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[24 Dec 2010 | 3 Comments | 3,387 views]
Christmas dessert recipe — lemon bars

Well, here it is — the last Christmas dessert recipe of the year.
We’ve posted plenty here at First Arkansas News over the past few weeks. While most people have likely taken care of making Christmas desserts at this point, you never know when someone is in need of a recipe at the last minute.
To them I present a perennial favorite — lemon bars. Is this strictly a Christmas recipe? No it’s not. However, everyone loves lemon bars regardless of what time of year it happens to be. Making them available …

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[24 Dec 2010 | One Comment | 3,121 views]
Christmas dessert recipe — Thumbprint cookies

Here it is — Christmas Eve.
Got your holiday baking done yet? If not, you’d better hop to it. Need a recipe that’s fun and easy? If so, fire up that oven and give thumbprint cookies a try.
They’re not too difficult to make and very festive. In other words, these are perfect to make at the last moment.
Speaking of the last moment, we at First Arkansas News have figured out a way to help people get those Christmas dessert recipes well in advance of December next year. Yes, we’ll be putting …

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[22 Dec 2010 | 2 Comments | 3,025 views]
Christmas dessert recipe — Cherry chocolate chip cookies

At first glance, this recipe might look a little unusual.
Think about it — how many cherry chocolate cookies have you eaten or even seen? They’re not very common and a recipe to make them, as I said, might seem a bit odd at first.
But think about it. Chocolate and cherry is a great combination that’s blended often. You’ve got chocolate covered cherries, cherry flavoring is a common ingredient in filled chocolate candies and, well, there are a lot of examples. That being the case, why not make a batch of …

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[22 Dec 2010 | 3 Comments | 4,177 views]
Christmas Dessert recipe — Turtle Dove Bars

Ah, the poor turtle dove!
The critter has been mentioned in the Bible, the pairing instincts of turtle doves were integral to the plot of Home Alone 2 (one of those Christmas movies Macaulay Culkin made before he went odd) and is featured in a Christmas song that drives people nuts this time of year.
By the way, here’s a bit of trivia. In the 12 Days of Christmas, the “true love” referenced in the song winds up with 22 of the birds assuming she receives a pair of them every time …

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[20 Dec 2010 | 2 Comments | 3,563 views]
Christmas dessert recipe — Gooey Butter Cookies

I did my Christmas cookie baking this past weekend and, yes, followed a lot of recipes I’ve posted here over the past few weeks.
I put trays together, and had my daughter take one over to our next door neighbor. Our neighbor sent some of her cookies back over to us, including gooey butter cookies.
Yes, I had to get the recipe and I’m sharing it with you now. Let me tell you — it has been added to my list of “must make” Christmas dessert recipes. This cookie is absolutely …

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[19 Dec 2010 | 2 Comments | 2,609 views]
Christmas dessert recipe — ginger snaps

Here we are in the homestretch, huh?
Yes, Christmas is almost here and now is the time that a lot of people get geared up for their Christmas baking and cooking.
This is the week when family will come to town, last minute Christmas parties will be attended and people are generally getting ready for the big day. Here at First Arkansas News, we’ve been feverishly posting Christmas dessert recipes in an attempt to make things a little easier for our readers.
What’s on tap for today? How about a recipe that makes …

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[15 Dec 2010 | 33 Comments | 6,684 views]
Christmas dessert recipe — Divinity

What’s this?
You want to whip up a Christmas dessert, but you’re short on time due to shopping, parties, volunteer work and all those other things that keep you occupied this time of year? You want to make something that is somewhat unique, yet also traditional this time of year?
I’ve got a recipe that achieves all of that — divinity. For those of you who haven’t tried divinity, rest assured that this divine candy lives up to its name and then some. It’s rich, decadent and all those other things that …

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[12 Dec 2010 | One Comment | 2,952 views]
Christmas dessert — Butterscotch toffee bars

While chocolate rules supreme around my house, some people would rather avoid the stuff.
Yes, most of our favorite Christmas recipes include chocolate. Dark chocolate, milk chocolate, white chocolate — we use all three in abundance when baking Christmas desserts.
But there are some people who — for their own unfathomable reasons — don’t much care for chocolate. Others love chocolate but do like some other flavors and textures this time of year.
Here’s a recipe that will please both the chocolate haters and those who want something a little different from time …

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[9 Dec 2010 | One Comment | 2,083 views]
Christmas dessert recipe — triple chocolate torte

Ever noticed just how many Christmas desserts are absolutely swimming in chocolate?
Years ago, it seemed like peppermint was the star of the show during the Christmas season. Things have changed, however.
Sure, peppermint is still a force to be reckoned with during Christmas, but it does seem like chocolate simply dominates these days, doesn’t it? And the more chocolate, the better.
Got chocolate in a recipe? Double the amount of chocolate in there or go ahead and mix some different types together. The more the merrier. And if you thought a “double …

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[8 Dec 2010 | One Comment | 2,785 views]
Christmas dessert recipe — apple bread

We Americans sure love our apples, don’t we?
We’ve named computers after them, eat more apple pie than you can shake a stick at and what kid doesn’t know the legend of Johnny Appleseed and his love of planting apple trees in the Midwest?
Oh, and here’s some trivia for you. Johnny Appleseed’s real name was John Chapman. In addition to being an accomplished nurseryman, he was a missionary for the Church of New Jerusalem. There you go. You never learned that while singing about Appleseed in kindergarten, did you? Yes, you …