Have you started your holiday baking? Are you finished already? I am somewhere in between. I have baked a few treats to give away, including these cranberry almond biscotti and these white chocolate cranberry macadamia nut cookies that I posted the other day. I will be doing most of my baking tomorrow, and I'm looking forward to a relaxing and busy day in the kitchen. I cannot wait to take a bite of each of our family's traditional favorite Christmas cookies!
These candy cane cookies are a family favorite. Rolling and twisting the candy canes is a fun project for the kids, and the finished cookies are so pretty with their sprinkling of peppermint-sugar. I prefer to make my candy cane ... [Continue Reading]
If you're like me, you are likely in full holiday mode right now, tackling one to do list item after another. The Christmas cards are in the mail, the gift shopping is almost done, and I've got my wrapping paper and ribbons out and ready to go. What more is there to do? Lots of baking, of course!
This weekend, my mom, sisters, and I will have our annual cookie baking day. Each year it gets more and more fun as the kids are able to participate. Julia is an old pro in the cookie baking department, but we are looking forward to two more little helpers this year, as my two-year-old twin nieces are now just old enough to join in. Which leads me to the next item on my to-do list... deciding ... [Continue Reading]
Is there an unofficial end date to when we are allowed to cook and bake with pumpkin? Well, even if there is, I plan to ignore such a date and bake with pumpkin until I am tired of it! This year I am really loving the pumpkin: pumpkin granola, pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin waffles, pumpkin doughnuts, pumpkin soup, and now these pumpkin chocolate chip cookies.
Pumpkin chocolate chip cookies are popping up on blogs all over right now, and I needed to try them out for myself. These really are a combination of two greats: spiced pumpkin and the chocolate chip cookie.
The pumpkin helps to keep the cookies soft, and pumpkin pie spice helps to really bring out the pumpkin flavor. Chocolate chips ... [Continue Reading]
A real s'more, made with a warm, gooey marshmallow that has just been toasted over a crackling fire, is a real treat. It's not surprising that s'more-inspired treats have been popping up on blogs in all corners of the internet this summer. There is just something special about s'mores, and I can't help but pin so many of these treats. The only s'more dessert that I've actually made this summer, though, are these cookies (plus a few microwave s'mores, which can't compare to the real thing).
I actually made two batches of these cookies in a row, one week and then the next, because I liked them so much. Which surprised me because I was not sure how much I liked these when I first tasted ... [Continue Reading]
The other day after lunch I had a serious cookie craving. So although I had a to-do list a mile long, I used some of the precious minutes of the kids' afternoon naptime to bake these cookies. Like me, you were probably caught by the words “brown butter” in the title of these cookies. These are pretty much your basic chocolate chip cookie, but with a more complex flavor thanks to the brown butter. If you're careful not to overbake them, the cookies will be soft and chewy with just a little crispness around the edges.
I was almost hesitant to post these, because I've already shared a number of favorite chocolate chip cookie recipes with you. But then I thought, can you ever have too many ... [Continue Reading]
How can you turn a good chocolate chip cookie into a great one? That's what we've done right here, my friends. First, brown the butter to create that complex, nutty flavor that is browned butter. Then, hide a little Nutella surprise inside each cookie. Finally, sprinkle the cookies with some sea salt after baking to achieve that wonderful sweet-salty combination that makes baked treats extra delicious.
As you might imagine, these cookies are delicious. They are definitely rich, and I think they would have been great even without the Nutella in the center. Next time, I might try them without, since that would save a step and I don't usually keep Nutella on hand. You can decide what you ... [Continue Reading]
Have you started your holiday baking yet? Each year my mom, sisters, and I spend a day baking dozens and dozens of Christmas cookies. Last year was the first one where Julia was really able to participate, and she helped roll many a little ball of dough in powdered sugar or chopped nuts. Seeing her excitement for all of the little joys of the season makes this time of year extra special.
We haven't had our baking day yet this year, but Julia and I did make these gingerbread cookies together this past weekend. As a kid, I always decorated the gingerbread boys and girls with M&M's, cinnamon red hots (are they even called red hots anymore?), and raisins. So that's what Julia and I used and ... [Continue Reading]
What is it about cookies that makes everyone love them so much? (I'm assuming that since I love cookies, everyone else must, too.) Is it that there are so many delicious types of cookies, they never get boring? Or maybe that it's so easy to grab one out of the cookie jar or freezer, no scooping or cutting off of a piece required?
I always like to have cookies on hand in my freezer, for when a sweets craving hits (which happens to me pretty much every day :) ). The only problem I've been having lately is that there are too many good recipes to choose from. I'm not sure if Pinterest makes this problem better or worse, as I feel like I'm always looking and re-looking over the ... [Continue Reading]
Sometimes, you want a sugar cookie, but don't want to go through the process of rolling out dough, cutting out shapes, and decorating. For those times, these soft frosted sugar cookies are the perfect solution. They're quick and easy to make, and turn out just as cute as decorated sugar cookies, especially if you add some fun sprinkles.
The cookies are super soft and just about melt in your mouth. I've made them a couple of times now, and this last time I made them in mini size. I like the mini size so much better than the large cookies; they are just the right size for snacking. The large cookies, while delicious, were a bit much to eat in one sitting.
These cookies are fun to make ... [Continue Reading]
Are you a coffee lover? How about coffee and toffee together? Here we have a buttery cookie with plenty of espresso flavor. Bits of chocolate covered toffee add crunch and more buttery sweetness. Although these cookies are thin, they have a chewy texture, which is the perfect contrast to the crunchy toffee. I made these thinking they would be good, and they turned out even better than I expected. The only disappointing thing about these cookies is that there's only one left in my freezer. :(
One year ago: Chocolate Raspberry Ice Cream
Espresso Toffee Cookies
Makes about 2 dozen cookies
12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup brown ... [Continue Reading]
Last week we celebrated my birthday. Usually I would make some sort of cake or cupcakes to celebrate, but since I'm following my low-carb diet I decided not to. As the day went on, though, I started thinking about Julia and how she was going to think Mommy's birthday isn't much fun at all, with no cake or presents. (I'd already treated myself to a new wallet and had received my other gifts before my birthday.)
That leads us to these cookies. I thought Julia and I could have some fun together after school baking them, and then we put a candle in one after dinner to sing, "Happy Birthday." So, I made myself birthday cookies, but mainly for Julia since I shouldn't be eating them (although I ... [Continue Reading]
Last week I mentioned that I haven't been baking much these past few months because I need to watch my blood sugar during my pregnancy, and who wants to bake all sorts of yummy things that they can't eat? Not me. This past weekend, though, I just had to get into the kitchen to do some baking. I chose to make these Vanilla Bean Sablé Cookies because they are small and relatively low in sugar. Each cookie has only 14 grams of carbohydrates, so I felt ok about sampling one or two before giving the rest away.
The cookies are so pretty with flecks of vanilla bean throughout. They are buttery with a hint of vanilla, a shortbread cookie that's made a little more elegant because of the vanilla bean ... [Continue Reading]
Yes, I know I've already posted a number of different peanut butter chocolate chip cookie recipes on the blog, but here's a new recipe that I just found and love. I can't say that it's better than my other recipes, but it's certainly just as good. What can I say- I love peanut butter chocolate chip cookies, so I guess I can never have too many!
As I was typing up this recipe, I realized that it is basically the Baking Illustrated recipe for Thick and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies (which is my all-time favorite), with peanut butter substituting for part of the butter. No wonder I liked these cookies. :)
This recipe is nice because it only makes about 2 dozen cookies, so it's perfect ... [Continue Reading]
On a recent trip to the grocery store, while waiting in the checkout line, the special issue of Fine Cooking: Holiday Baking caught my eye. I picked it up, quickly looked through it, and knew I had to have it. The magazine has recipes for cookies, pies, cakes (including cheesecakes!) and breads, many of which I can't wait to try. These Dark Chocolate Crackles were my first choice of what to bake from the many delicious-looking recipes.
When reading through the brief description and ingredient list for these cookies, I was intrigued by the addition of orange zest to the batter. I know that chocolate and orange can be a wonderful combination, so I was expecting these cookies to be good, and ... [Continue Reading]
In these White Chocolate Butterscotch Cookies, the ingredients, especially the dark brown sugar, combine to create a delicious butterscotch-flavored cookie. Pieces of white chocolate perfectly complement this butterscotch flavor. These cookies have a chewy texture, which I love. Like most cookies, they freeze well. Just defrost them at room temperature for a few minutes and you will have a cookie that tastes almost as fresh as if it was just baked.
One year ago: Whole Wheat Pita Bread
White Chocolate Butterscotch Cookies
Makes about 2 dozen
1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
14 tablespoons unsalted butter, ... [Continue Reading]
You may have noticed that I love to bake cookies. One of the main reasons why I love to bake cookies so much, is that I love to eat cookies. :) It's nice to grab one for an afternoon or evening treat, and I appreciate how they have some built-in portion control (as long as you can stick to just one or two). My favorite type of cookie to make is drop cookies- ones where you just mix up the batter and then drop it by the spoonful onto the pan. Drop cookies are great because you can whip up a batch quickly, and I often lack the time or patience for more complicated cutting out or decorating of cookies.
This past weekend, I made a batch of these Cappuccino Cookies. The cookies are crisp ... [Continue Reading]
Sometimes when a cookie craving hits it's for a chocolate chip, peanut butter, or sugar cookie. But sometimes a cookie craving is combined with a craving for chocolate, and that's where these cookies come in. Cocoa powder and chocolate chips come together to make one delicious, chocolatey cookie.
The original recipe calls for making these cookies "giant;" however, I decided to make mine half-sized. I thought the resulting cookies were just perfect, and I liked getting 24 medium-sized cookies rather than just 12 giant ones. These chocolate cookies are great with a glass of milk or some vanilla ice cream. Enjoy!
Looking for more chocolate cookie recipes? Here are a few ... [Continue Reading]
Sometimes I want to bake cookies, but want something a little different than the usual chocolate chip, oatmeal, or peanut butter. For those times, Snickerdoodles are a great choice. A friend of mine had never heard of Snickerdoodles before, and I realized that they are not all that easy to describe. They are sort of similar to a sugar cookie, yet different. Sweet and tender, with a cinnamon sugar coating, Snickerdoodles are delicious with an afternoon cup of coffee or tea. (And if you want Snickerdoodle flavor but in cookie bar form, try these Snickerdoodle blondies!)
Makes about 4 dozen cookies
2 3/4 cups flour
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 ... [Continue Reading]