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Chocolate Ribbon Cookies

December 11, 2011

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I have been making these cookies for well over a decade now, always at Christmas.  They are a crisper butter cookie, flavored with chocolate, rum, and walnuts.  I got the recipe from a friend who made them for a cookie exchange, and she had gotten the recipe from a magazine.  I don’t even remember now […]

12 Days of Cookies: Mexican Wedding Cookies (#4)

December 9, 2011

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These cookies were very common in bakeries in the area where I grew up in California.  Sometimes the bakery versions were good.  But sometimes they were disgusting.  I had been making these at home for a while, and was used to the tender, melt-in-your-mouth texture and subtle walnut-ty flavor.  I was at a bakery and […]

12 Days of Cookies: Cranberry Orange Thumbprints, #3

December 4, 2011

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I did mention that I like thumbprint cookies, right? Well, here is another one that we tried last week.  My daughter has been on a cooking spree!  I am proud to say that although we are making a lot of cookies, we have been so well behaved.  I have limited myself to two cookies a […]

12 Days of Cookies, “Birds’ nest” Thumbprint Cookies (#2)

December 3, 2011

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I love thumbprint cookies in all their varieties.  Buttery shortbread, perfectly complemented by sweet jam, tart curd, or velvety chocolate.  I have tried many varieties.  This is one variety we tried this year and I thought they turned out delicious.  I will definitely be making these again. Like most thumbprint cookies, they are better the […]

12 Days of Cookies: White Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies (#1)

December 3, 2011

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Let’s see how far I get with this idea. I love love love Christmas cookies, and coming up with the idea of 12 cookie posts during the Christmas season gives me a fabulous excuse to make them. And eat them. There won’t be a post every day, but I am hoping to post 12 different […]

Gingerbread with Lemon Sauce: Thanksgiving Countdown #3

November 8, 2011

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I think it is nice to offer your Thanksgiving guests something other than pie.  Not everyone likes pie.  But even pie lovers will make room for this delicious Fall dessert.  I love the spiciness of the gingerbread paired with tangy lemon sauce.  It is a wonderful combination and is best when served warm. First, start […]

Swedish Pancakes….kinda

November 7, 2011

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This recipe is the one the kids always choose for their “birthday breakfast.”  I think they look more forward to this than birthday cake! This recipe comes from PapaChef’s family, and I don’t know that they are “swedish,” but they are similar to crepes and whatever they are called they are very delicious.  A little […]

Candy Corn Cookies

October 31, 2011

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  My daughter has been making these little cookies for the last several years.  They are delicious and to festive! 1 cube butter, softened 1 c. sugar 2 large egg yolks 1/2 tsp. vanilla 1/2 tsp. baking powder 1/2 tsp. salt 1 c. flour 1/2 c. cocoa powder Beat sugar and butter together.  Add egg […]

Giant Ginger Cookies, Pumpkin Dip, & Apples

October 31, 2011

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It’s true–the colder weather just begs for hearty, aromatic food. Pumpkin Dip This is so yummy!  Much better made a day in advance so the flavors can settle and the mixture can thicken up again. 1 8 oz. package of cream cheese (I used the 1/3 less fat kind) 2 cups powdered sugar 15 oz. […]

Our Super Favorite Pumpkin Bread

October 31, 2011

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This is a great recipe—turns out great every time and makes three loaves—so it is handy when you have to take a dessert somewhere.  Kids love this bread.  It is really good with cream cheese. 5 cups flour ¾  tsp baking powder 3 tsp baking soda 2 ¼  tsp salt 1 ½  tsp cinnamon 1 […]