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The “Cookies, bars and breads” category includes cookies, quick breads, chocolates, and sweets made with jams and preserves. Some fit with a low carb, slow carb or keto diet approach and may use sugar substitutes and gluten free ingredients.

Some of the sweets designed for celebrations or care packages are not considered low carb or slow carb. The recipes made specifically for care packages are designed to ship well without crumbling or drying out.

Most of the recipes are quite easy to make and do not use hard-to-find ingredients.

All are delicious!!

Plate of lemon blondies with Limoncello Icing

Limoncello Blondies for Spring

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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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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Pfeffernusse Cookies: Holiday Baking

These popular, spiced, gingerbread-like cookies are one of those unique holiday treats that are hard to find off-season in a typical grocery store. They are easy, festive and they ship well for sending in gift packages. Jump to: Recipe | What are Pfeffernusse? | Homemade vs Store-Bought | Ingredients & Substitutions | How to Ship …

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Limoncello Blondies for Earth Day, Mother’s Day & Spring Celebrations

This blondie (a non-chocolate brownie) is a lemony, tender bar with a Limoncello-spiked frosting. Perfect for easy Spring baking, Easter, Mother’s Day or to ward off the Winter doldrums! Citrus is always a refreshing flavor in Spring, and the Limoncello frosting really enhances the citrus flavor. Sometimes serendipity hands you a prize, and these blondies …

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Red Velvet Peanut Butter Cookies: Treats for Holidays

Care packages in general are a creative and fun way to keep loved ones close and top of mind when they live in a different state. Even with zoom and texting always available, there is something special about getting and opening a package that comes in snail mail. These red velvet peanut butter cookies are …

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