Pistachio Wreath Cookies

A play on a classic linzer cookie, these Pistachio Wreath Cookies are the perfect treat to make for your Christmas cookie plate!
Pistachio Wreath Cookies - festive Linzer cookies decorated to look like a Christmas wreath! | ChezCateyLou.com

One of my favorite things about the Christmas season is cookie baking. And although it is hard to top eating cookies, I absolutely love giving my cookies away as gifts. Nothing beats a homemade gift. I especially love giving away festive cookies that you might only make this time of year, and my Pistachio Wreath Cookies couldn’t be more seasonal – the red jam, the green pistachios, the wreath shape – these are basically Christmas in cookie form!

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Chocolate Hazelnut Linzer Cookies

Chocolate Hazelnut Linzer cookies, filled with nutella or raspberry jam, will be the prettiest and tastiest cookies on any Christmas table!

Chocolate Hazelnut Linzer Cookies | ChezCateyLou.com

Merry Christmas everyone! Was Santa good to you?  TheBetterHalf and I are in St. Louis celebrating Christmas with my family.  It is a gorgeous day here – we just got back from a nice long walk with my family’s dog.  Can you spy the arch in this picture?

I know all of the presents are open and the cookie baking is finished, but I just had to share one last recipe with you – Chocolate Hazelnut Linzer Cookies. Linzer cookies are so pretty and festive – they are such a perfect Christmas cookie!

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Blueberry and Jam Buttermilk Coffee Cake

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This weekend, I managed to bake something that TheBetterHalf liked more than I did! Now don’t get me wrong, I loved this coffee cake – as long as butter and sugar are the two main ingredients in a recipe, I am a fan – but TheBetterHalf is a little more discerning. So when he started raving about this cake, I knew it must be good! I had some leftover buttermilk to use (this seems to be a theme in my kitchen, always using up leftover buttermilk like here and here) so I decided to whip up a coffee cake for breakfast on Saturday morning. In just about an hour, I had this delicious cake ready for us to devour! It was so good – very moist, and studded with so many fresh blueberries! The glaze is optional on this cake. I thought the cake was sweet enough without it. TheBetterHalf really liked the addition of the glaze. So if you are in a glaze mood, go for it! And if not, this cake would be delicious on its own. You could top it with a dusting of powdered sugar for a little decoration.  … 

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Buttermilk Biscuits

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I always get excited when I see biscuits on a brunch menu.  Whether served alone with some jam or as part of a sandwich, I love the taste of biscuits.  But for some reason I never think to make them.  The other day, I was trying to figure out what to do with my leftover buttermilk.  It seems like every time I buy buttermilk for a recipe, I always have some leftover – which really isn’t a problem, because there are so many great baked goods to make that use buttermilk.  So as I ran through my old standbys – muffins, bread, pancakes -a new thought popped into my head.  Biscuits! We would be having warm, fluffy biscuits for breakfast.

TheBetterHalf was very impressed that I whipped up biscuits so quickly.  As much as I enjoy biscuits, he might like them even more.  I think all of his favorite brunches in New York involve biscuits.  Anyway, he assumed that because they are like bread, they would take hours to make.  I do want him to think that I slaved away for hours, but the truth is these took no time to make!  I’m so glad I re-discovered just how easy biscuits are to make – they are definitely going to become a more regular guest in our kitchen.

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