I tend to arrange all my Christmas cookies on a platter but Windowpane Cookies are edible ornaments that can adorn your tree. In “Sprinkles: Recipes and Ideas for Rainbowlicious Desserts,” author and photographer Jackie Alpers creates a variety of goodies with a colorful twist using sprinkles, frosting and icing. You can order her book at www.QuirkBooks.com/Sprinkles.
“Baking Out Loud: Fun Desserts with Big Flavors” (Clarkson Potter, 2012) by Hedy Goldsmith is filled with recipes that will remind you of childhood flavors. But don’t be fooled: Goldsmith gives each one a sophisticated and indulgent adult edge. If you’re headed to a get-together this holiday weekend, take Overstuffed Nutters and wait for the rave reviews.