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Chocolate Pretzel Cookies

Chocolate Pretzel Cookies

Visiting my Grandmother’s house during the holidays as a kid, I always searched the kitchen for a tin containing Danish butter cookies. These buttery shortbread cookies were a treat that never seemed to appear in my house. I liked the sugar-topped pretzels the best. Big sugar crystals, buttery cookie, melt-in-your-mouth texture – what’s not to love? I’ve made my own version of these cookies before ... Read More »

Cook’s Illustrated Tests Cookie Scoops

Cook's Illustrated Tests Cookie Scoops

Portion scoops, or cookie scoops, are the best tool you can use to bake cookies with a uniform size and shape. The scoops come in a variety of sizes and allow you to easily produce ball after ball of dough with ease. In a recent issue (Jan/Feb 2017), Cook’s Illustrated set out to test some scoops and see which ones outperformed the rest. The test kitchen ... Read More »

Homemade Gingerbread Rum

Homemade Gingerbread Rum

I love making homemade spirit infusions and syrups for cocktails, especially during the holidays. Not only do they make great gifts, but they enable you to make truly unique signature cocktails for any gathering! This gingerbread rum is infused with the flavors of gingerbread. You’ll note that I didn’t call it gingerbread infused rum because I didn’t stuff any cookies into the bottle! The rum ... Read More »

Cranberry Streusel Coffee Cake

Cranberry Streusel Coffee Cake

Pancakes, french toast, muffins and bagels are all fantastic weekend breakfast options, but nothing seems to excite a crowd like a streusel-topped coffee cake. I don’t know if it is the fact that permission to eat cake for breakfast (which I have been known to do anyway) is what makes coffee cake so great, or it is the streuel topping that reels people in. Whatever ... Read More »

Baking Bites for Craftsy: Gluten Free Gingerbread Men

Baking Bites for Craftsy: Gluten Free Gingerbread Men

Gingerbread men and women are classic holiday cookies that are both fun to make and fun to eat. I make a few batches every year, using both traditional gingerbread cookie doughs and sugar cookie doughs. Both of those recipes are made with regular wheat flour, which means that they’re not suitable for cookie-lovers that have dietary restrictions around wheat. But I firmly believe that no one ... Read More »

Nestle Triple Chip Morsels, reviewed

Nestle Triple Chip Morsels

Semisweet chocolate chips are the chip of choice for most bakers in most recipes, whether we’re talking about cookies or cakes. Semisweet chocolate chips are actually dark chocolate, meaning that they don’t have any dairy added to them, but they do typically have a slightly higher sugar content than other dark chocolates (including chocolate chips sold as “dark chocolate”) that makes them a bit sweeter ... Read More »

Pecan Crescent Cookies

Pecan Crescent Cookies

Whenever I need to bake multiple batches of cookies at one time – for a holiday party, a cookie swap or as a treat friends and family – I like to make sure there is some variety in my presentation by making cookies that look distinctive. This could be accomplished by baking one batch of chocolate chip cookies and another of chocolate brownie cookies, but ... Read More »

Lingonberry Hot Toddy

Lingonberry Hot Toddy

A hot toddy is a great way to warm you up on a cold winter evening or to help soothe your throat when you have a cold. It’s a hot cocktail that is typically made with a combination of honey, hot water and a spirit, such as whisky, rum or brandy. All kinds of other elements, such as citrus, tea and spices, can be added ... Read More »

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