Holiday Checkerboard Cookies

I have a love for all things bright and patterned, so of course I just had to try my hand at these “checkerboard” cookies. I chose to do a white and red pattern, but they would be even more festive in red and green.

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Shortbread Faceoff! Contender #2, Rosemary

Contender #2 in my shortbread faceoff is a fragrant rosemary version. The rosemary is quite prevalent, so if you’re not a fan, this is not the recipe for you! I love the idea of using herbs in sweet recipes. They add an element that you certainly can’t recreate with any other ingredients. My whole house…

Shortbread Faceoff! Contender #1, Pistachio

I’ve been toying with the idea of putting a holiday spin on my classic shortbread recipe, so I came up with two variations. The first is a nutty, crunchy pistachio version. Flecked with little bits of green, these little darlings have a subtle festive quality.

Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti

Loving this holiday twist on my standby biscotti recipe! The green and red colors make it extra festive. Crunchy with a softer interior, these cookies are best dunked in a cup of coffee. Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti Ingredients: 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 3/4 cup sugar 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room…

Double Chocolate Walnut Blondies

As a kid, I would often do the Saturday shopping with my father. A local farm and produce stand that we frequented also happened to stock the best, homemade sweets. Week by week, I would go back and forth between picking out rich, luscious brownies or chewy, decadent blondies. Ultimately, the blondies won out and…

“Chipwich” Ice Cream Sandwiches

As a kid, whenever the local ice cream truck would roll up, my absolute favorite treat was a Chipwich. Two chocolate chip cookies and creamy vanilla ice cream wrapped in mini-chocolate chips, what could possibly be better? As I get older, I find myself nostalgic for these little childhood joys. So when temperatures surpassed 90…

Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies

Like any good baker, I’m always on the lookout for the *PERFECT* chocolate chip cookie. A few months ago, when a colleague and friend of mine offered to share one of the cookies that his mom had sent him in a care package, I knew that I had finally found “the one.” Moist and pillowy…

Birthday Diaries, Part 1: “Metal Fist” Sugar Cookies

So I have a cute, sassy blonde friend who happens to LOVE heavy metal music…so much so that she loves to show off her bright blue mani with her signature “metal fist.” When browsing through cookie cutters at my favorite shop, CopperGifts.com (doesn’t everyone spend their Saturday night doing that??) I found the PERFECT shape and…