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Cadbury Creme Egg in Hole Toast

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While it's inspired by the look of "egg in hole toast", a morning delicacy made by griddling a slice of bread with a hole cut to fit an egg, this treat is all sweet. It's made with thick slices of pound cake instead of bread, and Cadbury creme egg halves instead of, well, actual eggs. When heated on a griddle with plenty of butter, the fondant-filled eggs get nice and melty in the middle, making for an extra sweet surprise in the middle of your cake slice. More

Pop-Hearts (Nutella Filled Hand Pies)

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In this toothsome homemade take on a commercial classic, a tender, flaky heart shaped crust is filled with Nutella, then baked to crispy-on-the edges, soft-on-the-inside perfection. A healthy dollop of confectioners' sugar glaze with rainbow sprinkles makes these treats as adorable as they are sweet. More

Peppermint Snowball Cookies

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All it takes to mint-ify these cookies is is a simple swap of the usual vanilla extract for peppermint, and instead of dusting the cookies twice with confectioners' sugar, you conduct the second coating with crushed candy canes. The resulting cookies are kissed with mint, which works rather well with the rich butter and nut mixture. It doesn't give this cookie a completely different personality, but it's different enough to make you appreciate snowballs anew. More

Gingerbread Nanaimo Bars

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This version of the Nanaimo bar is dressed up for the holidays with a gingerbread base and a "blonde" white chocolate topping. The spicy gingerbread works superbly with the classic Nanaimo bar filling, which is made with Bird's custard powder, an ingredient which can typically be found in the International aisle of grocery stores (with the British imports). These bars are very sweet, very rich, and very perfect for holiday parties or cookie exchanges. If you feel like overdoing it in a very pleasurable way, go ahead and pair them with eggnog. More

Graham Cracker Figgy Pudding

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Rich in diced figs and spices, this pudding gives a hint of fruitcakey-ness, but with a flavor that is far superior. The figs give it a mellow, almost honey-like sweetness, and keep it just moist enough to be slightly sticky, but not so sticky that it sticks to your teeth. More

Cranberry Sauce Jelly Doughnuts

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It's Thanksgiving! It's Hanukkah! All at once! With this momentous overlap of food holidays, why decide on one type of cuisine? These jelly doughnuts, inspired by the Hanukkah specialty sufganiyot, have a Thanksgiving flair thanks to a cranberry sauce "jelly" inside. More

Cranberry Sauce Cinnamon Rolls

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These Cranberry Sauce Cinnamon Rolls feature cranberry in the filling and the glaze, and are a delicious seasonal indulgence. More

Cranberry White Chocolate Bread Pudding

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This pudding, inspired by the highly delicious White Chocolate Bread Pudding at the Palace Cafe, has the soul of a New Orleans bread pudding. But it's gussied up for the season with cranberries, which add a wonderful tart contrast to the white chocolate in the butter and cream-rich custard, and a nice glug of bourbon, which certainly doesn't hurt anything. It's a perfectly decadent entrée into the Thanksgiving season. More

Candy Corn Pecan Pie

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The idea is simple: classic pecan pie, plus candy corn. The candy corn melts so beautifully into the corn syrup and brown sugar mixture that it must feel like it's coming home; it adds a nice, vanilla-y sweetness to the pie that will satisfy even the sweetest of tooths. More

Dulce de Leche Pumpkin Sandwich Cookies

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Fluffy, light pumpkin spice cookies sandwiched over gooey dulce de leche. More

Homemade Pumpkin Graham Crackers

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These are a subtle treat. They're only slightly sweet, and they don't scream "pumpkin" but rather whisper it, with a lovely moistness that makes the crackers a bit softer than a plain homemade version. They have an earthy flavor that might make you think, for an instant, "health food", but the spices, brown sugar and kiss of honey will bring you quickly back to cozy fall snack territory. More

Cadbury Creme Scotch Eggs

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The Cadbury Creme Scotch Egg is coated with a thick cocoa-kissed batter, then coated in cookie crumbs and deep-fried. When eaten warm, the taste calls to mind that of a deep-fried candy bars that one can find at state fairs, but in my opinion, a slightly more complex flavor owing to the cocoa in the batter and the vanilla cookies. Speaking of the crumbs, they also give the treat a pleasing crunch, which acts as a pleasant texture contrast to the cakey batter and soft, gooey chocolate and sugar-filled interior. More

Mega Fun-Size Bar

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I had the most incredible idea to make the tiny bars more fun: I'd melt together about 100 of the mini bars to form a monstrous Mega Fun-Size Bar! Now that sounds like fun. More

Candy Corn Muffins

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For those moments when the slightly gritty texture and light sweetness of a corn muffin strike you as entirely too healthy and simply won't satisfy your sweet tooth, go for the candy gold with these muffins. More

Candy Corn Upside-Down Cake

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What happened when I baked it up was a surprise: the brown sugar and butter topping fused with the melty candy corn to form some sort of unholy, monstrous Halloween caramel-sugar topping, which dripped back into the cake when inverted. The result? The entire buttery cake tasted like it had been basted in candy corn. And if you're a candy corn lover, that might just be a beautiful thing. More

Pumpkin Bread Stuffed with Cookie Dough

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While pumpkin bread is wonderful in its simplicity, it is possible to heighten your seasonal eating by adding a healthy helping of chocolate chip cookie dough to the batter. It gives the bread a decadently gooey center, and the spiciness of the pumpkin bread works beautifully with the brown sugar and chocolate in the cookies. Feel like gilding the lily? Go ahead, serve it with ice cream. More

Tele-Graham Crackers

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Label these graham cracker cookie sandwiches with a sweet message before sending them to a friend. More

Doughnut Pies

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Don't let the photo fool you: while these holey treats may resemble doughnuts, they're actually pies! They are made up of morsels of pie crust which are then filled, rolled up and pinched to ensure the filling stays inside, then fried. While they're certainly not health food, they certainly are delicious: crispy, not too-sweet, easy to make, and completely open to improvisation with flavor. More

Chocolate Avocado Pie

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A rich, nutty mixture of avocado and condensed milk sits in a crunchy chocolate crust. An unusual pie that avocado lovers will adore. More

Kaleidoscope Cupcakes

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These cupcakes have such a pretty, multi-colored starburst pattern in their crumb that the icing is piped into the middle. More

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