Salted Marmalade Russian Tea Cakes

Russian tea cakes made with marmalade have a orange salted caramel flavor, making them the perfect addition to any holiday cookie plate.

Salted Marmalade Russian Tea Cakes // Savvy Eats

When I’m putting together a cookie plate for the holidays, I like to try to find some balance. I always think I’d be perfectly happy with a plate full of Reese’s peanut butter cup cookies and chocolate-peppermint treats, but it is never the case. I inevitably end up craving some bright citrus flavors, a cookie packed with warming spices or something buttery.

So when I’m plotting out my “bake all the holiday cookies” weekend-long extravaganza, I do my best to pick a favorite from each category for a cookie plate that will please any guest’s taste buds. This usually includes buttery Russian tea cakes, some form of sugar cookie (usually maple or eggnog-flavored), something with lemon or orange, and a snickerdoodle or other cinnamon-flavored cookie. And of course, those blossoms and peppermint cookies I mentioned as well.

Let’s talk about those orange and lemon-flavored cookies. The most common way to give baked goods a citrus flavor is to throw in some lemon, lime or orange juice and zest, like in these orange cranberry cookies. But I’ve started experimenting and taking my fruity cookies in another direction by adding marmalade to the doughs instead.

Salted Marmalade Russian Tea Cakes // savvyeat.com

Take this Russian tea cake cookie recipe, for example. They are based off of one of my favorite tea cake recipes. I ditched the white chocolate (a modification that was somewhat painful to make, because I love white chocolate, but it totally worked out in the end), and instead of orange extract and tangerine zest, I subbed in some orange marmalade.

I also upped the salt content a bit. The salt combined with the cooked sugar flavor of the marmalade is reminiscent of an orange salted caramel, so you’re getting both citrus and caramel flavors here. These Russian tea cake cookies are definitely a winner – add them to your holiday cookie plates ASAP!

This post originally appeared on Food Fanatic. 

Apple Butter Glazed Sweet Potatoes

Apple butter glazed sweet potatoes with a touch of spice make a great side for weeknight dinners and holiday feasts alike. They’ll be perfectly at home on your Thanksgiving table!

Apple Butter Glazed Sweet Potatoes // SavvyEat.com

If you looked in the basket where we store our potatoes at any given time this fall, you might have seen a Yukon gold or purple potato or two. That is, if you could find them under the piles of sweet potatoes I’ve been keeping on hand. I just can’t get enough of those starchy tubers lately!

For a quick weeknight dinner, I’ll pan-roast some sweet potatoes and mix them with this fresh chorizo that my favorite farmer makes. And of course, the occasional batch of sweet potato fries goes into my oven. But when I already have an entree set and just want a starchy side to go with it, this glazed sweet potato recipe is my new favorite.

Apple Butter Glazed Sweet Potatoes // Savvy Eats

Apple butter is my go-to preserve to use in fall cooking and baking. It features all of the warming spices we associate with Thanksgiving and crisp, cool weather and falling leaves. Plus, it adds a little sweetness without being overpowering. This means that in baked goods, like apple hand pies, you can get a more complex flavor than you would with just granulated or brown sugar. And in savory dishes, mixing in some apple butter makes for a brighter, more well-rounded flavor in the final dish.

Bowl of Apple Butter Glazed Sweet Potatoes // SavvyEat.com

While we’ve been enjoying this apple butter-glazed sweet potato recipe with many of our weeknight dinners, I also think they’d be great for Thanksgiving as an alternative to the more traditional sweet potato casserole. Think about it: they are still sweet and buttery, with that comforting flavor you’d expect from your favorite Thanksgiving dishes, but they are a nice deviation from the marshmallow-topped whipped potatoes. I imagine they’d be excellent next to a big serving of turkey, a few spoonfuls of wineberry salad or cranberry sauce, and a scoop of brussels sprouts, don’t you think?