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Best Butter Cookies

Best Butter Cookies

It’s hard to beat a good butter cookie. It’s also hard to find one that is just the right combination of crispness, tenderness and a good buttery flavor. Bakeries – even otherwise good ones – are filled with bland “butter cookies” topped with a variety of colorful sprinkles to lure you into giving them a chance. I stick to making my own butter cookies these ... Read More »

Brandied Fruitcake Friands

Brandied Fruitcake Friands

Fruitcake isn’t for everyone, even if you like all the individual components that go into a batch of the dense, spicy holiday cake. It’s heavy and filling – something that you don’t want after a big holiday meal. My solution to the problem is a batch of fruitcake friands. These are definitely not your typical fruit cakes. While they do have dried fruit and a ... Read More »

Cranberry Almond Squares

Cranberry Almond Squares

Recipes for cranberry breads and cakes often call for the use of fresh cranberries. Cookies and bar cookies, by contrast, usually call for dried cranberries instead. They’re easy to incorporate and have a nice sweet-tart taste. Dried cranberries mix into batters and doughs just as easily as nuts and chocolate chips do because they don’t add any additional moisture to a recipe. Fresh cranberries can ... Read More »

Shiny Ornament Cookies

Shiny Ornament Cookies

I have to admit that sprinkles are still one of my favorite ways to decorate sugar cookies and butter cookies, but there are so many other ways to decorate them that I can’t just stick to the same old sprinkles every time I bake. Frostings and glazes are great to work with. It is even more fun to paint cookies. Cookie paint can be made ... Read More »

Eggnog Ricotta Cheesecake

Eggnog Ricotta Cheesecake

Eggnog is one of those foods that really conjures up thoughts of the holidays because it’s only available for a few weeks of the year (although you can make it at home anytime). There are also lots of eggnog-flavored treats out there, like cakes and cookies. Many don’t even use eggnog as an ingredient and just include vanilla and nutmeg in the recipes to capture ... Read More »

Orange and Clove Snowball Cookies

Orange and Clove Snowballs

When I was a little kid, every Christmas I would pick oranges from one of our trees and stud them all over with whole cloves. The resulting pomander ball was incredibly fragrant and it only took a couple to infuse almost the whole house with a very subtle smell of orange and cloves, a scent that I associate with the holidays as much as eggnog, ... Read More »

Pre-Bitten Gingerbread Men

Run, run, run, as fast as you can! You can’t catch me – I’m the gingerbread man! The gingerbread men that come out of my oven aren’t all that fast, so I can tell you exactly what happens when I catch one: he looses a leg, an arm or, when I start from the top, his head. I’ll bet that the same thing happens to ... Read More »

Cream Cheese Noodle Kugel

Cream Cheese Noodle Kugel

The first time I was served kugel, I was very young and eating dinner at a friend’s house. Her mom made brisket and kugel for dinner and, while I liked the brisket, I kept clear of the kugel. A noodle casserole? A sweet noodle casserole? Were they kidding? Fortunately, her mom wasn’t offended that I didn’t want to try it right off the bat and ... Read More »

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