I went looking for my favorite Hershey’s Kisses for Christmas baking, those with dark chocolate covering a mint cream truffle. I couldn’t find them but spied the new (to me, anyway) Candy Cane Kisses and said “Yes, please. I can see a new cookie this year in my Snick line.” The dough has a hint … More New! Hershey’s puts out new Kiss. I make a new cookie. Candy Cane Snicks.
For several years I’ve been making some type of caramel for Christmas gift baskets except for last year. I admit to a bit of pride in making them without the addition of corn syrup, just cream and sugar and butter and some flavoring along with a lot of stirring over heat. I did not intend … More Accidental Chocolate Caramels
I’m not embarassed. I like Russians. I make some type of Russian Tea Cakes every year during the Christmas bake, miniature in size. I’m very fond of Russian Tea Cakes and so are all those who find some in their goody tins. They have other names to other bakers. I must thank my cousin in … More New! Cinnamon Mini Teacakes
Who doesn’t want something chocolate and delicious in the Christmas goody box besides fudge? This year I made chocolate fudge with no nuts, but the brownies are another story. Rocky Road brownies are “just” brownies with added marshmallows, chips and nuts either in or on the cookie. Some folks like no nuts, some like walnuts, … More Rocky Road Brownies with Roasted Pecans
Making a short list of a few goodies to be made for a very short list of people this year for Christmas, I decided to add Spritz because it’s not only a tasty bite of buttery crispness, but one of those cookies which the children have fun decorating and so we did. It’s also a … More In the kitchen with juliyya: Spritz!
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
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.
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