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Ingredient: Vanilla Extract

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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Easy Pineapple Sheet Cake Recipe

Pineapple Sheet Cake is a moist, pineapple-studded cake drenched in a sweet, creamy coconut icing, with crispy toasted pecans on top. You’ll be dreaming of beach vacations and tropical cocktails after just one bite! When it comes to dessert, I’m not likely to kick any of them off the table, but I do love cake. It’s hard to get bored with all the different flavor combinations, textures, fillings, and of course the frosting. I mean, there’s a reason they’re served at every special occasion I’ve ever been to! While the best cake is definitely one someone else makes for...

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Christmas Crack Recipe

Good luck keeping this Christmas Crack away from the frenzied fingers of family members. Buttery toffee with a light, crispy crust, coated in rich chocolate and toasted pecans may just be the most addictive snack ever! If you do much recipe research, you’ll find some pretty funny names for things we love to eat – Devils on Horseback, Hissy Fit Dip, and Whoopie Pie, to name a few. Truth is, they’re usually pretty aptly named based on the responses they elicit, and this candy is no exception. Christmas Crack, a sweet buttery toffee sandwiched between a crispy cracker bottom...

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Chocoflan Recipe

Opposites do attract, and in epic dessert fashion! Discover the charm of Chocoflan – a masterful union of fudgy chocolate cake and creamy vanilla custard. That little machine that makes chocolate and vanilla swirled ice cream might just be my favorite invention (second to air conditioning, of course). Why spend precious time at the counter pondering the age-old question of “chocolate or vanilla” when you can have both? “Both” (or “one of everything”) is,  after all, my dining philosophy, and it’s one of the reasons I love to make this Chocoflan. In one unassuming Bundt pan, you’ll construct the...

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