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Pumpkin Cheesecake with Gingersnap Crust

Pumpkin Cheesecake with Gingersnap Crust

Pumpkin pie gets more time in the spotlight than any other pumpkin dessert, but there are many delicious pumpkin options out there and this Pumpkin Cheesecake with Gingersnap Crust is an excellent alternative to plain ol’ pie. The cheesecake combines the natural sweetness of pumpkin puree with the addictive tang of cream cheese, yielding a dessert that has a nice balance between the two and ... Read More »

Crazy Crust Cranberry Sauce Pie

Crazy Crust Cranberry Pie

“Crazy crust pie” is a style of pie that I discovered on the back of one of my grandmother’s recipe cards. Instead of making a traditional crust, you prepare a buttery batter and layer lots of fruit on top of it. That batter transforms into a “crazy crust” in the oven, somewhere between cake batter and shortbread, that provides a wonderful contrast for a wide ... Read More »

Orange Pecan Chess Pie

Orange Pecan Chess Pie

Chess pie is an easy to make custard pie that is a Southern classic and a favorite in my home. Not only is the pie delicious, but it happens to be exceptionally easy to make. For me, that means I can whip one up on relatively short notice and easily play around with different flavors in my pies. This particular pie is anĀ Orange Pecan Chess ... Read More »

Brown Sugar Walnut Biscotti

Brown Sugar Walnut Biscotti

I bake a lot of cookies throughout the holiday baking season, from drop cookies to decorated cutout cookies. I always manage to fit a few batches of biscotti into my rotation. Biscotti are not only delicious, but the fact that they are twice-baked gives them a long shelf life, making them the perfect choice to keep your cookie jar filled throughout the season. These Brown ... Read More »

Hot Cocoa Cookies with Mini Marshmallows

Hot Cocoa Cookies with Mini Marshmallows

I find that almost no one – myself included – can resist a big mug of hot chocolate on a cold winter evening, particularly if that hot chocolate is topped off with a handful of marshmallows. It was a favorite treat of mine growing up and it still is today. There are very few hot chocolate or hot cocoa-flavored goodies out there, largely because it ... Read More »

Mulled Wine Cranberry Sauce

Mulled Wine Cranberry Sauce

Homemade cranberry sauce is one of my favorite Thanksgiving traditions, though I make sauces multiple times throughout the holiday season every year. I always enjoyed the sweet-tart flavor of cranberry sauce growing up, but usually only bought a jar for Thanksgiving. Once I realized that the sauce is so easy to make – and so easy to put different flavor twists on – I started ... Read More »

Homemade Cinnamon Churros with a Trio of Decadent Organic Chocolate Dipping Sauces

Homemade Cinnamon Churros with a Trio of Chocolate Dipping Sauces

When I entertain during the holidays, I like to make desserts that are shareable to enjoy with my friends and family. To me, a “shareable” dessert includes an element of interactivity that you don’t get from a plate of cookies or cupcakes. While you certainly can’t go wrong with a batch of freshly baked holiday cookies, you get a complete different experience when you and ... Read More »

The Easiest Pumpkin Pie: Pumpkin Pie with Sweetened Condensed Milk

Pumpkin Pie with Sweetened Condensed Milk

Many pumpkin pie recipes call for evaporated milk and I often get asked if you can substitute sweetened condensed milk for evaporated milk in the same recipe. The answer is no, you cannot substitute sweetened condensed milk for evaporated milk. You can, however, make a tasty pumpkin pie using sweetened condensed milk for the fillingĀ if that is what you have in your pantry as long ... Read More »

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