Christmas Biscotti

I intended to create a festive cranberry-pistachio biscotti combo last Christmas but ran out of time. Twelve months later, I finally did it! One of the advantages of waiting is that I had white chocolate chips on hand this year. I’ve been experimenting with them lately; otherwise, it never would have occurred to me [click headline for more — or photo in Facebook]

Apricot Cherry Surprise Scones

This recipe is adapted from Simply Scones by Leslie Weiner and Barbara Albright. I first tried their version almost ten years ago and was blown away by the apricot and white chocolate combination. After applying a few “savvy” changes, I’m still completely enamored with this duo, taking it to a new level in these [click headline for more — or photo in Facebook]

Fall Harvest Favorites

Ah… Thanksgiving!

What a great time to sit back, relax and rehash the “best of” harvest recipes. Here are five of our favorite fall recipes, each featuring ingredients you might still have on hand from your Thanksgiving feast.

Enjoy the rest of your holiday weekend!

Cranberry Butternut Scones (above)

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins (below)

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Apple Cinnamon Swirls

The first iteration of this dough was used for bagels, and it has since been formed into miniature cinnamon “snails” and raisin-stuffed loaves. My favorite variation—and that of our children—is this one. Loaded with apples, cinnamon and whole grains, these breakfast rolls are often requested at other times throughout the day.

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Sweet Potato Muffins

Chock full of nutrients, these rich-but-not-too-sweet treats are excellent at breakfast, lunch or snack time. Best of all, they’re so flavorful that kids (and adults) won’t even realize they’re getting a good dose of fruits, veggies and whole grains with every one. In fact, one muffin has about 5 grams of protein, 15% DV [click headline for more — or photo in Facebook]

Shamrock Smoothie

I never thought I would do this. Seriously. My mom tried to get my brother and I to try some sort of zucchini drink passed off as “Tiger’s Milk” when we were kids. It was not a successful trial, and I never forgot it (obviously).

So now, decades later, I find myself subjecting my [click headline for more — or photo in Facebook]

Mint Mocha Brownie Bites

This recipe is loosely based upon one I found on a package of Nestlé Dark Chocolate & Mint Morsels. It has taken several attempts to perfect the cooking times and substitutions, but I think you’ll find the end result to be an irresistible blend of coffee, chocolate and mint. Like biscotti, these make great gifts—if [click headline for more — or photo in Facebook]

Peanut Butter Party Biscotti

These cookies make great gifts, but after tasting one, you’ll find it hard to give them away. While not exactly low in calories, they contain significantly less sugar and fat than most holiday sweets. Plus, they offer peanut-powered protein and whole grain goodness that can be enjoyed in guilt-free moderation even after your New Year’s [click headline for more — or photo in Facebook]

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