101 Days of Christmas: Cranberry-Pistachio Biscotti
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101 Days of Christmas: Cranberry-Pistachio Biscotti

And so the biscotti tradition continues, this year with a new holiday flavor combination: cranberries and pistachios. For the past two years, my mom has been the one making the biscotti, and it's become one of her favorite homemade treats because she says it's so much simpler to make than it seems. This year she…

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101 Days of Christmas: Holiday Cookies {Roundup}
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101 Days of Christmas: Holiday Cookies {Roundup}

As part of this year's 101 Days of Christmas series, I'll be sharing a roundup each Sunday with more ideas from around the blogosphere! When I first started this series two years ago, I was a little worried that I might eventually run out of inspiration. Instead, a funny thing has happened, and now I…

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101 Days of Christmas: Oatmeal Lace Cookies
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101 Days of Christmas: Oatmeal Lace Cookies

My friend Denise has four girls that are spaced much like ours...except hers are all about 10 years older. It's so much fun to watch them interact and see what the future might hold for us (and I think she feels the same way about looking back into the past when she watches our girls…

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101 Days of Christmas: Soft Gingerbread Cookies

I really, really wanted to try to find a soft gingerbread cookie this year, and with a secret ingredient (cream cheese!), these fit the bill. I played around with a few different recipes to come up with this one but ended up using Shaina's spice blend. I've loved every cookie she's ever made for me,…

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101 Days of Christmas: Homemade Hot Chocolate
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101 Days of Christmas: Homemade Hot Chocolate

During the first 101 Days of Christmas series, I shared Alton Brown's hot cocoa mix recipe, which is perfect for packaging in gifts, but last year we were on the hunt for a homemade hot chocolate recipe that we could pull together easily on the stove from basic ingredients. After testing a few, we finally…

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101 Days of Christmas: Corn Flakes Holly Leaves
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101 Days of Christmas: Corn Flakes Holly Leaves

My step-mom, who passed away almost 9 years ago, when our oldest was just a baby, used to make these holly leaf treats every Christmas. We'd all end up with green fingers and teeth from taste testing as we went, and while I'm not a huge fan of food dye, I couldn't resist making them…

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101 Days of Christmas: Rolo Peanut Butter Blossoms
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101 Days of Christmas: Rolo Peanut Butter Blossoms

Classic peanut butter blossoms are among my favorite Christmas cookies, but this year, I decided to mix things up and use a caramel-filled Rolo on top instead! I'm not a huge fan of caramel myself, and I was content to eat just the peanut butter cookies and leave the Rolos, but my husband loved these…

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101 Days of Christmas: Orange-Cranberry Scones
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101 Days of Christmas: Orange-Cranberry Scones

A couple of years ago I read a book in which one of the main characters was always messing up the breakfast scones she made, and I've been intimidated by them ever since! I was determined to figure them out so that I could include a recipe in this year's series that would be suitable…

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101 Days of Christmas: Easy Drop Cookies
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101 Days of Christmas: Easy Drop Cookies

My friend Jenny recently posted about these cookies on Facebook, and I asked her for the recipe. It's really just a basic shortbread cookie that she'd found in a holiday baking magazine several years ago, but the use of different flavored extracts makes them extra tasty. With just 4 ingredients, these are easy to whip…

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101 Days of Christmas: Peppermint Chocolate Crackle Cookies

The following post is from Shaina of Food for My Family and Olmanson Photography: My Christmas cookie marathon begins by discussing with the older of my two younger sisters when they want to come over. They'll appear, sometimes with purchased ingredients that I've sent them hunting for, and always with movies. We have our favorites—Home…

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