Everyone loves getting a homemade edible gift. These addictive, salty-sweet chocolate barks are the perfect choice, especially for those short on time.
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This past weekend marked the beginning of Cookie Month, known to some as December. We love Cookie Month, which we showed last year by giving you a great cookie recipe every day. Here's a short guide to reliving the magic, from decadent to classic and everything in between.
Chocolate does double duty in these crunchy shortbread cookies sandwiched with a creamy and decadent dark chocolate ganache.
Buttery almond flour shortbread is sandwiched around sweet-tart cranberry jam to make these updated Linzer Cookies. You might just steal the Cookie Swap show.
Buttery almond cookies are sandwiched around sweet-tart cranberry jam.
It's true: Italian Flag Cookies, or Rainbow Cookies, as they're sometimes called, are already sort of Christmas-hued. But if you, like me, prefer something more substantial than preserves between layers, you might adore this equally festive frosting-filled Candy Cane Striped Cookie variation.
These sweet little somethings are rendered adorable simply by tinting the coconut with green food coloring and then decorating with sprinkles and writing icing post-baking. They're fun and easy to make, sweet to eat, and it's a very child-friendly baking project to boot!
Happy December! Okay, we're only eight hours into the sweetest month of the year, but we've already started thinking about cookies. We'll be bringing you new recipes every day this month, of course. But the great thing about holiday cookies is that they're timeless. So to kick off the month, here are our most popular 10 cookie recipes from last December.
Though they follow the same general idea as savory croutons—baking and flavoring dried-out carbohydrates to give them a second wind—this version is composed entirely of sweet ingredients. The applications for these crunchy, sweet little nuggets are virtually endless—they can be used as an ice cream topping, a rich eggnog or hot chocolate garnish, or as a buttery delight all their own.
This variation is heaped with serious holiday cheer including a spicy, nutty white chocolate top layer and a rich, creamy, eggnog-and-booze-infused middle layer.
Buttery, crumbly, and complemented with a whisper of tartness from orange zest and plenty of sweetness from candied fruit garnish, these cookies are like a bite of holiday cheer.
You may have the basic sugar cookie recipe down, but how do you make your holiday cookies look pretty? Howcast gives some simple cookie decorating tips. Watch the video after the jump....
[Flickr: mag3737] What Is a Cookie Swap? Pretty much just what it sounds like: a gathering where cookie swappage takes place. It's kind of like a potluck but multiplied by cookies and since they are especially all the rage during Christmastime (not that cookies are ever not raging) the swaps usually happen during December. Have you ever been invited to a summertime cookie swap? Nah, people are usually too busy eating popsicles or something. Here's the Deal: You show up with a batch of your favorite recipe (extra points if it's been passed down for many moons by many grandmas) and trade away. Sadly, you don't inhale them all right there. You nibble on a few and bring home...
Black and white cookies are one of those curious regional treats, ubiquitous in the New York metro area and pockets of the mid-Atlantic states, but (sadly) few and far between in other areas of the country. Fortunately, this recipe allows you to have them no matter where you are, dressed up in their holiday best with red and green frosting for a sweet presentation on holiday trays.