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Brown Sugar Shortbread

Brown Sugar Shortbread

Christmas isn’t here yet, but I’m already craving cookies like crazy.  This morning I was looking through different cookie recipes I’ve posted in the past and I ran across this recipe for Brown Sugar Shortbread that was hidden in a post about Lemon Shortbread from a few years back.  Since these cookies are so delicious, I decided it was time to give them their own space to shine.  Keep in mind that a batch of shortbread packaged in a cute box or tin makes a wonderful gift! Continue reading →

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Cranberry White Chocolate Pecan Cookies

Cranberry White Chocolate Pecan Cookies

When it comes to dried fruit, cranberries do not top my list of favorites.  I love raisins, prunes, dried apricots, dried peaches, and dried tart cherries any time of the year, but it’s rare to find a bag of dried cranberries in my pantry most of the time.  However, when Thanksgiving rolls around, I start thinking cranberries and the dried ones inevitably start showing up in my green salads and baked goods and continue to do so through January.  They add a festive pop of color and the flavor pairs beautifully with oranges, one of my favorite things to eat in the winter.  I do use the fresh ones for holiday cranberry sauces and relishes, but I think dried cranberries are wonderful in cookies, muffins, scones, and green salads. Continue reading →

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Scandinavian Rosettes Recipe

Rosette Pattern

Pretty, aren’t they?  These delicate, crisp, lightly sweetened Scandinavian Rosettes are as delicious as they are beautiful.  The “cookies” are made from a thin, crepe-like batter that is quickly deep fried on specially shaped irons.  Rosettes are traditionally made during Christmas time and are a delight to make, share, and eat. Continue reading →

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Fall Fest: Spinach Pomegranate Salad with Apples and Walnuts

Spinach Pomegranate Salad with Apples and Walnuts

Fall has finally arrived here in California, bringing thunder, rain, and the cooler temperatures I’ve been waiting for.  While these cool gray skies have me dreaming of hearty soups and warm baked goods, the theme this week for Fall Fest is fall salads.  I’ll save the soup-making and bread-baking for next week since my kitchen is still only half unpacked – an easy fall salad was the perfect thing for me to make this week.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! Continue reading →

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Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

Red Velvet Cupcake

Intimidated by baking, assembling, and decorating a homemade red velvet cake for Valentine’s Day?  Give cupcakes a try instead!

As you probably know, I have already written about my husband’s family recipe for a gorgeous Red Velvet Cake.  But when I noticed that lots of readers were asking questions about how to turn the cake recipe into a cupcake recipe, I decided it was time to give it a try myself! Continue reading →

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Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies with Dried Cherries

Dark Chocolate Cherry Chews

Thanks to everyone who contributed ideas for naming these cookies! Wow, what a turnout!  I never thought I would be able to choose between all the great submissions, but I finally decided on a name that is simple, catchy, and to the point:  Dark Chocolate Cherry Chews.  Thanks to E’Beth Garren for the winning submission!  I’ll be sending out a surprise gift, as promised.

So let me talk a bit about chocolate chip cookies.  I’m not one of those bakers who is on a quest to find the ultimate chocolate chip cookie recipe.  I generally use the recipe on the back of the Tollhouse bag and I think they’re great.  But as you well know, I do enjoy experimenting with recipes from time to time! Continue reading →

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Classic Snickerdoodles Recipe

Here’s another recipe I borrowed from my Aunt’s recipe box when I was home from Thanksgiving.  This Snickerdoodles recipe is scribbled on a stained, yellowed piece of paper and was copied from who knows where.  It even has a missing ingredient penciled in with a question mark at the end.  Sounds like a winner to me! Continue reading →

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Lemon Shortbread Recipe

This morning my Aunt Kathy and I woke up early to make lemon shortbread. I’ve never made shortbread before, but it’s always been one of my favorite cookies. And I loved the idea of adding lemon zest to my aunt’s standard shortbread recipe. Continue reading →

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