(BPT) - Home baking adventures have been the perfect distraction for many people in an otherwise difficult year. It's fun to be creative in the kitchen, try unique twists in recipes and even get a little crazy with the results! In fact, baking can be a great way to celebrate the end of the year and look forward to the possibilities in 2021.

If you've got your minds open and your whisks ready, these five recipes from Reynolds Kitchens® Parchment Paper will get you started in the sweetest countdown to next year. Beginning December 1, follow along at Reynolds Brands’ Facebook for a 21-day Cookie Countdown to celebrate in the tastiest, craziest way possible.


Want to think outside the box and try some unconventional flavor combinations in your baking? For fans of spice, this Spicy Hot Sugar Cookie recipe is sure to kick things up a notch. With a dusting of your favorite snack, this one is an awesome combination of hot and sweet for a surprising dessert that is a must try. When baking, remember to use Reynolds Kitchens® Parchment Paper with SmartGrid® to space out your dough evenly on the pan. The 1" and 2" grid marks make measuring and spacing simple!

How many times have you had a peanut butter and jelly sandwich with a side of potato chips for lunch? The sweet jelly, savory peanut butter and salty chips are a tasty combination that people young and old adore. Why not have it for dessert too? This American classic is made into cookie form in the Peanut Butter and Jelly Potato Chip Cookie recipe. Mashed potato chips are the secret ingredient that make the dough so scrumptious and just like your favorite lunch! This recipe is so good, you may want to make it over and over again in the new year.

Sometimes the craziest combinations can have the most magical outcome in the kitchen! This is true for Caramel S'mores and Bacon Cookies. Beloved on their own, but when each of these foods are combined into one cookie, you'll be licking your lips and at a loss for words they're so good. Each soft cookie is topped with a marshmallow, followed by a chocolate kiss and garnished with a salty kick of bacon. Last but not least, a drizzle of caramel elevates this cookie to dream status!

Baking should be fun and when you make Chocolate Confetti Balls, you'll be grinning ear to ear along with anyone else that joins you in the kitchen. These tasty balls are packed with surprises including chocolate chips and colorful sprinkles. Roll each ball before dipping into melted chocolate and placing on Reynolds Kitchens® Parchment Paper with SmartGrid® to perfectly space out each delectable creation. Garnish with popping candy and when set you'll be ready to try these little balls that are a big treat!

If you enjoy a warm red on a chilly winter day, you're going to love this recipe for Red Wine Cupcakes. Your favorite red can be used in both the cake and frosting recipes for an indulgent adult treat that is good any day of the week. Make an extra batch for a festive gift that brightens the day in a sophisticated way. Remember, red wine is fine. Red wine cupcakes are great!

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