Chocolate Crackles were always included on the plates of Christmas cookies my mom put together every year for her friends, coworkers, and relatives. I’ve always loved their crackled appearance and chewy texture so I like to continue the tradition and include them on my Christmas cookie plates as well. But this year I decided to change up the plain chocolate cookie recipe a bit by adding chopped dried tart cherries and extra chocolate chips to the dough. Continue reading →
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As we’re transitioning from the Whole30 diet that we followed last month, I thought it might be fun to experiment with some grain-free baking. We have added small amounts of natural sweeteners, butter, and cheese back to our diet this week but won’t be adding any wheat back for a little while yet. This Snickerdoodle recipe from Deliciously Organic works perfectly for us at this stage because it uses almond and coconut flours in place of all-purpose wheat flour and is sweetened with a combination of honey and coconut sugar. I followed Carrie’s recipe exactly and these were simple to make and they turned out perfectly. The only real difference between mine and hers was that I used the convection setting on my oven when baking them. Even though I turned the temperature down and shortened the baking time, the coconut sugar browned faster than I was expecting. They didn’t burn, but they definitely have a delicious though unintentional caramel flavor. Next time I’ll bake them without convection and then see which I prefer. Continue reading →
Did you know that July is National Ice Cream month? Apparently Ronald Reagan proclaimed July 1984 to be National Ice Cream month and the tradition has continued since then. I suppose it makes sense that the hottest month of the year goes hand in hand with the coolest treat around, but I hadn’t really heard of National Ice Cream month until I was contacted by Tillamook to see if I was interested in playing with some of their ice cream to create a treat to celebrate this special month. I certainly don’t need an excuse to consume ice cream in the summer, but it was a lot of fun sampling some new Tillamook Ice Cream flavors and coming up with an ice cream treat to share with my family and with you. Continue reading →
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 →
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 →
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 →
Sometimes you just have to bake cookies.
It’s been a busy summer. I’m going through some pretty serious life changes – stressful life changes. But as we all know, life never slows down to let us deal with tough situations. The world doesn’t stop spinning just because you need a break. So sometimes, in the middle of everything, you’re the one that has to stop. Yesterday, in the middle of an afternoon filled with a million other things I was supposed to be doing, that’s just what I did. Continue reading →
I have a confession to make. Before making them myself, the only madeleines I had ever tasted were from Starbucks. No one had ever made them for me, I’d never had a special pan to make them myself, and somehow I managed to spend a weekend in Paris once without tasting either a madeleine or a macaron—sad, but true.
I’ve always been curious about madeleines. I mean, is there really anything special about them other than their shape? Obviously Proust thought so. But what makes them so magical? And the big question—are they cookies or tiny little cakes? Well, curiosity got the better of me one day so I bought a little package of madeleines at Starbucks. And even though I knew that what I tasted out of that little plastic package was probably not a great representation of the classic French cookie (or is it cake?), I fell madly in love with the madeleine. Continue reading →