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This Cranberry Brie Tart with Pancetta & Thyme is a unique appetizer that's perfect for the holidays! It's a delicious twist on a traditional baked brie.

Cranberry Brie Tart with Pancetta & Thyme

This Cranberry Brie Tart with Pancetta & Thyme is a unique appetizer that’s perfect for the holidays! It’s a delicious twist on a traditional baked brie.

This Cranberry Brie Tart with Pancetta & Thyme is a unique appetizer that's perfect for the holidays! It's a delicious twist on a traditional baked brie.Phew, 2 more days until Christmas, and I’m squeezing in one last recipe for you guys! But this one isn’t a dessert – today I’m sharing a recipe for a delicious appetizer to serve at your holiday gatherings, or to enjoy any time.

One of my favorite Christmas Day appetizers is the baked brie that my mom makes every year. Each year, it gets devoured, way too much of it from my doing. This Cranberry Brie Tart has that same melty brie and puff pastry that I love so much, but this version comes with unique flavors and a delicious, buttery crust. [Read more…]

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This Mint Chocolate Chip Cheesecake has a chocolate cheesecake layer topped with a minty green cheesecake layer on an Oreo crust. It's the perfect decadent holiday treat!

Mint Chocolate Chip Cheesecake

This Mint Chocolate Chip Cheesecake has a chocolate cheesecake layer topped with a minty green cheesecake layer on an Oreo crust. It’s the perfect decadent holiday treat!

This Mint Chocolate Chip Cheesecake has a chocolate cheesecake layer topped with a minty green cheesecake layer on an Oreo crust. It's the perfect decadent holiday treat!We’re T-4 days from Christmas. Whaaaaat?!

For real though, that means we have 10 days left of this year. 10 DAYS. I’m having a minor fit of anxiety every time I realize how quickly this year has passed, and how much life will change in 2015, and just all the things that come with growing up, and another year. It’s mind-boggling.

But for now, while I quietly freak out to myself and try to refrain from complaining to all you about it on the Internet, let’s focus on the holidays. More importantly, let’s focus on cheesecake. A big, minty, chocolatey, multi-layered, deliciously decadent cheesecake. [Read more…]

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This Easy Rocky Road Fudge is rich, creamy, and comes together in less than 10 minutes with just 5 ingredients!

Easy Rocky Road Fudge

This Easy Rocky Road Fudge is rich, creamy, and comes together in less than 10 minutes with just 5 ingredients! This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #GoNutsForNuts #CollectiveBias

This Easy Rocky Road Fudge is rich, creamy, and comes together in less than 10 minutes with just 5 ingredients!One of my favorite things about baking is being able to give my baked goods away. Giving people desserts and treats that I create is how I show appreciation, and how I show people I care about them. I say thank you with a batch a cookies, get well soon with a batch of brownies, and constantly make treats just for the ones that I love. As a relatively introverted person in my day to day life, baking is how I connect with people.

It’s something I can get excited about, and it’s something I can talk to people about, and best of all, it’s something that I can share. And during the holidays? I totally have an excuse to make an obscene amount of cookies and candies and baked goods galore, package them up in cute little boxes with bows and ribbons, and send them off to the people who have helped me this year, the people I’m grateful for, and the friends that I care about. [Read more…]

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These flaky, melt-in-your-mouth Nutella Raspberry Rugelach are almost too easy to eat - they'll disappear before your eyes! They also keep incredibly well in the freezer.

Nutella Raspberry Rugelach

These flaky, melt-in-your-mouth Nutella Raspberry Rugelach are almost too easy to eat – they’ll disappear before your eyes! They also keep incredibly well in the freezer.

These flaky, melt-in-your-mouth Nutella Raspberry Rugelach are almost too easy to eat - they'll disappear before your eyes! They also keep incredibly well in the freezer.Today marks the second day of Hanukkah (Happy Hanukkah to my Jewish readers!!), and I don’t know about you guys, but my favorite part of Hanukkah is the food.

Let’s be honest, food is my favorite part of a lot of holidays, but on Hanukkah, I can’t resist tearing into the challah, devouring my grandma’s chicken and brisket, and eating way too many rugelach. If you’re not familiar with rugelach, let me explain. [Read more…]

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This Chocolate Chip Challah is delicious, impressive, and perfect to serve with your Hannukah dinner or on Shabbat! It will disappear off the table.

Chocolate Chip Challah

This Chocolate Chip Challah is delicious, impressive, and perfect to serve with your Hanukkah dinner or on Shabbat! It will disappear off the table.

This Chocolate Chip Challah is delicious, impressive, and perfect to serve with your Hannukah dinner or on Shabbat! It will disappear off the table.I still clearly remember the first time I made challah. It was probably one of my first, if not my first, experience making any sort of yeast bread. I couldn’t have been older than 7 or 8, and I still remember kneading the sticky dough and making a sticky, floury mess all over the kitchen as my sister and I attempted to craft the challah under the guidance of our Hebrew tutor.

I don’t remember how our challah tasted, or if it even ended up looking like a challah, but I do remember making it being so much fun. [Read more…]

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This Peppermint Skillet Brownie, loaded with chocolate, peppermint chips, and Candy Cane Kisses, is the perfect decadent treat to share with friends this winter! Best served warm with ice cream.

Peppermint Skillet Brownie

This Peppermint Skillet Brownie, loaded with chocolate, peppermint chips, and Candy Cane Kisses, is the perfect decadent treat to share with friends this winter! Best served warm with ice cream.

This Peppermint Skillet Brownie, loaded with chocolate, peppermint chips, and Candy Cane Kisses, is the perfect decadent treat to share with friends this winter! Best served warm with ice cream.The skillet returns once again! After the wild success of my first dessert in a skillet (See: Salted Caramel Filled Dark Chocolate Chunk Skillet Cookies), I had to do another version. A brownie version, full of fudgy chocolate, that would taste amazing warm covered in ice cream and hot fudge.

Oh yeah. This peppermint skillet brownie succeeded with flying colors. To make it all more fun and seasonal, I threw in some Andes peppermint chips and some chopped up Candy Cane Kisses. Getting a spoonful of gooey brownie with a giant chunk of melted Candy Cane Kiss was absolute decadent dessert bliss. [Read more…]

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