the chopping of fruits and veggies, to save time on the day you have to cook. Or you can even buy them already chopped at the Supermarket sometimes.

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  185. Sunshyn V: December 28, 2013

    I like baking most items in advance and freezing them because there’s always less time the closer the holidays get.

  186. Erica C.: December 28, 2013

    Have all ingredients out before you start!

  187. Stephanie Larison: December 28, 2013

    Prep all you can before the big event. Lots of things you can make in advance and just reheat later on.

  188. Allison Downes: December 28, 2013

    Do prep work and have all your ingredients out and ready to use.

    Thanks for the nice giveaway!

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  189. Allison Downes: December 28, 2013

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  190. Sue Barney: December 28, 2013

    I make most of my cookie doughs at the end of Nov and freeze them so they are good to go when the time is right :)

  191. Rosanne: December 28, 2013

    I start shopping at my favorite stores and for favorite foods weeks ahead of time

  192. CharityS: December 28, 2013

    I always keep brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg in the pantry. I use this in all of my holiday desserts.

  193. Rosanne: December 28, 2013
  194. tina reynolds: December 28, 2013

    use pam and make sure you check too see you have everything give yourself plenty of time

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  196. HilLesha: December 28, 2013

    I have others in the household help out in the kitchen to reduce the stress from cooking and baking. It’s all about teamwork. :)

  197. Tamar: December 28, 2013

    My best tip is honestly to get a hand in the kitchen for food prep.

  198. Margaret Smith: December 28, 2013

    We usually have close to 30 people for dinner on both Thanksgiving and Christmas. To help me keep up with everything, I’ve started asking for everyone to bring a side dish, appetizer or dessert. Everyone is happy to bring a dish or two and it really cuts down on all the cooking falling on my husband & I.
    Thanks so much.

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  200. Lisa: December 29, 2013

    My biggest time saving tip is cleaning as things are cooking (or I am waiting for the oven to preheat) that way I have less to clean later on.

  201. soha molina: December 29, 2013

    My tip is to shop early in the season.

  202. soha molina: December 29, 2013
  203. joni: December 29, 2013

    I prepare as much as I can the night before such as chopping and some precooking too.

  204. joni: December 29, 2013
  205. Alex Roach: December 29, 2013

    I’m going to cook this!

  206. Alex Roach: December 29, 2013
  207. Alex Roach: December 29, 2013

    I always need more healthy recipes!

  208. lorayne gothard: December 29, 2013

    With so much going on during the holidays, I make it a point to make a list of what I need for meals a week n advance and go shopping. That takes away the stress of trying to put something together last minute without all the ingredients!!

  209. lorayne gothard: December 29, 2013

    I tweeted about the giveaway
    https://twitter.com/lgothard/status/417216416840818690
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  210. tracey byram: December 29, 2013

    Prepare as much as possible the day before

  211. Tari Lawson: December 29, 2013

    One of my favorite holiday shortcuts actually came from my husband. Santa does not wrap gifts. This is such a brilliant time saver. All I have to do is wrap gifts for friends and a gift or two from mom and dad.

  212. Victoria R.: December 29, 2013

    Dessert is my favorite part of any meal and I hate feeling rushed when I’m baking – I always do it ahead of time – to give it the attention it deserves!

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  214. Candie L: December 29, 2013

    I watched my sister preparing the holiday meal at her house. She had written down the starting time when she needed to start all of the dishes so the meal would be ready all at once. Thank you

  215. klynn: December 29, 2013
  216. Shauntea Crutcher: December 29, 2013

    Have someone available that can help you cook the holiday meals.

  217. Natalie Yeoman: December 29, 2013

    My tip is too bake ahead of time

  218. klynn: December 29, 2013

    My holiday shortcut is to freeze as much in advance as possible.

  219. Amanda Sakovitz: December 29, 2013

    I make quick and easy recipes

  220. Amanda Sakovitz: December 29, 2013
  221. Nicole Larsen: December 29, 2013

    I split the cooking with the in laws which makes our holidays a TON easier! I also do as much prep work as I can the night before!

  222. Nicole Larsen: December 29, 2013
  223. Thomas Murphy: December 29, 2013

    Prepare as much as possible ahead of time.

  224. Thomas Murphy: December 29, 2013
  225. Tabathia B: December 29, 2013

    I like using microwaved broccoli with cheese as a side dish and it’s quick and easy to make and use

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  226. Tabathia B: December 29, 2013

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  227. Anna Pry: December 29, 2013

    I like buying pre-chopped onions to make cooking easier pryfamily5@gmail.com

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  229. Tanya Reid: December 29, 2013

    Make cookie dough ahead of time and freeze it.

  230. Beverly Metcalf: December 29, 2013

    I try to plan ahead as much as possible. First I make out a menu and then go shopping and then prepare and freeze as much as possible ahead of time. Thanks for having this contest.

  231. Veronica Garrett: December 29, 2013

    I prep all I can the day before. I cut up vegetables and make sure I have everything I need.

  232. Janice Cooper: December 29, 2013

    My tip is to plan and prepare your meals/desserts ahead of time. Make sure you have all your ingredients and that they are fresh.For example this holiday I noticed my lemon extract had expired.

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  234. Erica H: December 29, 2013

    I make sure to read through the recipes to make sure I have everything on hand before starting to bake

  235. Sarah Hirsch: December 29, 2013

    my holiday tip is to make what you can ahead of time.

  236. Terri Egelund: December 29, 2013

    I try to do all my baking a couple of days in advance.

  237. Hollie Jahnke: December 29, 2013

    I do some of my baking the night before.

  238. susan smoaks: December 29, 2013

    to save time during the holidays i like to bake the same recipes so i can just get it done.

  239. mickeyfan: December 29, 2013

    Baking 15 kinds of cookies/candy is not a chore if you make it a PARTY and do it with friends.

  240. Whitney: December 29, 2013

    Always do your prep work first!!

  241. Whitney: December 29, 2013
  242. Susan Ladd: December 29, 2013

    My shortcut is getting everything everything ready and plan a day out to start all my baking. I want to thank you for this awesome sweep and have a Happy New Year :)

  243. Susan Ladd: December 29, 2013
  244. Joanna Allison: December 29, 2013

    My tip is to chop up onions in the food processor and then freeze them on a baking tray before putting in a bag.

  245. Sarah L: December 29, 2013

    Do as much as you can beforehand to make it easy on yourself.
    Thanks for the contest.

  246. Allie: December 29, 2013

    I use parchment paper for baking cookies

  247. Sarah L: December 29, 2013
  248. BusyWorkingMama: December 29, 2013

    I absolutely love ginger snap cookies during the holidays!

  249. Betty C: December 29, 2013

    Several years ago I found a basic recipe that can be adapted for many different dishes. It makes it so much easier to have different foods available when we entertain.

  250. Kenny F: December 29, 2013

    always bring a dish so you know there will be something good to eat.

  251. Kenny F: December 29, 2013
  252. Deborah Wellenstein: December 29, 2013

    Enlist the help of your family/friends. No reason you should be all stressed out over holiday planning. Even little kids like to help!

  253. Linda G.: December 29, 2013

    I try to do as much as I can ahead of time, get shopping done early, make my food list ahead and make sure I have every thing bought ahead of time and make up things ahead that I can

  254. Gianna: December 29, 2013

    I make the desserts a day before the event.

  255. Anastasia: December 30, 2013

    One of my favorite shortcuts is to let the kids help! it sames a lot of time on prep in the kitchen, and it’s a lot of fun showing the kids the ropes :)

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