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Chocolate Pretzel Cookies

Chocolate Pretzel Cookies

Visiting my Grandmother’s house during the holidays as a kid, I always searched the kitchen for a tin containing Danish butter cookies. These buttery shortbread cookies were a treat that never seemed to appear in my house. I liked the sugar-topped pretzels the best. Big sugar crystals, buttery cookie, melt-in-your-mouth texture – what’s not to love? I’ve made my own version of these cookies before ... Read More »

Homemade Gingerbread Rum

Homemade Gingerbread Rum

I love making homemade spirit infusions and syrups for cocktails, especially during the holidays. Not only do they make great gifts, but they enable you to make truly unique signature cocktails for any gathering! This gingerbread rum is infused with the flavors of gingerbread. You’ll note that I didn’t call it gingerbread infused rum because I didn’t stuff any cookies into the bottle! The rum ... Read More »

Cranberry Streusel Coffee Cake

Cranberry Streusel Coffee Cake

Pancakes, french toast, muffins and bagels are all fantastic weekend breakfast options, but nothing seems to excite a crowd like a streusel-topped coffee cake. I don’t know if it is the fact that permission to eat cake for breakfast (which I have been known to do anyway) is what makes coffee cake so great, or it is the streuel topping that reels people in. Whatever ... Read More »

Pecan Crescent Cookies

Pecan Crescent Cookies

Whenever I need to bake multiple batches of cookies at one time – for a holiday party, a cookie swap or as a treat friends and family – I like to make sure there is some variety in my presentation by making cookies that look distinctive. This could be accomplished by baking one batch of chocolate chip cookies and another of chocolate brownie cookies, but ... Read More »

Lingonberry Hot Toddy

Lingonberry Hot Toddy

A hot toddy is a great way to warm you up on a cold winter evening or to help soothe your throat when you have a cold. It’s a hot cocktail that is typically made with a combination of honey, hot water and a spirit, such as whisky, rum or brandy. All kinds of other elements, such as citrus, tea and spices, can be added ... Read More »

Eggnog Belgian Waffles

Eggnog Belgian Waffles

Eggnog is one of the things about the holiday season that I always look forward to. Granted, there are quite a lot of things that fall into this category for me, but eggnog is the one that really remains tied to the Christmas and New Years holiday seasons and doesn’t usually come out before Thanksgiving. When I have eggnog, or when I make it myself, ... Read More »

Whole Grain Cherry Walnut Cookies

Whole Grain Cherry Walnut Cookies

In the fall and winter, I want cookies that seem to fit in with the season. Sometimes this means gingerbread and eggnog cookies, but other times it simply means I want something hearty with a little bit of spice to it. To me, a “hearty” cookie is one that delivers a lot of flavor and mix-ins in a small, single-cookie package. Many oatmeal cookies fall ... Read More »

Fudgy Fernet Branca Brownies

Chocolate Mint Brownies with Frenet Branca

Fernet Branca is a type of amaro – a bitter Italian herbal liqueur – that was invented in 1845. The liqueur is complex, with 27 secret ingredients that go into it to give it its unique flavor. It is hard to describe what it tastes like because it is so complex, but I can say that it is reminiscent of cough syrup, with a very ... Read More »

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