Posts Tagged: Baking

Pink Neapolitan Birthday Cake

Pink makes me happy….and that’s all I’ll say in defense of the color of this frosting.  (and maybe I’ll admit that I wasn’t paying close enough attention when I dipped the toothpick into the gel food color before I added it to the frosting.) Anyway…’s what’s INSIDE that makes this cake so very special.  Take […]

St. Patrick’s Day Brownie Pops

These brownie pops are such an easy and fun way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!  You start out with a fudgy brownie mix.  (I know…I know.  Some of you shudder at the thought of using a prepared mix, but there are times…many times…that I find mixes to be perfectly fine.  And this is one of […]

Oatmeal Scotchies

Who doesn’t love these cookies?  I think they’re a great break from good ol’ chocolate chips, and they’re just as easy to eat by the handful! I follow the Nestle’s recipe printed on the butterscotch morsels package, but I substitute 1/2 cup butter-flavored Crisco for one stick of butter.  I also add two extra tablespoons […]

Linzer Cookies

Butter + sugar + flour + almonds + raspberry jam = delicious.  The little twist with these Linzer Cookies is that you add a tablespoon of freshly grated lemon zest, which gives them a tang and complements the sweet raspberry filling. Making them is a bit labor intensive (actually, more than a bit), I admit, […]

Valentine’s Cut-Out Cookies

This past Christmas, Little a gave me one of my all-time favorite gifts.  Presented in a small, decorative holiday box were five little bottles of gel food color, five little pots of gorgeous luster dust, and one little pot of hot pink disco dust!  The gel colors were a great addition to my colorful collection, […]

The Black and White Cookie: A New York experience

Nothing screams “New York City” louder than a black-and-white cookie, so why is it so hard to find the perfect recipe??  I have done extensive internet research, asked culinary school graduates, and I even attempted to interrogate a deli-clerk about the secret icing (until her boss came flying out of the back room with fire […]

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

Christmas Cookies – Snowflake Cutouts II

The truth?  These cookies are lots of work, but they are totally worth the effort!!  For me, it was a two-day event.  I cut and baked the cookies on one day, and frosted and decorated them the next. I used the No Fail Sugar Cookie recipe (minus one teaspoon of baking powder) and my favorite […]

Merry Mitten Cutout Cookies

The cookie baking blitz is on, so I decided to roll some dough and start with the cut-outs!  Since there’s a bit of winter in the air, and I’ve been wearing my new hand-knitted mittens (thank you, Teresa :), I thought merry mittens would be the perfect choice. I used this No Fail Sugar Cookie […]

Luscious Cranberry Squares

Fresh cranberries are such a seasonal treat, and there is almost no better way to celebrate their arrival than to bake up a deliciously moist batch of cranberry squares! CRANBERRY SQUARES 2 cups whole cranberries 1/2 cup sugar 1/2 cup chopped pecans Mix together and spread on the bottom of a 13″ x 9″ greased […]

Mini Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

You know something is “meant to be in your life” when you go from completely-ignorant-of-it’s-existence to hearing-about-it-everywhere-you-go in a matter of days. Or it’s just damned good promotion. Either way, that’s the way it’s been lately for me and BAKED, a bakery in Brooklyn with the most enticing desserts I’ve come across outside of Big […]

“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

“Party Perfect” Cookie Tray – Pignoli Cookies, Butter Cookies & Double Coconut Biscotti

Pignoli cookies are delicious and impressive, so a “party perfect” cookie tray just wouldn’t be complete without them!  I have used the Epicurious recipe for years, and I always get great results.  The posted recipe calls for canned almond paste, but I buy almond paste by the pound at a local Italian deli. This is […]