Better Homes & Gardens December 2011 Recipes

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Check out our newest recipes from Better Homes and Gardens magazine: easy Christmas cookies, trifle recipes, Scott Peacock's holiday favorites, and more!

Candy Cane Trifles

Brownies sandwich a layer of vanilla ice cream and crunchy bits of candy cane. To make these trifles in a pinch, pick up brownies from the coffee shop.

White Chocolate-Gingerbread Trifle

Gingerbread is soaked in a lemony white chocolate cream sauce, and topped with cranberries and strawberries.

Vanilla Cream-Fruitcake Trifle

Think you don't like fruitcake? Thank again. Slices of dense fruit-studded cake meld with a smooth vanilla pastry cream, rum-soaked fruit, and candied pecans.

Chocolate-Caramel Trifle

This rich chocolate pudding, caramel, and whipped cream trifle is for the kid in all of us. Top it off with spicy gingerbread people, or use a mix of cookies from a cookie swap.

Jam-Topped Eggnog Trifle

Presented in pretty coffee cups, these strawberry jam-topped custards are served with nutmeg-dusted sugar cookies. Don't save them just for dessert -- offer as a snow day treat or at a holiday open house.

Ambrosia-Cherry Trifle

A Southern classic gets a new look. Four shallow layers create big impact in both flavor and color. A citrus gelatin is the base for a tangy cream sauce, cherries, and mini marshmallows. For crunch, large shreds of coconut are added just before serving.

Wine-Poached Pear Trifle

Fluffy vanilla sponge cake soaks up the flavor of syrupy red-wine-poached pears and cranberries. The whipped cream layer gets and extra boost of richness from mascarpone and toasted hazelnuts. If mascarpone isn't your thing, whipped cream cheese is the perfect stand-in. you can also trade purchased pound cake for the homemade cake layers.

Quick Jam Drops

These easy Christmas cookies from cookbook author Dorie Greenspan are glazed with a smooth icing and snipped dried cranberries.

Frozen Coco-Coffee Bites

No time to bake? No problem! You don't even need to turn on the oven to create these irresistible treats from cookbook author Dorie Greenspan.

Tangy Spice Squares

In this quick recipe from baking guru Dorie Greenspan, a spice-flavored crust is topped with smooth custard before baking.

Vanilla-Allspice Thumbprints

"You can don your cookie-making cap, even at the last minute. No one -- even Santa -- can resist these treats," says baking guru Dorie Greenspan.

No-Bake Chocolate Crunchers

These decadent cookies from cookbook author Dorie Greenspan are the perfect treats to make the night before Christmas. A crunchy-chewy chocolate filling is sandwiched between vanilla wafers.

Curried Chicken Stew

Mop up the flavorful sauce in this stew with crusty baguette pieces or biscuits. Or serve the slow cooker stew over a bed of rice or noodles.

Sausage Jambalaya

This slow cooker, creole-style dish has just five ingredients, making it ideal for busy weekdays.

Winter Garden Polenta

This polenta makes a fabulous, vegetarian slow cooker dinner or hearty side dish. Mushrooms, dried tomatoes, and baby spinach add tons of flavor.

Beef and Carrot Ragu

Wide ridged noodles are the perfect accompaniment to this slow cooker pasta sauce. The thick ragu will cling to the pasta.

Pork Loin with Butternut Squash

This seasonal slow cooker dinner gets its flavor from chunky-style applesauce and pumpkin pie spice.

Rosemary Potato Soup with Crispy Carrots

This smooth potato soup with crunchy topping is a savory dish with colorful flair, all for just 64 cents per serving!

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Double-Cheddar Holiday Biscuits

These warm buttermilk biscuits are sure to disappear from your holiday table quickly thanks to the delightful surprise of sharp cheddar cheese.

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Herb-and-Garlic-Crusted Pork Roast

A two-layer crust locks in the juice and adds flavor to this succulent pork roast. Before roasting, begin by spreading a layer of bacon, apricot preserves, and garlic on the pork roast. Then, top with a coating of bread crumbs, parsley, and rosemary.

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Caramelized Brussels Sprouts with Lemon

This recipe is sure to win over Brussels sprouts-haters. A drizzle of olive oil, sprinkle of salt and pepper, and squeeze of fresh lemon are the only ingredients needed to transform them into a mouthwatering side dish.

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Plum Compote

This thick fruit sauce takes just 10 minutes of prep time. Cherries, apricots, apple slices, and dried plums are reduced with port wine and sugar to create a deeply flavored mixture that's delicious spooned over meat or served with a cheese tray.

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Scalloped Russet and Sweet Potatoes

Two types are potatoes are layered with sautéed onions and a creamy sauce in this comforting side dish. Nutmeg and thyme add holiday flavor.

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