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Cookie Pops

What could me more fun than a peanut butter cookie on a stick?  How about a peanut butter cookie with a snicker’s bar inside on a stick?  When I first opened my retail shop, there was a construction crew in the area and we absolutely couldn’t make these fast enough.  As soon as the bakery sent . . . → Read More: Cookie Pops

Oatmeal Cookies

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I love oatmeal cookies and recently had an oatmeal attack.  It seemed like every time I passed the oatmeal canister, it would reach out and beckon me.  Well, it didn’t long for me to succumb to temptation.  These gems have a chewy crispness and a texture not found in a lot of . . . → Read More: Oatmeal Cookies

Spooky Peanut Butter Fingers

I wish I could remember where I found this idea for these Spooky Peanut Butter Fingers. I know it was on the net and I would love to give them credit but alas that isn’t going to happen. The original recipe used peanut butter cookie dough from the store and specified it had to be . . . → Read More: Spooky Peanut Butter Fingers

Chocolate Chipwiches

What bad could be said about two crisp chocolate chip cookies sandwiched together with a rich chocolate ganache highlighted with a bit cayenne pepper to add a pleasant warmth?  This is a fun treatment to one of America’s most popular treats ever.

I’ve always had an aversion to chocolate chip cookies that had a few . . . → Read More: Chocolate Chipwiches

Holiday Cookies for 2011

What would the holidays be without cookies?  I can’t imagine.  While I no longer make the huge variety I used to, we have to have some.  While I love to make cookies to hang on the tree (see European Holiday Cookies 1 and European Holiday Cookies 2 for more cookies), these bites are among my . . . → Read More: Holiday Cookies for 2011

Swisswiches

For how to photos, please see the December 12, 2010 post.

3 cups flour 3/4  cup powdered sugar 3/4  teaspoon salt 2 1/2 sticks butter, softened 2 teaspoons vanilla 1 egg white, lightly beaten Crystal sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line baking sheets with parchment paper.

Sift together flour, sugar and salt; set . . . → Read More: Swisswiches

Linzer Thumbprint Cookies

For how to photos, please see the December 12, 2010 post.

3 ounces blanched almonds 3/4 cup (105 grams or 3 3/4 ounces) flour 1/3 teaspoon cinnamon 7 tablespoons (105 grams or 3 3/4 ounces) unsalted butter, softened 1/3 cup + 1 or 2 tablespoons sugar 1 egg yolk 1/2 cup raspberry jam

Preheat . . . → Read More: Linzer Thumbprint Cookies

Lemon Glazed Shortbread Cookies

For how to photos, please see the December 12, 2010 post.

1/2  cup sugar 2 sticks butter, room temperature 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour, unsifted

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line baking sheets with parchment paper.

Combine sugar and butter in bowl of mixer.Beat until very light and fluffy.Add all purpose flourand beat . . . → Read More: Lemon Glazed Shortbread Cookies

Anise Swirls

For how to photos, please see the December 16, 2010 post.

2 sticks butter, room temperature 3/4 cup packed brown sugar 2 egg yolks 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon anise oil 3 cups sifted cake flour Red Currant Jelly as needed

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment.

Beat butter . . . → Read More: Anise Swirls

Chocolate Dipped Cappuccino Rounds

For how to photos, please see the December 16, 2010 post.

Cappuccino Cookies

2 ounces unsweetened chocolate 2 cups all purpose flour 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4  teaspoon salt 1/2 cup shortening 1/2 cup butter, room temperature 1/2 cup sugar 1/2 cup brown sugar 1 tablespoon instant coffee 1 teaspoon water 1 egg . . . → Read More: Chocolate Dipped Cappuccino Rounds

Sienna Lace Cookies

For how to pictures, please see the December 16, 2010 post.

2 ounces hazelnuts, skinned* 2 ounces blanched almonds 1 stick unsalted butter 1/2 cup sugar 1 tablespoon flour 1/4 teaspoon salt 2 teaspoons freshly grated lemon rind 2 teaspoons freshly grated orange rind 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg 1/8 teaspoon cloves 2 . . . → Read More: Sienna Lace Cookies

European Holiday Cookies – 2

In part 1 we discussed various aspects of European cookies.  These are a mix of European flavors, if not actually a part of their repertoire.  Over the years they have become a part of my holiday cookie offering.

Sienna Lace has very special memories for me.  I first encountered Almond Lace cookies, from which this . . . → Read More: European Holiday Cookies – 2

European Holiday Cookies – 1

What I remember about Christmas is not the toys nor the gifts, but a sense of sharing and family.  Much of my family was either born in Europe or was first generation American and they were scattered throughout the United States.  But excitement abounded at holidays when aunts, uncles and cousins came to my grandparents . . . → Read More: European Holiday Cookies – 1

Decorated Sugar Cookies

This is the ideal sugar cookie for cut outs as it stays flat and keeps its shape. The number of cookies to a recipe depends upon the size of the cutters and thickness of the cookie. For small cookies, roll the dough 1/8 inch thick – for larger cookies the dough should be rolled to . . . → Read More: Decorated Sugar Cookies

Cookie Pops

What could me more fun than a peanut butter cookie on a stick?  How about a peanut butter cookie with a snicker’s bar inside on a stick?  When I first opened my retail shop, there was a construction crew in the area and we absolutely couldn’t make these fast enough.  As soon as the bakery sent . . . → Read More: Cookie Pops