Thumbprint Cookies

We make these Thumbprint Cookies every Christmas. Otherwise, there’d be a revolt. 

Thumbprint Cookies

In my humble opinion, there are two baking staples to Christmas: Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies and Thumbprint Cookies. Without them, December 25th wouldn’t be complete. I’m not even sure where this recipe comes from from exactly. I just know it lives in my mom’s pink recipe book, which is practically a sacred text of handwritten recipes.

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Pie Crust

A pie crust so flaky, you can’t make lunch plans with it. 
Apple Galette

Let’s be honest, pie crust can be a big ole pain. On the one hand, it can be a work of flaky, golden art, or it can be a shrunken disappointment that is burnt on the top and raw on the bottom. Why you gotta be like that pie crust?

Earlier this year, I set out to find the perfect crust. It took me until December, but I finally found a pie crust that I love. Better than never, right?? 

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Apple Galette

This Apple Galette has all the taste of the French country side without the work of a French pastry chef. Lazy bakers rejoice. Apple Galette

 After all the pumpkin rolls and pies of Thanksgiving, I needed to recharge my baking battery before diving into the sweet trenches of Christmas baking. This Apple Galette was the perfect dessert to get me back in the baking mood after coming out of my turkey-induced November coma. 

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Apple Cider Caramels

Apple Cider Caramels combine your favorite fall drink with your favorite candy any other time of the year. 

Apple Cider Caramels

I’m obsessed with these Apple Cider Caramels. They are sooo good, like forget about the diet you wanted to be on before the holidays good. This past week, I have been a lovable grandmother, pushing wrapped candy on everyone I come across. Yes, I was initially met with concerned looks—I’m so glad you asked.  However, I was happy to give up my perceived sanity for the sake of sharing these delightful caramels.

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles

These Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles are for my fellow bowl scrapers and batter eaters.
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles

If I’m being honest with myself, half of the joy of making chocolate chip cookies is eating the cookie dough, or as I like to call it, testing for quality control. Sometimes I don’t clean the bowl and beater very well to ensure there are “leftovers.” And by sometimes I mean every. single. time.  These Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles will curb a cookie dough craving in a hot minute. They have all the taste of irresistable batter without the rather resistable addition of uncooked eggs. 

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Black and White Cookies

These Black and White Cookies are a  New York City classic that you don’t need a plane ticket to enjoy! 
Black and White Cookies

This one’s for my sister. Black and White Cookies are her favorite, and since it’s her birthday later this month, I thought I would earn some sister points and learn how to make them. Turns out they’re easy to make and perfect if you hate deciding between chocolate and vanilla. 

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Carrot Cake

Fall hasn’t really begun until you have a slice of this Carrot Cake. 

Carrot Cake

 

There are some who say that vegetables and desserts do not mix—I have even said it. I think that’s because it’s easy to have bad carrot cake. Dense, raisin bran-esque, heavily frosted carrot cake. This recipe is just the opposite. Super moist, with a nice crunch from the walnuts, and plenty of fall spices. Maybe I’m biased, but it’s the best carrot cake I’ve ever had.

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Apple Bread

Since fall is apple season and every day is bread season, I made Apple Bread. 

Apple Bread

It was so hot out this week I wanted to cry, so I filled my apartment with the yummy scents of fall by whipping up a batch of Apple Bread. My favorite thing about this recipe are the two, count them two!, layers of apple-loaded streusel. My second favorite thing is that this is one of those desserts that is socially acceptable to eat for breakfast, because this apple streusel goodness cannot be tamed. 

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Pumpkin Stuffed Biscuits

There are days I want to make a croquembouche, and then there are days I want to make Pumpkin Stuffed Biscuits. Today it’s the latter.  

Pumpkin Stuffed Biscuits

Happy October!! It’s a great month for two reasons. 1) My birthday is just around the corner, and 2) We can indulge our pumpkin cravings without shame! And indulge I did with these Pumpkin Stuffed Biscuits. 

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