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Vanilla Bean Holiday Mendiants

Vanilla Bean Holiday Mendiants

Mendiants are one of my favorite chocolates to make because they are easy, delicious and versatile. Mendiants are bite-sized chocolate rounds that are topped with dried fruits, nuts and other goodies – rather like a bite sized candy bar. I make them for many different occasions throughout the year, and I use white, milk and dark chocolate depending on what type of treat I am ... Read More »

Eggnog Sugar Cookies

Eggnog Sugar Cookies

Eggnog is one of my favorite holiday drinks. I always make up a few different batches during the holiday season, and I also use it in baked goods, like Eggnog Pound Cake and Eggnog Red Velvet Cupcakes! These Eggnog Sugar Cookies are one more recipe that fans of eggnog are sure to enjoy – but these cookies don’t actually use any eggnog in the recipe. I chose ... Read More »

Cranberry Apple Crisp

Cranberry Apple Crisp

A fruit crisp is the perfect dessert when you want to make something that is both delicious, comforting and not too time consuming. As long as you have a bunch of fruit in your kitchen – and you can usually use fresh or frozen – you can make a crisp. Apples are one fruit that I always have around, no matter what time of year ... Read More »

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 »

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