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25 Halloween Costumes w/Your LBD

The easiest way to create a last-minute or inexpensive Halloween costume is to start with things you already have. I do it every year, because I get so frustrated with how expensive yet poorly-made most Halloween costumes are. I'd rather use what is already in my closet, or spend a little extra on accessories or a new dress that I can wear anytime of the year. A little black dress is the easiest way to use what you have to create a Halloween costume with a few inexpensive accessories and other accessories you probably already have in your closet.Pictured Above: Halloween Black Mesh Dress

1. Black Cat - This is the easiest way to use your little black dress on Halloween. I know it's pretty much the most generic costume in history, but for good reason - it's just so easy and affordable. It's the perfect last-minute costume for women, because you could really use any black outfit even if you don't have a little black dress. Pair it with your black flats or heels and a…

Christmas Cookies: 12 Cookie Recipes I'm Dying to Try

by Krisztina Williams
The holidays are filled with cakes, pies, tarts and trifles; but nothing says the holidays like cookies. Do you have a special kind of cookie you make every year for Santa? Perhaps you bring a batch to a cookie swap each year? Or do you give a lot of cookies as Christmas gifts? Maybe you are newly married or have young children and want to start a new cookie tradition. My daughter and I make Kifli cookies every year.

Whatever your reason....hell, you don't really need a reason to bake cookies around the holidays. Here are twelve Christmas cookies, both classic and new, by twelve different bloggers. And I know, I've left out classic European Christmas cookies: I'm saving those for a post on Christmas Cookies Around the World!

I hope you enjoy this collection. Try at least one of these recipes this holiday season.

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I love this cookie, especially for the children's table. These are so cute without a lot of fuss. Even beginners could make these look good. I'm sure they're just as delicious as they are cute. If you're wondering, yes, those are corn flakes inside the cookies. Can't you imagine how sweet and crunchy they are?

2. Decorated Christmas Cookies by The Pioneer Woman


Ree Drummond, also known as The Pioneer Woman, invited a group of gals to the lodge for a weekend of relaxation and holiday baking. She invited Bridget from Bake at 350 to give a lesson. Decorated sugar or gingerbread cookies are a must for the holidays, but I'll admit even I'm intimidated by them. However, this post on The Pioneer Woman gives step-by-step instructions with lots of pictures to help even the the beginning baker with icing beautifully decorated cookies.

3. Lemon Burst Cookies by the Brown Eyed Baker

I always try to make at least one batch of lemon-flavored cookies each year. Adding citrus zest to a cake or cookie recipe is a great way to add flavor naturally. I love how these have that crackle finish on top. The best thing about this recipe is it calls for very few ingredients, and you can mix it all easily in one bowl.

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recipe adapted from  The Cooking Photographer

These looks sooooooo insanely good, don't they? They're a lot easier to make than you might think. The cookie gets its caramel center from a simple caramel square sandwiched inside cookie dough. I'd love to try a chocolate salted caramel version of these.

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These are packed with eggnog flavor. Eggnog is used in both the dough and the icing. Yum! If you are lactose intolerant, you can substitute with Silk's Soy Eggnog.

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Holy freaking moly! How simple and genius are these?! If you need to whip up a quick dessert for kids, these are perfect.

If you like chocolate and peppermint together, these cookies are the epitome of chocolate candy cane cookies. They are loaded wih Andes peppermint chunks, Dove peppermint bark bites and candy cane crumbs. I love how you can also make these without the almond bark candy in the middle.

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I love, love, love these! If you like the taste of sweet sugar cookies, but are always wishing they were softer, try these. I also love how you can easily make these in several different colors with several different toppings or sprinkles. These alone are all you need in the children's section of your dessert buffet.

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There is something so enticing about a cinnamon roll drizzled with icing. These are not only delicious but are also a great conversation starter when your guests do a double take and realize that they are actually cookies.

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I love buttery, crumbly shortbread. Though I admit it's never crossed my mind to make it with brown sugar until I found this recipe. I prefer brown sugar cookies to regular sugar cookies, so I'm sure I'll love this shortbread. The best thing is the recipe only calls for three ingredients.

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Molasses is partly what gives gingerbread cookies their distinctive flavor, but they can be time consuming to cut out and decorate. These drop cookies will satisfy your gingerbread craving without all of the work.

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These are basically traditional snickerdoodle cookies (which are totally awesome) coated with a sugar baking mix that is a blend of typical chai spices like cardamom, ginger, and cloves. Yum!!!


  1. Apple cider cinnamon sounds like it would be to die for!

  2. Thank you!! Great list.. we're definitely going to try the Cinnamon Roll Cookies this year! :)

  3. I love every one of these cookies. But I favor the peppermint bark ones.

  4. caramel... I'm doing that with chocolate cookies.

  5. These are amazing! Would make brilliant xmas gifts. I really need to add 'must learn to bake' as one of my 2012 resolutions, lol

  6. Glad you guys liked it so much!:) Personally I'm dying to try those caramel stuffed cookies!!!


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