Lemon-Blueberry Trifle

Here is a much-simplified version of the classic British dessert, updated with a burst of lemon curd and some crunchy gingersnaps. Like many of the Simply Good Cooking recipes, this one can be made quite simply by following the recipe as written, or by choosing a variation on the given ingredient list and making some of your own combinations.  For example, I’ve included the use of store-bought gingersnaps and lemon curd, but you could easily make your own cookies, as well as lemon curd.  That is up to you.  The options give you quite a bit of flexibility in how much time is you spend cooking, while not sacrificing flavor or quality.  If you do purchase store-bought ingredients, always look for the highest quality available and you won’t go wrong.

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Chocolate-Filled Cookies

These cookies are super fun!  They look like a plain vanilla cookie, but when you bite into one there’s a soft chocolate center.  Yum!  They’re simple to make and convey a definite playfulness, suitable for holiday cookie exchange or gift giving.

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Chocolate Oat Bars

Chocolate and oats are an almost irrestible combination.  Put them into a bar cookie and you’ve made something that will appeal to all ages and tastes. This is another quick recipe to add to your cookie recipe shelf, one you can whip up in no time and have on hand when friends drop by.

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Herb Stuffing

Everyone seems to have a favorite stuffing recipe for their holiday turkey. If you’ve got a favorite, you may have to make room on your “favorites” shelf for another one — this stuffing is addictive. Tangy, savory, and delicately spiced, this stuffing has been known to change the minds of people who previously felt they didn’t like stuffing. It cuts some corners by using a pre-packaged Herb Stuffing mix, but you can substitute your own mixture of breads if you’d prefer to make the whole thing “from scratch.”

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Ammonia Cookies

As weird as it may seem, these cookies are made with a type of ammonia that is intended for baking. It was used for leavening in the days before baking soda or baking powder. The cookies have a light lemony flavor because of the lemon oil, but when they’re baking your house will honestly smell like you’re cleaning the floor.

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Almond Biscotti

Biscotti! What a unique, singular treat! Cookie connoisseurs everywhere recognize this lightly-sweet, understated cookie as the classic. It’s exactly dense enough, and exactly sweet enough to quench most cookie cravings. And, it’s an elegant cookie you can serve to guests, yet so sturdy that it can survive bouncing around for a day inside a backpack without being crushed.

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Caramel Corn

What? Carapost name, simplygoodcooking.commel Corn? Oh, yeah! It’s a super-delicious treat, and though it seems like such a common food, it’s probably just a once a year guilty pleasure when you go to the county fair. Maybe not even there. In any case, though, everything homemade is worlds better than anything commercially produced and this caramel popcorn is no exception. It’s the finest, most excellent stuff you’ll ever pop into your mouth. Don’t think Cracker Jacks, either. Just make a batch and you’ll know what I’m talking about. And, guess what? It’s easy to make.

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