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Alternative Holiday Treats

Comments Sue G. of Columbus, Wisconsin, “Around Christmas, I make a few alternative treats to help the cookies last longer. I give my brownies a holiday taste by stirring in crushed peppermint…

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Christmas Cookie Shortcut

Even if you don't have time to bake, you and your family can still enjoy special Christmas cookies. It just takes a trip to the grocery store and a little creativity! Here are tricks for making…

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Clove-Studded Oranges

For centuries, people have used clove-studded fruits, called pomanders, to naturally add fragrance to their homes, especially at Christmastime. Traditional pomanders are studded with cloves,…

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Cookie Ornaments

You can easily turn beautiful cutout cookies into holiday ornaments or package toppers. Before baking, simply make a hole near the top of each cutout with a clean plastic straw. Bake and cool as…

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Creative Gift Containers

After you've taken the time to prepare an assortment of homemade foods for friends and family, why not take the extra step and package them in a unique way? Some creative containers are merely…

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Dressing Up Jelly Jars

Here’s an easy way to put pretty cloth toppers and a bow on jelly jars: Put the cloth over the jar and use a rubber band to hold it in place. Tie a ribbon around the jar, then snip off the rubber…

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Freezing Holiday Cookies

I make my holiday cutout cookies ahead and freeze them without frosting. They keep better that way. Before a potluck, I thaw the cookies and frost them. They taste and look fresh-baked. —Jean M.,…

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Fudge Party Favors

Cookie cutters filled with fudge make a palate-pleasing party favor for the guests at your holiday gathering. Wrap them in clear or colored cellophane and tie with a ribbon for folks to take home.…

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Great Cookie Gift Idea

A co-worker is a big fan of my peanut butter cookies. Last Christmas, I gave him a batch of cookie dough in a festive freezer-safe container, along with baking directions and a cookie sheet. He…

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Holiday Cookies

To save time and still make a variety of cookies for holiday celebrations, I get creative with a big batch of basic refrigerator cookie dough. I slice some to make round cookies and top with…

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Holiday Popcorn Balls

Mold popcorn balls around the straight ends of candy canes. Wrap with plastic wrap, tie with ribbon and hang on your Christmas tree by their crooks. They are great gifts for drop-in guests …and…

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Hosting a Cookie and Candy Exchange

A NEIGHBORLY cookie and candy exchange saves you lots of time in the kitchen while giving you a chance to gather with family and friends. Hosting such an event is easier than you think with these…

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Making Food as Gifts

During the holidays, when budgets are tight, baking is a simple, heartfelt way to show you care. One Christmas, I gave my parents 12 homemade desserts, bringing them a new one each month. My…

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Organizing an Ornament Exchange

Whether you host the event for close friends, co-workers or acquaintances, an ornament exchange is one of the easiest parties to organize. All you need to do is purchase an ornament and make a…

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Prepare for Holiday Baking

During one day in early December, I mix all my holiday cookie dough, then pack it away in the refrigerator and freezer. Later, when I have time, I bake cookies throughout the month. I whip up…

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The Making of Gingerbread Men

Some say the history of gingerbread men began during the reign of England's Queen Elizabeth I, who gifted court visitors with decorated gingerbread likenesses of themselves.

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Tree Decorating Tips

A beautifully decorated Christmas tree adds to the magical memories of the holidays. So spruce up your evergreen like a pro with these helpful hints:

Instead of simply wrapping the lights…

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Ways to Reuse Christmas Cards

As you pack away the holiday decorations after the new year, it's tempting to simply toss all the Christmas cards you received into the recycling bin. Instead, read through those greeting cards…

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Wrap Up Cookies and Candies as Gifts

You don't have to spend a fortune or valuable time at the mall in search of perfect Christmas gifts. Quite often the most priceless treasures are your own homemade cookies and candies presented in…

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