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…

09 September 2022: Dorie Greenspan’s Chocolate Oatmeal Drops

When I have an opened bag of chocolate “laying around”, I need to look for ways to use it, especially when the chocolate is the “good stuff” (in this instance, Guittard). While it has been way too hot for baking, the temperatures have moderated a bit, so this morning, I opened up my copy of…

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)…

13 December 2021: Gingerbread Biscotti

My Italian ancestry (Sicilian really, no surprise there) dictates that every Christmas holiday I made at least one biscotti recipe. As I’ve written before, I’ve got the baking part down to a personal science, and I often ignore the baking directions on a particular biscotti recipe. For me, the best bake comes from a usual…

05 Dec 2021: Peanut Butter Blossoms

These peanut butter cookies have been a family cookie tradition for a lot of years and, honestly, they never get tired! Bakers can find a ton of “variations” on the original out there; in fact this recipe was recently published in the New York Times and adapted from the Gerraro Family. The version I first…

29 November 2021: Dairy- and Egg-Free Molasses Cookies

Now that we’ve passed Thanksgiving, the Holiday Baking season has begun in earnest in our kitchen. As our granddaughter has an egg allergy, we are always on the hunt for egg-free recipes and this one from Kelly Rudnicki, author of The Food Allergy Mama’s Baking Book, was a hit. In addition to the usual ball…

23 June 2021: Sugar Cookie Bars

Always on the lookout for an easy cookie recipe, I recently came across this one in the New York Times Food section. Adapted by Margaux Laskey, it originated with American Girl, presumably that’s a reference to American Girl dolls, which as a boy-mom but an elementary teacher, I have only a passing acquaintance with. We…

13 June 2021: Chocolate Drop Cookies

I’ve enjoyed baking for as long as I can remember, and throughout our COVID isolation, I made bread several times a week. With just two of us here, it’s hard to justify regularly baking desserts. However, watching the British Bake-off for the umpteenth time got me thinking: all those practice bakes at home had to…

05 December 2018: More Classic Holiday Cookies – Natale Cookies

Unbelievably, this year, I’ve been drawn away from chocolate cookies toward citrus-y cookies! I know, there are Peanut Butter Blossoms in my (baking) future, but so far I’ve been working on something entirely different. Again, The Boston Globe’s Classic Holiday Cookie article is my source. Three bakes in and every single one has been a…