Pumpkin Fudge

Chopped pecans, pumpkin pie spices, and white chocolate are stirred into a creamy pumpkin-laced fudge to make what’s sure to become a new holiday tradition. You can tweak the recipe by adding a little more spice, skipping the nuts, or using dark chocolate chips instead of white.

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Yield: Makes about 3 pounds


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Fruit Jellies

Kids love jiggly jellies so let them help you make these adorable fruit jelly cut-outs. You only need 3 ingredients—unflavored gelatin, fruit juice (like orange or lemon or a raspberry puree), and superfine sugar. Once the mixture has become firm, cut the jellies into creative shapes with mini cookie cutters and present to guests in festive boxes or bags.

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Recipe yields: about 4 (10 jellies per gift)


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Chocolate Dipped Peppermint Sticks

These peppermint sticks look beautiful and taste even better! Dip store-bought peppermint sticks in melted white chocolate, then roll in coconut or other desired toppings. Once dried, place in a gift box with holiday tissue paper.

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Level: easy
Yield: 12 peppermint sticks


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Gourmet Marshmallows

Decidedly mature flavors, including coffee and lavender, give these melt-in-your-mouth delicacies a bit of sophistication. Use this base recipe to make marshmallows for parties or homemade holiday gifts. Different flavors can be added to make a variety. Show them to their best advantage in a simple glassine bag, tied with a festive ribbon.

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Total Time: 55 min
Prep: 40 min
Level: moderate
Yield: 12 marshmallows per flavor (4 batches yield 16 bags of 3 marshmallows, 4 bags of each variation)


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Softbatch Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies

Replacing some of the butter from a favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe with cream cheese created cookies that are super soft without being cakey, edges that are slightly chewy, and interior that is thick, soft, tender, and moist. Plus there’s an abundance of chocolate in every bite.

The dough can be made in advance, refrigerated, and baked as desired, up to 5 days later.

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Yield: 28 med-small cookies
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 3+ hours, for dough chilling


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Hot Chocolate Cookies

There’s nothing better than curling up on the couch on a chilly day with a mug of hot chocolate that’s filled with soft marshmallows. Unless it’s a chocolate cookie that tastes like hot chocolate complete with a big gooey marshmallow and a chunk of melted dark chocolate underneath the marshmallow. The cookies are chewy around the edges, soft in the middle, and taste like the perfect mug of hot chocolate. The marshmallows and the chunks of dark chocolate melt slightly creating a smores effect, minus the graham crackers.

The dough is very soft and must be chilled for two hours before forming into mounds and baking. Rich, decadent, and a perfect holiday cookie.


Yield: 24 med cookies
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes, divided
Total Time: about 3 hours, for dough chilling


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Brown Butter Salted Caramel Snickerdoodles

These cookies bake perfectly. They were perfectly chewy and the brown butter gave them an amazing flavor. Just when you think they can’t get any better you take your first bite and a gooey caramel surprise is in the inside of the cookie. You’ll also love how they are lightly salted on the top to give the sweet a little balance of salty.

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Prep time: 30 mins
Cook time: 8 mins
Total time: 38 mins
Serves: 24


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Grandma’s Cranberry Cookies

If you’re looking for a simple, back to basics cookie recipe for the holidays, or really any time of the year, try grandma’s recipe.

We love these cookies because they’re not super decadent or overly sweet, and the sugar coating on the outside gives them a yummy little bit of crunch while keeping the inside really soft. They’re a perfect accompaniment to coffee or tea.

To add a little holiday flair to these cookies, swap out raisins for Craisins (any sweetened, dried cranberry will do). The secret to these cookies is simmering the dried cranberries in water so that they become moist and plump before adding them to the cookie batter. And a surprise ingredient is a little Crisco. If you really want soft cookes, then Crisco is the way to go.

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Prep time: 30 mins
Cook time: 15 mins
Total time: 45 mins
Serves: 4 dozens


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