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Vanilla Banana Mac-Nut Cookies

Courtesy of Gina Tassone, Vanilla Contessa Almost everyone has experienced the frustration of bananas that have gone from perfect to mush, seemingly overnight. Summer is

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The Ultimate Cookie

Years ago I lived in a rural area on the California Coast. I was writing cookbooks and doing some consulting work but I also wanted

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Sugared Vanilla Butter Cookies

 These cookies are hands down, the best cut-out cookies, whether they’re for the holidays or the 4th of July!  They’re especially interesting with Tahitian vanilla

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Pfeffernusse

 Courtesy of Chef Stephen Block: www.kitchenproject.com Chef Stephen says, “The most fascinating thing to me about this classic German Christmas cookie is how the flavors

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Nanaimo Bars

Cookie? Cake? Extreme Candy Bar? It’s hard to know how to define a Nanaimo bar with it’s cookie crust, icing filling and chocolatey topping, but

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My Best Butter Buttons

Courtesy of Chef in Residence, Elinor Klivans These tiny balls of dough bake into rounded disks of one-bite sized cookies that would melt in your

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Lebkuchen

 Courtesy of Chef Stephen Block: www.kitchenproject.com Stephen wears several hats.  He is a chef, cooking school instrutor and also has at least two culinary websites.  The

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Holiday Cookie Cutouts

 A long time ago I discovered the following recipe for cut out cookies. It is absolutely the best recipe I’ve ever found and it’s the one

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Coconut Cream Fudge

Courtesy of Carole Bloom: www.carolbloom.com Homemade fudge is a real treat and, with good instructions, an easy gift to make for the holidays. The following

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White Cake With Butter Cream

Courtesy of Chef Stephany Buswell: www.chefany.com This is a good, basic vanilla cake. It becomes spectacular with the butter cream recipe that follows. Stephany says:

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Pineapple Cheese Crumbcake

Courtesy of Beth Hensperger Most coffee cake recipes, especially ones for winter, call for canned pineapple, but here the glistening fresh fruit layer is made

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Mom’s Best Cheesecake

Courtesy of Chef Stephany Buswell: www.chefany.com Stephany says about this recipe: “When I was a child my mom made this cheesecake for every holiday or

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