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Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies with Maple Syrup Glaze

Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies with Maple Syrup Glaze

New Year's resolution to eat healthier? These delicious cookies will help ease you in: "They’ve got tons of oats and cranberries, which both definitely reside on the healthy side of the food spectrum. Thanks to their cookie form and maple syrup glaze, they’re also a delicious treat."

Recipe: Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies with Maple Syrup Glaze

Sweet Pumpkin Empanadas

Sweet Pumpkin Empanadas

Sweet spiced pumpkin "tucked inside a warm, flaky pastry shell, sparkling with sugar" makes a wonderful festive treat. These sweet empanadas are like little hand pies full of goodness:

"Serve warmed with coffee, cider, or if you’re like me, cold milk for dunking. Still feeling fancy? Have cinnamon or bourbon-spiked whipped cream on the side."

Recipe: Sweet Pumpkin Empanadas

Pear and Cranberry Hand Pies

Pear and Cranberry Hand Pies

In a romantic twist of fate that left Lynn and many others (including myself) feeling a little crushed, Prince William and Kate Middleton decided to tie the knot. (Hey - don't judge! Who wouldn't want to attach Princess to the beginning of their name?!)

Luckily, Lynn's "I'll Never Be A Princess Pies" are the perfect pick-me-up. These puff pastry hand pies are filled with cinnamon-sugared pears and cranberries and baked to royal perfection. Now just take a bite, close your eyes, and imagine you're at Buckingham Palace...

Recipe: Pear and Cranberry Hand Pies

Pumpkin Biscotti with Cranberries and Pecans

Pumpkin Biscotti with Cranberries and Pecans

These wonderfully spiced festive biscotti "are perfect to eat with your coffee or tea this time of year. Wrap up a bunch of these and give them as little gifts with a mug and some coffee or tea. You can make the biscotti several days ahead of time and not worry about them firming up, because they're supposed to be hard!" Great idea!

Recipe: Pumpkin Biscotti with Cranberries and Pecans

Sweet Potato Crumble Bars

Sweet Potato Crumble Bars

I'm a sucker for spiced sweet potato desserts, and this one is no exception. Layering an oatmeal crust, a creamy sweet potato filling and a crunchy crumble topping, it is truly a whole foods dessert that we can feel good about eating. And the best part is that it's also vegan, gluten-free, free of refined sugars and packed with extra protein. Well, I'm sold. Are you?

Recipe: Sweet Potato Crumble Bars

Pumpkin Roll

Pumpkin Roll

Christina makes these sublime cake rolls for Thanksgiving AND Christmas. (Can we come to your house please?) She wraps a moist spicy pumpkin cake around a smooth cream cheese filling and makes it all look easy. Beautifully delicious!

Recipe: Pumpkin Roll

Apple Cranberry Crostata

Apple Cranberry Crostata

Combine Fall's most beautiful bounty (apples and cranberries!) into a superb hazelnut crust, and travel all the way to Italy without having to get felt up or scanned at the airport thanks to a crostata that's guaranteed to make you go mamma mia like you never mamma mia'd before.

Recipe: Apple Cranberry Crostata

Galletas de Suero (Mexican Buttermilk Biscuits)

Galletas de Suero (Mexican Buttermilk Biscuits)

A family recipe for traditional Mexican buttermilk biscuits:

"There may be enough starch at the Thanksgiving or Christmas table once you have stuffing and mashed potatoes but who stops at enough? These galletas are the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving spread. Mom whipped these up one day and they were a hit. They’re simple to make and smell so good when baking! The wonderful aroma takes me back to those days when she first made them—it’s like I’m there in our family’s kitchen again, with her busy at the stove."

Recipe: Galletas de Suero (Buttermilk Biscuits)

Frosted Cinnamon Cookies

Frosted Cinnamon Cookies

from CaffeIna

I was looking forward to try my new cookie cutters. Do you think it's too late for leaf cookies? I didn't think so!

Recipe: Frosted Cinnamon Cookies

Pumpkin Mousse Cake for a Gluten-Free Thanksgiving

Pumpkin Mousse Cake for a Gluten-Free Thanksgiving

Lulu celebrates her first Thanksgiving down in Brazil and makes her first gluten-free dessert - this gorgeous pumpkin mousse cake, starring an almond/rice flour Génoise cake, topped with a beautifully spiced rum-kissed pumpkin mousse. How delightful! I would so love to be there... but in the spirit of Thanksgiving, I'm happy enjoying this brilliant recipe right where I am. :)

Recipe: Pumpkin Mousse Cake for a Gluten-Free Thanksgiving