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Last Minute Holiday Cooking – 5 Sugar Cookies Recipes & Decoration Tips

Last Minute Holiday Cooking – 5 Sugar Cookies Recipes & Decoration Tips

Sugar cookies are one of the first recipes that come to mind when compiling holiday menus. The reason is they are easy to make, delicious, soft, flavorful, perfect for shaping into festive symbols, and ideal for decorating. No wonder these cuties are loved by kids and grown-ups alike.

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From a cook’s/thrifty housewife’s perspective, sugar cookies have a few more important upsides:

  • the dough can be easily doubled without affecting the final result
  • the cookies can be made crispier by prolonging the baking time just a bit to satisfy all tastes in the family;
  • baked sugar cookies freeze well.

From a mom’s perspective, these cookies are great for including the kids who are enthusiastic to help in the kitchen.

We’ve got some amazing sugar cookies recipes to make last minute holiday preparations easier for you. But before we get to them, let’s go through some essential tips and tricks that will facilitate the process even more.

  • Don’t be afraid to add more butter than the recipe calls for to make the cookies incredibly soft. If you have run out of butter, cream cheese will do the trick;
  • To chill or not to chill? You can skip the chilling only if the recipe explicitly specifies that or if you don’t really care if the sugar cookie shapes look ok. Chilling makes the dough easy to work with and helps the cookies keep their shape during baking.

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The Best Sugar cookies recipes to Make During the Holidays

Whole-Wheat Sugar Cookies

Whole-wheat flour adds a slightly nutty flavor and wholesome texture to this traditional sugar cookies recipe. To add a nutty crunch, stir 1/4 cup chopped pecans or almonds into the cookie dough.

Brown Sugar Cookies

The simplest cookies are often the best! These heavenly bites of brown sugar, butter, vanilla, and nuts just melt in your mouth. The nuts need to be finely chopped for this recipe – finer than are typically found in chopped nut packages in the market. You can chop them further in a food processor—just be careful to process in short bursts until they’re finely chopped—not ground into a paste.

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Drop Sugar Cookies

Decorated sugar cookies don’t always have to be rolled and cut out; this simple drop recipe yields quick—yet still delicious—results. Make your own colored sugar to match any theme. Just place a few tbsp. granulated sugar in a container with a tight-fitting lid, add a drop or two of food coloring and shake until the color is evenly distributed.

Iced Sugar Cookies

Prepare the sprinkles and food coloring! These simple treats are perfect for the holidays but also to add color to any regular rainy day. Children will love helping to cut out and decorate their own special cookies but also devour them afterward.

Macadamia Sugar Cookies

These generously-sized sugar cookies have rich macadamia nuts in every bite. So simple to make—just mix, scoop and bake! Put your taste buds on cloud nine by adding white chocolate to these already heavenly cookies. Just substitute ½ cup coarsely chopped white baking chocolate or white chocolate chips for half of the macadamia nuts.

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Decorating Sugar Cookies

When it comes to decorating, it all comes down to skills and patience but you can hardly go wrong with sugar cookies. These cookies are great with a simple buttercream frosting or chocolate ganache spread on top, or between two cookies. If you are skillful enough, you can glaze each cookie with a thin layer of icing, mix colors, and draw. The best tools to pull this off are squeeze bottles and piping bags.

For a super-quick decoration, fill a small plastic bag half full with melted semisweet chocolate chips. Make a small diagonal cut in the bottom corner of the bag and squeeze out the chocolate into various designs and patterns onto the cooled cookies.

If you decide to go with classic royal icing, here is a step-by-step instruction:

To make it easier on yourself, choose a recipe that calls for only the basic ingredients

3-4 cups Powdered Sugar

2 Egg whites

  • Start by beating the egg whites with an electric mixer until foamy.
  • Then, gradually add the powdered sugar (3-4 cups).

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Extra flavor can be added with vanilla extract (2 tsp.), which is a common choice. Other options include almond extract or lemon juice. If using extracts, make sure they are colorless to keep the icing white.

Once the icing is smooth and thick enough, place it in a zip-lock bag for storing or use immediately.

For the buttercream frosting fans, we chose a chocolate-flavored buttercream because why not? ‘Tis the season to go wild with food!

1 cup chocolate chips, melted

1 cup butter, softened

2 cups powdered sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

The best type of chocolate chips to use for buttercream isn’t regular milk chocolate we all like to devour, but semisweet or bittersweet. When mixed with the other ingredients, these types of chocolate will lighten up not just in color but also in taste, keeping the rich chocolate flavor at the same time.

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The quality of the chocolate you use is also of great importance. High-quality chocolate chips tend to melt well and produce a smooth, even & velvety final result. Make sure the melted chocolate chips are cooled before adding them to the buttercream mixture.

Whip the butter in a large bowl with an electric mixer on a medium speed until light and fluffy, (for about 3 minutes). Add the powdered sugar and keep mixing until the mixture is homogenous and creamy. Then, add the vanilla followed by the cooled melted chocolate and whip the frosting on medium speed fluffy and creamy, for about 4 minutes.

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Note: If refrigerating this buttercream, let it achieve room temperature before whipping it with an electric mixer about a minute or so.

Note 2: If the butter you use is unsalted, add just a pinch of salt with the powdered sugar.

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15 Chicken Breast Recipes You Need to Try

15 Chicken Breast Recipes You Need to Try

Whether you’re cooking for two or planning a Christmas dinner for family and friends, chicken breast recipes make a great option to satisfy everyone’s taste. They produce tasty, satisfying meals without falling into a boring recipe route.

Chicken breast recipes are not only incredibly easy to make but are also low in calories and quite healthy (please make sure the meat you’re buying is free of hormones and non-GMO). Moreover, chicken breasts are extremely versatile – you can simply bread and cook them or combine with a plethora of herbs & spices and include them in salads, stews, pies, curries, stir fries, fajitas, pizzas and more!

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No wonder chicken breast recipes are so well-loved. The 2017 Google food report puts them on top of their list of most searched recipes!

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Homestyle Chicken Pot Pie

Need a budget-friendly recipe as a simple solution for a family gathering? The classic pot pie is re-invented by tucking tender chicken breasts and mixed veggies into a flaky pie crust. The result? A spectacular savory pie that is sure to amaze your relatives!

Baked Chicken Parmesan

Italian cuisine lovers an also enjoy chicken breast recipes. Baked Chicken Parmesan is an Italian classic recipe – tender chicken breasts coated with breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese—all topped with tangy tomato sauce and mozzarella. Baking the cutlet instead of frying not only gives a light twist but also makes the dish even healthier without compromising the flavor and moistness. This dish is kid friendly and pairs especially well with pasta or fresh salads.

Garden Chicken Pizza

Refrigerated pizza dough makes fresh, homemade white pizza, with tender pieces of chicken, a quick supper option. Note: If you are skilled and patient enough, you can make the dough yourself using a bread machine but feel free to use refrigerated pizza dough if you prefer! Also, if by any chance you make more sauce than you need, pour it into an airtight container and store in the fridge for up to two weeks.

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Creamy Tarragon Chicken

This chicken breast recipe requires pan-frying the meat with tarragon, and combining it with a smooth, velvety sauce made with chicken broth, some white wine, and heavy cream – a simple recipe for the whole family. It pairs especially well with pasta, salad, and rice for a quick and easy weeknight supper.

Note: To keep the chicken warm in Step 4, cover with aluminum foil. This also seals in the moisture of the chicken. This recipe can also be made with chicken thighs and you can replace the heavy cream with half-fat crème fraîche to make it lighter.

Quick Chicken Fajitas

For a casual weeknight get-together, make these quick & sizzling fajitas – chicken breasts, onion, and peppers are cut into even pieces so they cook quickly and evenly to produce a delicious filling. Instead of sour cream, offer guacamole or salsa as toppings options for a more authentic experience.

Note: the recipe can be varied with the addition of shredded cabbage, toasted pumpkin seeds and queso fresco crumbles plus a simple dressing made with olive oil and lime juice.

Chicken Stroganoff

Classic stroganoff gets a makeover with the use of chicken breasts! Tender meat coated in a creamy mushroom sauce, thickened with sour cream, for a classic dish that’s packed with flavor. For beef stroganoff, replace the chicken with flank steak cut into 1/4-inch strips in Step 1. Use beef broth instead of chicken broth in Step 2. We love this dish because it is done in about half an hour. Serve it with rice or pasta!

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Stir-Fried Chicken

Bite-size chicken pieces and crisp vegetables in a tasty sauce combine for a delicious and nutritious take on “fast” food. Chop the vegetables to the same size to ensure even cooking and have them on hand in the order they will be cooked. For the best results, heat the wok or frying pan before adding the oil.

Maple Chicken

Juicy chicken breasts rubbed with a blend of aromatic spices and coated in a spicy-sweet glaze are the perfect weekday meal. For a different taste, omit the tarragon in Step 2 and replace the maple syrup with sweet chili sauce in Step 3.

Chicken and Potato Salad

A chunky mix of new potato slices and golden chicken tossed with a mustard dressing—a hearty alternative to plain old potato salad! For a more Asian flavor, try adding peeled and grated gingerroot to the dressing in Step 2. Replace the chicken with turkey.

Peanut Chicken with Rice

This chicken feast combines the sweetness of peanut butter with rice, peanuts, and crunchy raw vegetables. For an equally crunchy texture but slightly different flavor, replace the roasted peanuts with 1/4 cup cashews.

Chicken Bacon Bundles

Lock in the full flavor of succulent chicken with a savory filling of herbed cheese and basil, all wrapped in smoky bacon. If you prefer a milder cheese, use mozzarella instead. Grate over the top of the chicken about 10 minutes before the end of the cooking time in Step 3.

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Hawaiian Chicken

If you want to be transported to a sandy beach in the middle of winter, this dish is just for you! Red onion, red and green bell pepper, pineapple and tender chicken all sizzle in a garlic-enhanced sweet-and-sour sauce. For added flavor and flair, stir in 1 tsp. sesame seeds just before serving.

Bruschetta Chicken

A delicious new way to serve grilled chicken—nestled on grilled Italian bread and topped with fresh tomatoes, garlic, basil, and Parmesan. Try this tasty variation: After placing the chicken on the bread slices, top each chicken breast with a slice of mozzarella cheese. Broil just until cheese is melting, then top with the tomato mixture.

Margarita Chicken

A margarita marinade—perfect for summertime. Dance on down to the beach and fire up the grill for a party. Fresh lime juice is best with this recipe. Why not buy a few extra limes and make limeade? Just mix the juice from /3 cup sugar and about 2 quarts of water in a tall pitcher. Chill and enjoy!

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Easy Chicken Wellington

Treat your guests to these tempting puff pastries filled with juicy chicken breasts, spinach, and mushrooms. To add a little zing to this chicken breast recipe, spread 1 tsp. Dijon-style mustard on the chicken before wrapping.

Do you have a favorite chicken breast recipe? Let us know in the comments below!

 

 

 

 

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16 Christmas Cakes to Round Off a Festive Dinner in Style

16 Christmas Cakes to Round Off a Festive Dinner in Style

If we had to choose between Christmas presents and Christmas cakes, we’d definitely go for the cakes! Because there is no better way to round off a festive dinner than with loads of sugar and frosting.

All the other foods are just an intro to the moment everyone expects – the moment when the Christmas cake is cut. What a way to gather the family (too) close together! After devouring the exquisite sweet creation, everyone, including the exhausted hostess, can sit back and relax.

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A traditional Christmas cake is loaded with a combination of raisins, sultanas, currants, nuts, cherries, and orange zest, all soaked in sherry or brandy for a beautifully soft and moist texture. But if you are not into this traditional recipe, you can choose from our selection that includes red velvet cake, cheesecake, ginger-y cake, and more! Don’t get us started on the frostings and icings. Just read!

Red Velvet Cake

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Is there a cake that works for every single Holiday (from Christmas to Valentine’s)? ‘Tis this one – a Southern classic beauty favorite among all family members. Its’ smooth texture and rich frosting make it a dramatic dessert for any occasion!

Cherry Explosion Cake

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Looking for the perfect celebration cake? Look no more! The best variation of the traditional fruity Christmas cake is here – swirled marble layers, brimming with sweet maraschino cherries and cloaked in beautiful pink cherry frosting, this cake is like a party on your plate! Talk about using food as a table decoration!

Black Forest Roll

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This variation on the classic German dessert is a lighter cake with more cream per bite. It’s great for special occasions. Tip: To make individual tortes, cut the base into about 20 small squares. Sandwich together with jam and whipped cream and decorate with more whipped cream and chocolate flakes.

Italian Cream Cake

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Bring snow to your festive table with this rich Christmas cake! This fabulous three-layer creation made with buttermilk, pecans, and coconut is topped with a velvety cream cheese icing. If you don’t like pecans, you can substitute chopped walnuts.

Pecan Chocolate Layer Cake

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For all chocolate lovers, we offer four chocolate Christmas cake variations. The first one is a sweet and nutty layer cake sure to impress guests of all ages. Tip: In a hurry? Bake the cake in a 13- x 9-inch baking pan according to package directions. Drizzle with sauce, frost, and top with pecans.

Chocolate Pudding Cake

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This luscious chocolate dessert is baked in a rich sauce that runs through the cake to create a melt-in-the-mouth center. Note: Semolina is a coarse, pale-yellow flour ground from hard durum wheat. It’s used to make pasta and gnocchi, and can also be added to cookies and cakes to give a slightly crunchy texture.

Chocolate Raspberry Cake

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Chocolate and raspberries are a match made in heaven on top of a luscious, dense cake flavored with coffee and ground almonds.

White Chocolate Heaven

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A smooth, velvety cake with a subtle white chocolate flavor is coated with a creamy ganache—it’s truly divine. Tip: f you have any of the white chocolate left over, place it in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave on high until melted, about 1 minute. Hold large strawberries by their hulls and dip them into the melted chocolate to half coat, then place on a sheet of waxed paper and let set.

Classic Coconut Cake

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If you are favoring something lighter, here is the perfect Christmas cake for you – light and fluffy, just like tasting a coconut cloud— every bite of this classic cake is (almost) indescribably delicious! Snowflakes you can actually eat!

Raspberry Cheesecake

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Need a foolproof Christmas cake recipe? Cheesecake is always a good idea. Especially if your originally planned cake fails (speaking from experience here). Smooth and creamy cheesecake is a real delight! A glossy raspberry topping gives this cake a beautiful look and a wonderfully tart flavor.

Brownie Swirl Cheesecake

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But cheesecake has so many varieties, we just can’t decide which one to make this Christmas! Tip: If by any chance you run out of chocolate chips (with so many kids in the house, that’s totally possible), simply substitute 6 squares of semisweet chocolate for 1 cup of chocolate chips. Chop the chocolate squares slightly so they melt more evenly.

Pear & Ginger Cake

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For those tired of making gingerbread every year, here comes a Christmas cake you’re gonna love! This simple yet rich, moist cake is lightly spiced with ginger and filled with a layer of juicy pears for a sweet harmony of flavors. Tip: Chopped canned pears will work just as well as fresh pears in this cake. Remember to drain them well.

Cinnamon Crumb Coffee Cake

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Speaking of wintry spices (and simple desserts), here is another Christmas cake. Sour cream is the secret ingredient in the batter, and an irresistible pecan streusel is the “frosting on the cake.” Tip: Always use a wire rack when cooling cakes; air can circulate all around the pan and the bottom of the cake won’t get soggy.

Lemon Layer Cake

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Oh, that combination of sweet and tangy! Lemon curd adds a tangy surprise to this delightful layer cake. Tip: Instead of frosting, use whipped cream to frost the cake. Garnish with fresh strawberries.

Praline Layer Cake

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We’ve got more layer Christmas cakes for you! This one, under its decadent white chocolate and cream cheese frosting, reveals a sweet praline filling—a delicious and good-looking dessert!

Triple Berry Cake

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Raspberries, blueberries, and strawberries star in this beautiful three-layer cake that is a celebration of summer but will totally work on your festive table since it incorporates the colors of Christmas with a dose of healthiness. Just add fresh mint leaves on top for the green!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Best Christmas Cookies You’ll Ever Make

The Best Christmas Cookies You’ll Ever Make

It’s time for our favorite Christmas traditions – baking cookies. I mean, what would Christmas be without cookies? From the classic sugar cookies and gingerbread men to raspberry linzers and snowcaps, your family and friends won’t be able to resist these Christmas cuties for sure.

We’re offering a selection of Christmas cookies that look amazing even without extra decoration, along with tips and tricks to make the most of them. Just make sure to save some for Santa!

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Forget about counting calories during the holiday season and bake away!

Gingerbread Shapes

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The beauty of these cookies is that they can be cut into various shapes, from stars to little people. Tip: If you don’t have the molasses required in the recipe, substitute an equal amount of sorghum or honey. Honey gives the gingerbread cookies a milder taste but equally sweet and delicious. Plus, it makes them a bit healthier!

Raspberry Linzer Cookies

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Nothing looks more festive on the holiday table than a tray of these Christmas cookies. A variation of Linz, Austria’s famous linzertorte, these buttery cuties feature a rich dough packed with jam and flavored with ground almonds. The fillings can vary from lemon curd to raspberry jam. Don’t forget to dust them with confectioners’ sugar to bring the snow to your dining room!

Merry Christmas Cookies

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Fun to make and fun to eat, these festive cookies are a holiday present the whole family will enjoy. Brighten any holiday by making these easy cookies with the kids and save the recipe – you can vary the decorations for Easter, Valentine’s Day or Halloween.

Snowcaps

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With macadamia nuts and a “cap” of sprinkle-covered chocolate, these buttery Christmas cookies will make you forget about everyday chocolate chip cookies. Pecans, walnuts or other favorite nuts can be used in place of the macadamia nuts. Extra tip: Substitute the chocolate candy with pastel-colored candy disks for a holiday twist.

Old-Fashioned Gingersnaps

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One taste of these Christmas cookies will take you back to your childhood and baking cookies with mom. This recipe is one of our favorites to prepare around the holidays because it is so easy and yields a big batch of cookies. Tip: Put the gingersnaps in stacks of 10 or 12 cookies and wrap them in plastic wrap. Then, tie the plastic wrap with a pretty ribbon. That way, when unexpected guests or even carolers came to the door, you will have a special little gift ready.

Chocolate Berry Thumbprints

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Looking for something delicious to perk up your tea or coffee on the Christmas morning? The tartness of raspberry jam sparkles in contrast to the deep chocolate makes them the best choice. Tip: Fill these cookies with a different kind of jam. Any jelly or seedless preserves can be used. Try orange marmalade, apricot jam or cherry preserves—create your own dazzling flavor combination! Extra tip:

Make these Christmas cookies even prettier with a glaze. Place 1 cup confectioners’ sugar and ½ teaspoon vanilla extract in a small bowl. Stir in 2–3 teaspoons water until the mixture is a glazing consistency. Drizzle the glaze over.

Glazed Cinnamon Cookies

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These sweet and spicy treats have a nutty, cinnamon filling rolled up inside a sugar cookie dough and a drizzle of sweet glaze over the top. Give these cookies a sweet and tangy twist. Add 4 tablespoons of chopped dried cranberries, raisins or dried cherries to the filling.  en stand back and watch them disappear!

Tutti-Fruity Cookies

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Invite guests or treat yourself to a hot cup and some of these crisp, buttery cookies decked with colorful bits of fruit. Tip: Make these basic cookies with any kind of dried fruit or nut that you like. Pecans pair beautifully with the buttery taste, and you can add golden raisins for sweetness.

Chocolate Meringue Cookies

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Light as air, these delicate meringue cookies are an old-fashioned treat, perfect for special occasions and holiday cookie trays. Tip: Add a little drama—and extra flavor—to these pretty cookies by dipping them in chocolate. Just melt 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips. Dip the bottoms of the cooled cookies in the chocolate and let stand on parchment paper until the chocolate is set. Peel away the parchment and serve.

Melt-Away Cookies

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These classic butter cookies certainly melt away any resistance—you can’t eat just one! They may be classic, but they never get tiresome! Tip: It’s important to measure out the dough 1 tsp. at a time so that the cookies area uniform size and bake evenly. If the dough gets too soft to work with, chill it for 15 minutes.

Chocolate-Almond Cookies

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The addition of chocolate will turn any good cookie into a Christmas delight! And for this recipe, you don’t even need fancy baking equipment. However, parchment baking paper is a must, to cover the baking sheets when baking these Christmas cookies. The reason is that they tend to stick to baking sheets more than other cookies, so you might lose half the cookies! Parchment is simple to use and ensured that these cookies just slid off the sheet.

Currant Griddle Cookies

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These rich Christmas cookies are slightly biscuit-like, something like Scottish scones, so you can serve them along with tea or coffee (milk for the little ones), offering soft butter and strawberry jam as accompaniments.

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Orange Frost Cookies

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Christmas cookies with a hint of summer? You got it! The icing for these cookies is a thin glaze. Tip: For a neater holiday look, make the mixture thicker, like frosting, and spread it on each cookie individually. To do this, reduce the amount of orange juice to 1 tablespoon.

 

 

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13 Patriotic Foods to Celebrate Veterans Day 2017

13 Patriotic Foods to Celebrate Veterans Day 2017

When we started compiling the recipes in honor of Veterans Day, we were guided by one simple question: “What would a soldier stationed somewhere far away want the most?” There was a fiery discussion among the members of our editorial team, but all ideas had something in common – comfort food! Add ‘homemade’ to the picture and you’re all set to show your love and support for all the brave military members who fought for our freedom.

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Veterans Day is an official public holiday in the States, observed annually on November 11 since the 1950s. It is meant to honor the people who served in the Armed Forces, i.e. military veterans. And since many workers and students have Veterans Day off, it is a perfect opportunity to gather and make the veteran(s) in your life happy to be home.

You can cook a delicious meal at any point of the day – breakfast, lunch, or dinner (don’t forget the dessert!).

Veterans Day Breakfast Recipes

Buttermilk Pancakes with Blueberry Compote

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What better way to warm up a veteran’s heart (and fill their belly) than by serving breakfast in bed? These fluffy buttermilk pancakes topped with a sweet blueberry compote will fill the house with an incredible smell and make everyone ask for more.

Topping them with a fruit-based sauce is a great change from maple syrup routine. Blueberries will not only add a tangy note, but they will also contribute that beautiful deep color. Not to mention how healthy they are!

Breakfast Pizza with Kale, Pesto, and Sun-dried Tomatoes

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If you have a veteran who is not a big fan of sweet things, this is the recipe that will save the morning! Composed of a bunch of good-for-you-ingredients on top of a perfect dough that is crispy on the outside & soft on the inside, this cheesy perfection is the best way to show how much you care!

Veterans Day Lunch Recipes

Savory Chicken Pot Pie

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A creamy blend of chicken and vegetables covered with a delicious, flaky pastry crust—a dinner table delight! For a boost of flavor, mix 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley into the chicken mixture in Step 2.

Chicken Paninis

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A brick wrapped in foil is the secret to deliciously sealing the flavors of chicken, tomatoes, pesto and melted cheese into tasty grilled bread. Sun-dried tomatoes can be purchased in packets (often pre-chopped in diced, julienned or chunk form) or in jars of olive oil. The oil-packed tomatoes are best for sandwiches.

Healthier Macaroni and Cheese

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Mac & cheese is definitely one of the most beloved comfort foods. This take on the popular dish takes a healthier turn with the use of Greek yogurt. This ingredient also makes the this mac & cheese super-creamy. In addition, it is done in less than 15 minutes, allowing you to relax and enjoy Veterans Day!

Veterans Day Snacks

Chicken Quesadillas

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These tasty appetizers are loaded with a spicy chicken filling and baked so they are light and crispy. A quick and easy way to cut your quesadillas is to use a pizza cutter. A pizza cutter, with its rotating wheel, slices through easily, without dragging any of the filling out. It’s also great for cutting pastry dough, homemade pasta and, of course, pizza! Note: For more heat, use canned chopped jalapeños

Veterans Day Dinner Recipes

Sesame Ginger Steaks

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This sirloin is made even better with a delicious blend of soy sauce, brown sugar, ginger root, and sesame oil poured over the top. Keep the steaks warm while you make the sauce: Put them on a baking sheet, cover them with foil and place in the oven at 200°F.

Cheddar-Filled Burgers

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The bacon, cheese and barbecue sauce are on the inside this time, for an incredibly juicy and tasty burger! These burgers can be prepared on the stove top with a griddle pan too, or outside on the grill.

Grilled Steak Fajitas

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Fresh vegetables and sirloin steak are marinated in a fiery sauce, then grilled to perfection and folded into soft flour tortillas. To heat the tortillas on the grill, wrap 4 tortillas in foil, making 2 foil packets. Place on the grill and heat, turning once, for 2–3 minutes.

Homemade Chicken Pizza

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Who doesn’t like pizza? For a chewier crust, Grandma sometimes layered the ingredients on the unbaked pizza dough. She baked it until the edges of the crust were brown, about 15 to 20 minutes. The crust stayed moist under the toppings.

Veterans Day Desserts

Our favorite part of any holiday or celebration is dessert. Not only because we love sweets but also because desserts leave most space to show our creativity. You can pull off amazing decorations in red, white, and blue by utilizing natural ingredients like strawberries and blueberries; or you can turn to food coloring and sprinkles. Whatever you choose, rest assured that these Veterans Day sweet treats will look amazing!

Classic American Buttercream

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Speaking of decoration, here is a recipe for a topping that you can use on almost any dessert you make. The classic American buttercream is creamy, fluffy, and and sweet. Furthermore, it is one of the easiest buttercream varieties out there. We love it because there is no cooking required and because of its beautiful light color. Due to the high butter content, this cream is quite firm, which means you can complement it with almost anything without worrying that it will fall apart.

Great American Cheesecake

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The zwieback called for in this recipe can be replaced with graham crackers or digestive biscuits. You can also use gingersnaps and chocolate wafers for the crust.

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Flag Cake

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We just can’t imagine holidays like Fourth of July, Memorial Day, or Veterans Day without Flag Cake! There is no other food that shows your patriotic spirit better than a lavish cake topped with luscious fresh fruit and fluffy whipped cream!

Happy Veterans Day!

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Celebrate Thanksgiving with Our Traditional Thanksgiving Recipes

Celebrate Thanksgiving with Our Traditional Thanksgiving Recipes

The holiday season has officially begun and we’re super-excited. There’s so much we want to share with you!

After Halloween and all those amazing (and scary!) food decorations, it’s time to get a bit more formal and start compiling a fantastic Thanksgiving dinner menu!

Thanksgiving allows plenty of space to show the craftiness and creativity in the kitchen. Delicious food that also looks good can also serve as a table decoration. This year, we’ve decided to start our holiday marathon with traditional Thanksgiving recipes.

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Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner Recipes

Thanksgiving dinner is the largest annual eating event in the United States. Statistics say that people eat more on Thanksgiving than on any other day of the year!

Once a year, on the third Thursday of November, families gather to give thanks for all good things in life. The celebration is in the form of a lavish dinner centered around a large roasted turkey.

Most of the other dishes are usually made from foods native to the New World to honor the very first Thanksgiving feast when the Pilgrims received these foods from the Native Americans and were thus saved from starvation.

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Turkey Thanksgiving Recipe

No Thanksgiving dinner can go without turkey. In fact, the holiday season (the period between Thanksgiving and Christmas) is when one-third of the total turkey consumption in the US takes place. No wonder Thanksgiving is called ‘Turkey Day’! The consumption of turkey on Thanksgiving is such an integral part of our culture, that the National Turkey Federation presents a live turkey to the President of the USA before the holiday to receive a ‘pardon’.

Traditionally, Thanksgiving turkeys are stuffed with a mixture based on bread, combined with

celery, carrots, and onions, complemented with sage, and then roasted. Other ingredients, like chopped nuts, crumbled sausage or bacon, apples, raisins, or cranberries can also be added. Alternatively, this mixture can be served outside the turkey as a dressing.

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Holiday Stuffed Turkey

Crisp skin and tender drumsticks are the best parts of this delectable Thanksgiving recipe. of this delectable turkey. If you are hosting a smaller feast and a whole turkey is too big, consider using a bone-in turkey breast instead. It cooks more quickly and also has only white meat, which is less fatty. The turkey breast produces about 5 pounds of meat, enough for plenty of leftovers for sandwiches and casseroles.

Other Thanksgiving Recipes

Besides turkey, which is the star of the Thanksgiving show, there are other dishes traditionally offered on the festive table. In fact, the Thanksgiving dinner is so grand that requires preparation of the food to begin days ahead. The dinner is sometimes served in the afternoon so that there’s enough time to finish eating all that food!

To Americans, Thanksgiving would not be complete mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, and gravy.

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes, flavored with roasted garlic, is comfort food at its best. The addition of rich sour cream gives this homey dish a creamy twist. For extra flavor, stir some finely chopped green onions into the mixture as well.

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Ham with Cranberry Sauce

Ham steaks are always handy for making dinner in a hurry (in case you are a first-time Thanksgiving dinner host and burn the turkey!) Fresh cranberries, orange juice, and mustard create the perfect sauce.

Hamburger Gravy

Mushroom soup to the rescue. Here is a pantry-friendly recipe that can be made quickly with a handful of ingredients and enjoyed just as fast! In its role as comfort food, hamburger gravy is also terrific spooned over buttered, toasted bread or biscuits.

Seasonal produce like winter squash, sweet potatoes, and corn also find their way to the holiday table, as do green beans, served in the form of a casserole since the 1950s.

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Praline Sweet Potatoes

Mashed sweet potatoes are even sweeter when baked with a crunchy golden topping of pecans, brown sugar, butter, and cinnamon. Look for sweet potatoes with smooth, unblemished skins. Sweet potatoes have skins that bruise more easily than other potatoes, and they do not keep as long, either. Sweet potatoes should be stored in a cool, dry place (not the refrigerator) and used within a week of purchase.

Cheesy Green Beans Bake

Everybody’s favorite green bean casserole gets an update with a double Cheddar topping of melted cheese and crunchy crackers. You can use different crackers in this yummy casserole. Substitute your favorite Cheddar cheese crackers for the fish-shaped crackers. For a different look and taste, try white Cheddar crackers. If you use larger crackers, be sure to use 8 ounces total, or measure them by breaking them into pieces about the same size as the fish-shaped crackers, and then crushing

Fresh salads may also be included, as well as cornbread & biscuits.

Cranberry Spinach Salad

A delightful contrast in tastes and textures—crisp spinach, crunchy walnuts and dried cranberries all in a zesty, sweet and sour dressing. This salad is absolutely delicious as a light lunch when topped with grilled chicken strips or tossed with 4 slices crumbled, cooked bacon.

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Chili Cornbread Bake

Delicious Cheddar-buttermilk cornbread is baked atop chili and beans for a spicy and sweet casserole that serves it all up together. Try this sauce over the casserole. Combine 1 cup sour cream, ¾ teaspoon cumin, ¼ teaspoon each salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Mix well. Refrigerate for 2 hours. Add a dollop of the sauce to each serving of the chili cornbread

Cheddar Breakfast Biscuits

Flaky buttermilk biscuits, baked with Cheddar cheese, are quick and easy to make—perfect to serve with breakfast or brunch. For a flavor change, replace the Cheddar cheese with Swiss and add some chopped fresh dill to the dough in Step 2.

Sweet Thanksgiving Recipes

Pies take the center stage when it comes to sweet Thanksgiving recipes, with pumpkin pie, apple pie, sweet potato pie, mincemeat pie, and pecan pie being the most popular choices.

Holiday Pumpkin Pie

This Thanksgiving recipe is so good you’ll need to make a double batch in order to avoid fighting over that last irresistible piece. For the best old-fashioned flavor, use your own frozen pie dough. Make a batch or two of your favorite pastry dough. Wrap it well in plastic wrap and freeze it. To use, simply thaw the dough before using.

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Homestyle Apple Pie

This classic pie is bursting with juicy apples topped with a flaky crust! To make a variation of this home-baked apple pie, add 1/4 cup raisins, dried currants or cranberries to the mixture in Step 1. If apple-pie spice isn’t available, you can make your own for this recipe: 1|1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon, 3/4 tsp. ground nutmeg and 3/8 tsp. ground cardamom.

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No-Bake Pecan Pie

When she didn’t have time to fix lunch, Grandma served leftover bean pie and hot cocoa. Sometimes Grandma used kidney beans instead of pinto beans in this recipe. She selected light red kidney beans instead of dark red because the dark red beans turned the pie a surprising color. When she wanted a little something sweet and had no beans on hand, Grandma substituted a pound of mashed cooked sweet potatoes for the beans.

Sweet Potato Pie

The center of a sweet potato pie should be slightly underdone even when the rest of the pie is done; it will finish setting during cooling. That’s why a sweet potato pie should be tested for doneness near the center, not in the center.

Thanksgiving Beverages

And of course, to complete the pictures, we need Thanksgiving recipes for drinks. Cocktails and spirits are usually offered before the main meal, whereas apple cider is served during. Wine is not uncommon too, as well as sweet tea, especially for the little ones.

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