Holiday Baking

Gingerbread Chocolate Chip Cookies

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We bought our Christmas tree this past weekend! Now my house is officially 73% cheerier, 45% good-smellier, 26% baby-endangeringer, and 100% pine-needlier than it was before. I love, love, love walking into the front room and seeing our tree decked out with glowing lights and sparkling ornaments. If there was a way to hug the…

Sugar Cookie Pinwheels

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Happy Halloween! You may be wondering why I’m sharing a Halloween cookie with you today, when you have next to no chance of actually making them on Halloween. Well, friends, it’s call “procrastination” and “poor time management.” Stick around awhile and you’ll find plenty of both. On the bright side, these sugar pinwheel cookies don’t…

Chocolate Cockroaches

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If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably said to yourself, “Self, Halloween candy is all well and good, but I wish it was grosser. I’m sick of all this candy that looks delicious. Give me something that looks nasty!” Your wish is my command. These charmingly disgusting chocolate cockroaches couldn’t be simpler: pecans (or dates)…

Easter Egg Doughnuts

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Happy day-before-Easter! By now you might already have OD’d on Cadbury eggs. Or you may be completely sick of looking at cutesy Easter goodies. Or you may be one of those rare organized creatures I have heard so much about—but never encountered in the wild—who is so organized, you already have your Easter feast completely…

TWD: Irish Soda Bread

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Don’t laugh, but I’ve actually never had Irish soda bread before. Growing up, our St. Patrick’s Day menu was more likely to feature green oatmeal and green pancakes than corned beef and cabbage, but I don’t know what my excuse is now that I am an adult. I guess it’s a combination of ignorance, apathy,…

Salted Caramel Chocolate Mousse Hearts

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Another mousse recipe? So soon after the last one? Isn’t that a little much? First of all: there is no such thing as too much chocolate mousse. There is only not enough. Second of all: unlike the Nutella mousse, which was more of a cheater’s mousse-ish concoction, this is real mousse. Legit mousse. Eat-it-while-wearing-a-beret mousse….

Cherry-Chocolate Heart Truffles

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I think I need to start getting kickbacks from the luster dust industry. Or is it bad form to say that out loud? Let me start again. I think I need to start getting ickbacks-kay from the uster-lay ust-day industry-hay. (Call me!) Seriously, though, I have been putting this stuff on EVERYTHING lately, and I…

Peppermint Crunch Brownies

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You know what’s overrated? Timeliness. Anyone can make Christmas treats in the weeks leading up to Christmas. Complete chumps can blog about Christmas goodies before the day arrives. It takes real dedication, real grit, to make and write about Christmas treats after the fact. Fortunately, I’m about as gritty as they come. Allow me to…

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