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Christmas Cookies & Candies

Christmas cookies and sweets make great gifts from the kitchen. Simply prepare any of these delectable delicacies and send them off in decorative tins or colored cello bags tied with ribbon. Of course, you'll have to keep some for your own family.

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A Classic Christmas Dinner

Christmas dinner is the perfect time to pull out all the stops and show off your cooking skills for all the family and in-laws. Even culinary novices can pull off an impressive spread with any of these variations on classic recipes. Our gift to you is this easy menu planner for every course.

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Maple-Roasted Sweet Potatoes

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Roasting sweet potatoes is even easier than boiling and mashing them. Maple syrup glaze transforms this ultra-simple dish into something sublime.

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Cranberry-Apple Coffee Cake

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Homey yet festive enough for the holiday season, serve this cake with breakfast, brunch or as a simple dessert.

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Pear & Ginger Cheesecake

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Softened dried pears give this low-fat cheesecake much of its body. For the best taste, let it rest for 24 hours in the refrigerator.

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Cranberry-Orange-Nut Cookies

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Crisp, moist and chewy, this cookie created by Georgene Egri of Walnut Creek, California, has the essential ingredients for the holidays: citrus, nuts and cranberries. These cookies travel well for gift-giving and lunchboxes.

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Meringues

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Perfect meringues depend on totally yolk-free whites. The seemingly fussy step of separating each egg into a small bowl before combining them guarantees yolk-free whites for bakeshop-quality meringues every time.

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Frozen Pumpkin Mousse Pie

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While pumpkin pie deserves respect as a Thanksgiving icon, it’s fun to shake up tradition. Surprise your family and friends with a frozen pie this year—it just might become one of their holiday favorites.

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Cheddar Cornmeal Biscuits with Chives

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These chive-flecked cornmeal biscuits taste best made with extra-sharp Cheddar, but any type of Cheddar will work.

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Angel Delights

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Frances Van Vynckt, 78, combined dates, toasted rice cereal and coconut into an easy no-bake treat that won EatingWell’s 2008 cookie contest.

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