Russian tea cakes, Mexican wedding cakes, Viennese almond crescents--many countries have their own version of these melt-in-your-mouth butter-and-nut cookies which also happen to look like little snowballs!
10 of 31Photo: Linda Pugliese, Hector Sanchez; Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas, Buffy Hargett Miller
Praline Cream-Beignet Tower
What else are we to do with so many beignets? We'll build something out of it, of course! Use wooden picks and a foam cone to attach the beignets, then dust the finished tree tower with generous amounts of powdered sugar for the "snow."
Store-bought sugar donuts become impressive holiday snowmen when decorated with chocolate candy pieces, pretzels, chocolate chips, and orange gummy candies. Let kids do the assembling and decorating for a fun DIY project.
26 of 31Photo: Linda Pugliese; Styling: Mary Clayton Carl
Browned Butter & Chocolate Chunk Cookies with Flake Salt
Not your everday chocolate chip cookie. This recipes adds brown sugar and coffee granules to the batter, mixes in rich chunks of semisweet chocolate, and finishes with a light dusting of flake salt. Are you drooling yet?