Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

Any time these appear on a cookie tray, I have to restrain myself from eating all of them.  So I decided to go ahead and make them myself this year – definitely will be a regular addition in the cookie tins.  This is from Joy of Baking.

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Mint Chocolate Cookies

This may be one of my favorite cookies I’ve ever done – but I love all things mint.  Definitely a popular one in this year’s cookie tins.

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Cherry Chocolate Blossoms

Another new cookie in this year’s holiday cookie extravaganza, this one was cute and went over well.  A twist on peanut butter blossoms.

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Holiday M&M Bars

One of the cookies for our yearly holiday cookie tins – as much as I am not a fan of chocolate, I really liked this one.  Simple and makes a lot, too.

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Grilled Leg of Lamb

We always make enough for for an army on Easter, and we were very excited to actually host it this year!  We decided to do somethings besides ham, since that’s not everyone’s thing, and a leg of lamb sounded great.  The problem for us is that our oven is not that big – a ham and sides and we’re done.  This was perfect as it was meant for the grill.  We really enjoyed it, and it was not only easy, but surprisingly quick to cook!  We got this from an old Gourmet magazine.  Only changes made were that we did not use the skewers described in the recipe, and we marinated overnight.

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Peppermint Mocha Cookies

These were the definite winners for the Christmas cookies, IMO.  Really excellent, and I am no fan of chocolate.  I messed up the first batch by not soaking the espresso granules, and they were still great, but they were exceptional when done correctly.  Definitely one to make next year.

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Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry sauce is shockingly easy to make from scratch, and this is my general go-to for it.  You will have to adjust orange/sugar/etc. to your taste and as you cook – for example, I find the sugar just right on this as someone who doesn’t have a sweet tooth, but you might like more!  This is an easy one to make ahead…one less thing on your plate for the day of.

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