Hazelnut Kisses

Hazelnut Kisses

Okay, I don’t know about you, but December is a really busy time of year for me. And it’s not just Christmas–my husband’s birthday is also in the middle of December! Plus, with baby Jake hanging around, demanding us to cuddle with him and coo with him, it just seems like the whole month passed by in a whirlwind.

This year, we decided not to have our annual cookie party (alas!). I just didn’t have time to make 12 different kinds of cookies like I did last year. But that doesn’t mean I didn’t think about cookies and long for cookies…I mean, really, a Christmas season without any cookies at all is just a travesty.

So in case you are looking for one last interesting cookie to bring to friends or set at your table, here is a new favorite of mine: hazelnut kisses! Sugar cookies rolled in shards of hazelnuts, topped with a generous swirl of Nutella? Yes, please!

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Butternut Squash Galette

Butternut Squash Galette

As Fall officially winds down, it’s time to use up the last of our beautiful orange squashes. And boy, is this galette a delicious doozy! Seriously, I wish butternut squash were in season all year long so I could make this more often…although the anticipation is pretty sweet, too.

Just close your eyes and imagine it…a flaky pastry filled with sweet squash and caramelized onions, which are hot and sweet at the same time…top it off with creamy, salty fontina cheese and the most glorious of herbs, sage (by the way, does sage smell like Christmas to anyone else?)! If you had all of those things, you would basically have the best dinner ever just waiting for you to devour it.

Okay, I admit that a galette takes a few hours to make…you may want to cozy up to a glass of wine and hang out with a great friend while you make it! And I promise, it will be worth the wait!

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