Lemon Poppy Seed Biscuits | girlversusdough.com @girlversusdough

In true Girl Versus Dough fashion, I bring these lemon poppy seed biscuits to you only six to eight months after I first thought of them. They’ve been in my phone’s Notes and in my hopes and dreams every day since then, and now here they are, just for you, just in time for Christmas breakfasts and brunches and other holiday get-togethers where biscuits are always welcome.

To be honest, I was waiting so long because I wanted to make them with a very special flour, one that I’ve been wanting to bake with for, like, years now. So to say these biscuits have been a long time coming is a grand understatement. But they were so worth the wait.

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Chai Spiced Cinnamon Roll Pull Apart Bread | girlversusdough.com @girlversusdough

Guys and gals, can you believe it? We are practically two weeks away from Christmas! I just got my decorations up yesterday (#moving #somanyboxes #sendhelpandcookies) but I’ve been in the festive spirit since Thanksgiving. Thank you Mariah Carey.

In case you’re like me and you still have plenty of Christmas shopping to do, may I suggest cuddling up this weekend to your couch, your favorite online store, a cup of coffee and a plate of this chai spiced cinnamon roll pull apart bread? Bonus points if you do it in flannel pajamas by the Christmas tree and/or a fire. It could not be more holiday-perfect.

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5 Ingredient Cheese Straws | girlversusdough.com @girlversusdough

If you need a quick, easy, cheesy and delicious holiday appetizer this month, I’m your gal. Actually, these 5 ingredient cheese straws are your gal — er, your go-to recipe. You catch my drift.

When it comes to appetizers, I’m not one for too much creativity. I like to make something that’s simple to put together and can keep friends and family satiated until dinner — sometimes that’s a cheese plate, or hummus or guacamole, and sometimes it’s cheese straws. They never fail me, and they make all the cheese lovers in the room happy (yours truly included).

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Chocolate Cardamom Cookies | girlversusdough.com @girlversusdough

One of the very first times I met Sarah, it was at a local blogger brunch at Melissa‘s house. Sarah brought danishes from her then forthcoming cookbook, The Vanilla Bean Baking Book. They looked perfect. They tasted perfect. It was at that moment that I knew, instantly, Sarah and I are kindred baking spirits and I couldn’t wait to get my oven mitts on her book.

Fast-forward nearly a year and a half later and here we are — the book is here in my hand, the oven is on and I am finding myself once again drooling over those amazing danishes on page 65. But also over the Lemon Bread on page 96. And the Blood Orange No-Churn Ice Cream on page 283. But of course, also, over these chocolate cardamom cookies, which can be found on page 246, on my kitchen counter and in my belly.

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JORD Wood Watch Giveaway | girlversusdough.com @girlversusdough

Happy post-Thanksgiving, everyone! How are we doing? Have we fully recovered from the turkey hangover yet? I officially called it quits on leftovers yesterday — I just couldn’t do it any more. It was all fun and games and pumpkin pie and green bean casserole until my belly said enough is enough. Time to move onto Christmas cookies and holiday gifts and glad tidings!

Speaking of holiday gifts and glad tidings (not the cookies, though those are coming your way soon, too!), I’m here today to share with you a fun partnership between Girl Versus Dough and JORD Wood Watches that gives you, dear reader, the opportunity to get your own unique watch (and/or one for someone you love) at a generous discount. Hip hip for the holidays!

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Happy Thanksgiving. | girlversusdough.com @girlversusdough

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I just wanted to pop in on this celebratory Day of Eating to wish you and yours the happiest, coziest and most peaceful Thanksgiving.

I know this month (year?) has been a bit of a whirlwind for all of us, each in our own way, and my prayer for this holiday and for the remainder of the season is that despite all of the brokenness, differences in opinion, heartaches and longings we bring to the table, we also bring joy, gratitude, love and compassion. It’s a tall order, to be sure, but it’s the only thing that will keep us going forward together. That, and a belly full of turkey and pumpkin pie, amiright.

However and wherever and with whomever you celebrate this holiday, I wish it to be full of all the good things. xo

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