Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

You know the classic treat muddy buddies or puppy chow? Where you shake cereal in a combo of melted chocolate and peanut butter and then shake them again in powdered sugar? These cookies are and ode to that.

Fudgy chocolate is piped over soft peanut butter cookies and then they’re pressed into powdered sugar to coat. These cookies are absolutely a special treat!

Whether you’re making these as a stand-alone dessert or as part of a holiday cookie tray, they will definitely be a hit.

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Gingerbread Biscotti

This is the biscotti you want to dunk in your coffee (or hot chocolate!) this holiday season. I promise.

It has all the flavor of your favorite gingerbread cookie, in a thick, chewy bar perfect for sopping up your favorite drink. They are an opportunity to turn every coffee break into a holiday celebration.

Slices of gingerbread biscotti piled in a white mug with snowflakes and the words "warm wishes". More biscotti sit next to the mug.

And if you’re thinking, meh, biscotti isn’t my thing – I’m here to tell you that you need to try making it yourself. These are so, so much better than the dry and crumbly store-bought biscotti you’re imagining!

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Pecan Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate chip cookies are such a classic – but I never think of them as a Christmas cookie. In this recipe, they get some additional mix ins that make them absolutely perfect for the holiday season. These are soft and chewy, with sweet bites from the cherries and chocolate. They’re a great stand-along treat or a beautiful addition to a holiday cookie tray.

These are based on one of my Opa’s cookie recipes from his years working in a bakery, which means they’re foolproof. Because no-one has time for cookies that might not turn out perfectly in a bakery – or during the the holidays.

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The Best Slice-and-Bake Christmas Cookies

Slice-and-bake cookies are an awesome option for Christmas cookies because they’re so easy to bake up. This dough is foolproof, can be dressed up a bunch of different ways, and can even be frozen – so you can prep it when things are not crazy and still have warm, fresh cookies ready for Santa!

Green and red swirl cookies spread out on a surface and in a bowl.

You can make these cookies your own by changing up the dough colors, dipping them in sanding sugar, or rolling them in sprinkles. I love leaving the dough uncolored and then dipping the cookies in red or green sugar. And rolling them in blue sprinkles make them perfect for Hanukkah!

Or, divide the dough and make a few different designs from one batch. The possibilities are endless!

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Candy Corn Ice Cream

I know candy corn can be polarizing but in our family it’s a favorite! We always grab a bag as soon as it hits stores in the fall.

This summer, I didn’t manage to make a single batch of ice cream in the ice cream maker, so I knew candy corn season was the perfect time to break it out – and introduce the kids to this old favorite.

Candy corn ice cream is a creamy treat that tastes just like the original – and requires only 3 ingredients to make!

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Chocolate Matzo Tiramisu #SpringSweetsWeek

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You know what I love for holidays? Make ahead options.

Having a few things done the day before always makes the rest of the meal feel more manageable. This cake is a great make-ahead option to have waiting at the end of your holiday meal and -bonus!- it’s Passover-friendly.

No-bake cake made from chocolate mouse and coffee-soaked matzo sheets topped with ganache.

Rich dark chocolate mousse is sandwiched between coffee-soaked matzo and topped with dark chocolate ganache in this easy, icebox version of tiramisu.

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No-Churn Lemon Ice Cream #SpringSweetsWeek

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Oh, hello there spring!

I always love the change of seasons – and especially the arrival of spring. The longer days, warmer weather, and watching everything green up just fills my soul after the winter months. And this year, it feels especially poignant. After a year of social distancing, watching the people around me getting vaccinated gives me so much hope that we’re really going to break out of this long winter.

I’m so excited to kick off spring with #SpringSweetsWeek again this year! This week, I’ll be sharing four new dessert recipes – starting off with this couldn’t-be-easier lemon ice cream.

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Mini Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cheesecakes

Two of my favorite Valentine’s Day desserts are cheesecake and chocolate covered strawberries. Combined, they make the perfect treat for your sweetie!

These are a fun take on the classic mini cheesecakes. Oreo cookies make for a great chocolate crust and strawberry preserves mixed into the cheesecake give it it’s strawberry taste and pink color. A simple ganache and strawberries make a perfect, simple topping.

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Persimmon Pecan Cake

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It was this time last year that our obsession with tea started. Jake wanted to do the annual Santa train – and Julie adamantly did not. Instead, she requested a holiday outing that did not involve Santa, so I made us reservations at a local tea room. Julie and I were both smitten with the experience and have been recreating it at home since.

It also kickstarted my experimentation with tea. I thought I didn’t like it – but I was pleasantly surprised to realize I was wrong. A cup of tea and an afternoon treat has become one of my favorite rituals this year.

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Butterscotch Pear Croissant Pudding with Eggnog Sauce

This post is sponsored in conjunction with the #FamilyBakingChallenge. I received product to aid in the creation of the recipe. All opinions are mine alone.

You guys know getting the whole family in the kitchen is something that’s important to me – so I was so excited to jump in on the #FamilyBakingChallenge from Melissa’s Produce! Each week, they’ve been featuring a different seasonal ingredient and a few recipes. Your challenge is to take the recipe and make it your own!

Week one started off with a bang – and a new-to-us fruit: butterscotch pears! We loved them – and we loved this spin on bread pudding!

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