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Cinnamon Chip Chai Shortbread Bars

Cinnamon Chip Chai Shortbread Bars

Everything you love about shortbread is in these bars - the butter, the crumb, the deliciousness... What you might not expect is the zing of chai spice and cinnamon chips - perfectly festive and potentially impossible to resist!

Recipe: Cinnamon Chip Chai Shortbread Bars

Big Soft Ginger Cookies

Big Soft Ginger Cookies

It's time for Christmas cookies, and Arlene's ginger cookies are the perfect way to kick-off the holiday baking season! I think the name says it all - big, soft and full of ginger flavor.

Bonus: these cookies can be crushed up and used to make an awesome pie or tart crust!

Recipe: Big Soft Ginger Cookies

Persimmon Jam Dots

Persimmon Jam Dots

A recent holiday baking party resulted in a beautiful assortment of vegan cookies, including these cute jam dot cookies made with homemade persimmon jam filling. Loaded with healthy ingredients like oats, pecans, maple syrup and spices, these cookies are a perfect alternative to traditional holiday sweets.

Recipe: Persimmon Jam Dots

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

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

Spiced Pumpkin Cheesecake with Brown Sugar Bourbon Cream

Spiced Pumpkin Cheesecake with Brown Sugar Bourbon Cream

I love how Shanon talks about pumpkin pie: "I consider pumpkin pie as the “Grand Hoo-Ha” of Thanksgiving Day. Every year I am looking for “the” recipe. Something that retains the pumpkin flavor with a creative twist..." Well folks, this is it!

Recipe: Spiced Pumpkin Cheesecake with Brown Sugar Bourbon Cream

Molasses Spice Cookies

Molasses Spice Cookies

When smells of ginger, cloves and cinnamon are wafting out of the kitchen these big sugary molasses cookies can't be far behind! With a perfect balance of sweet and spice the only thing missing is ME and a cup of tea with milk!

Recipe: Molasses Spice Cookies

Cranberry Upside Down Cake

Cranberry Upside Down Cake

The Curvy Carrot shares this delectable festive spice cake: "This recipe, absolutely, will be on my table this year at Thanksgiving. It was amazing. And even better, it was a cinch to put together. We’re talking: 20 minutes maximum in prep time, and then the baking time."

Recipe: Cranberry Upside-Downer

Spice Nut Muffins

Spice Nut Muffins

I won't insult your intelligence by reminding you what "they" say about spice, I respect you too much for that. But what puts the extra nice in this recipe is that it's actually free of sugar, because date puree is used instead of the granulated stuff we're all, let's admit it, addicted to. Toasted pecans, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg join forces to put a delicious finishing touch on a good-for-you treat that still manages to taste sinfully sweet.

Recipe: Spice Nut Muffins

Buttercup Oat Muffins

Buttercup Oat Muffins

There's a whole world of winter squash out there beyond the ubiquitous pumpkin - many of which are even better tasting! These wonderfully spiced wholesome muffins are made healthy and seasonal with the addition of butternut winter squash.

Recipe: Buttercup Squash Oat Muffins