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Reinvent Classic Holiday Favorites with Spices

Photo Credit: Alana Kysar, via saveur.com

Throughout this fall and winter, Whole Foods Market and Saveur are partnering with Blog Awards winners and finalists for In Good Company, a series of culinary exploits from discovering new beers and sparkling wines to meeting local farmers and foragers.

This week, we’re spotlighting Alana Kysar of Fix Feast Flair, a cooking lifestyle blog that shares stories about coming together around the table, be it cooking, baking, dining or nerding out on provisions.

In her post Spice Up Holiday Baking Traditions, Alana shares that after decades of baking holiday cookies, she’s spicing things up in new ways this season:

Whether it’s introducing matcha green tea powder to a classic sugar cookie, mixing in fresh organic herbs to your favorite shortbread, or utilizing new spice blends to create a new thumbprint cookie, like these Chocolate Caliente Thumbprint cookies, the tradition of baking cookies is at the heart of what the holiday season is all about.

By adding 365 Everyday Value® Organic Chili Powder Blend (available at Whole Foods Market) to my traditional double dark chocolate thumbprint cookie, marrying it with the familiar freshly ground cinnamon notes, I was able to reinvent a classic thumbprint, influenced by all the flavors of Mexican hot cocoa, and add my own unique and delicious twist to it. It’s amazing what a little spice will do and trust me, this cookie’s definitely going into the rotation next year!

Photo Credit: Alana Kysar, via saveur.com

Get Alana’s recipe for Chocolate Caliente Thumbprint Cookies and get inspired! Craving more spice-inspired twists on tradition? Here are a few more of our favorites:

Spiced Gingerbread with Coffee and Molasses Recipe

Cardamom Donut Bites with Orange-Honey Glaze Recipe

Roasted Spiced Sweet Potatoes and Pears

Roasted Spiced Sweet Potatoes and Pears Recipe