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Everything you need to know about freezing cookies

Nothing is better than freshly baked cookies. But during the holidays when fresh, homemade cookies matter most, we’re also needing to split our time between cooking, hosting, shopping, and celebrating the season, leaving little time to spend rolling out and filling dozens of dainty little cookies. This is when having a magical holiday depends on the magic of the freezer. Freezing cookies or cookie dough now can save you later when you’re just too busy to bake. Just follow these tips and you’ll be good to go. What types of cookies can I freeze? Lots of cookies are great candidates for the freezer. Cutout cookies, slice and bake (icebox) cookies, drop cookies, and biscotti are all excellent choices. Any cookie with a lot of butter or fat will freeze well. Try to avoid freezing cookies that are decorated, filled, or delicate — like meringues — since they would loose a…

12 Copycat Panera Recipes You’ll Want to Make Right Now

Imitation is the sincerest form of food flattery. And who doesn’t want to eat Panera at home for half the price? From the cinnamon crusted bagels to the fresh Fuji apple, chicken, walnut salad, the bakery and deli chain has tons of craveable recipes worth copying at home. After all, is it even worth eating creamy broccoli cheese soup in a crusty bread bowl unless it’s Panera style? Enjoy your favorite fast food flavors at home. Autumn Squash Soup Bread Macaroni and Cheese BROCCOLI CHEDDAR SOUP RECIPE Chocolate Chip Cookies FUJI APPLE CHICKEN SALAD BACON TURKEY BRAVO SANDWICH Strawberry Poppy Seed Dressing Asian Sesame Chicken Salad CREAMY TOMATO SOUP Vegan Wild Blueberry Scones CINNAMON CRUNCH BAGEL Black Bean Soup

March Snack Review for Millennials

While 94 percent of Americans snack every day, Millennials are making snacking, not meals, the dominant meal occasion of the day. I’m no exception. Snacking should be an adventure. New snacks need to inspire and provide new experiences. Bold or spicy flavors are at the top of the list. Here are a few snacks I’m loving this month. Pure Coconut Water — Mojo Naturals Since the coconut water craze started a few years ago, I’ve probably had a half dozen brands. But Mojo’s product has beat them all so far. If you felt like the classic coconut flavor had been missing from other coconut waters (possibly replaced with a nutty taste), then this water won’t disappoint. It tastes like you’re drinking from a fresh-cut coconut and nibbled a bit of the meat away as well. Crispy Pineapple Chips — Natural Sins Not your ordinary dried fruit. Think of it…