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Spicy Gingersnap Cookies

Spicy Gingersnap Cookies

Hannah at minimalista gives us some eye candy with these spicy gingersnap cookies - look how pretty they are with that pink bow! Her description is lovely: "Gingersnap cookies, soft and chewy, sparkling with sugar crystals. These are very spicy, very easy to make and a great Christmas treat for your loved ones." Thanks Hannah!

Recipe: Spicy Gingersnap Cookies

Hot Buttered Rum Cake

Hot Buttered Rum Cake

A dense, moist and buttery rum cake drizzled with a hot buttered rum glaze and powdered sugar. Serve warm with your favorite holiday beverage, and enjoy!  

Recipe: Hot Buttered Rum Cake

Editor's Note: Shanon's giving away a copy of the cookbook, A World of Cake (and this rum cake is just one of the awesome cakes featured in the book) so go on over to her blog and enter to win!

Chocolate Mint Cupcakes

Chocolate Mint Cupcakes

A sweet mint alternative to tangy holiday peppermint - these rich and decadent chocolate mint cupcakes have a present, but not overpowering, festive feel. The best part? The sweet, smooth, and light peppermint Swiss meringue buttercream. They may take a lot of dedication in the kitchen, but they are worth it completely.

Recipe: Chocolate Mint Cupcakes

Japanese Dark Pearl Chocolate Chiffon Cake

Japanese Dark Pearl Chocolate Chiffon Cake
A culinary victory for Jess at Bakericious... a moist and rich chocolate chiffon cake. While getting the perfect texture in a chiffon cake may be extremely difficult, Jess makes it look easy. Her end result is airy, moist, and bursting with chocolate flavor. Way to go, Jess!

Banana & Oreo Muffins

Banana & Oreo Muffins

Jess at Bakericious made these cake-like muffins as a thank-you for some family friends... and what a thank-you it was!  We all know that chocolate and bananas go well together, but chocolate and Oreo cookies?  Now that's my type of combination. I can't wait to try these goodies myself.

Recipe: Banana & Oreo Muffins

Chewy Malt Brownies

Chewy Malt Brownies

Adriana searches for brownie perfection, and shares with us the recipe and the secret ingredient to make chewy, fudgy, and flavorful brownies. She even tried the recipe three times to make sure it was just right! Check out the other pictures on her site - Adriana, I think your search for perfection has been accomplished!

Recipe: Chewy Malt Brownies

Baked Brie en Croûte

Baked Brie en Croûte

This year, I made this simple and elegant appetizer before Thanksgiving dinner.  Warm, flaky and buttery puff pastry with a soft, creamy and melted Brie center?  And please don't forget the layer of sweet raspberry preserves on top. Serve with various fruits, French baguette, or an assortment of crackers.  My dinner guests were anxiously awaiting this addition to the kitchen table. Believe me, it didn't disappoint.

Recipe: Baked Brie en Croûte

Vanilla Macarons with Bittersweet Chocolate Ganache

Vanilla Macarons with Bittersweet Chocolate Ganache

Light and airy French macarons with a sweet vanilla almond flavor and a bittersweet chocolate ganache filling make a beautiful delicious gift.  A lot of work, but so well worth it!

Recipe: Vanilla Macarons with Bittersweet Chocolate Ganache

Double Chocolate Peppermint Crunch Cookies

Double Chocolate Peppermint Crunch Cookies

These chocolate peppermint cookies garnished with dark chocolate and crushed candy canes are so fun and festive - perfect for the holiday season!

Recipe: Double Chocolate Peppermint Crunch Cookies

Gingerbread White Chocolate Biscotti

Gingerbread White Chocolate Biscotti

I love Carolyn's description of this biscotti: "Gingerbread and biscotti are a match made in heaven.  And then dipped in white chocolate and sprinkled with chopped candied ginger?  Can't go wrong!"  She describes the smell of her kitchen while the biscotti baked... we can only imagine.  What a fantastic and creative idea!

Recipe: Gingerbread White Chocolate Biscotti