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Chocolate Sandwich Cookies with Citrus-Clove filling

These cookies. Oh, these cookies. They’re familiar, in that they’re crisp chocolate wafer sandwich cookies, a little bit like Oreos but you can use better chocolate to make them richer and deeper and more chocolatey. The surprising part is the filling, which is white chocolate that gets flavored with drops of clove and orange and …

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Cranberry Curd Tart, a garnet-hued delight

Cranberries are the under-appreciated fruit of fall and winter. They’re often relegated to a sad cylinder of canned cranberry sauce at the edge of the Thanksgiving table, an afterthought to the apples and pumpkins taking up the dessert space. Which is a shame, because when strategically deployed, cranberry desserts not only bring a welcome burst …

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Chewy Citrus Molasses Spice Cookies

I’ve been slow to get into the holiday spirit this winter. I’ve tried. I watched the charming A Very Murray Christmas on Netflix. I’ve listened to some of my favorite holiday music—Vince Guaraldi, Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole, The Pogues’ “Fairytale of New York,” The Pretenders’ “2000 Miles,” Joni Mitchell’s “River”—and none of it has quite …

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Passion Fruit Pâte de Fruit (fruit jellies, or gummies)

It’s December 23rd, and I’m sitting in my pajamas by the Christmas tree with a mug of coffee and the severed head of a gingerbread person from a fresh batch of cookies. There’s nothing like the holidays. Yesterday was a solid day of baking with my sister Erin, and now we have containers with eight (!) …

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