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This holiday season, personalize your gift giving with homemade treats. Friends and family will appreciate the thoughtfulness of edible gifts, especially when accompanied by a bottle of liqueur or a fine spirit.

Dark Chocolate Baileys Truffles
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Dark Chocolate Baileys Truffles
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  1. Method: In a small saucepan, heat the whipping cream and butter until simmering. Add the chocolate to a bowl. Pour in the hot cream. Stir until melted and smooth. Stir in the Baileys. Cover and refrigerate until firm, about 2 hours. Using a melon baller or teaspoon, make 30 portions. Using your hands, quickly roll the truffle portions into balls. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Freeze at least 2 hours or overnight. Roll in a coating of choice, such as: icing sugar, cocoa, chopped nuts and sprinkles or instead dip in chocolate. Store in refrigerator.
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Cherry Black Pepper Bark
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1pan
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1pan
Cherry Black Pepper Bark
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  1. Method: Line a small baking tray with parchment paper. In a microwave, melt the chocolate about 2-3 minutes, stirring every 20 seconds. Pour onto prepared pan. Evenly sprinkle the cherries over the chocolate. Drizzle with melted white chocolate. Add enough cracked pepper to taste. Place in the freezer or refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. Break or chop into pieces.
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Smoked Almond Chocolate Cookies in a Jar
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Smoked Almond Chocolate Cookies in a Jar
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  1. Method: Stir together flour, soda and salt. Prepare two large 1-quart mason jars. In each jar, layer half the flour mixture followed by half of the remaining ingredients in the order listed. On each jar, attach the following recipe: Preheat oven to 350°F. Beat together 1/2 cup softened butter, 1 egg, 3/4 teaspoon vanilla, and 1/4 teaspoon almond extract until well blended. Stir in the cookie mix, breaking up any clumps. Drop by rounded tablespoons onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake 10-12 minutes. Cookies may seem underdone. Cool on a wire rack.
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Hazelnut Blondies
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16squares
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Hazelnut Blondies
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  1. Method: Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease or line an 8” x 8” pan with parchment paper. Whisk together melted butter and sugar until smooth. Whisk in the egg then Frangelico. Stir in salt and flour. Finally, stir in nuts. Pour into the prepared pan and bake 20 -25 minutes or until set in middle. Cool completely. Spread Nutella over top and refrigerate at least 30 minutes. Slice into 16 squares.
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