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Chocolate Caramel Cracker Toffee

Chocolate Caramel Cracker Toffee

Growing up, every year at the holidays a family friend would drop off a bag of the most delicious gooey, salty, chocolatey homemade toffee, which we’d all promptly fight over. So you can imagine the joy I felt upon discovering a recipe on Smitten Kitchen that lets me make my own batch of this amazing dessert all year round! Easy to make – and even easier to eat – it makes a great holiday gift, but I’d suggest making a double batch if you plan on sharing. — Meghan

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Dutch Baby Pancake

Dutch Baby Pancake

My German grandma made Dutch Pancakes for us as kids, and this recipe from Lil’ Luna tastes just like hers! This recipe is perfect for a special weekend breakfast!

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Buzz Shake

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Buzz Shake

If you are craving a breakfast that is a little sweet yet healthier than pancakes and syrup, this smoothie could easily be mistaken for a milkshake, and it will fuel your body for a busy day ahead.

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Carrot Cake

Carrot Cake

This recipe passed down from my great aunt makes the most delicious and moist carrot cake. It’s definitely worth trying! – Erica

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Oatmeal Spice Drop Cookies

Oatmeal Spice Drop Cookies

These cookies have been a Christmas tradition in my family for as long as I can remember, with the recipe card now littered with notes from slight changes made over the years. While it may seem odd to put gummy candy in a cookie, they are a great seasonal twist on the classic oatmeal cookie – just make sure you use spice drops, not fruity gum drops, to get the right flavor. – Meghan

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My Grandma’s Schnecken

My Grandma’s Schnecken

Schnecken are a type of sweet bun that was a traditional Saturday morning treat in German homes at the beginning of the 20th century. Schnecken means “snails” in German.  My grandmother made these for every holiday gathering as a dinner roll. My family now looks forward to making these for every gathering. – Kristin

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Pumpkin Bread

Pumpkin Bread

This is a go-to recipe during the fall, when I will generally have the ingredients stocked in the pantry at all times. It’s great as a dessert (particularly if you throw in some chocolate chips right before baking) or as a sweet treat with coffee in the morning.  – Meghan

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Cocoroons (Coconut Macaroons)

Cocoroons (Coconut Macaroons)

I’m not much of a baker and macaroons are no easy feat, but I needed to make a gluten free dessert and was on the Reset Factor diet when I saw this recipe. I gave it a shot and voila – a little healthy bite of heaven! – Kathy

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Pizza Dolce (Grandma’s Italian Cheesecake)

Pizza Dolce (Grandma’s Italian Cheesecake)

Pizza Dolce was a typical dessert my Grandmother would make around the holidays.  The Ricotta Cheese makes it a little lighter than a typical cheesecake and the lemon zest gives it a nice fresh flavor. – Patty

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