butter cookie sandwich with chocolate hazelnut ganache

butter cookie sandwich with chocolate hazelnut ganache

Imagine a double chocolate Milano stuffed with the filling of a Ferrero Rocher truffle, and that’s what you can expect with this recipe. These butter cookie sandwiches have a thick layer of dense ganache, the soft, nutty crunch from finely chopped hazelnuts, and two sandy cookies to hold it all together.

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chocolate dipped almond cookies (pain d'amande)

chocolate dipped almond cookies (pain d'amande)

These cookies are the epitome of simple done really, really well. They’re crisp, crunchy, nutty, and have just a touch of cinnamon for warmth. Make these cookies as is, for a delicately crisp tea cookie, or dress them up with dark chocolate, orange zest, and extra cinnamon for a holiday twist.

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​​​​​​​cranberry swirl pound cake

​​​​​​​cranberry swirl pound cake

This is a moist, orange scented pound cake with pools of tart, jammy cranberries in every slice. The cake is quick to make, simple enough for a late breakfast, and it perfumes the house to smell like the holiday season. Like most pound cakes, it gets better with a day or two, so it makes a wonderful holiday gift for friends, neighbors, teachers and family. 

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sourdough, sausage and sour cherry stuffing

sourdough, sausage and sour cherry stuffing

This is a hearty sourdough stuffing that’s filled with sour cherries, spicy Italian sausage, celery, onions, and the soft nutty crunch of pecans. I love the combination of tart cherries, crispy sourdough edges and the soft center, laced with chunks of vegetables and sausage. This is a stuffing you’ll make year after year.

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kale and brussels sprout salad with pecorino and almonds

 kale and brussels sprout salad with pecorino and almonds

This is a salad of raw and thinly sliced kale and brussels sprouts. The vegetables are doused in olive oil, lemon juice, white balsamic vinegar and a touch of dijon, then tossed with crunchy fried almonds and pecorino cheese. It’s filling, sturdy and most importantly, very flexible to make.

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