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Fluffy Ginger and Date Cake

Fluffy Ginger and Date Cake

If you like dates and spice you'll love this delicious super-fluffy cake!

Recipe: Fluffy ginger and date cake

Nigella's Chocolate Fruitcake

Nigella's Chocolate Fruitcake

I love homemade fruitcakes made with exquisite ingredients, fruitcakes that are packed with lovingly prepared booze-soaked fruit and nuts, like this one that's covered with a rich chocolate ganache.

"Nigella Lawson nailed it with this recipe and this is definitely a keeper."

Apparently, this cake was phenomenally delicious. Once it was ready, our lovely baker "... downed a quarter of it with a lovely glass of fresh orange juice." Now THAT is a good fruit cake. :)

Recipe: Chocolate Fruitcake

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

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

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

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

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