Maple Pecan Potato Chip Shortbread Cookies

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These Maple Pecan Potato Chip Shortbread Cookies feature a deliciously balanced salty/sweet flavor profile and are easy to make! They’re a fun addition to a festive holiday cookie tray.

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I think food-related gifts are the best gifts, whether it’s a celebratory meal you’re sharing or a plate of homemade treats. Or better yet, a tried and true family recipe.

One of the biggest perks of being a food blogger is that when people hear what I do for a living, their eyes  light up and their ears perk up, and they immediately ask me if I have a great recipe for such-and-such, or if I’ve ever tried this-or-that.

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Savory Rosemary Shortbread Cookies + Creamy Whipped Feta with Rosemary

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I made these for a small birthday tea party for my niece who just turned six (I guess girls of all ages love tea parties!).  I love the combination of cherries and almonds, but you can use any combination you like…I think peach and pecan would also be amazing.  These elegant little tarts are sweet, but not overpoweringly sweet.  They’re perfect to enjoy with a cup of fruity herbal tea.     Cherry Almond Shortbread Tartlets   (Yield:  36 tartlets)   ½ c (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened ½ c extra virgin coconut oil (if you don’t have this, just use unsalted butter) ½ c […]...

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