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Next Holiday Recipe From the "Preppy Kitchen" Dad: Pecan Shortbread Cookies

This recipe for pecan shortbread cookies comes together in a snap, says "Preppy Kitchen" dad John Kanell.

These spiced and spiked shortbread cookies are brimming over with toasted pecans and oh so delicious! There's a healthy pour of bourbon along with all the cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg and cloves in there that really adds a wonderful depth of flavor. I love making big batches of them around this time of year to give as gifts. The recipe comes together in a snap and they're beautiful without any decoration, which is always a plus when there just aren't enough hours in the day! Still trying to get my 19 month old twins to help whip up a batch. So far we've done some very fun but messy sifting together!

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Check Out this Amazing Xmas Tree Cake Recipe By the Dad Behind "Preppy Kitchen"

We're thrilled to be working with John Kanell, the gay dad behind the popular "Preppy Kitchen" account, to bring you some amazing holiday recipes! First up: learn how to "paint with buttercream" in this incredible Christmas Tree Cake recipe

My husband and I love entertaining during the holidays, and a great cake is often the focal point for our gatherings. For this Christmas Tree Cake, I made a spicy gingerbread batter for the layers and piped a two-tone swirl of Italian meringue buttercream in between each layer. The red batch is spiced with cinnamon, cardamom, allspice, and cloves, while the white part is a mellow vanilla flavor. For those who don't know, Italian meringue buttercream is creamy, less sweet than your average frosting and PERFECT for cake decorating as it's quite smooth. I "painted" the tree on with a pallet knife and dusted it with confectioner's sugar for a snowy effect. My twin boys were mesmerized by the process as they watched from their highchairs. Maybe next year they'll be able to help out!


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