Lee is baking his Gluten-Free Cranberry Maple Pear Bars, a seasonal cookie that can be eaten as dessert or for an energizing snack. The recipe is based on a pie his wife has been baking for 20 years. Lee suggests using Grade B maple syrup, which lends a more intense flavor to baked goods than Grade A. Leftovers keep well in an airtight container for a couple of days, but Lee recommends bringing them to a holiday party or gifting them to a friend.
"Planning to bake a batch for friends or co-workers? In place of a baking dish, bake them in cupcake liners then wrap them in cellophane, and tie with a ribbon," he said. "I'm baking a batch for my neighborhood's annual holiday party, and my wife is taking some to her writers' group."
For additional recipes (including gluten-free favorites), tips and how-tos, visit Whole Foods Market’s holiday guide. And see how deliciously easy the season can be with Whole Foods Market's Homemade Holiday video collection, which features recipes for cocktails and small bites such as these Spiced Almond-Date Bites.
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