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Meyer Lemon Curd Thumbprint Cookies

Meyer Lemon Thumbprint Cookies

When my kitchen is full of lemons, I always make up a fresh batch of lemon curd. I am particularly partial to Meyer lemon curd. Meyer lemons are less acidic than regular lemons, so they have a strong lemon flavor with a little less tartness. Lemon curd made with Meyer lemons tends to be smoother and much easier to eat by the spoonful than some ... Read More »

Spiced Cranberry Sangria

Spiced Cranberry Sangria

During the summer, I like to make sangria when I’m entertaining. It’s always delicious and refreshing, and it’s easy to make a batch that is big enough for a party. Many think of sangria as just a summertime drink, but this Spiced Cranberry Sangria is more of a holiday drink than a summertime one and it makes a fantastic punch for winter parties. It is ... Read More »

Trader Joe’s Speculoos Cookie & Cocoa Swirl, reviewed

Speculoos Cookie & Cocoa Swirl

Trader Joe’s has a store brand of the popular Biscoff spread that is simply called cookie butter. It’s available in smooth and crunchy varieties, and both are popular with lovers of the sweet, addictive brown sugar-flavored spread. Recently, Trader Joe’s introduced a version that will appeal to fans of the classic spread and to chocolate lovers,¬†Speculoos Cookie & Cocoa Swirl. This spread has a cookie ... Read More »

Gingerbread Cookie Garland

Gingerbread Cookie Garland

I never hung gingerbread cookies on my Christmas trees as a kid, but I always liked the idea of edible Christmas decorations. A Christmas tree that is covered with homemade gingerbread cookies seems both elegant and delicious – and I’ve taken that idea just one step further with my Gingerbread Cookie Garland. This garland is made by stringing crispy gingerbread cookies together. You can drape ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

Bites from other Blogs

Everyone is in baking mode this time of year, since it is the week before Christmas. Cookies, cakes, pies and other goodies are coming out of ovens faster than bloggers can write about them – which is to say that there were a lot of good looking recipes out there this week. I went with a little bit of a chocolate theme, since it seems ... Read More »

How To Make A Christmas Lights Cake

Christmas Lights Cake

During the holidays, I feel a lot more inspired to go over-the-top with cake and cookie decorations. I want to make desserts that are just as vibrant as all those decorations that you’ll find on a Christmas tree. In fact, those twinkling strings of tree lights were the inspiration for this Christmas Lights Cake! The design is very simple and makes a cake with a ... Read More »

Gingerbread House Bundt Pan

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Building a gingerbread house is a very traditional way to celebrate the Christmas season. Gingerbread house construction, however, can be a little bit challenging because all those pieces have to line up just perfectly to allow the house to stand up on its own for decorating! An easier alternative is to use a pan that creates the gingerbread house for you, like this Gingerbread House ... Read More »

Holiday Chocolate Peppermint Layer Cake

Holiday Chocolate Peppermint Layer Cake, interior

I love chocolate and peppermint around the holidays, and juding by the number of Peppermint Mochas and Peppermint Bark that I see in coffee shops and stores, almost everyone likes to see this combination this time of year, as well. Instead of making another batch of peppermint bark to showcase these two flavors, I decided to make something a little bit more dramatic looking this ... Read More »

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