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Mickey and Minnie Swirl Cookies

Nothing says Christmas cheer more than swirls of red, green and white everywhere you look – including in the kitchen! Then when you add in Mickey and Minnie Mouse on top of that, you will make anyone, and everyone smile with delight and wonder as you pass around the Christmas cookie tray! Mickey Mouse made his debut in 1928 and has been making children around the world smile ever since, hence the inspiration for this delightful holiday treat. Starting with softened butter and powdered sugar we cream these together with eggs and pure vanilla extract. In this particular recipe,...

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Christmas Tree Brownies

Forget sugar plums. You’ll have visions of my Christmas Tree Brownies dancing in your head! These rich brownies are a chocolatey deviation from traditional sugar cookies and are decorated to professional-level perfection. I’m always amazed by the number of people I see out Christmas-tree shopping before I’ve even fully emerged from my Thanksgiving food coma. The first trees you’ll find at my house during the holiday season are these cute little conifers, fashioned out of rich fudgy brownies, with happy little faces and smiles almost as big as the one that’ll be on your face when you take your...

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Santa’s Wardrobe Malfunction

Santa’s clearly lost some weight this year, but a few of these “wardrobe malfunction” treats will be just what the doctor ordered to get that belly nice and round (and his pants securely up!) before Christmas. If you love cooking, you probably look forward to holiday baking more than any presents that might be headed your way in December. I have a long list of must-haves for my family every year, and skipping them means a big ol’ blue Christmas at my house. Some of those cookies and candies take hours, even days, to prepare, so I’m always on...

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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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No Chill Sugar Cookies

No Chill Sugar Cookies Here’s a cookie recipe you just have to love. Especially during the busy holiday season. It’s a quick, easy, no-fuss version of the traditional Chilled dough sugar cookie. It makes a yummy cookie that is tender, delicate, and just a bit lighter. While they may be a little lighter in texture, they’re every bit as flavorful as the classic. This is the perfect recipe to make when you want a big batch of cookies and you don’t have time to wait for the dough to chill. I got this recipe probably 15 years ago from my...

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