Holiday Cookies, Already? (Book Review-Holiday Cookies)

I love cookies and every year I look forward to baking holiday cookies to share with family and friends. The process for which cookies end up in my annual holiday platter starts..well, the day after Christmas. Throughout the year I keep an eye out for new cookie recipes to go along with my tried and…

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A Cautionary Tale with a Sweet Ending (Honey Roasted Peanut Butter Cookies)

I can’t resist perusing the racks at airport bookstores.  Even though I always carry an Ipad, book or magazine, I still stop and browse. While waiting for my flight to Nashville I flipped through a copy of People Magazine that at the end had an interview with Stella Parks of Serious Eats.  Her recently published…

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Variation on a Thumbprint: A Cheesy Favorite

I wonder who came up with thumbprint cookies?  Was it intentional or a happy accident?  A baker grabbing a cookie sheet only to find she (he) had inadvertently stuck her thumbs in the cookies and thought, well heck might as well fill it with some jam.  And the rest is history as they say.  I actually googled…

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Not Your Mama’s Graham Crackers

For as long as I can remember, I have loved graham crackers.  I can still picture myself as a kindergartener fidgeting in my chair, hands clasped on my lap (trying to look angelic of course), waiting for snack time, a carton of milk and graham crackers.  I was a dipper, I would break my cracker in half, dip…

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Super Bowl, Super Easy, Super Apricot-Orange Shortbread Bars

I was going to post last week right after the Super Bowl but I needed to recover from the crazy finish before penning a full critique of the game, the commercials and of course the food (best part) I was munching on. I admit, I was rooting for the Atlanta Falcons and for a while I…

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Variations on a Thumbprint Day 2: 12 Days of Cookies

Who doesn’t like thumbprints? Not me, my kids, my hubby, nor Santa (the thumbprints were always gone from Santa’s cookie plate on Christmas morning).  While perusing the internet for holiday cookie recipes I came across the blog, Chew Out Loud.  Their most requested cookie recipe (hands down winner)  is for Buttery Jam Thumbprint Cookies. Really, is it so surprising?…

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It’s Crunch Time (Dutch Almond Cookies) Day 1 of the 12 Days of Cookies

One hundred and thirty three.  Remember that number. Way back in January we took an impromptu trip to New York for my cousin’s birthday.  My cousin’s wife Kathy, baker, crafter, home chef extraordinaire made all of the scrumptious desserts – birthday cake, lemon parfaits and an amazing assortment of cookies for the shindig.  We ate, we danced,…

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Finding Dorie (Vanilla Polka Dot Cookies)

Rock and rollers, Tom Cruise, that Bieber Kid, they all have their groupies.   I am a Dorie groupie.  Yep, not ashamed to admit it. Dorie is the bomb. Are you wondering-who?  Not that hilarious little blue fish in Finding Nemo? No.  “You mean Ellen DeGeneres who voices that cute little fish?”  Nope.  I am a fan of…

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All Things Reconsidered (Raspberry Diamants)

Not all was amazing during our impromptu trip to New York for my cousin Mike’s surprise party in January (here is the good stuff though, from my The Big Apple post).  After visiting Ground Zero, we headed to Payard’s, a well known French bakery with an outpost on Houston Street.  All I can say is maybe it…

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Feed the World…Cookies! (Dorie’s Jammers)

Is it December already?  Time to get in the holiday spirit.  In my book that means baking cookies and listening to holiday tunes.  I am an unabashed lover of Christmas music.  You won’t find me anywhere near a mall on Black Friday.  Instead I’ll be home pulling out my favorite Christmas CDs and kicking back.  I’ll wait…

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We’re Back! (Chocolate Chip Cookies)

Finally, finished transferring my wp blog to self-hosting!  This calls for a celebratory post, which means food!  If there is one post you should read, it is this one.  Years ago a friend gave me a recipe for Mrs. Field’s Chocolate Chip cookies with the caveat “You have to promise not to give this recipe…

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Beta Testers

Human nature always prevails and I am no exception.  Every New Year’s Day I make a couple of resolutions…lose weight, get more sleep, test more cookie recipes for next year’s holiday box, one out of three ain’t bad!  If I were a major leaguer with a 333 batting average I’d be batting clean up! So from…

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