17 Dec 2022: Concha Cookies

Finding new cookies for holiday baking is a passion. While all of us in this house enjoy traditional cookie recipes, sometimes we’ll find one – or two – that seem to be stand-outs. This recipe for a twist on the Mexican sweet bread, concha, was published in the Washington Post food section and comes via…

16 Dec 2022: NYT M&M Cookies

Eric Kim, a writer for the New York Times Cooking and food sections, shared this recipe for M&M Cookies in the New York Times’ 24 Days of Cookies in 2021. It’s one of my favorites not only because the cookie itself is delicious, but because the entire bag of M&Ms is not used. Definitely enjoyed…

10 Dec 2022: Eggless Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

At this time of the year when baked goods and treats are everywhere, I always try to ensure there are appealing cookie options for our granddaughter who has an egg allergy. Luckily, finding baked treats that are safe for her is not the challenge it once was as there are many excellent allergy-aware and vegan…

06 Dec 2022: Nonfat Gingersnaps

Holiday baking has begun in earnest in our kitchen. Initially I started looking for a cookie to balance out all of the chocolate confections I had been making – something spicy and warming. Leafing through David Lebovit’z Ready for Dessert (page 213), I discovered this wonderfully ginger-forward cookie. Trust me, you won’t have any idea…

01 Dec 2022: Rosemary Shortbread

When she was asked about the secret to making delicious cookies, Susan Callahan, owner of Goodies Homemade’s answer was short and to the point: butter. I would second that. This is Joanne Chang’s recipe for shortbread cookies and can be found on page 146 in her first Flour Bakery cookbook (Flour: Spectacular Recipes from Boston’s…

25 Nov 2022: Thumbprint Cookies

One long-ago December, in a frenzy of cookie baking, I persuaded my teaching colleagues to attempt a holiday cookie exchange. So, we set up shop with several dozen of our favorite holiday cookie recipe in one of the classrooms and, after ooohing and ahhing over the selection, filled our containers with holiday cookies to take…

05 Nov 2022: Prue Leith’s Maple & Pecan Madeleines

Each year I look forward to watching the Great British Bake-off and although some of those theme weeks are a bit wonky, it’s interesting to observe skilled bakers ply their art. This madeleine recipe was part of the Celebrity Bake-Off Challenge for SU2C (Stand Up to Cancer) in 2022. They were easy to bake, and…

26 Jul 2022: A Low(er) Calorie Muffin

I usually stay away from breakfast pastries, but every once in a while, I need to fulfill a craving. This week, I wanted to make a muffin – one that I could bake and that would allow me to account for what I ate. Sally’s Baking Addiction was the jumping off point for this muffin…

23 Jul 2022: Flour Bakery + Cafe’s Chunky Lola Cookie

How have I missed this cookie perfection in Joanne Chang’s 2010 book, Flour: Spectacular Recipes from Boston’s Flour Bakery + Cafe? This buttery (of course), chewy blend of dark chocolate, coconut and nuts is exactly the kind of cookie to perk up a day. Found on page 110, the ingredients include Butter (lots of it)…

18 May 2022: King Arthur’s Simple Scones

Because today, May 18, is Adrien’s birthday, I decided to bake one of his favorite breakfast treats: scones. I really like this recipe from King Arthur Baking because it is a simple base from which to experiment. This morning, I added cinnamon bits and substituted maple syrup for the flavoring, but really, whatever the recipe…