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Baking Bites for Craftsy: Brown Sugar & Whiskey-Glazed Ham

Baking Bites for Craftsy: Brown Sugar & Whiskey-Glazed Ham

I’ll admit that I usually bake sweet things, but that doesn’t mean they’re the only things I use my oven for! I also make a wide variety of breads, roasts, pasta dishes and other savory items, though not all of them end up here on the site. During the holidays, there are two main dishes that are part of my family’s traditions: turkey and ham. ... Read More »

Gingerbread Oatmeal Blondies

Gingerbread Oatmeal Blondies

These bar cookies are a must-make for the holiday season. I know they don’t look like it at first glance, but these are actually blondies! The dense, chewy bars have the same fudgy texture that you typically find in a brownie, but without any of the chocolate. Blondies usually have a buttery vanilla base, but these bars add molasses, spices and oatmeal to the mix ... Read More »

Baking Bites for Craftsy: Shoofly (Don’t Bother Me) Pie

Baking Bites for Craftsy: Shoofly (Don't Bother Me) Pie

When you think of molasses, you probably think of gingerbread and spice cakes. Molasses is a wonderful sweetener with a rich, bittersweet flavor that is often paired with spices like cinnamon, ginger and cloves. While there is absolutely nothing wrong with doubling down on spices, that isn’t the only way to enjoy molases. Over on the Craftsy blog (it’s free!!), I’m sharing a recipe for ... Read More »

Gingerbread Cookies n’ Cream, a Holiday Cocktail

Gingerbread Season Cocktail

Homemade infused spirits and liqueurs are some of my favorite things to make around the holidays. They’re easy because they’re a very hands-off project (you only need to plan a little extra time for them to age) and they make great gifts for cocktail-loving friends. If you take the time to make your own infusions, you’re going to want to have some cocktail recipes to ... Read More »

Chocolate Pretzel Cookies

Chocolate Pretzel Cookies

Visiting my Grandmother’s house during the holidays as a kid, I always searched the kitchen for a tin containing Danish butter cookies. These buttery shortbread cookies were a treat that never seemed to appear in my house. I liked the sugar-topped pretzels the best. Big sugar crystals, buttery cookie, melt-in-your-mouth texture – what’s not to love? I’ve made my own version of these cookies before ... Read More »

Cook’s Illustrated Tests Cookie Scoops

Cook's Illustrated Tests Cookie Scoops

Portion scoops, or cookie scoops, are the best tool you can use to bake cookies with a uniform size and shape. The scoops come in a variety of sizes and allow you to easily produce ball after ball of dough with ease. In a recent issue (Jan/Feb 2017), Cook’s Illustrated set out to test some scoops and see which ones outperformed the rest.┬áThe test kitchen ... Read More »

Homemade Gingerbread Rum

Homemade Gingerbread Rum

I love making homemade spirit infusions and syrups for cocktails, especially during the holidays. Not only do they make great gifts, but they enable you to make truly unique signature cocktails for any gathering! This gingerbread rum is infused with the flavors of gingerbread. You’ll note that I didn’t call it gingerbread infused rum because I didn’t stuff any cookies into the bottle! The rum ... Read More »

Cranberry Streusel Coffee Cake

Cranberry Streusel Coffee Cake

Pancakes, french toast, muffins and bagels are all fantastic weekend breakfast options, but nothing seems to excite a crowd like a streusel-topped coffee cake. I don’t know if it is the fact that permission to eat cake for breakfast (which I have been known to do anyway) is what makes coffee cake so great, or it is the streuel topping that reels people in. Whatever ... Read More »

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