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Cranberry, Cherry, Macadamia Nut and Pistachio Sugar Cookies

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Christmas cookies don’t have to be complicated, but it is always nice to put a little something extra in them that you might not include the rest of the year. For instance, instead of baking a batch of plain sugar cookies, you might opt for a batch of these Cranberry, Cherry, Macadamia Nut and Pistachio Sugar Cookies. They are packed with red, white and green ... Read More »

Biscoff Hot Chocolate

Biscoff Hot Chocolate

Biscoff spread is a peanut butter-like spread made of speculoos cookies. Speculoos are buttery, brown sugar and spice-flavored cookies that are similar to gingersnaps and are popular in the Netherlands (and elsewhere!), especially around the Christmas season. I keep a jar of the spread around my house for spreading on everything from toast to apple slices. While I have been known to eat it by ... Read More »

Eggnog Pound Cake

Eggnog Pound Cake

I always have eggnog around during the holidays. I like to make my own, of course, but when there are so many store bought options I just can’t resist the temptation to pick one up just to have some on hand. The problem with eggnog is that it is so rich, I can’t always drink that whole carton and I end up looking for alternative ... Read More »

Speculoos

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Speculoos are thin, crunchy, golden brown cookies that are traditionally baked and served around Christmas in much of Europe. The brown color comes from brown sugar, which gives the cookies most of their flavor. Many recipes will be lightly spiced with cinnamon, ginger and other spices, but the brown sugar is always the dominant flavor so that these don’t turn into just another gingersnap. They’re ... Read More »

Cardamom Cranberry Muffins

Cranberry Muffins

Cranberries are one of my favorite berries to work with in the fall. Their bright color and sweet-tart taste compliments a lot of different ingredients. Dried cranberries are the easiest to use, since you can incorporate them into just about anything, but whole cranberries pack a lot more of a tart punch and also add a lot more color, so I will go out of ... Read More »

Eggnog Hot Chocolate

Eggnog Hot Chocolate

Eggnog has a distinct flavor made up of eggs, vanilla and nutmeg that I closely associate with the Christmas holiday season. At this time of year, there are plenty of eggnog goodies to be found, from Eggnog Pie to Eggnog Panna Cotta. One place I don’t usually see eggnog is paired with chocolate. Perhaps people think that chocolate might overpower the flavor of the ‘nog, ... Read More »

Classic Crème Caramel

Creme Caramel

Creme brulee is the dessert of choice at many upscale restaurants, but crème caramel is another classic French dessert that deserves at least as much time in the spotlight. Crème Caramel is a custard that is baked with a layer of caramel on the bottom, rather than added on top as it is found in a creme brulee. You will probably also recognize crème caramel as ... Read More »

Cranberry, Ginger & Almond Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Cranberry, Ginger & Almond Chocolate Chunk Cookies

If you ever shop at Trader Joe’s, you’ve probably seen their impressive Pound Plus chocolate bars. These bars are made of high quality Belgian chocolate specifically for Trader Joe’s – and they are a steal when you compare them to other premium bulk chocolate because the only brand that comes on them is TJ’s, so there is no inflation just for the name (it’s Callebaut chocolate, ... Read More »

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