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Southern Old Fashioned Banana Pudding: (no meringue)

Silky and sweet, bannana pudding layered with vanilla wafers and sliced bananas is quintessential Southern comfort food. My Louisiana mom’s version of this classic dish added layers of whipped cream instead of the meringue topping and used evaporated milk instead of sweetened condensed milk. It is a little less sweet than many versions, but is …

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Chocolate Sprinkle Thumbprint Cookies: Nutella & Dulce le Leche Fillings

Thumbprint cookies are one of the easiest cookies to make along with being one of most flexible and festive. Change out the chocolate sprinkles for a different color and change out the filling to your favorite preserve and poof, you have thumbprint cookies that will match any holiday. These are filled with nutella and with …

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Savory Cornmeal Thumbprint Cookies: Holiday Baking

Cornmeal gives these cookies a whole grain crunch, similar to a cornmeal biscuit. Adding the lime jelly (or other flavor of jelly or preserve) adds sweetness without the predominant sugary taste of many cookies. These rustic, savory thumbprint cookies make a beautiful addition to the holiday cookie platter or a creative cookie to include in …

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Ginger-Spiced Thumbprint Cookies with Champagne Jelly

Thumbprint cookies are iconic around Christmas time and no other cookies can compete with the simplicity and amount of flexibility in flavors they offer. These ginger-spiced thumbprint cookies can be filled with endless possibilities, but using a jewel-toned champagne jelly makes them shimmer and sparkle for the holiday cookie tray. Jump to: RECIPE | Best …

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Savory Thumbprint Cookies with Hot Pepper Jelly

These savory Thumbprint Cookies are perfect for family or friends that don’t care for traditional sweet cookies. They are made with cheddar and parmsan cheese and then filled with hot pepper jelly or your favorite preserve. They are a festive way to enjoy holiday cookies that are not so sweet. This post may contain affiliate …

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Thumbprint Cookies

Chocolate and peanut butter is a combination that never gets old. Add a raspberry jam filling to these soft chocolate thumbprint cookies and you have a trifecta of flavor! Simple, loved by old and young and a hit around the holidays. This post may contain affiliate links, and you can read our disclosure information here–  These …

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Thumbprint Cookies with a Lemon Filling

These shortbread thumbprint cookies are filled with a bright, citrusy lemon filling and then dusted with powdered sugar. The lemon filling can be store-bought lemon curd, lemon marmalade or even an orange jelly. The shortbread cookie part is easier than making a pie crust, so they come together quickly for holiday gatherings. Jump to: RECIPE | …

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Apple and Blackberry Crisp (Crumble) with Best Oat Topping

Growing up in Oregon, blackberries were abundant and this was my favorite thing to make with them. In Minnesota I can’t grow blackberries but the frozen ones worked just fine. This is the ultimate Fall dessert, and it just happens to be quick and easy to make. Jump to: Recipe | Crisp vs Crumble | …

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Easy Carrot Tart with Goat Cheese & Ricotta

This vegetable tart featuring carrots, a puff pastry crust and a tangy lemon-ricotta filling is perfect for Easter, Mother’s Day or Spring picnics. It’s easy and the ingredients are flexible enough to suit a range of tastes. Make ahead and keep in the refrigerator. It will keep perfectly for several days. Easiest Way to Make …

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Colombian Natilla without Eggs: (Layered with Nuts & Raspberries)

Natilla, a rich custard-like dessert, has several different variations depending on the country of origin. This recipe is for a Colombian natilla, which is similar to a vanilla natilla custard from Spain, but without the eggs. It is a simple dish traditionally enjoyed during the holiday season, and in Colombia it is typically served with …

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Ritz Cracker Chocolate Cherry Bark: Holiday Cooking

Friends and family absolutely love to get surprise packages in the mail, and it’s even more special when you add a personal touch of a home-made treat. The problem with many baked goods is that they don’t ship well if they are crumbly or gooey. This chocolate bark is packed with holiday flavors, is easy …

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English Steamed Pudding with Persimmon

The Brits do love their steamed puddings, from the Christmas “figgy pudding” to all kinds of sweet and savory renditions. After making this persimmon steamed pudding, I echo their pudding love. It was delicious, and doesn’t require specialized equipment. Most of the “time” is down time while it is steaming away. Jump to: Recipe | …

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How to Make a Dessert Platter for Valentines Day

Dessert platters (or dessert boards) can be a fun, easy way to treat family and friends. This dessert board for two includes ideas and options for the sweets, the drinks and the decor. You can always focus on home-made treats (some recipes included), but the idea with this how-to dessert board is “easy” so it …

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