Cookies and Bars

Chewy Butter Pecan Cookies (and Beer) for Santa

Chewy Butter Pecan Cookies

Cookies and craft beer. That’s what Landry leaves out for Santa. The jolly old elf’s tastes sure have changed over the years! 30 years ago, his choice of treat while making the brief stop at our house was always a glass of milk and a slice of chocolate pie. I remember asking my dad why [...]

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Orange & Cranberry Curd Squares

Orange and Cranberry Curd Squares

This truly is the most wonderful time of the year. After our Fairy Mermaid Princess (Princess Mermaid Fairy?) waved goodbye to the last of the trick or treaters, we turned off the lights and gave The Little her choice of Hocus Pocus or Charlie Brown to help wind down from the excitement of the night. [...]

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Chewy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chewy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

After spending a week learning about cooking and nutrition at her preschool, my sweet(ish) little(ish) Landry Kate came home with a chef hat, an apron, and an intensely unwavering interest to help me brownies. Can we make brownies? Can we make brownies now? [yelling from inside the pantry] I can’t find the box of brownies! [...]

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White Chocolate-Peppermint Chunk Cookies

White Chocolate-Peppermint Chunk Cookies

It’s a cookie hangover kind of Monday. Yesterday I took 6 dozen cookies to a cookie exchange… and came home with 6 dozen different cookies. Chocolate-covered cherry cookies, chocolate-peppermint sandwich cookies, peanut butter truffles, chocolate-ginger cookies, cinnamon-chocolate chip… In between baking and packaging up 6 dozen cookies and the tummy full of deliciously sweet shame [...]

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Christmas Cookie Icing

Sugar Cookie Icing

You know what the best part of decorating cookies is? That moment right before you actually start making the icing. Everything is clean, lined up, and ready to go. Because by the time that the icing is done, all bags and bottles have been filled with each color, and the cookies are spread out… the [...]

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Some little known facts about me: Before retiring a couple of years ago – or maybe I’m just on sabbatical, I haven’t decided yet – I was a project manager in the tech industry. My clients made iThingies and super expensive servers and magical photo editing software that lets you zap that jerky ex-boyfriend out [...]

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PPQ: Cherry Pie Bars

Cherry Pie Bars

I was super excited to see the recipe that Amanda selected for this week’s Project Pastry Queen challenge: Blackberry Pie Bars. Redemption. Sweet, cherry-studded redemption. Because the last time I made them, I totally bonked the recipe. Hard. There would be no bonking this time! I made a few changes this go ’round: – I [...]

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Alfajore Moon Pies

Alfajore Moon Pies

Quirk Books contacted me a while back about participating in Marsh Madness to celebrate Shauna Sever’s new cookbook release, Marshmallow Madness. And I jumped all over it. Because it combines two things that are quite dear to me: Tourney-style brackets in March. And dessert. Everyone wins! Totally unlike the office pot where the intern who [...]

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