Maybe 30 years ago I made a 3-tiered version of this cake for the 50th birthday of the wife of the lawyer for whom I worked in Santa Monica at the time, along with the rest of the meal I catered for 50 guests, precisely. It was then, like now, Camp Fire mint season and … More Chocolate Mint Cake, Deluxe Edition
An experiment in gooeyness is all this is. A low-fat, chewy chocolate chip cookie with a marshmallow baked onto the top of it. Variations on this theme are called smookies and marshookies because they’re a takeoff on those wretched campfire things made with graham crackers, squares of milk chocolate and a freshly-roasted marshmallow. I thought … More Smookie Marshookie Fold-overs
You’re looking at classic Jubilee Jumbles* and my Snicks with Hershey’s Dark Chocolate Mint Truffle Kisses.** I made them as a present for a couple out-of-town nieces who are visiting their cousin (also known as my daughter) today, as she returns to London tomorrow. One of my nieces has a birthday this weekend and her … More Spot the difference.
Since it’s Camp Fire mint season and I have leftover Hershey’s Dark Chocolate Covered Mint Truffle Kisses and a bar of my favorite Lindt Excellence Chili Dark Chocolate and since I am baking some cookies to take along with me for a visit with my mother on Bainbridge Island tomorrow, I decided to try a … More New! Vanilla Chocolate Chili Snickerdoodle
The 17th of January is the birthday of my youngest brother, 10 years younger than me (the oldest of six.) Since he lives in my mother’s home and helps to care for her and the property, she would have baked a cake for his birthday. However, she’s recovering from a surgery at a rehab facility … More Triple Chocolate Birthday Cake
The 22nd of December is the birthday of a friend who didn’t get a cake on her birthday last year (or even a dedicated post-birthday cake) not due to oversight but because my daughter took me to Las Vegas to satisfy my curiosity about the city at the same time as removing me from the … More Chocolate Sourdough Cherry Cake with Betty Christensen’s Fudge Frosting, and a joyous family surprise
Two mailed and here’s the rest, ready for delivery Saturday, the day after the full moon and solstice. Gonna deck the halls of my grand-niece’s birthday party with a big platter of the cookie balls not in these tins. She’s now 11 and we will be meeting for the first time in the morning. We’re … More It’s a wrap. Merry Christmas on the way.
What cookie takes a strong arm, a hammer and a freezer? This one. While the food processor will crush the Oreo Mint Cremes into sticky crumbs, it takes a strong arm to blend cream cheese into the crumbs, a hammer to smash the candy cane decoration and a freezer to chill the rolled balls of … More Chocolate Mint Cookie Balls
First thing this morning, while the coffee was brewing, I was cutting the parchment for these cookies. They’re also known as Hawaiian Dream Bars* in my family, another of my mother’s favorites. I didn’t put butterscotch chips in these, so the coconut is the star. If you’re wondering why I’ve provided them a gender-defining name, … More “Boy Version” Coconut Dream Bars
That’s right. A second batch of chocolate fudge, this time without the walnuts, because more people prefer not to have their chocolate interrupted by a nut.