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11 Perfectly Packable Recipes to Give & Share This Holiday Season

This holiday season, amid the nostalgia and longing for gatherings past, we wanted to recall the very important thing we’ll still have: our food traditions. So we decided to have a bit of fun in 2020—because if anything, we have to grab joy where we can these days—calling in both sweet and savory treats from a group of cooks and bakers we love. (Don’t worry, though; you’ll find a few cookies in the mix.) PS: Every recipe, from brownie cookies to curry puffs and savory granola, is giftable.

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    Olive Oil Blondies With Salted Caramel

    Olive Oil Blondies With Salted Caramel

    Author Notes This is the place to use the highest quality extra-virgin olive oil you can find. The grassy and citrusy flavor of olive oil cuts through the sweetness of the blondie and is complemented by the salty, slightly bitter caramel. For the fudgiest texture and cleanest slices, pop the blondie …

    Sweet-Savory Granola

    Sweet-Savory Granola

    Author Notes We all love to share recipes that have inspired us in some way. I feel the ones that stay with us are tied to childhood experiences. The vivid memories embedded long ago as a result of that first bite bringing all five senses into focus. It’s that level of wonder we want family and …

    Peppermint Hot Cocoa Cookies From Tia Mowry

    Peppermint Hot Cocoa Cookies From Tia Mowry

    Author Notes “I absolutely love the holidays and creating family traditions around them. I’m usually a big fan of making brownies for the season, but I wanted to switch it up this year and create a new tradition with my family. These peppermint hot cocoa cookies were inspired by my son Cree, who, …

    Chicken & Potato Curry Puffs

    Chicken & Potato Curry Puffs

    Author Notes There’s a certain delight in biting down on a savory, meat-filled pastry, a sort of heart-warming, eyes-to-the-back-of-your-head elation as you savor the teeth-tender filling within, as puffs of steam waft out and streaks of thick stewed sauce dribble down your chin. It’s a culinary …

    Chewy Sumac Brownie Cookies

    Chewy Sumac Brownie Cookies

    Author Notes I’m a recipe developer riddled with imposter syndrome, but if there is one dish I’ve got a superiority complex towards, it’s my brownies. They’re beyond fudgy, packed with chocolate chunks, without a nut in sight (to my mother’s disapproval), and infused with a truly magical ingredient: …

    Snowball Cookies From Duff Goldman

    Snowball Cookies From Duff Goldman

    Author Notes "Soooooo, one year, I was dating my girlfriend (soon to be wife), Johnna, and she took me to her family’s yearly Christmas party. One of the traditions they have is a baked goods swap where everyone brings their favorite dish. I knew I had to make something good ‘cause everyone knew I …

    Nutella-Almond Kisses

    Nutella-Almond Kisses

    Author Notes Christmas is such a magical time—the warmth, the festive vibes and lots of delicious food. For many years now, I've made it a tradition to bake little treats for my friends and neighbors. It gives me so much joy to package up dozens of glorious parcels, filled with everything from cakes …

    Mint-Chocolate Torrone

    Mint-Chocolate Torrone

    Author Notes Torrone, a traditional Christmas treat served around the world (particularly in Spain and Italy), is a close cousin of nougat. Nougat can be fussy and sticky, but delicious. My punched-up torrone, however, is the easiest candy you’ll ever make; in fact, it has quite a lot in common with …

    Aunt Rose’s Mondel Bread

    Aunt Rose’s Mondel Bread

    Author Notes Mondel bread (sometimes spelled mandelbrot or mandel bread) is a cookie in the Ashkenazi Jewish baking tradition that's similar to biscotti (although it's really baked once, unlike biscotti, which is baked twice, as the name indicates). Many versions are dry, hard, crumbly, and not very …

    Grandma’s Stuffing Muffins

    Grandma’s Stuffing Muffins

    Author Notes For as long as I can remember, this recipe has been a staple on our holiday table, whether Thanksgiving or Christmas. I remember my grandmother and my mother prepping this and it’s a bit of a labor of love, but the outcome doesn’t disappoint. As a little girl, I remember this routine as …

    Sticky Chai

    Sticky Chai

    Author Notes When I first heard about sticky chai—it seemed like a bizarre concoction that did good old stovetop chai as it’s been made for hundreds of years a great injustice. But as we prepare to spend this holiday season away from the ones we love, the possibilities of sticky chai masala (that …

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