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[24 Dec 2010 | One Comment | 3,128 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 | 3,032 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 | 4,190 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 | 3,566 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 | 2,618 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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[18 Dec 2010 | One Comment | 2,633 views]
Christmas recipe — coconut cake

Making a solid coconut cake was an art form once upon the time here in the South.
What’s happened to that art form? At what point did the proud coconut cake get so dumbed down that it went from a point of pride to a pile of white cake and vanilla frosting with some coconut stuck in it?
Do your family, your guests and yourself a favor and take some time to cook a truly spectacular coconut cake this Christmas season. Now, making this cake is difficult and can take time. But …

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[16 Dec 2010 | 2 Comments | 3,280 views]
Christmas dessert — Grandma’s Brown Bread

I was reading this recipe, and it brought back so many memories.
I remember sitting at Grandma’s dining room table and watching her bake. We didn’t talk a lot. Usually I just sat there and watched her. Grandma was the best cook ever. She could even make a can of green peas taste better than my Mom. (Yes there is a story there, and Mom will know what I mean when she reads this post).
There is just something special about being a child and watching or helping your …

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[15 Dec 2010 | 33 Comments | 6,702 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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[13 Dec 2010 | No Comment | 1,634 views]
Christmas dessert — sugar cookies

So, what can you do when you have a house full of Girl Scout’s over for a Christmas/birthday party?
Simple. Have them make and decorate a batch of sugar cookies.
Yes, we’re all used to Girl Scouts roaming our neighborhoods once a year and selling us cookies, aren’t we? I’m hear to tell you that they are even more enthusiastic about making their own cookies.
My daughter, Brenda SueCarol, celebrated her 10th birthday over the weekend. She had most of the girls from her scout troop over to help her celebrate. We made …

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[12 Dec 2010 | One Comment | 2,960 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 …