The holidays are not complete without the smell of delicious things cooking. Every family has that one thing that just makes it feel like the holidays. In my family, this is it. These cranberry muffins are a favorite at my house during the holidays. Deliciously decadent, especially eaten hot with the rich butter sauce poured over the top, these will be the hit of any holiday party and no one will believe how simple they are to make.
If you are trying to avoid artificial dye, the holidays can be challenging. These Artificial Dye-Free Gingerbread Houses are still nice and colorful but don’t have any artificial dye so they are allergy friendly and mean no one has to miss out on the fun!
I’ve never worried much about food allergies. We have no family history so when I started having kids it just never crossed my radar. Then my third baby was born. When he was 9 months old he started throwing up uncontrollably and broke out in hives all over his body after I snuck him a spoonful of my soup.
We thought it would be a one-time thing but then it kept happening, always after he had eaten. We were dealing with a food allergy. We finally narrowed it down to several foods, including anything with certain types of artificial dye in them.
I have a weakness for holiday cookies. It’s one of the great joys of the holiday season, and probably one of the major reasons why I’m also big on January resolutions.
This fun cookie recipe for Surprise Package Cookies from the Taste of Home cookbook has a fun surprise on the inside — a chocolate mint candy!