Browsing Category HOLIDAYS

Pumpkin Bread (Downeast Maine Pumpkin Bread)

From allrecipes.com, I finally tried their Downeast Pumpkin Bread, and no wonder it got over 7K likes! It is the best pumpkin bread I ever tried. I love the pumpkin flavor and I love the clean cuts it makes. It is not crumbly at all. I know that butter is tasty in breads, but using oil makes them more moist. I usually like raisins or…

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Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies

Wow, I am raving about this recipe from a favorite chef I love, Chef Rachel Farnsworth, the Stay-at-Home Chef!  If you like shortbread, these are OVER-THE-TOP!  I LOVE her EASY technique of rolling the dough in a plastic bag too.  NO rolling pin to wash, and it rolls perfectly!  You can leave them plain or dip the tips of the cookies in melted chocolate.  Decorate…

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Chocolate Pumpkin Nut Snack Cake

A small, 9-inch Chocolate Pumpkin Nut Snack Cake to try that I think is great change from regular brownies. It is so moist and fudgy, and it’s made with a brownie mix! NO eggs, no oil, no butter! The pumpkin puree does the job of all that! You will love that it takes less than 5 minutes to make! Use your favorite brownie mix. I…

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Red Velvet Cookies~with a Cake Mix

These Red Velvet Cookies from a cake mix are so-o good! And SO easy to make! It is a shortcut recipe with just a few ingredients. It takes just a few minutes from start to finish! My cookies pictured above have semi-sweet chocolate chips and macadamia nuts, but you can use whatever chips and nuts you want. Leave out the chopped nuts if you want!…

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Mile-High New York Cheesecake ~ Crustless

This cheesecake is a purist’s cheesecake, my type of cheesecake. And this one happens to be my personal favorite! I cannot remember where I got this recipe, but I think it was from the NY Times many years ago. I call it…..PURE CHEESECAKE, UNADORNED! It’s a great cheesecake to serve for holidays or special occasions! IT IS crustless. It is topless. It is baked. It…

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Macaroons

These Macaroons are the easiest thing to make! Quick and easy! They are delicious and chewy, and so pretty. Macaroons are great for holidays or special occasions and so many people love these! I have been making these for years with variations and I think I got the original recipe from my sister Annie. Not all macaroon recipes have flour in them. I think a…

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Chocolate Chip Cookies with Real Cranberries

Real cranberries in a chocolate chip cookie? Yes!  It is a delicious, sweet-tangy combination! Try them! We love these!  We think these are better with real cranberries than with dried cranberries. I always make these for Thanksgiving and for Christmas too.  But right now it is June and I am whipping up a batch!  They are great for anytime! You will be surprised at how good…

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Raspberry Shortbread Squares

A delicious shortbread crumb topping on these raspberry squares make these a knockout! This is one of my all-time favorite squares and it is so EASY to make! A great recipe for the holidays, for Valentine’s Day, for Teas, or for any time! These deserve good quality raspberry preserves! Use any flavor preserves you like! I LOVE these! The crumb topping is amazing!  This makes…

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Irish Cream Cheesecake~NO-BAKE!

This is SO delicious and SO easy to make! Everyone loves this one! I’ve made real fancy Irish liqueur cheesecakes that are amazing, but if I am short on time, this NO-BAKE one is a winner! Perfect for St. Patrick’s Day! Or any day! Use a chocolate crust or graham cracker crust. Sometimes I mix the chocolate and graham crumbs together, and that is really…

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Bailey’s Irish Cream Brownies

Irish? YES? Lucky!! NOT IRISH? Well, get your Irish on and make these AMAZING brownies, perfect for St. Patrick’s Day!  If you’ve never tried them, Irish or not, you are missing a great treat!  And they are so easy to make with a brownie mix!  Use your favorite brownie mix. Double the recipe to make a larger batch, because I think you may need to!  See…

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Red Velvet Cake

Like RED VELVET CAKE? Yes? Then a “from scratch” red velvet cake recipe is the only way to go!  A box mix comes out too dry and tasteless while this lives up to it’s name!  The buttermilk helps to make it velvety smooth and rich!     When you add the baking soda on top of the white vinegar, you will get a fizzing reaction. Watch…

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Christmas Biscotti

CHRISTMAS BISCOTTI: This is one way I make Christmas Biscotti using red and green candied cherries and pistachio nuts which are green. They look so festive! Another way is I use dried cranberries and pistachios. Or a combo of dried cranberries with the cherries! The possibilities are endless! You can leave the biscotti plain. You can drizzle a glaze on top. Or you can dip…

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Cherry Christmas Slice and Bake Cookies

These beautiful Christmas Refrigerator Slice and Bake Cookies not only look festive with the red and green cherries, but they are SO delicious! The bottoms get browned and the tops stay white. They are a CRISPY cookie. The dough is very easy to make in less than 5 minutes! It has chopped pecans, but use whatever chopped nuts you like, or leave them out completely….

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