Meringue angel kisses {101 Days of Christmas}

I fell in love with meringue cookies a couple of years ago, and their light, airy texture and not-too-sweet flavor makes them a nice little treat any time of the year. But while these peppermint meringues are also pretty to look at, I just haven't been able to bring myself to make them again because of…

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Candy cane chex mix {101 Days of Christmas}

Two years ago, I went on a chex mix craze and discovered the world's best flavor, but since then I haven't really felt the need to try any more flavors. Why mess with perfection? This year, though, I realized I've never made a peppermint or candy cane flavored version, which seemed like a huge oversight on…

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Homemade nonpareils {101 Days of Christmas}

Okay, y'all. We're exactly three days into this year's series, and I hereby declare this my favorite project of the year! My mom and I share a love of nonpareils, and when I realized last year that you could make them at home, I immediately added them to the list of projects for 2013. But for…

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Quick & easy springerle cookies {101 Days of Christmas}

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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101 Days of Christmas: Poor Man’s Toffee
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101 Days of Christmas: Poor Man’s Toffee

I started seeing a lot of different versions of this "poor man's toffee" last Christmas, and this year I decided to see what the hype was all about. In short, this is one of those super easy last-minute treats to throw together, and the great thing about it is you can really customize it however…

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101 Days of Christmas: Flat Gingerbread Houses
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101 Days of Christmas: Flat Gingerbread Houses

We actually saved this activity for after Christmas last year so that we could buy a kit on clearance (because I'm frugal cheap like that), but we ended up having so much more fun than our previous attempts at gingerbread houses that I had to share this tip. I'm pretty sure we're not the only…

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101 Days of Christmas: “Fancy” Cookie Tins
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101 Days of Christmas: “Fancy” Cookie Tins

I'm a fan of simple packaging ideas that make a big difference, so today I thought I'd share my two favorite ways for taking a plain ol' cookie tin and dressing it up a bit -- without spray paint, glue or anything else sticky. My dad's wife taught me the first trick a couple years…

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

As part of this year's 101 Days of Christmas series, I'm sharing a roundup each Sunday with more ideas from around the blogosphere! Because you can never have too many cookie recipes in your collection, I'm sharing even more holiday cookie ideas for any last-minute baking you have planned. Whether you like to stick to…

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101 Days of Christmas: Cinnamon Crumble Coffee Cake

The following post is from Shaina of Food for My Family and Olmanson Photography: I am historically bad at Christmas morning breakfast. I love the idea of spice-filled aromas from the oven wafting through our gift-opening, but we spend Christmas Eve with my in-laws and arrive home well after midnight. This means anything that requires…

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101 Days of Christmas: Peanut Butter Balls
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101 Days of Christmas: Peanut Butter Balls

I used to make peanut butter balls as part of my regular Christmas baking but somewhere along the way, I got out of the habit. I always feel a bit like Lucy and Ethel in the classic candy factory episode of I Love Lucy when I make them, working as quickly as I can, getting…

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