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31 Days of Cookies: Chocolate-Peppermint Cream Sandwich Cookies

This year, we’re celebrating the season with a month of nonstop cookies. For the 14th day of cookies, we’re sandwiching peppermint cream between two chocolaty halves.

When the holidays arrive, our kitchen is taken over by three culinary themes: chocolate, peppermint and cookies. For holiday entertaining, cookies are such a low-stress and crowd-pleasing dessert. This year, to push our guests past that “oh, I’m so full, I can’t eat anymore” hump, we crafted these simply irresistable chocolate and peppermint cookie sandwiches. (There’s always room for a chocolate-mint cookie.) The delicate chocolate wafer halves are filled with a thick, tongue-tickling peppermint creme, making them taste like huge Thin Mints. Sprinkled with a bit of snowy sugar, they are holiday party- and Santa-approved.

Chocolate Butter Cookie Sandwiches with Peppermint Cream Filling Recipe

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Butter Cookies with Eggnog Cream Cheese Icing


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As we gear up for the holiday madness — visiting in-laws, parking-lot musical chairs, office parties, endless gift-buying, spending days (or weeks) making and packaging homemade gifts  — one thought continually rolls through our heads: “We need a drink.”

Since it’s rather frowned upon to be seen with flask in hand on a regular basis, it is best to devise incognito ways to sneak in a little nip here and there. (This keeps us calm and ensures that the holidays are, in fact, merry.) There are already several holiday classics intent on serving this purpose: rum balls, trifles, and of course, the ever-popular eggnog. Well, let’s add another treat to the list of holiday stress remedies: a delicate butter cookie with a brandy-laced eggnog icing.

Though innocent in appearance, these high-spirited cookies will bring a twinkle to your eyes (and some rose to your cheeks). You can always play around with your liquor of choice (dark rum, cognac, bourbon or Kahlua are some fun options) and then box up mixed batches as gifts. The holidays are happy once again!

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Sweet Potato Fritters

Sweet Potato Pancakes

Potatoes in almost any shape or form are an edible treat because they’re so versatile and loved. Whether boiled, steamed, baked or fried, we can always turn to potatoes for comfort, particularly when the weather drops to a cooler chill. Plus, they are easy on the pocketbook, which make them as close to perfect as you can get.

This is the season of the sweet potato, a celebration of the humble root in its sweeter form, and we’re ready to cook them up with a vengeance. To start, a favorite snack or side dish we love to indulge in is Sweet Potato Pancakes (or fritters). The delicate sweetness of the potatoes crisped up to a golden fry is not only easy to make, but a great treat when you’re craving comfort foods.

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Get a Quick Sweet Fix: Apple Fries

Apple Fries

When autumn arrives, the farmers’ markets are brimming with apples of every variety. The excitement we get when we discover wonderful new apple varieties is like being kids in Candy Land.

With a plethora of fresh apples to eat, we’re still continually creating new recipes to enjoy them when they’re cooked. When apples are cooked to a soft texture, a little sprinkle of cinnamon transforms them into the perfect simple dessert.

Apple fries are another fun way to enjoy apples when you have an abundance. Quickly fried apples sprinkled with cinnamon sugar and powdered sugar are like fruit candy. The soft texture of the sweet apple and cinnamon fragrance make for a simple way to enjoy apples as a dessert.

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