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Peppermint Brownie Whoopie Pies

Peppermint Brownie Whoopie Pies

The holiday season, when it comes to food, is all about specific flavors. Eating combinations of these flavors – orange and clove, vanilla and nutmeg, cranberry and pistachio, etc. – will make you think of the holidays no matter what form they turn up in. I also feel this way about the combination of peppermint and chocolate, since a peppermint-kissed hot chocolate is one of ... Read More »

Ginger Almond Biscotti

Ginger Almond Biscotti

Many people don’t try their hand at baking biscotti at home, but it is well worth the effort because biscotti are great cookies to have around and homemade ones are a huge improvement over storebought in just about all cases. These Ginger Almond Biscotti stat with my favorite basic biscotti dough, a dough that is easy to put all kinds of flavor variations on once ... Read More »

Cranberry Orange Oatmeal Bars

Cranberry Orange Oatmeal Bars

I use a lot of cranberry and orange throughout the holiday season, starting in November and going all the way into the new year. Part of the reason is that fresh cranberries are readily available this time of year, and while you can always rely on frozen, I feel a lot more motivated to use the fresh ones when they’re in my kitchen. The other ... Read More »

Mocha Swirl Cookie Bites

Mocha Swirl Cookie Bites

When you see the swirl of a cinnamon bun, you know that it is going to be filled with delicious flavors like butter, brown sugar and cinnamon. When you see swirls in other baked goods, you know that, although the flavors inside might be different, they will also be filled with something delicious. These Mocha Swirl Cookie Bites are perfect for coffee lovers, with a ... Read More »

Vanilla Bean Holiday Mendiants

Vanilla Bean Holiday Mendiants

Mendiants are one of my favorite chocolates to make because they are easy, delicious and versatile. Mendiants are bite-sized chocolate rounds that are topped with dried fruits, nuts and other goodies – rather like a bite sized candy bar. I make them for many different occasions throughout the year, and I use white, milk and dark chocolate depending on what type of treat I am ... Read More »

Eggnog Sugar Cookies

Eggnog Sugar Cookies

Eggnog is one of my favorite holiday drinks. I always make up a few different batches during the holiday season, and I also use it in baked goods, like Eggnog Pound Cake and Eggnog Red Velvet Cupcakes! These Eggnog Sugar Cookies are one more recipe that fans of eggnog are sure to enjoy – but these cookies don’t actually use any eggnog in the recipe. I chose ... Read More »

Cranberry Apple Crisp

Cranberry Apple Crisp

A fruit crisp is the perfect dessert when you want to make something that is both delicious, comforting and not too time consuming. As long as you have a bunch of fruit in your kitchen – and you can usually use fresh or frozen – you can make a crisp. Apples are one fruit that I always have around, no matter what time of year ... Read More »

Cranberry Pistachio Pound Cake

Cranberry Pistachio Pound Cake

Buttery pound cake is always welcome in my kitchen. Pound cakes don’t usually get too “dressed up” for the holidays and are served quite plain, more often than not. There are few things that I enjoy better than a great vanilla pound cake, but pound cakes actually make a fantastic canvas for many different flavors. Their dense, tight crumb will support the weight of all ... Read More »

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