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.
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, Recipe
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
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
The recipe was in a grocery flyer. Since I usually make a peanut butter fudge for Christmas but sometimes a maple fudge using real maple cream, and since I read that a Seattle breakfast habit called “Biscuit Bitch” serves a biscuit with peanut butter and maple (which I’ve never tried,) I decided to try the … More 4. Peanut Butter Maple Fudge
They’re butter cookies with cinnamon and spices in them. Some have red hots. They were inspired by a bite of homemade Dutch Spekulaas last week. Mmm.
It’s all about the photo, really, of samples from the tins full of goodies I’ve made in the last three days. In order, from the left including my own recipes: my Crookies, Peanut Butter Fudge, Haystacks, my Rum Raisin Joneses, my Peppermint Cream Joneses, my Chocolate Mint Chews, my Coconut Butter Cookies with Seattle Seahawks’ colors, … More Tray of Goodies, Really.
This year’s Christmas goodies brought an opportunity to try yet another flavor of the highly-favored mini tea cakes I make every year, those one-bite little balls of buttery and sugary goodness that melt in the mouth. I’m fond of fennel candy, those little seeds covered in a hardened coat of sugar in interesting colors that … More Kashmiri Fennel Tea Cakes
Christmas baking is well and truly underway in my kitchen. Yesterday I prepared peanut butter fudge and made three cookie doughs. One of the doughs was for this butter cookie with finely chopped coconut. It spent the night in the fridge and first thing this morning was sliced, decorated with blue and green sparkling sugar … More Coconut Butter Cookies