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Godiva Peppermint Thumbprint Cookies

Appeal to the entire age spectrum with the indulgent and satisfying blend of rich chocolate and peppermint in a happy little cookie! Topped with a burst of holiday cheer, the Hershey’s Kiss is America’s most popular chocolate since 1907 and crowns this dessert perfectly! Our delicious cookie base starts out by creaming unsalted butter with white sugar and brown sugar together until fluffy. I love using brown sugar in my cookies, because it gives the cookies just the right amount of chewiness from the molasses in the brown sugar. And you can’t have a peppermint chocolate cookie base without...

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Gingerbread Mickey Cookies

Looking for a fun, unique holiday treat? These Gingerbread Mickey Cookies will be the darling of your dessert table with their instantly recognizable shape and delicious chocolate shell. Growing up, my grandmother always baked gingerbread cookies during the holiday season. I would walk into her kitchen and see stacks and stacks of un-decorated gingerbread cookies on her counter. Then we’d all gather up with our bowls full of icing and sprinkles and such – snack time and arts-and-crafts time all in one. These scrumptious Gingerbread Mickey Cookies are every bit as delicious as Grandma’s cookies. They are moist and...

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Tortellini Al Forno

Think those chain restaurants have a great tortellini al forno? Just wait until you try this recipe for rich, home cooked pasta. I’m a home cook, and I love experimenting with flavors. But that’s not to say I don’t eat out once in a while. It’s not only relaxing to me, but I’ve found that it’s a (sneaky?) way to get new ideas for recipes to try at home. That’s why I was so surprised when I tried the tortellini al forno mini pasta bowl at Olive Garden this past weekend. This rich pasta dish is one I’ve been...

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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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Candy Cane Fantasy Cupcakes

Don’t just leave a peppermint stick for ol’ St. Nick this holiday season, leave him a cupcake filled with peppermints from top to bottom! These Candy Cane Fantasy Cupcakes are a show-stopping homemade gift or a guaranteed hit at holiday bake sales. People love it when those pumpkin spice lattes start showing up, lining up outside Starbucks like they’re selling Star Wars tickets. My favorite holiday barista’s treat won’t show up until a few weeks later, though: the peppermint mocha (white chocolate if I’m feeling naughty). When I reach across the counter to grab my warm, festive cup, I...

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