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Cocoa Roasted Almonds

Dec 22, 2014
Cocoa Roasted Almonds

A 3-ingredient recipe for chocolaty almonds that are ready in 20 minutes! Incredibly easy & just as addictive. They’re almost dangerous to keep around!     Once my younger brother and I moved out for college, the refrigerator and pantry underwent a fairly substantial makeover. Boxes of Life, Corn Flakes, and Frosted Mini Wheats...

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Classic Fruitcake

Dec 16, 2014
Classic Fruitcake

An easy recipe for a tender loaf filled with brandy-soaked dried fruit. A healthier version that isn’t dry at all. It’ll change your mind about fruitcake forever!     Almost 50 years ago, my grandma started the tradition of baking fruitcakes for the holiday season, the kind packed full of iridescent red and green...

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Skinny Christmas Sugar Cookies

Dec 13, 2014
Skinny Christmas Sugar Cookies

An easy & fail-proof recipe for buttery sugar cookies! Cut into festive shapes & decorated for the holidays. A new family tradition!     As much as I adore holiday baking now, my family only attempted special Christmas cut-out sugar cookies one year when I was in middle school. We may have baked a...

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Peppermint Mocha Cookies

Peppermint Mocha Cookies

Fudgy, brownie-like chocolate cookies flavored with coffee & peppermint, then packed full of melty chocolate chips. So easy to make & a coffee-lover’s dream!     In the very beginning of November, one of my old high school friends drove up to stay with her mother-in-law, who lives about twenty minutes away in the...

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Eggnog Snickerdoodles

Eggnog Snickerdoodles

Chewy snickerdoodles flavored with lots of festive eggnog. Covered in spiced sugar & positively irresistible—they’re sure to be a big hit!     Every winter break, my high school marching band boarded five big charter buses and drove south for a trip. One year we participated in the Rose Parade; another two, we competed...

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Rainbow Chocolate Chip Cookies

Rainbow Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chewy cookies full of chocolate chips and mini M&Ms. Rich, buttery and so easy to make—plus they’re actually healthy too!     During my childhood, the Safeway grocery store downtown sold a 16-count variety pack of jumbo cookies for $5. The box contained four each of oatmeal raisin, peanut butter, chocolate chip, and M&M...

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Peppermint Ice Cream Chocolate Cupcakes

Peppermint Ice Cream Chocolate Cupcakes

Rich mint chocolate cupcakes made with ice cream baked directly into the batter! So moist & tender—and incredibly easy to make too!     In the city where I attended college, the Baskin-Robbins ice cream shop downtown hosted a Dollar Scoop Night every Tuesday evening. Although the winter was usually slow, the line snaked...

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Mini Cranberry Gingerbread Cheesecakes

Mini Cranberry Gingerbread Cheesecakes

Rich bite-sized gingerbread cheesecakes topped with tart cranberry compote. An easy & surprisingly healthy holiday treat!     My old elementary school sat in the middle of a residential neighborhood, right around the corner from a grocery store. So a few times each week, Mom stopped the car in that parking lot on our...

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Eggnog Cinnamon Rolls

Eggnog Cinnamon Rolls

An easy recipe for light & fluffy eggnog-flavored cinnamon rolls. With their warm spices & sweet taste, they’re perfect for Christmas morning—or any winter day!     A little over a week ago, I decided I had waited long enough. Even though it barely felt like fall in my warm little corner of California,...

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The Ultimate Healthy Soft & Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Nov 30, 2014
The Ultimate Healthy Soft & Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

The BEST recipe for oatmeal raisin cookies you’ll ever make! Soft, chewy & packed with raisins. They’re so easy to make & they don’t taste healthy at all!     I lived in the dorms during my freshman year of college, and with only a small fridge the size of a microwave and no...

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