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How to Make Chocolate Chunky Clusters

Most people love getting a small gift of chocolate goodies for Christmas. This recipe for chocolate clusters is as easy as one, two, three. Just melt the chocolate, add the raisins and nuts, and drop in [more…]

How to Make Double-Chocolate Brownies

These homemade double-chocolate brownies are an economical addition to holiday gift baskets. The two kinds of chocolate in this recipe make an intensely fudgy brownie. But because you really shouldn’t [more…]

How to Make Royal Icing

Royal Icing for decorating sugar cookies is easy to make and can be tinted any color. Cookies decorated with Royal Icing harden to a solid finish, making the cookies perfect for hanging on the Christmas [more…]

How to Make Elegant Chocolate Truffles

Chocolate truffles seem so decadent, but they're deceptively inexpensive to make — so they're perfect for gifts for Christmas, Valentine's Day, and birthdays. Homemade chocolate truffles can be every bit [more…]

Classic Sugar Cookies with Royal Icing

Nothing says “Christmas” like these delectable sugar cookies. Bake them for the family or offer them as small holiday gifts to friends and coworkers. Enjoy the sugar cookies plain, or dress them up for [more…]

How to Make Cocoa Brownie Balls

Cocoa Brownie Balls are an irresistible, pop-in-your mouth holiday treat. Make a batch of these brownie balls for your Christmas cookie plate if you need to add a chocolate [more…]

How to Make Gingerbread Cutout Cookies

Making and decorating gingerbread cookies is a Christmas tradition with many families. It's holiday fun for the children, and cookies make inexpensive gifts. Crisp gingerbread is best for ornaments; roll [more…]

Deep Chocolate Shortbread Cookies

Chocolate shortbread cookies are a chocoholic's version of the classic Christmas treat. This shortbread cookie has a deep chocolate flavor with a hint of coffee. You don’t have to chill the dough before [more…]

How to Make Meringue Christmas Wreath Cookies

Make wreath-shaped meringue cookies if you're looking for a fat-free selection for the Christmas cookie plate. These meringue cookies are crisp, sweet, and satisfying. The pretty wreath shape is perfect [more…]

How to Make Christmas Snowdrop Cookies

Snowdrop cookies are a must in your Christmas cookie repertoire. These snowdrops are a buttery cookie enriched with ground pecans. Many cookies out there are similar to these, and all the variations are [more…]

Nut-Free Kourambiedes, Greek Butter Cookies

Buttery kourambiedes is a traditional Greek Christmas cookie with ground almonds or other nuts. This nut-free kourambiedes (koo-rah-bee-YEH-thehs) recipe makes cookies that are just as buttery and melt-in-your-mouth [more…]

How to Make Christmas Spritz Cookies

Buttery and tender spritz cookies are a Christmas tradition in many homes. Give them as gifts, or offer them to guests at holiday gatherings. Made with simple inexpensive ingredients, these delectable [more…]

Moravian Molasses Spice Cookies

Moravian molasses spice cookies have a characteristic deep brown color and full-bodied flavor that's perfect for a Christmas tea or coffee gathering. These heirloom cookies are typical of those made by [more…]

How to Make Christmas Lebkuchen

Lebkuchen are honey and spice cookies that are traditionally served in Germany during the Christmas holiday season. You can make Lebkuchen (LAYB-koo-kuhn) up to 3 months in advance, so you save time during [more…]

How to Make a Basic Cookie Mix

Friends and family will love this convenient cookie mix as a Christmas gift. This mix makes it so easy to have warm, tasty cookies quickly when the kids come home from school, when neighbors drop in, or [more…]

Crisp Cookie Dough for Purim Hamantaschen

This delicately sweet cookie dough is perfect for making hamantaschen at Purim. These triangular Purim cookies begin with dough cut in circles. Basically, you take three arcs of each dough round and fold [more…]

Cake Decorating Supplies Checklist

Certain tools and equipment (some common, some specialized) are required for cake decorating. Be prepared ahead of time by organizing your cake decorating equipment into a kit. These things are what you’ll [more…]

Cake Decorating Ingredients You Need

Having a variety of fresh high-quality products will help you to bake and decorate great cakes. Common ingredients you should have stocked in your kitchen are: [more…]

How to Frost Your Cake

When frosting your cake, make sure you have the right tools, time, and attention to detail. Follow these easy steps for frosting your cake. (The directions are for a double-layer, 9 inch cake but can be [more…]

Quick Cake Decorating Ideas

If you’re running short on time, you can still create a cake that will draw oohs and ahs of admiration. Try these last-minute cake decorating toppings and methods: [more…]

A Pre-Showtime Check of Your Cake

Before you unveil your masterpiece, go through this checklist to make sure your cake looks its best and is securely stored for safe travel, if needed: [more…]

Cake Decorating For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Before you bake and decorate a cake, make sure you have the right cake decorating ingredients and supplies readily available. Take your time and follow easy decorating steps when you frost your cake. If [more…]

Essential Candy-Making Ingredients

Before you start getting ready to make candy, you need to check your cupboards for some essential ingredients. If you’re going to make candy regularly, put the basic ingredients from the following list [more…]

How to Temper Chocolate for Making Candy

If you’re making candy, chocolate is pretty much a staple ingredient. It’s often the finishing coat for a collection of other sweet treats that you dip into it. The process for getting chocolate to the [more…]

How to Make Candy Gifts

When you get really good at candy making, you can give gifts of your special candies. Be assured that everyone on your gift list will eat them right up. The gift ideas in the following list can help you [more…]

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