Christmas

All Your Favorite Desserts in One Bite

One of the best things about the holiday season is there are ample opportunities for serving up tasty treats like delicious twists on a cheesecake recipe! It’s not that you can’t make sweets year-round, but having the whole family gather together is a perfect reason to whip up that amazing dessert recipe you’ve been saving. These Caramel Cookie Bars are just that dessert. They’re wonderful for any gathering, and they look (and taste) fantastic. But they’re surprisingly simple and quick, which makes them a lifesaver during the hectic holiday season. Continue reading

Snickerdoodle Cookies + Cream Cheese Frosting = WHAT?!

A snickerdoodle cookie is one of my favorite holiday cookies. They have the perfect balance of buttery softness and slight crispiness, with a warm cinnamon-sugar aroma that draws me in every time. I share these Cream Cheese Frosting-Filled Snickerdoodle Sandwich Cookies often with family and friends this time of year, which means my oven is almost always pumping out a fresh batch of snickerdoodles. This is especially handy for last-minute guests coming over for dinner and dessert!

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Chocolate for Christmas: The Canadian Tradition

Nanaimo bars are creamy, chocolatey squares that originated in Nanaimo (pronounced nah-NYE-moe), Canada, a small town just north of Victoria on Vancouver Island. Unfortunately, the origins of the bar (aside from its location) are unknown. When I lived in Victoria back in 2007, I was determined to make a trip to Nanaimo just to say that I had been there…and of course I ate a Nanaimo bar. The bars are so popular in that city that tourism officials produced a “self-guided trail” brochure, leading tourists to several locations offering traditional Nanaimo bars and variations. Continue reading

Festive Treats on the Cheap

Elephant-in-the-room time: The holidays don’t exactly come free. There are gifts to consider, and travel expenses, and Santa Yoda tree-toppers. So what’s a budget-conscious person supposed to make when invitations to Ugly Sweater Party potlucks arrive? You could hole up at home for the season. (Not fun.) You could blow your budget in the name of holiday spirit. (Not wise.) Or you could make one of these three wallet-friendly treats and smile inwardly about their price point. If you don’t tell, I won’t!

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