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Holiday Traditions

Growing up in the Smith house Christmas was THE most magical time of the year for me. My Mom was Christmas itself. She loved everything about Christmas.  (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 […]

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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! And you don’t even want to know how many grams of fat they have….remember […]

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Gingersnaps – a Smith family tradition

Baking gingersnaps is a Christmas family tradition at the Smith house. My dad was diagnosed with heart disease when I was in university and it was one of my missions to create heart healthy foods for him. When I discovered canola oil I switched the original gingersnap recipe that contained shortening to heart healthy canola […]

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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 that buying my husband more stuff was verging on insanity. I mean, really who needs more stuff? Me: “Honey, are we crazy? Let’s stop giving each other Christmas presents and start giving each other dates.” (As […]

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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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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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