Man vs. Machine

I thought I was on a roll with the Dessert Decorator Plus.  After my cupcake frosting triumph last week, I was sure I had mastered this baked good decorating tool. I decided to use it for an experiment with spritz cookies, inspired by the 2011 holiday baking edition of Cook’s Illustrated. The article recommended using … Continue reading

Visions of Gingerbread

Not just for European children lost in the woods Gingerbread plays a prominent role in a fair number of children’s tales and Christmas lore, so it’s not surprising I had a very vivid image of this treat growing up.  Humble peasant children nibbled it while traipsing the Black Forest of Germany.  Witches could use it … Continue reading

Time to make the peanut brittle

Over the years, peanut brittle has become my signature holiday offering. Unlike the childhood Christmas cookies I turned into year ‘round treats, I only make brittle during the holidays. I will occasionally do some preliminary batches in the fall, but most of it is made in the few weeks and days leading up to Christmas. … Continue reading

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