HOMESTYLE HOLIDAY BAKING

Gingerbread. Sugar plums. Crisp-fried doughnuts. It wouldn’t be the holiday season without delicious treats. For us, it’s all about the cookies. They’re the ultimate homemade holiday offering, whether you pack them in a tin to send across the country or pile them on a plate to pass around at a party. And how much time you spend in the kitchen is up to you, because we’ve got the perfect home to suit every kind of lifestyle, we’ve also got a recipe for everyone from the I’m-out-the-door-in-five-minutes casual baker to the host-of-the-annual-cookie-swap-thank-you-very-much baking enthusiast. So fire up those ovens and let’s get cooking!

#1 FOR THE BAKER WHO’S GOT A BIG SOCIAL CALENDAR

VuePointe Residence Five Kitchen

When you live on the edge of an urban wonderland—like at VuePointe, poised just a short drive from Pasadena, downtown L.A., or the Westside—there’s always some place exciting to be, even if you’re not the city type (head to the snow in Lake Arrowhead or Big Bear!)

The point is, you’re busy. So here’s a recipe you can whip up in a just minutes, then keep in the freezer for up to a month. Whenever the baking bug bites, just slice off a few cookies, pop them in the oven, and soon enough you’re out the door again. Talk about sweet gratification.

#2 FOR THE BAKER WHO LOVES TO EAT AND RUN

Prism Residence One Kitchen

Who says the holidays can’t be healthy? Or at least, healthyish. At Prism at Weston, you can walk, run, bike or hike off the festivities by hitting the nature trails that wind through the community and lead right into the heart of Mission Trails Regional Park.

And to fuel your yule, we’ve got the perfect recipe, which just happens to make use of a healthyish, outdoorsy pantry staple, and can be batched up and kept in the freezer for when cravings or neighbors or hungry carolers strike. We call that ‘having your cookie and eating it, too.’

#3 FOR THE BAKER WHO COOKS FOR A CROWD

Viridian Residence Three Kitchen

We know you. Happiest when up to your elbows in flour. Thinks the secret ingredient in any recipe is family and friends. Known for your knockout presentation skills. When given an oversized kitchen island—like the great, big ones at Viridian—you call up the troops, set out a few hors d’oeuvres, and start an assembly line.

It’s all about rolling, cutting, baking and decorating for you, and we’ve got a recipe that’ll earn you style points to boot.

Whatever cookie, or home, you choose, we hope you enjoy this season of sweetness. Be sure to share your baking results with us on our Facebook page @TRIPointeSoCal. And remember, there’s even more to see and be inspired by at our model homes across Southern California. Find a neighborhood and visit today! www.tripointehomes.com/southerncalifornia/.

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