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Reindeer Sugar Cookies

 You can skip the fancy cookie cutters for these delightful little deer. They’re made from buttery sugar cookie dough and dressed to impress guests, hostesses, or even a jolly old elf. If you’ve ever been stuck in a big group trying to figure out where to go for dinner you know just how impossible it is to satisfy everyone at once. Decisions can be hard, especially when there are lots of different opinions (and desserts!) to consider, but I’ve never met anyone who doesn’t love a good sugar cookie. They’re simple but full of buttery flavor, with just a...

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North Pole Cupcakes

These charming, cheery North Pole Cupcakes are probably the first thing Santa eats to restore his energy after a long Christmas Eve. A fancy, flavorful cupcake supports a giant, snowy drift of peppermint frosting with a cute little sign directing everyone to the place where all the magic happens! Santa’s home and general relaxation spot (at least on December 26th) is the inspiration for these peppermint-frosted, rich cinnamon cupcakes. There are somewhere between 6 and 9 feet of ice that make up the solid “ground” at the North Pole, and that’s roughly the same amount of frosting on these...

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Cosmic Brownies

Rich, fudgy Brownies topped with a wonderfully thick, chocoate ganache frosting. These are an amazing homemade copycat version of Little Debbies Cosmic Brownies!   Take a trip down memory lane with me: you are in elementary school, sitting in a big cafeteria. In front of you sits your lunch box, decorated with whatever cartoon character you happened to be in to at the time. As you open the box, you see a sandwich, an apple, maybe a bag of chips, and – yes! – a delicious little treat. You may see a different treat than me in that box,...

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Strawberry Shortcake Cake

Guaranteed to produce sweet dreams, this cake-inspired twist on strawberry shortcake nestles succulent strawberries between layers of a delicate buttermilk-infused cake and perfectly whipped cream. Forget seconds – your guests will want the whole thing! Everyone loves holidays, both for the gatherings of friends and family and for the food (honestly, it’s mostly the food 🙂 ). As a foodie, though, there are so many other special days on the calendar that justify cooking, and baking, and recipe experimenting! There’s practically a national month or day for all your favorite treats: National Chocolate Mousse Day in April, National Hot...

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Kentucky Butter Cake

This unique Kentucky Butter Cake is tender, moist and deliciously unique. The cake is soaked with a wonderful Butter Sauce then topped in an amazing Butter Glaze. I love baking cakes, and I love sharing my cakes with friends and relatives and, sometimes, total strangers. But not everyone feels the same way I do about heating up the oven and whipping up a yummy, homemade cake from scratch. I know lots of folks who cook all the time, but tend to shy away from baking cakes from scratch because they do not feel they can do better than a...

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