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Pumpkin Spice Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

Holiday basket 2015
Holiday basket 2015

The holidays are almost here again and I can’t believe how fast this year has flown. I look back and can’t believe how incredibly busy and crazy it has been. No matter how crazy life gets, I take time out once a year to bake for my loved ones. This year I added this new cookie to the mix and it was a hit. Soft and airy, with a bit of sour and spice that melds together so well. Enjoy!

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Carmelita Cookies

These were my favorite new cookies in the basket. These were inspired by a visit to Porto’s in L.A. where I tried their “kiss” cookies. A delicious shortbread wrapped around dulce de leche. While not exactly the same, I put a holiday spin by wrapping snickerdoodles around dulce de leche. Enjoy! 20131214-104540.jpg

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Cranberry Pistachio Shortbread

I took a couple of days off from work and hunkered down in my tiny apartment kitchen to bake my annual holiday basket. This is my seventh year baking this basket and as can be imagined, the basket has evolved and grown (some may say, it has grown into a crazy endeavor.)

This year, I made sixteen treats over the course of four days. Even though it was well thought out with spreadsheets and I knew I would be excited to send off the goodies to my family and friends; halfway through, I was feeling the craziness of it all! But the beat goes on and so did my baking.

For my sixth treat for my annual holiday basket was a cranberry pistachio shortbread lightly scented with orange.

Cranberry Pistachio Shortbread


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Magic Middles Peanut Butter Cookies

Every cookie that I make for my yearly holiday basket is normally made for someone in mind. I am feeding about 20-25 people’s different tastes, so it goes to accept that every cookie that is sent out isn’t going to be everyone’s favorite, but someone will appreciate it. I try to keep tabs on which family likes what so that I can send them more of an item while lessening that item for another family that may prefer more of a different item, but everyone gets a little of everything.

My side of the family likes caramel and vanilla flavors, while my other side of the family is more into richer flavors of coffee and chocolate, my cousins family loves spicy flavors such as cinnamon and ginger, while I also also have a couple that enjoy fruity flavors. My husband’s sister really enjoys nutty flavors, especially peanut butter. This past year, I started making these peanut butter cookies that will be a perfect inclusion into the holiday basket. The creamy center of peanut butter makes it just different enough that it is elevates the cookie above the normal cross hatched peanut butter cookie, making it the perfect present. If you are allergic to peanuts, you could get creative and use a different nut butter to suit your taste. Enjoy!

Magic Middles Peanut Butter Cookies

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Sunshine Cookies

Well, yesterday I was craving sweets and the day before that and the day before that. Try as I might, my sweet tooth is pretty relentless. One of my tricks is never buying pre-made sweets at the store. If I am going to have a treat, I have to get off my lazy rump and make something from scratch. This usually will work to stave me off for a few days, opting for  fruit options or just eating a lightly sugared bowl of cereal. Sometimes though, you just have to have it, that wonderful hit of sweetness.

With a couple of oranges left in my fruit basket and equipped with plenty of golden raisins, I set out to make a new cookie. Something tart, sweet and delicious. The bright citrus notes permeating from the oven as they cooked, I couldn’t wait to bite into one of them. Boy was I rewarded, vibrant citrus notes held up front reminded me of the summer sunshine and the plumped raisins gave the cookie a honeyed caramel back note when accented by the butter. Truly delicious.

Sunshine Cookies

Sunshine Cookies
Sunshine Cookies

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Triple Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

Today, I will be in the kitchen catching up on all the monthly duties such as cleaning out cabinets and the refrigerator, taking a real account of everything available. I do a pretty good job at keeping things moving in and out weekly, but sometimes there is that item that get pushed to the way back corner of a shelf that you forgot about. Plus, I will be restocking my kitchen with stocks, croutons, any sauces that we seem to be low on, etc. Needless to say, I have a lot of busy work ahead of me today, so I am sharing another cookie recipe that I sent in my holiday gift basket this year.

Before I get into this recipe, I must say a big thank you to Miss Tasty from The Tasty Fork who has passed on the Liebster Award to me. Anyone who is given the award can, in turn, pass it on to 5 of their favorite new bloggers – any blog that has less than 200 followers. A big thanks to Miss Tasty again for choosing my little blog :)

Now I get to pass it on to a few of my favorite blogs. I’ve chosen:

Sugar Dish Me

It’s A BEEautiful Life

(y)our food choices

Sheepless in Rhode Island

Year of Healthier Living

Go and check out their great blogs!

Now, onto my recipe for Triple Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies. My husband’s family really enjoyed this one and I will definitely include in future baskets. If you are looking for a sweet idea to share for Valentine’s Day, this one would be a winner.

Triple Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

Triple Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies
Triple Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

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