Cookies

February 20, 2017 - Vanilla Toffee Cookies

Those look good, don’t they? There was this time, years ago, that I made fun of Alton Brown for weighing cake batter (to make perfectly even cake layers). Yeah. So I admit that I weigh cake batter, cookie dough, bread dough, all kinds of things now. But I have an excuse! It’s because I started...
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August 1, 2016 - Peanut Butter Apple Cookies

I’m a big fan of cookies (who isn’t?) and I make batches almost every week for workshops. I made these peanut butter apple cookies for this past weekend and they were a big hit. Peanut butter and apples are a natural combination–think of dipping a slice of apple into a jar of peanut butter! And...
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January 29, 2015 - Emergency Cookies

“These cookies are excellent to keep on hand, especially when the dough can be kept out-of-doors in cold weather. In case of an emergency they are easily brought in and quickly baked. A roll may be kept indefinitely in a cold place.” –The 1927 Butterick Book of Recipes I’ve written about my great-grandmother Jessie Woodall’s...
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January 22, 2014 - Peanut Drops

I’ve been baking away here with Ross home from sea. Yesterday, I made tenderized venison steaks for supper, with potates and garlic bread. And a fruit pie. With homemade ice cream. For snacking, I decided to come up with a new cookie. With the snow coming down, we’re all pretty stuck in the house. Ross...
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May 22, 2013 - Salted Peanut Fudge Cookies

Morgan “owed” cookies to a friend at school (uh, for over a year! she said! not sure WHY she owed them, but she owed them, we don’t need to understand these things) and I had a cookie vision so we made up this batch of fudge-based cookies with a few extras I had on hand—salted...
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May 15, 2012 - An Interesting Cookie

My cousin is selling his fresh ground cornmeal at the farmers market this season. He’s been talking about expanding and trying some cornmeal-based products. We’d talk about ideas driving back and forth together to master gardener classes. We both liked the idea of cornmeal cookies, so I came up with a recipe. I’m not sure...
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January 30, 2012 - Cinnamon Bun Cookies

There’s this little boy at school who, I think, may have a crush on Morgan. Well, he’s not really a little boy, but work with me here. Little boy sounds tolerable and non-threatening, while teenage boy sounds disturbing and nightmarish. At least when it comes to Morgan, who is of course just a little girl....
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May 31, 2011 - Sandwich Cookies

I love sandwich cookies, and so do a lot of other people based on the shelves lined with sandwich cookies at the grocery store. Everything’s always better made at home, of course, so I like to indulge my sandwich cookie obsession in my kitchen. You can make a sandwich cookie out of any suitable cookie...
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December 18, 2010 - White Chocolate Candy Cookies

These are some decadently creamy little white chocolate and candy drop cookies that are special enough for the holidays and different enough to be interesting. I’m always trying to keep my candy jar full this time of year and I get bored with the usual suspects. I had some hard candy nobody was eating, and...
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December 6, 2010 - Double Chocolate Snowball Cookies

Are you baking? It’s cookie time! There is no holiday more demanding of cookies than Christmas. I try to keep my cookie jar filled all month with one holiday treat after another. Snowball cookies are a classic. This one is a little twist with chocolate–and a surprise inside. How to make Double Chocolate Snowball Cookies:...
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December 1, 2010 - Chocolate-Dipped Trees

Let the holiday cookie baking begin! Have you started yet? I started the day after Thanksgiving when I got my gingerbread cookie dough stashed in the fridge. I use those for cookie ornaments, so I haven’t started baking them yet. I just like to know the dough is ready and waiting for me. Cookies for...
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October 21, 2010 - Coffee Bites

These are tasty little bites of coffee and chocolate and rum (that’s optional, but why not live a little?). I started with a recipe I found in an old cookie cookbook when I was searching for a vegan treat to make this week for Weston’s girlfriend. The recipe wasn’t actually vegan, but at least it...
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July 2, 2010 - Making Fig Newtons with Mrs. Bennett

I found this recipe in my Treasure Trove cookbook and had to make it. I love Fig Newtons! But I never buy cookies from the store anymore. It hadn’t crossed my mind to make them at home until I came across this recipe–and you know homemade is even better, so I knew they would be...
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March 29, 2010 - Sweet, Sugary Lime Drops

When Weston brought his vegan girlfriend back over yesterday, I went to work again concocting dishes she could eat. I had limes left over from my lemon-lime marmalade canning fiesta, so I came up with this lime-alicious cookie–almost like a sugar cookie, but without the eggs. No milk, either. And I used margarine instead of...
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February 13, 2010 - Pretty in Pink Cookies

These sweet little treats combine the luscious goodness of butter cookies with white chocolate, dark chocolate, and cherries. And they’re pink. Could your Valentine ask for more? I’m posting these a day ahead to give you time to go to the store, but I found all the ingredients already in my pantry. (Since I can’t...
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January 21, 2010 - Chocolate-Caramel Dream Cookies

I apologize for the number of cookies you’re about to eat. Because you have to put these cookies in your cookie jar. Today. Tomorrow at the latest, but how you will wait that long, I don’t know. It’s like a cookie perfect storm–chocolate, caramel, cream, walnuts and graham cracker crumbs piled up in pillow-soft melt-in-your-mouth...
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December 18, 2009 - Reindeer Cookies

These cookies are so cute! They’re fun and easy to make. (Kids LOVE them!) And the sweet and salty flavor combination of the cookies and pretzels makes them one of my favorites. They’re also cute, did I mention that? I love cute cookies. I made them with a chocolate cookie dough, but you could use...
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August 30, 2009 - Maple Rum-Raisin Cookies

Finally! A health food cookie! Yes, it is, too! I’m using whole wheat flour and everything! Okay, these cookies aren’t exactly health food, but they are close enough. For cookies. The pure maple syrup is divine–do not substitute. Use pure maple syrup only. Add raisins soaked in rum and pecans, and these cookies taste like...
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August 19, 2009 - Cheesecake Cookies

Cheesecake! In handy, portable, splendidly delicious bites! Go ahead, bake some up today. I know you want to. How to make Cheesecake Cookies: 3/4 cup butter, softened 3 ounces cream cheese, softened 3/4 cup sugar 4 teaspoons lemon peel, shredded 2 tablespoons lemon juice 1 teaspoon vanilla 2 cups all-purpose flour 1/3 cup finely chopped...
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August 4, 2009 - This Isn’t Your Mother’s Chocolate Chip Cookie

I was waiting till you were mature enough to handle this cookie. But I can’t wait anymore. Please don’t hurt yourself on the way to your kitchen, that’s all I ask. How to Make Honey Roasted Peanut-Chocolate Drops: 1 cup butter, softened 1 cup peanut butter 1 cup brown sugar, packed 1/2 cup sugar 2...
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July 30, 2009 - Coffee & Cream Cookies

These cookies are decadent. They taste like suburban streets lined with tidy flower beds. Okay, actually they taste like a mocha latte from Starbucks, but mocha lattes from Starbucks make me think of suburban streets lined with tidy flower beds. Don’t mind me. I haven’t seen a Starbucks in three years. I don’t really miss...
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July 16, 2009 - Iced Oatmeal-Raisin Cookies

Need a moist, sweet iced oatmeal-raisin-licious cookie today? (Of course you do!) A while back, someone wrote me asking for an oatmeal-raisin cookie recipe. I haven’t been satisfied with oatmeal-raisin cookies, ever. They tend to turn out dry–all that oatmeal. I’ve been experimenting off and on, and finally came up with a trick that keeps...
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April 10, 2009 - Surprise Cookies

These pretty little cookies make fun Easter or anytime treats, and the best part is–they come with a surprise. You can vary them in endless ways, and oh my, there’s nothing like a cookie with a secret. C’mon. I’ll show you what it is. (And check out the short, already-in-your-pantry ingredient list!) How to make...
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February 6, 2009 - Chocolate-Mint Snow-Top Cookies

Snow cookies! These are my celebrating winter cookies! My I :heart: being-snowed-in cookies! My who-needs-warm-weather cookies! My– Oh, I am so making that up. These are my farewell-to-snow cookies! My I-won’t-miss-you-when-you’re-gone cookies! My don’t-let-the-door-hit-you-on-the-bum-on-the-way-out cookies! Because today, it’s supposed to warm up to the 40s! And stay in the 40s and 50s and maybe even...
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January 27, 2009 - Cherry Chocolate Kisses

Me: “Aren’t these cookies pretty?” Morgan: “They’re pretty…………” Me: “They’re PRETTY!!! EAT ONE!!!” Morgan, in the voice of doom: “There are cherries in them.” Me: “You eat cherries! On ice cream! And even out of the jar.” Morgan: “These cherries are in cookies.” Me: They’re cherries! They’re pretty cookies!!” Morgan: “I said they’re pretty…….” So,...
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January 17, 2009 - Soft Ginger-Raisin Cookies

Back when I was baking gingerbread cookie decorations for our Christmas tree, somebody asked if I had a recipe for soft gingerbread cookies. I love to eat these gingerbread cookies, but they do get hard not long after being taken out of the oven. That’s why they make such great Christmas tree decorations and gift...
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November 18, 2008 - Craving Molasses Cookies

Molasses cookies! I’ve been craving molasses cookies! When I went through some boxes a few weeks ago, still trying to get unpacked and organized around here, I found a bunch of my old favorite recipes cards, but not the one with my molasses cookies. Bereft, I started searching out molasses cookie recipes, hoping to find...
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November 9, 2008 - Snickerdoodles

Several people asked about the cookies pictured in my homemade vanilla extract post the other day, so here they are! I clipped this snickerdoodles recipe out of a magazine many years ago (have no idea what magazine) and I was reunited with it recently (joy!) after I found it while unpacking boxes. As you can...
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