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"Most of us are looking for ways to simplify the holiday hubbub, and focus on activities that truly have meaning for our families," says Ginny Bean, publisher of Ginny's catalog and Ginnys.com .
Homemade gifts from the kitchen add a personal touch to gift giving. Try these recipes for Peanut Caramel Sauce, Peanut Butter Truffles and Biscotti.
Baking, exchanging and enjoying Christmas cookies is a time-honored tradition. Some say the concept dates back to the Middle Ages, when exotic spices became available in Europe due to an increase in trade.
At the C ookie J ar in M arquette, owner H elen F orsberg sa id the decorated sugar cookies she made come in all shapes and sizes and they a re a big hit during the holiday season.
The Brass Sisters, Marilynn and Sheila, say the recipe for this shortbread is a treasure from their childhood they nearly lost forever.
Freeze-dried strawberries add a potent blast of flavor to these cookies without watering down the dough.
For the next recipe, we travel to Germany with Rock Cottage Gardens for a buttery cookie with a sweet and fruity surprise.
The hustle and bustle of the holidays is upon us. What do you do when you forgot the company Christmas potluck was tomorrow, or guests unexpectedly drop by your home? You have to prepare a quick treat--and many gluten-free baked goods aren't always quick and convenient to make.
After years of baking for teacher luncheons, tailgate parties and cookie exchanges, I can say that chocolate chip cookies are traded enough to merit their own seat on any public stock exchange.
The season tends to inspire us to make fancy - or maybe just fanciful - foods. But what works at home doesn't always transport well.
Day 1 - Honeyed Apricot Tassies These tiny tarts - named for the small cup or goblet they resemble - could be filled with any chopped dried fruit, but we loved the idea of beautiful golden apricots spiked with honey and amaretto.
We've seen all manner of ways to make brownies a holiday treat, everything from burying peppermint candies in them to topping them with candy canes.
When it comes to Christmas cookies it's all about taste and comfort. The comfort aspect comes from the fact these tasty sweets usually bring back wonderful memories of Christmas' of yore.
All this month Foodstuffs is looking at baking - something many of us do around this time of year.
One of my favorite parts of the holiday season is the annual tradition of making Christmas cookies - the feel of the flour-dusted rolling pin in my hands, unpacking my vintage tin cookie cutters, nibbling on scraps of dough, the dazzle and glitz of decorating sugar and dragA©es.
I've never participated in a cookie swap, very rarely bake goodies for friends when the season rolls around and, since I don't have people over more at this time of year than any other, I think it's just dangerous for me to have containers full of cookies and bars around the house.