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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)

Royal Icing Cookies

Royal Icing Cookies

Thick, buttery sugar cookies with a beautiful and elegant royal icing – along with a step-by-step tutorial. Almost, but not entirely, too beautiful to eat!

Recipe: The Curvy Carrot

Texas Pecan Cake with Butter Pecan Glaze

Texas Pecan Cake with Butter Pecan Glaze

I was recently asked to contribute an "Austin" recipe to our company's holiday card, which happens to be an electronic cookbook featuring a recipe from each of the cities where we have an office. (How fun is that?!) 

I wanted to be sure to pick a recipe that is true to Austin and the Texas Hill Country. This cake is perfect because it just so happens that Texas’ state tree is the Pecan Tree. 

The cake batter is made with local, homegrown butternut squash and seasonal spices, but Texas pecans are the real star of this dessert. Both the cake batter and the glaze are chock-full of them. And yes, this is just as good as it looks - my holiday gift to you!

Recipe: Texas Pecan Cake with Butter Pecan Glaze

Cranberry Pecan Crescents (Low-Carb and Gluten-Free)

Cranberry Pecan Crescents (Low-Carb and Gluten-Free)

These cookies are brilliant. "Low-carb and gluten-free, these Christmas cookies are made entirely with pecan meal. And dipped in chocolate, of course!" I think they're perfect for Santa too - with all those sugary cookies he eats, I'm sure these would be a welcome treat. :)

Recipe: Cranberry Pecan Crescents (Low-Carb and Gluten-Free)

Martha Stewart's Pumpkin Spice Cookies

Martha Stewart's Pumpkin Spice Cookies

These festive crowd-pleasers are a wonderful fall and winter cookie: spice-kissed molasses cookies topped with vanilla icing. Mmm! And the best part is, this recipe makes TONS of cookies so you'll have plenty to share with friends and family!

Recipe: Martha Stewart's Pumpkin Spice Cookies

Dalek Sugar Cookies

Dalek Sugar Cookies

When I was growing up as a little boy, one of my favorite shows on TV was Dr. Who. While my sister found it too scary to watch, I was totally captivated by the other-worldly adventures of The Doctor. To this day, I still vividly remember the panic-inducing call of the evil Daleks, as they pursued my time-travelling hero: "Ex-ter-minate! Ex-ter-minate!" At long last the tables have turned, and these awesome cookies are the ones who best flee the wrath of my chomping teeth. Muah-ha-haaa!

Story: Halloween Daleks!!!

Pumpkin Cheesecake

Pumpkin Cheesecake

A spiced pumpkin cheesecake with a gingersnap crust that would make a wonderful addition to any Thanksgiving dessert table!

Recipe: Pumpkin Cheesecake

Day of the Dead Skull Cookies

Day of the Dead Skull Cookies

from Pattycake

Patty devised these super cute skull cookies to celebrate "Día de los Muertos", a very important traditional holiday in Mexico when families and friends gather to remember loved ones who have passed away. They were almost as much fun to eat as they were to make! 

Story and directions: Day of the Dead Skull Cookies

Spiderweb Brownie Cake

Spiderweb Brownie Cake

Looking for a fun festive Halloween treat that's impressive, delicious, and pretty quick and easy to make too? This splendidly spooky "thick and fudge-like brownie cake with an almond cream cheese spiderweb" is sure to please all the little goblins, young and old, stopping by today!

Happy Halloween!

Recipe: Spiderweb Brownie Cake

Healthy Gluten-free Banana & Almond Cake with Dark Chocolate

Healthy Gluten-free Banana & Almond Cake with Dark Chocolate

What a stunning treat!

"This is the best gluten-free and sugar-free cake I have ever made. I didn't use any flour. I also used coconut blossom sugar. It is a richer, a bit moist and delicious cake with now and then hints of melted dark chocolate chips... To make it more special, festive and beautiful, I made it in a flower silicon mould."

Sophie shares this easy delicious recipe, as well as some fascinating info on the healthy alternative to beet sugar called coconut blossom sugar.

Recipe: Sophie's healthy gluten-free and sugar-free banana and almond butter cake with dark chocolate chips