Hazelnut Raspberry Almond Thumbprint Cookies

My holiday baking is underway, and raspberry thumbprint cookies are an all-time favorite…and they’re pretty too! For these cookies, I combined two of my favorite recipes:  Pillsbury’s Hazelnut Melting Moments and Land o’ Lakes’ Raspberry Almond Shortbread Thumbprints.  With toasted and chopped hazelnuts, the Pillsbury recipe* makes a tender and delicious base,  and I used […]

“Party Perfect” Cookie Tray II: Bethy’s Pink Cookies

I LOVE these cookies.  REALLY love ’em.  They are a soft version of the ever-popular Italian iced cookies and, once you start, you can’t stop eating them.  They are exclusive to my friend Bethy and, quite honestly, nobody makes them like she does. We spent a day together baking cookies for an upcoming wedding shower, […]

Annual Christmas Cookie Baking Marathon – ’10

Includes recipes for Mocha Cookies, Frosted Cranberry Drop Cookies, Gianduja Bells, Cashew Brittle, Mandelhoernchen, Cranberry, White Chocolate, Pistachio Biscotti, Raspberry Almond Shortbread Thumbprints, Italian Christmas Cookies, Molasses Sugar Cookies, Spritz

“Party Perfect” Cookie Tray – the presentation

Includes recipes and recipe links for Chocolate Almond Macaroons, Sugar Crusted Snowballs, Jam Sticks, Chocolate-Espresso Shortbread Wedges, Double Coconut Biscotti, Italian Iced Cookies, Chocolate Biscotti, Turtle Bars, Peanut Butter Munchies, Chocolate Espresso Balls, Jan Hagels, Butter Cookies, Pignoli Cookies, Florentine Cookie Bars

The “Party Perfect” Cookie Tray – Chocolate Almond Macaroons

No doubt about it.  Of all the treats I love to bake, cookies are my #1 favorite!  So, when I volunteer to bring along a tray of cookies, I think about whether I’ll bake the tried-and-true standards (chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin, giant ginger cookies, white chip macadamia, etc.), or the pretty little butter cookies that […]

Yes, little a baked Christmas cookies too.

I’m not going to lie – baking doesn’t really appeal to me. I love baked goods. Love, love, LOVE to eat them. Look at those? How could you not love those cookies? And trust me – they taste just as good as they look. I should know. I ate enough of them in the past […]

Annual Christmas Cookie-Baking Marathon

Includes recipes for Snowflake cutouts, Butter Crisp spritz, Molasses sugar cookies, Italian Christmas Cookies, Nutella Sandwiches, Almond Macaroons, Cappucino Crinkles, Almond Drop, Cranberry, White Chocolate, Pistachio Biscotti, Almond Crescent Cookies, Apricot-Orange Shortbread Bars.

Christmas Cookies – Snowflake Cutouts

Today was our first “snow day”!  School was closed and all my daycare children spent the day at home with their moms.  With Christmas only 16 days away, I wondered how best to spend this precious day off.  Write Christmas cards?  Wrap gifts?  Decorate the tree?  All VIP, but not nearly as important as baking […]

Christmas Cookie Preview

I decided to test new recipes for my “Christmas Cookie Day Marathon”. (There’ll be lots more about this annual event in upcoming posts). As if I don’t already have enough cookie books and holiday baking magazines, I went ahead and purchased the Better Homes and Gardens Special Interest Publications “Christmas Cookies”. Lots of different recipes! […]