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Gluten Free Coconut Macaroons with Chocolate Drizzle

coconut cookies with chocolate

These gluten free cookies are perfect for holiday baking. Any guests lactose free? Check the label on the dark chocolate, most dark chocolate does not contain lactose. I use liquid egg whites for this recipe. If you choose to use fresh eggs, either make a lemon curd with the leftover yolks or add them to […]

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Shortbread Empire Cookies

Shortbread Empire cookies on a rack as the almond icing sets

Empire Cookies are usually made with Sugar Cookies. Mine use Shortbread instead. I was inspired after I attended an event with the Scottish Embassy in Toronto. I tried one of their Empire Cookies that used shortbread and was instantly hooked. This is my version of that cookie experience, much easier to make than rolling out […]

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The Gift of Time

Two cowboys

About ten years ago, with the Christmas present countdown veering me right into Stressville, it suddenly became very clear to me that buying my husband more stuff was verging on insanity. We’re both extremely busy, working in film and TV, shooting My Left Frying Pan, and stuff was the last thing either of us needed. […]

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Lemon Squares

Easy to make lemon squares add a citrus note to your Christmas or Holiday baking. A food processor makes this quick and easy lemon square even quicker.  They have a fabulous sweet, tart and lemony flavour. Base: 1 ¼ cups (310 mL) all-purpose flour 2 tbsp (30 mL) icing sugar 2/3 cup (150 mL) cold […]

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Decadent Chocolate and Toffee Christmas Squares

These easy to make Christmas squares are going to become a family favourite.  Squares are quicker and easier to bake than cookies. And they are way easier to eat, so better hide these really well if you want any left for company! Decadent Chocolate and Toffee Christmas Squares that you don’t even want to know how many […]

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Holiday Traditions

Growing up in the Smith house Christmas was THE most magical time of the year for me.  (For the record my birthday or as I like to call “It’s all about Mairlyn Day” is the other most magical day) Our house was so festooned over the holidays with lights, decorations, and ornaments, most of my […]

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Christmas Empire Cookies

 Adapted from my Grandma’s recipe. This is more of a buttery sugar cookie as compared to a regular sugar cookie. You will need two cookie cutters of the same shape for this one, one big and one small for the window effect. Makes about 24-28 cookies depending on the size of the cookie cutter. Cookie […]

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Shortbread Cookies with a twist

These easy to make shortbread cookies are rolled into a shortbread dough log, wrapped up in parchment or waxed paper and then placed in the fridge to firm up. Slice and bake and voila shortbread heaven. Makes about 36 My mom always made shortbread during the holidays, sometimes it worked, sometimes, not so much. I […]

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Christmas gifts made in the kitchen – Truffles

I found this recipe for decadent Truffles in a magazine about 24 years ago and I’ve made them every year since. It was developed by Rose Levy Beranbaum of the Cordon Rose Cooking School in NYC – and all I can say is “Rose, you created a genius recipe!” 7 oz (200 g) dark chocolate, […]

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