by Dana Angelo White in 12 Days of Holiday Gifts, Healthy Holidays, December 1, 2010
by Toby Amidor in Cookies & Other Desserts, Healthy Holidays, December 3, 2009
- Dana's Homemade Vanilla Extract
Starting today, we’re serving up a new healthy gift idea every day for 12 days! First up: from-scratch vanilla extract your friends and family will love.
Using high-quality, pure vanilla extract can make all the difference in baked goods and whipped cream, but the good stuff can get pricey! You can make some that’s beyond better for a fraction of the cost. This gourmet-caliber extract makes an ideal hostess gift or stocking stuffer for anyone who loves to cook.
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by Kristine Brabson in Cookies & Other Desserts, Healthy Holidays, December 1, 2009
When everyone thinks holiday cookies, they automatically assume Christmas, but Hanukkah can have its own special sweets, too. This year, I’m hosting friends and family for three evenings of candle lighting and desserts. Our spread will include these Star of David-shaped sugar cookies, which my family and I pep up with festive blue sprinkles; you can create any holiday theme by using your favorite cookie cutters and icing colors. These are chewy, not crunchy — perfect for the younger kids in the family.
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Peanut butter and chocolate — the perfect flavor combination. These biscotti are bit more time- and energy-intensive to make than a basic cookie, but at a five-dozen yield, they are certainly worth the effort. Package them up into decorative tins to give away as gifts or set them out on a platter at a party. Each piece is 105 calories and just under 6 grams of fat, so going back for seconds won’t blow your dessert calorie budget.
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