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Orange and Spice Ginger Cookies

Orange Cardamom Molasses Cookies

Whether you call them ginger cookies or molasses cookies, these chewy and spicy cookies are a fantastic cold weather cookie. I tend to think that it is because all of the spices in them, which seem very satisfying when the weather is cool. Cold weather is also the perfect weather for doing some baking, and that alone is a good enough reason to get in ... Read More »

Melted Snowman Chocolates

Snowmen in progress

There is no better way to bring a little dose of cuteness to your holiday table than with some of these Melted Snowman Chocolates. I first saw this kind of design on a gourmet cookie available at a local specialty store. The cookie version appeared to be entirely made out of icing, but I wanted to turn it into a candy version that could stand ... Read More »

Gingerbread Hot Chocolate

Gingerbread Man Hot Chocolate

I don’t usually put Peeps into hot chocolate and prefer to simply eat them on their own, but I was inspired by some of the holiday Peeps that I tried recently since the holiday flavors seemed like they might be especially well-suited to drinking with a good cup of hot chocolate. I used the very cute Gingerbread Peeps as inspiration and made a¬†Gingerbread Hot Chocolate ... Read More »

Candy Cane Oreo Pound Cake

Candy Cane Oreo Pound Cake

Oreo has been releasing limited edition holiday cookies for some time now, and this year’s Candy Cane Oreos are proving to be a very popular addition to the lineup. The cookies feature the standard chocolate wafers found on most Oreos, but have a peppermint filling that is red, white and speckled with slightly crunchy candy cane bits. The peppermint isn’t too strong and it is ... Read More »

Lime and Cranberry Thumbprint Cookies

Lime and Cranberry Thumbprints

Tart and tangy cranberries are often pared with oranges and orange juice, but cranberries actually go very well with all kinds of citrus. I like cranberries with lemon in cakes and quickbreads, for instance, and lime might be an even better match for them. Limes have a bold, tart flavor that is similar to that of cranberries, and as long as you balance the sugar ... Read More »

Banana Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Banana Cupcakes with a Bite

Banana bread is usually the first thing that people think of when they want to do some baking with bananas. It’s satisfying, easy to make and a good all-purpose baked good. But even though you can eat it for dessert, it’s not really the same as having a nice slice of cake or a good cupcake. Banana bread is heavier and tends to be less ... Read More »

Spiced Pumpkin Soup with Crispy Pancetta

Soup

Soup is a very satisfying meal to have on a chilly night and it is always good to have a simple soup recipe on hand when you want something that is both satisfying and easy to make. Pumpkin soup is something that I will often fall back on. Canned pumpkin is an easy starting point (although fresh, boiled and pureed pumpkin is also excellent if ... Read More »

Oven-Roasted Maple Apples

Oven-Roasted Maple Apples

It is fairly easy to caramelize apples on the stovetop, cooking them in a pan with a bit of butter and sugar until they are browned and tender. I often do this when I want a few apples to top off a batch of waffles or pancakes for breakfast in the morning. But quickly cooking the fruit doesn’t draw out as much flavor as slowly ... Read More »

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