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
What? Peanut butter cookie for the Christmas mix? Nope. These are peanut butter and honey, a different cookie almost entirely. Again, one of my mother’s favorite hide-a-ways. Christmas cookies and candies, when I’m the decider, are about different flavors and textures but now I consider the shortened length of my kitchen time, both in number … More Next: Peanut Butter & Honey Cookies
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.
Those crunchy buttery cookies of cinnamon goodness, special for my mother. There’s gotta be a couple types that she can stash away in her dresser drawer, and today I made them both. She loves butter cookies and this year I chose spice to go with the sugar. The other is these bite-size nuggets, mini teacakes … More Today it’s Cinnamon Butter Cookies & Kashmiri Fennel Mini Tea Cakes
Yep, it was the lavender sugar in the jar, infused since St. Patrick’s day and ready for cookies or caramels for the Christmas goody tins, made the answer to the question — what kind of caramels this year? — easy. Lavender is most definitely one of those yes-please or no-thank-you flavors, and for several people … More And today … Royal Velvet Lavender Caramels in the pan
I thought that there’d only be peanut butter fudge made today, but an early start followed by a cleaned and warmed 4-quart pot felt very much like a do-it-now while the pot, spoon and scraper are out. Next, a whole lot of cutting wax paper and wrapping before the fudges join some cookies next week … More Christmas goody making begins with Fudge 1 and Fudge 2
I was making up the grocery list for Old Ladies day at Fred Meyer’s and noticed that today is National Cookie Day. The list already included Hershey’s Dark Chocolate Mint Truffle kisses for the seasonal batch of Minty Chocolate Snicks, so a decision was made to proceed with making the dough-to-go balls and pop them … More National Cookie Day: why not some preps for Christmas koekje baking?