Chewy White Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies

Chewy White Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies deserve a spot on your Christmas cookie tray.  They’re festive, buttery, and Santa approved!Chewy White Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies deserve a spot on your Christmas cookie tray. They're festive, buttery, and Santa approved!

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year – Christmas!

…cookie season, that is.  Christmas cookie season is the most wonderful time of the year! Is there anything that makes anyone, man, woman, or child, smile as consistently as a cookie?

Ross grew up in a family that made a million different types of Christmas cookies every year.  I don’t think I’ve even tried all the variations that usually appear on their menu.  Me, my family kept it a little more simple with traditional cut-out sugar cookies and gingerbread men.  But even with all the options between our two families, there’s ALWAYS room for a new cookie.

Like these!  Chewy White Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies made a very welcome addition to our Christmas cookie tray this year.  And, I mean, they’re probably pretty tasty year-round, but the candy cane just screams festive, dontcha think?

Chewy White Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies deserve a spot on your Christmas cookie tray. They're festive, buttery, and Santa approved!

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Baked Apple Cider Donuts with Maple Drizzle

Baked Apple Cider Donuts with Maple Drizzle, full of moist, cinnamon flavor, are a festive addition to your holiday breakfast or dessert table.

Baked Apple Cider Donuts with Maple Drizzle, full of moist, cinnamon flavor, are a festive addition to your holiday breakfast or dessert table.

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I know the holidays are usually reserves for cookies and pie, but I couldn’t resist adding something else to the dessert table this year…Baked Apple Cider Donuts!

I think apple cider donuts are an east coast thing.  When we lived in New Jersey, we saw them at every roadside stand once cooler weather hit.  Now that we’re in Texas, well, there’s no cool weather, and there’s also no apple cider donuts.  Sad face. Especially because apple cider donuts are about a billion times better than regular donuts.  Possibly a trillion.  Or maybe they just tasted that way because they were freshly baked on some farm and layered with a cinnamon sugar coating that was so addictive I didn’t even care that it got all over my face, hands, and clothes.

Either way, Ross and I have been on the lookout for apple cider donuts ever since moving to Texas.  And since it’s now been three years with nary a donut sighting, it was time to take matters into our own greedy little hands.  And I’m SO glad we did.

Baked Apple Cider Donuts with Maple Drizzle, full of moist, cinnamon flavor, are a festive addition to your holiday breakfast or dessert table.

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Cherry Lattice Coffee Cake

Cherry Lattice Coffee Cake looks gorgeous, tastes scrumptious, and even freezes beautifully!  Make it ahead of time for a holiday breakfast that’s ready in a snap.Cherry Lattice Coffee Cake looks gorgeous, tastes scrumptious, and even freezes beautifully! Make it ahead of time for a holiday breakfast that's ready in a snap.

 

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Well here we are right in the thick of holiday season, and that means hosting larger than average groups of friends and family.  We just had Thanksgiving at our home, and while we love hosting parties with lots of food, it’s a lot of work.  I even took to scheduling our cooking schedule for the big day in an Excel file to keep track of everything.  Laugh if you want, but we had everything ready at the same time!  Anyway, one thing that certainly helps take some of the stress away is to make food ahead of time, and this recipe for cherry lattice coffee cake is perfect either as an easy weekday breakfast for guests or to complement your fancy brunch gathering.

This Cherry Lattice Coffee Cake looks gorgeous, tastes scrumptious, and even freezes beautifully! Make it ahead of time and have your holiday breakfast ready in a snap.

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Amish Potato Rolls (Make-Ahead Recipe)

Amish Potato Rolls are the most tender, flavorful rolls you’ll ever try, perfect for serving with a holiday feast.  Even better, you can make the dough the day before you bake them! Amish Potato Rolls are the most tender, flavorful rolls you'll ever try, perfect for serving with a holiday feast. Even better, you can make the dough the day before you bake them!

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Is any holiday meal complete without rolls?  Everyone I’ve ever met – EVERYONE – wants to eat rolls with dinner, including those who claim they’re “watching their carbs” and “kale is healthier” and “cauliflower tastes almost like bread.”  Yup, even those people secretly want to eat a nice chewy, warm, cozy roll slathered in butter.  True story.  It’s just human nature.

Yet many people find rolls a little tricky to bake.  Whether it’s the time it takes to let the rolls rise, or whether it’s juggling kitchen space during a Thanksgiving baking spree, rolls sometimes fall by the wayside.  THIS IS WRONG, PEOPLE!  Bring back the rolls!  And there’s a simple way to fit them into your Thanksgiving or Christmas or other holiday schedule without any stress at all.  Enter: the make-ahead roll.  These Amish potato rolls are the best recipe I’ve found to relieve your holiday stress while making everyone happy.

Oh, and let’s be clear.  This is not one of those recipes that sacrifices taste and flavor for ease of preparation.  Hand on my heart, Amish potato rolls are honestly the most luscious rolls I’ve ever eaten in my life.  They’re just dense enough to be super-satisfying, without being heavy at all.   The secret ingredient to these perfectly moist rolls?  Mashed potato.

Mind.  Blown. Amish Potato Rolls are the most tender, flavorful rolls you'll ever try, perfect for serving with a holiday feast. Even better, you can make the dough the day before you bake them!

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The “Tread Gingerly” Cocktail + November Degustabox

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I don’t know what is, but I swear that our friends at Degustabox are sending us food more frequently than once a month. It seems like there’s always a new box of goodies sitting on our front step when I get home. Here’s the month’s highlights…PLUS a bonus recipe for a brand spanking new cocktail called the “Tread Gingerly.”  PLUS a deal on setting up your own Degustabox subscription!

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