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Coconut Shortbread

coconut shortbread fingers

I find that there are generally two types of shortbread cookies: thin, crispy ones and thick, buttery ones (A third type of shortbread cookies would be the “bad” ones, but I won’t even get into those – who wants to hear about bad cookies when you can hear about good ones?). I like both and while I am partial to the crispness of the thinner ... Read More »

Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

Homemade Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

Peanut butter and chocolate are a good combination – great combination, in fact – which is precisely why there are so many peanut butter and chocolate confections out there. But commercial availability has never stopped me from putting together a homemade version of a favorite treat before, so when I saw a recipe for homemade chocolate peanut butter candies on on Bittersweet, I knew I ... Read More »

Cherry Garcia Biscotti

cherry garcia biscotti

Cherry Garcia is a flavor of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream that was developed as a kind of tribute to Jerry Garcia, but it is so popular (it is the brand’s top selling flavor) that at this point the name can almost act as a stand in for anything with bing cherries and chocolate chunks and people will know exactly what flavors they’re going to ... Read More »

Oven-Baked Latkes

crispy, baked latkes

It’s traditional for fried foods to be served during Hannukah, celebrating oil in memory of the miracle (a small amount of lamp oil lasting for eight days instead of just one) that started the holiday. Latkes and sufganiyot (doughnuts) are two of the most popular items, staples at just about every Hannukah party/celebration. Both are tasty, but I am a particular fan of latkes. The ... Read More »

Peppermint Cookies n’ Cream Brownies

Peppermint Cookies n' Cream Brownies, side view

Fudgy. Rich. Intense. Chocolaty. Pepperminty. Amazing. All of these words are ones that I would use to describe these Peppermint Cookies n’ Cream Brownies, which just might be my favorite brownies to date. The response to them in general (as soon as my unofficial tasters no longer had their mouths stuffed full of brownie) was “oh my god.” They had a fantastic balance between being ... Read More »

Sweet Potato Scones

Sweet Potato Scones, with butter

 A scone is a quickly made pastry, a mix of flour and butter that is baked in a hot oven until flaky and golden. Scones, at least here in the US, are rarely served plain. Instead of the basic perfect-with-jam-and-clotted-cream scone that you might find served at an afternoon tea, we’re a lot more likely to see them augmented with dried fruits, sugar or other ... Read More »

Gingerbread Men

gingerbread man with santa hat

When I was a kid, I didn’t like gingerbread cookies. They were always cute and looked tempting, but the taste was a let down time and time again. The cookies either verged on choking me with spices or had so little spice they tasted bland. Even worse was the texture, since half the time the cookies were so hard that I worried I’d break a ... Read More »

Banana Gingerbread

banana ginerbread

In the mood for something to pair with that gingerbread latte? Almost any sweet cake, bread or cookie can go with the coffee drink, but with the Christmas season approaching, this seems like as good a time as any to play up the gingerbread flavor by matching the drink with an equally seasonal treat. In this case, I’m talking about banana gingerbread. Banana gingerbread, as ... Read More »

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