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Best 1-Bowl Holiday Cookie Recipes

by Gail Belsky

There's the warm and fuzzy image of holiday baking with your kids, and then there's reality: smeared hands, gloppy spills and flour everywhere. You can't escape the mess altogether, but these one-bowl cookie recipes will help you minimize it -- while maximizing the fun. They're quick, easy and virtually stress-free. Try them:

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Baking From the Heart

What better way to be a good friend on Valentine's Day than by baking up some chocolate treats? This big, frosted chocolate chip Heart Cookie is a perfect way to appreciate a teacher, coach or friend. Using refrigerated dough and a heart-shaped pan mean it's no trouble at all to make. And it also leaves time to make some gorgeous Red Velvet Cupidcakes for an extra special Valentin ... Continue reading Baking From the Heart

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Easy Entertaining--Marzipan Mice

This candy recipe is so easy even the most timid candy-makers among us can whip up festive and yummy Marzipan Mice---courtesy of Every Day with Rachel Ray.

Prep Time: 45 min (plus chilling)

One 7-ounce package marzipan, such as Odense
48 almond slices (about 1/4 cup)
1 1/2 cups s ... Continue reading Easy Entertaining--Marzipan Mice

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Peppermint Chocolate Cookies

Looking for a perfect sweet ending to wow guests? Peppermint Chocolate Cookies are a rich treat for indulging--courtesy of Every Day with Rachel Ray.

Prep Time: 30 min (plus chilling and cooling)
Bake Time: 20 min

1 1/2 sticks (6 ounces) unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 cups confe ... Continue reading Peppermint Chocolate Cookies

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The Recipe for Bite-sized Holiday Baking

The holidays supply an endless array of mouth-watering treats. Miniature versions of favorite desserts are perfect for holiday entertaining, especially when grouped together on a dessert buffet. This season try bite-sized, scrumptious cookies and candies to share new flavors with your friends and family.

Instead of baking massive batches of cookies, your dessert bu ... Continue reading The Recipe for Bite-sized Holiday Baking

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

By Amanda Formaro

A great way to get kids involved in the kitchen, is by preparing a recipe that will satisfy their sweet tooth. Many children love the opportunity to measure, mix, and bake, and don't even mind the clean up afterward. Try this tasty treat with your kids.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

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Homemade Halloween Treats: Fun & Easy Halloween Recipes

by Jill Borash

Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays. Probably because of the sheer amount of sugar involved. As a kid (or adult for that matter), what other holiday can you dress up funny and stuff your face full of candy and sweets and not get yelled at? And then there are all of the fun (and sometimes absolutely disgusting) things that ... Continue reading Homemade Halloween Treats: Fun & Easy Halloween Recipes

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Top Five Spices to Add Zing to Holiday Baking

It's hard to imagine a festive winter holiday without the aroma of baking wafting through our homes. Certain spices -- such as allspice, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and vanilla -- claim the holidays as their own.

"Baking is an integral part of the holidays, and there are certain spices that are integral to the holiday baker," says Kendall McFarland, product development ... Continue reading Top Five Spices to Add Zing to Holiday Baking

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Blueberry Cobbler

By Jill Borash

Our family always went berry picking in the summer time. It was always a lot of fun and often made for upset tummies because of too many berries! I remember one time my sister ate so many blueberries from her pail (we used to use gallon ice cream pails to put the berries in) that she got sick. So sick in fact that she could not e ... Continue reading Blueberry Cobbler

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Tasty Tips for Last-minute Bakers

The holiday baking frenzy is in full swing. Get out your measuring cups and a mixing bowl -- with a few helpful tips and these fool-proof recipes, your baking endeavors are sure to be a delicious success.  

Award-winning pastry chef Mindy Segal, owner of HotChocolate restaurant in Chicago, shares her favorite holiday recipe for Gingersnap Cookies. Five di ... Continue reading Tasty Tips for Last-minute Bakers

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