Cashew Coconut Dark Chocolate Cookies

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For the second year in a row I participated in the annual Food Blogger Cookie Swap. I love getting the opportunity to spread holiday cheer across the country to fellow food bloggers. And what better way to spread holiday cheer than with a batch of homemade cookies? I sure hope the recipients liked them as much as we did here.

For this year’s swap, I decided to take my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe and switch things up a bit. I swapped out the semi-sweet chocolate chips for dark chocolate chips and added in some cashews and shredded coconut. Although I had never tried this particular combination of ingredients in cookie-form before, I was completely satisfied with the end result. The texture was spot on- the cashews add a nice crunch and the coconut adds just a touch of chewiness. I will forever love my favorite chocolate chip cookies but this recipe proves that sometimes trying something new can be a very good thing…. 

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Glazed Cranberry-Lemon Cake

As much as I love to make fancy layer cakes, there is something to be said about the simplicity of a bundt cake. Not only are they easy to make but they require very little in the decoration department. A simple glaze is more than enough to dress up a bundt cake. And despite their… 

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Cranberry-Oat Bars

Now that Thanksgiving is over, I am more than ready to transition into the holiday baking season. I love this time of year and all of the baking that comes along with it. Whether it is for a gift, a cookie swap or just for myself, I always enjoy finding and trying new holiday cookie recipes…. 

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Panera Mac and Cheese

Panera has been one of my favorite lunchtime spots for quite a while now. I always say that Panera is my favorite fast food restaurant but really it’s unfair to put Panera into the same category as McDonalds, Burger King and the like. Their food is infinitely better. I love almost every soup, salad and sandwich… 

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Cranberry Margaritas

Now that we are making our way into late fall and (soon) early winter, cranberries are set to take center stage in the produce department. I for one love cranberries and look forward to their reappearance every year. The tartness of fresh cranberries makes them a great addition to a number of otherwise sweet desserts…. 

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Pumpkin Spice Cream Cheese Spread

These days you can’t go into the store without finding pumpkin-flavored everything. It seems like every company is capitalizing on the pumpkin craze and releasing new products all the time. Sometimes I am tempted to buy all the pumpkin things. But sometimes I see something in the store and am motivated to go home and make my own version.

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Disney World Eats

Last spring Dan and I took a week long trip to Disney World. I have been to Disney World several times and love it for so many reasons- the atmosphere, the people and of course, the food. There are a number of  really great restaurants and bakeries on Disney property, many of which we hit… 

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Day of the Dead Sugar Cookies

I just can’t let a holiday pass by without making a batch of decorated sugar cookies.  Are you guys all familiar with Day of the Dead? Even if you don’t know much about the Mexican holiday, you’ve probably seen images of sugar skulls at some point or another. Sugar skulls are candied skulls used to… 

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