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31 Days of Cookies: Peppermint Fudge Crinkle Cookies

This year, we’re celebrating the season with a month of nonstop cookies. For the 20th day of cookies, we’re making Kelsey Nixon’s quick and easy peppermint-kissed fudge cookies.

Click here for the Peppermint Fudge Crinkle Cookies recipe.

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Alie & Georgia’s Homemade Canned Gift Ideas

As frugal gals at heart, wholly without use for fancy or expensive trinkets, our favorite gifts are those that encompass the following characteristics:

1. Useful
2. Unexpected
3. Homemade

It is with that in mind that we present our choice gift to give this year: jarred condiments. Yes, we said condiments. Also known as “stuff to put on things,” homemade condiments are a great way to add creative, interesting flair to any staples on the table.

Then, just put the “stuff to put on things” into a “thing that holds stuff,” also known as a Mason jar. As two vintage-inclined chicks, we’ve been extolling the virtues of the inexpensive yet kitschy vessel that is the Mason jar for years. They’re readily available at most grocery, kitchen and hardware stores and they’re cheap and adorable.

Below are some recipes for homemade condiments you can present in cute jars to turn your gift giving into something uniquely awesome. Attach a little label with serving suggestions, or make a gift basket with a few different jars of tasty things plus some recipes. Look! You just made someone’s whole year. Fine, that’s an overstatement, but they’ll be stoked.

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31 Days of Cookies: Honey-Almond Lace Cookies

This year, we’re celebrating the season with a month of nonstop cookies. For the 19th day of cookies, we’re dunking translucently thin honey-almond crisps in melted bittersweet chocolate.

Click here for the Honey-Almond Lace Cookies recipe.

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Hump Day Snack: Coal Candy

Calling all ne’er-do-wells and naughty list candidates: This candy’s coming soon to a stocking near you. Easily mistaken for lumps of actual carbon, this unusual Christmas treat is sweet, crumbly and ideal for gifting to those friends and family members who need to shape up next year. Best of all, you don’t have to go buying fancy ingredients to make your point. Sprinkle a little powdered sugar here, a smidge of egg white there and a whole lot of black food coloring everywhere and you’ll have coal-inspired hard candy. Use a hammer and chisel for dramatic effect when breaking it apart and get to stuffing those naughty kids’ stockings with a treat they won’t soon forget. For the “nice” side of your Christmas list, turn to Cooking Channel’s fine selection of giftable sweets:

31 Days of Cookies: Spritz Cookies

This year, we’re celebrating the season with a month of nonstop cookies. For the 18th day of cookies, we’re going classic with ultra-versatile almond-scented spritz cookies

Click here for the Spritz Cookies recipe.

More cookies:
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Food Network’s 12 Days of Cookies

31 Days of Cookies: Lemon Ricotta Cookies with Lemon Glaze

This year, we’re celebrating the season with a month of nonstop cookies. For the 17th day of cookies, we’re eating sunshine, courtesy of Giada’s bright, tart Lemon Ricotta Cookies, topped with a lemony sugar glaze.

Click here for the Lemon Ricotta Cookies with Lemon Glaze recipe.

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Healthy Gifts to Give

Though a box of chocolates or batch of cookies might be welcome presents for many a giftee, I prefer to offer my loved ones a respite from sugary treats. All of the following ideas are food-focused, yet healthy. What good-for-you gift ideas are you planning on this year?

Quick and Easy Store-Bought Gifts
Special oils and vinegars: Everyone has olive oil and balsamic in their pantries, but less often do people splurge on avocado oil or walnut oil — or Champagne vinegar. These can make a flavorful addition to salads and other dishes.

A lemon press and zester: Does your giftee love lemons? A microplane zester is a must-have in any kitchen, and metal lemon presses make juicing lemons easy.

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31 Days of Cookies: Christmas “Circus” Cookies

This year, we’re celebrating the season with a month of nonstop cookies. For the 16th day of cookies, we’re feasting on nostalgia with these frosted cookies, named for the colorful retro circus treats they resemble.

Click here for the Christmas “Circus” Cookies recipe.

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31 Days of Cookies: Caribbean Gingerbread Kidz

This year, we’re celebrating the season with a month of nonstop cookies. For the 15th day of cookies, classic gingerbread men get a spicy, gingery, hip makeover.

Click here for the Caribbean Gingerbread Kidz recipe.

More cookies:
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31 Days of Cookies: Emeril’s Butter Cookies

This year, we’re celebrating the season with a month of nonstop cookies. For the 13th day of cookies, we’re getting in shape(s) with Emeril’s classic, colorful butter cookies.

Click here for the Butter Cookies recipe.

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Food Network’s 12 Days of Cookies

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