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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 »

Lemon and White Chocolate Snowball Cookies

Lemon and White Chocolate Snowballs

I am a huge fan of snowball cookies and always make up at least one batch during the holiday season. This type of cookie gets its name because the cookies are rolled in confectioners’ sugar to look like little snowballs, but it is also because the cookies have a wonderful melt-in-your-mouth quality to them. If you enjoy a buttery, tender shortbread, you’re going to be ... Read More »

Pomander Drop

Pomander Drop - A Holiday Cocktail

My Homemade Orange, Vanilla and Clove Vodka is a holiday favorite in my house. It is a vodka that is infused with oranges, cloves and vanilla beans that makes a great gift and a fantastic base for a signature holiday cocktail – which is a touch that can make a Christmas party especially memorable! The vodka is inspired by Pomander Balls, which I make every ... Read More »

Peppermint Cacao Nib Chocolate Chip Cookies

Peppermint Cacao Nib Chocolate Chip Cookies

Peppermint shows up in lots of holiday treats, and baked goods are no exception. The bright, cool flavor of peppermint seems to fit the season – especially when it is combined with chocolate in a Peppermint Mocha or chocolate and peppermint layer cake. The combination is now so common that adding peppermint to any chocolate goodie is going to transform it from an everyday treat ... Read More »

Homemade Orange, Vanilla and Clove Vodka

Homemade Orange, Vanilla and Clove Vodka

When I was a kid, I used to make orange pomander balls every Christmas. They are made by studding fresh oranges with whole cloves, which makes a fantastic smelling and all natural holiday I stopped the tradition for a few years, but recently started it back up because the balls smell so amazing. I’ve used the combination of orange and cloves together in other things, ... Read More »

Bourbon Spice Cupcakes with Cranberries

Bourbon Spice Cupcakes with Cranberries

I don’t skimp on spices during the spring and summer, but I definitely incorporate a lot more spice into my fall and winter baked goods. There is something about a really flavorful spice cake that just feels especially warm and satisfying when there is a chill in the air. These Bourbon Spice Cupcakes with Cranberries are a great way to welcome in a change in ... Read More »

Gingerbread Blondie Bites

Gingerbread Blondie Bites

I always enjoy the warm, spicy flavor of gingerbread during the holidays. This includes both traditional gingerbread cake recipes and other goodies that make use of gingerbread spices, which include ginger, cinnamon and cloves. These chewy little Gingerbread Blondie Bites deliver a wonderful burst of gingerbread flavor and are a tasty alternative to a more traditional batch of holiday cookies because they are much quicker ... Read More »

Honey and Cinnamon Roasted Pears

Honey Roasted Pears

Pears are one of my favorite winter fruits. Their season starts in the late fall and runs all the way through spring, and I take every opportunity to enjoy perfectly ripe pears. I’ll pair them with cheese plates, bake them into delicious desserts and eat them as-is. One of the easiest ways to transform pears is to roast them, and it is also one of ... Read More »

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