Today we baked, ate lots of dough, and conquered the kitchen.

First up was Dark Chocolate Peppermint Bark

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(Mattie Windsor was responsible for smashing up the candy canes.)

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Then I made a Hurt family favorite – Espresso Candied Walnuts.

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 Immediately followed by Coconut Macaroons

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cleverly fashioned into wreaths

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and topped with red and green sugar.

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(The double-fisted method is quite impressive.)

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Next up is my personal favorite…

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Pistachio and Cranberry Biscotti

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begging to be stirred in a cup of Christmas morning coffee.

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Time for a Kennedy family tradition…

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Sugar Cutout Cookies!

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First the red,

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then the green,

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and finally the white.

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I even had time to enjoy a glass of wine during this domestic extravaganza.

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The Hurts are ready for Santa to visit on Christmas Eve night!

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