Hot cocoa in a jar {101 Days of Christmas}

Hot cocoa in a jar I haven't been able to stop thinking about this idea of hot cocoa in a jar since I made meringue angel kisses a few weeks ago, and sure enough, these little jars turned out just like store-bought individual hot chocolate packets...except so much cuter! To start, I modified the Alton Brown hot cocoa…

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Cinnamon-chip snickerdoodles {101 Days of Christmas}

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When my sister tried one of these cookies yesterday, she exclaimed, "Mmm! Tastes like a snickerdoodle." Which I suppose is a good thing since they are, in fact, snickerdoodles! With a cup of King Arthur Flour's melt-in-your-mouth cinnamon chips and a coating of cinnamon-sugar, these snickerdoodles (which I adapted from this King Arthur Flour recipe) offer…

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Homemade royal icing {101 Days of Christmas}

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Royal icing is an icing that dries hard and is perfect for decorating cookies or putting together gingerbread houses. Traditionally made with egg whites, it's easy to make your own royal icing using meringue powder to avoid the worry of raw eggs in your treats. Come back next week and I'll show you what we decorated with our royal icing! Ingredients:…

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Dulce de leche-filled alfajores {101 Days of Christmas}

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Similar to the French macaron, alfajores are a South American treat. While the specifics vary by region and country, the basic idea is a sandwich cookie with a sweet filling in the middle. This version incorporates a rich dulce de leche between two melt-in-your-mouth cornstarch cookies! These cookies are easy to make, using just a few ingredients…

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Quick & easy springerle cookies {101 Days of Christmas}

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Springerle are a flat, white, crispy cookie traditionally made in Germany, Bavaria or Austria. The designs are added before baking using a carved springerle rolling pin or flat mold. Traditional springerle are made from just eggs, confectioners sugar' and flour and flavored by sprinkling a surface with anise seed and placing the cookies on top for 24…

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