Man vs. Machine

I thought I was on a roll with the Dessert Decorator Plus.  After my cupcake frosting triumph last week, I was sure I had mastered this baked good decorating tool. I decided to use it for an experiment with spritz cookies, inspired by the 2011 holiday baking edition of Cook’s Illustrated. The article recommended using … Continue reading

Visions of Gingerbread

Not just for European children lost in the woods Gingerbread plays a prominent role in a fair number of children’s tales and Christmas lore, so it’s not surprising I had a very vivid image of this treat growing up.  Humble peasant children nibbled it while traipsing the Black Forest of Germany.  Witches could use it … Continue reading

One recipe = cookie for all seasons

I love these butter cookies because they: Have a great texture (slightly crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside) Taste delicious Are easy to make Can match any theme or occasion They were simply red and green sugar-topped Christmas cookies when I was growing up — my mom got the recipe from Progressive Farmer … Continue reading

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Where I found the recipe(s): My six-year-old has identified five possible vocations: scientist, ninja, teacher, baker or Jedi.  She received the Williams-Sonoma Kids Baking book for Christmas to nurture her baking dreams. The aspiring baker and her five-year-old cousin mastered Chocolate Crinkle Cookies last Sunday afternoon.  And aside from a little help with the mixer, … Continue reading

Honey Refrigerator Cookies Take You Back to 1942

Where I found the original recipe(s): I received The Gourmet Cookie Book (The Single Best Recipe From Each Year 1941-2009) for Christmas. More than just pages of intriguing recipes, this book offers a history lesson of sorts. Each recipe is one that was featured in Gourmet magazine over the years (and the cookbook, as the … Continue reading

Melt-In-Your-Mouth Peanut Butter Cookies

Where I found the original recipe(s): This is certainly not a new recipe to me, but it IS a favorite. I’m not sure where the recipe originally came from, but these are the peanut butter cookies my mom made when I was growing up. What I thought: What I like about these cookies is the … Continue reading

Just in Time for Valentine’s Day . . . Cut-out Cookies

This recipe isn’t new, but I think it’s worth sharing. I got it from my mom (she made these cut-outs when I was growing up) and the recipe is noted “Kraft recipe,” so I’m guessing it’s something Kraft Foods originally shared. These cut-outs are of the soft variety – they have an almost cake-like texture. … Continue reading