Cara Cara Orange Bars (with a thyme shortbread crust!)

Cara Cara Orange Bars are full of flavor from bright winter citrus at the season’s peak! Earthy thyme in a buttery shortbread crust compliments the sweet without overpowering it. Enjoy this simple and delectable recipe before the end of citrus season!

I am living for these Cara Cara orange bars with thyme shortbread crust right now!

It’s such a blessing that peak citrus season also happens to be in the dead of winter! Gimme all those winter citrus recipes!

Cara Cara Orange Bar Recipe

We need a little bright.

A little tart.

A little sweet.

Winter Citrus Dessert Recipes

Ok, a lot sweet.

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Peppermint Mocha Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches

Peppermint Mocha Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches are a delicious make-ahead frozen dessert that boast all the wonderful flavors of winter! Buttery, chocolatey shortbread cookies sandwiching creamy peppermint ice cream – what could be better?!
Peppermint Mocha Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches

I told you I had one more Peppermint Mocha treat up my sleeve!

If I’m being honest, these Peppermint Mocha Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches were not the original plan. There was going to be a pavlova situation happening, but it didn’t…uh…y’know…happen.

Peppermint Mocha Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches

That’s ok! We adjust and change and frankly, make the thing that feels right and lights us up instead of what we feel we should do or what the original plan was.

Peppermint Ice Cream Product Shot

I’m really softening with age.

These shortbread cookies though? They’re not soft. They’re crisp and buttery and crumbly and perfect for sandwiching layers of creamy peppermint ice cream. After they’re dipped in chocolate and sprinkled with crushed peppermint candies, of course!

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Shaved Brussels Sprouts Caesar Salad

This Shaved Brussels Sprouts Caesar Salad recipe is a slight twist on a classic dish. Homemade Caesar Dressing is made much easier with the help of a secret ingredient – mayo! Enjoy this healthy recipe topped with grilled chicken or shrimp for a truly delicious meal!
Shaved Brussels Sprouts Caesar Salad recipe with homemade Caesar Dressing

Starting the New Year off with a salad…could I be any more of a cliché?

Shaved Brussels Sprouts Caesar Salad recipe with homemade Caesar Dressing

Probably.

Dukes Mayonnaise recipes

For instance – I could wax poetic about how important it is to go into the New Year eating food to fuel your body. Good food. Real food. Whole food. I could talk about how kale is loaded with vitamins and minerals and how cutting out the croutons means less carbs and blah blah blah.

Or, I can just give it to you straight.

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Peppermint Mocha Cereal Treats

Peppermint Mocha Cereal Treats are an easy, no-bake Christmas dessert option for anyone and everyone. They combine all the delicious flavors of a Peppermint Mocha Latte with the ease of marshmallow cereal treats. Find the recipe at the link below!

Peppermint Mocha Cereal Treat Recipe

This is the last of ‘em. The last of the Christmas creations.

And, maybe, the last of the peppermint mocha situation, too.

Peppermint Mocha Cereal Treat Recipe

Then again. Maybe not. Maybe I’ve got another peppermint-y, mocha-y treat coming.

Because I’m totally on board with Gilmore Girls Season 7. At least, one point they make in Season 7, because, by and large, the final season is basically a gigantic dumpster fire. (Stay with me here – I have a point, I promise.)

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Holiday Cocktail Trio

Watch the video below to learn how easy it is to create a fun, festive holiday cocktail trio! Make one or make them all this year to spread a little holiday cheer!

What kind of cocktail drinker are you?

Do you like a mixologist to make you something that costs $16? With burnt herbs and whipped egg whites and house made shrubs?

Classic Tom & Jerry Cocktail Recipe

 Do you like rail gin with canned tonic and a lime wedge? That comes in a plastic cup and gets set on a cardboard coaster?

Peppermint Mocha Martini Recipe

Do you prefer mocktails? No hooch in sight so no hangover the next morning?

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Creme Brûlée (Toasted) Sugar Cookies (& pie weights)

Toasted sugar, you say?

Toasted sugar, I say!

What is toasted sugar, you say?

I’ll tell you what toasted sugar is, I say!

(Can you tell I’ve had a lot of coffee today?)

Toasted sugar is just regular ol’ sugar that’s been toasted. That’s it! Very simple. It’s as easy as, well…pie! The toasting process comes from making pie. Lots of pie. Like, seriously, a lot of pies.

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