Cookies and Bars

Vanilla Wafers

Homemade Vanilla Wafers

Growing up, Nilla Wafers were a big hit snack in our house. They went into mom’s banana pudding and dad’s chocolate pudding. They were smeared with peanut butter and made into sandwich cookies. They were eaten plain, straight from the box, and enjoyed just as much! I make Homemade Vanilla Wafers and graham crackers (recipe [...]

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Triple Threat Rocky Road Cookies

Triple Threat Rocky Road Cookies

I am quite fond of chocolate cookies, especially when they’re cold and almost fudge-like. So I was super excited when Rebeca chose this week’s Project Pastry Queen recipe: Triple Threat Chocolate Chip Cookies – a crackly cookie loaded with nuts and, as the name suggests, three doses of chocolate. They’re crackly on the outside, chocolatey [...]

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Grapefruit Meltaways

Grapefruit Meltaways

There might be no better way to cure the winter blahs than with a big bag of winter citrus. Our citrus trees are still very young but we hope to get plenty of fruit from them this year. Until then, I’m relying on low prices at the grocery store and my mom. She brought over [...]

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Almond Sugar Cookie Tarts

Almond Sugar Cookie Tarts

Katy chose this week’s Project Pastry Queen recipe, Sugar Saucers – large sugar cookies (as big as saucers) topped with lots and lots of sugar. I have purposely avoided this recipe. There was something about all that unbaked granulated sugar sitting on top of the cookies that was a bit of a turn off. But [...]

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12 Days of Homemade Christmas: Christmas Biscotti

Red, White, and Green Biscotti

I think I would be banned from attending The Foodie Groom’s family Christmas events if I showed up without biscotti. His grandmother, mom, and aunt are this cookie’s biggest fans. I even received an email from a reader who made these cookies and won 1st place in their office cookie bake-off. They’re festively colored and [...]

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12 Days of Homemade Christmas: Chocolate Chunk-Peppermint Cookies

Peppermint Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Christmas ain’t Christmas without chocolate and peppermint. Christmas also ain’t Christmas until somebody cries… but that’s a different story Take a fudgey, confection-like cookie and add peppermint extract and a crushed peppermint garnish. What do you have? One of the most popular Christmas cookie I’ve ever made for our goodie baskets. Get the recipe: Chocolate-Peppermint [...]

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12 Days of Homemade Christmas: Diabetic-Friendly Chocolate Crackles

Chocolate Crackles

There are a handful of diabetics in my immediate and extended family. And every Christmas I get a little stressed because at the very last minute, I realize that my goodie baskets are not diabetic friendly. And when he’s the one you call when your air conditioner goes kaput in the middle of the Texas [...]

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Project Biscotti

Kalyna chose this week’s Project Pastry Queen recipe: Biscotti. In this house, biscotti is very much a seasonal cookie. It’s our tradition. “We” (ha!) make them dozens and dozens of Red, White, and Green Biscotti each December to include as part of our Christmas goodie baskets. I’m usually dancing around the kitchen, rocking out to [...]

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