almond torte, which was very disappointing, especially given the amount of effort that went into it. So let's just focus on the winners...
Dark Chocolate Almond Crackles - My family didn't get to enjoy these, but I hope my neighbors did. My husband and I certainly did, since we saved half of the batch for ourselves. They are excellent.
Lemon Wreath Cookies - I probably doubled the lemon zest in these, because I enjoy a good strong lemon flavor, and I used Meyer lemon juice for the icing to make it extra sweet. These were really good. I also ended up making most of them as simple round cookies, because quite frankly making the wreaths takes a bit of time and effort. The shape doesn't impact the taste, so it didn't bother me!
Peppermint Bark - I made several batches of bark, and now that I know how easy it is, I have no doubt it will be an annual tradition. I started with this recipe, but I branched out a little with my last batch. I made a layered batch, with dark chocolate on the bottom and white chocolate on top. Oh my goodness yum!
Thumbprint Cookies - I adore thumbprint cookies. They're probably my favorites. I started with a very basic recipe - not the one I linked to, but very close I think. I used raspberry and blueberry jam, and I also added a touch of almond extract.
Chocolate Gingerbread Bars - I love gingerbread, but I love chocolate gingerbread even more. I was careful not to overcook them, and I think I actually took them out a few minutes early. This is a really easy recipe, and I'd imagine it would be easy to double, since this only makes a small 8X8 pan. I loved these.
I am definitely saving all of these recipes!