***Feel like you’re seeing double? Yes, this is a repost of a previous recipe. I’m reposting it for the holidays, as it’s become quite popular, and I’m adding in a couple of hints that might help you along come baking time….
It seems that a lot of people are having a rough time with the cookies spreading. My guess is that they haven’t used the correct amount of coconut. Make sure that you grab a 14 oz. bag of coconut. There are 10 oz. and 14 oz. bags available at my grocery store. Go big! Read more...(736 words, 10 images, estimated 2:57 mins reading time)
I’m all for elaborate holiday recipes, don’t get me wrong, but sometimes life gets in the way and you want to have something special for, oh let’s say, Halloween, but you’re short on time and energy. That’s when adding a simple touch to a familiar favorite can make all the difference. Fun? Check. Sanity in place after not having to deal with five dozen meticulously decorated Candy Corn cookies? Check. Read more...(849 words, 10 images, estimated 3:24 mins reading time)
Plainly and simply, Dorie Greenspan is my baking guru.
Her Baking: From My Home to Yours book is my baking bible. The pages are dog-eared, floured, crinkly, and splattered with recipe shrapnel, which is always a sign of good things. Her beautiful, delicious desserts are now our birthday traditions and family favorites around here, and I’ve even featured quite a few recipes of hers right here on this blog. So, when my friends at OXO got in touch with me and asked if I’d like to have the opportunity to try out one of Dorie’s newest recipes, from her highly anticipated new book Dorie’s Cookies(Coming in October!), I couldn’t pass it up. Read more...(1888 words, 14 images, estimated 7:33 mins reading time)
Sometimes, you just need a little something sweet, and baking up a little something sweet doesn’t get much easier than these little lemon cookies.
One of my favorite simple cookie recipes is the one for Butter Pecan Toffee Cookies that I shared a long while back. This recipe is quite similar, in that they both use a boxed cake mix as a base. There’s something special about these cake mix cookies! I love how ridiculously easy they are, how deliciously chewy they are, and even better for me, each batch only makes a couple dozen cookies, so I get my fix but we aren’t eating them for days on end. (Or, let’s be honest, I’m not eating them for days on end. I’d be lying if I failed to mention that I had one with my coffee this morning. It’s clearly not a green smoothie kind of day.) Read more...(602 words, 9 images, estimated 2:24 mins reading time)
Looking for a simple St. Patrick’s Day treat to surprise your littlest (and biggest) leprechauns? These ooey-gooey treats are the perfect thing. They are ridiculously simple, taking only five minutes to make, and the result is pretty darn drool worthy. In fact, my family preferred these to the “other” marshmallow-cereal treat we all know and love. (Not that I’d ever turn one of those down, but these are pretty great.)
I started by measuring out ten cups of Lucky Charms cereal into a large bowl.
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If you’re looking for a little something simple and sweet for your loves this Valentine’s Day, these little gems are the perfect thing. They are deceptively simple and, in all honesty, pretty darn cute. My girls were more than a little excited when they came home to find these waiting for them after school. Ah, the life of a food blogger…celebrating life’s holidays a little bit early, every time.
I started by gathering my ingredients, all of which I happened to have on hand already, which is always nice. Read more...(778 words, 9 images, estimated 3:07 mins reading time)
It’s that time of year again! It’s time to announce this year’s contribution to The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap! This is my fifth year participating in this fabulous event, hosted by Julie at The Little Kitchen and Lindsay from Love & Olive Oil. My job? Bake up a fantastically new cookie recipe and ship out boxes of treats to three hungry food bloggers, Secret Santa style. These delectable little cocoa-peppermint gems are what made the cut this year. Dark, and fudgy, but with a peppermint zing that seems just about perfect this time of year, I couldn’t wait to send them out to this year’s recipients, Ginger from Stark Raving Delicious, Kellie from The Suburban Soapbox, and Annie from Annie One Can Cook. Based on the response I got, I think they really enjoyed them! Hope you do too. Read more...(1029 words, 11 images, estimated 4:07 mins reading time)
A couple of weeks ago, I got to cross off something on my bucket list. My dear friend Kristin told us earlier in the summer that she had two extra tickets to see Harry Connick Jr. at The Ravinia Festival in Chicago, and she asked if we’d like to join her and her husband. You may be thinking that seeing Harry live would be the bucket list item. Nope. I’ve seen Harry perform a few other times, and he’s wonderful, he really is. If you ever have the chance to see him, go. He’s ridiculously talented, funny, and charming. Every show of his is different, and he is so personable he can make a large venue seem like a small, intimate jazz club. I had the opportunity to meet him when we lived in New Orleans, and he is refreshingly genuine. I could go on and on about how much I love Harry…and I think I have. Read more...(956 words, 11 images, estimated 3:49 mins reading time)
When I was young, my mother had this wonderful little garden on the side of our house. I used to love watching the garden grow each summer, and daily trips out to pick fresh tomatoes, snap peas and zucchini were a highlight. I remember spending my summer days outside, playing with friends, and we’d snack on sugar snap peas, fresh from the garden, as we played. The zucchini always fascinated me, though, because there were some years when nothing would grow, and others when we’d end up with zucchini as long as our arms, that seemed to weigh as much as a small child. My mom would make zucchini bread after zucchini bread after zucchini bread, and we’d laugh at the size of our ginormous zucchini. They were like veggie snacks for giants. Read more...(923 words, 10 images, estimated 3:42 mins reading time)
Years of living down south taught me a lot of things. One of those lessons learned was that there’s something special about a really good banana pudding. When I came across this recipe, I knew I had to give it a try. It seemed like a fun, simple twist on one of my favorites, and it’s the perfect thing to serve up to friends and family during the spring holiday season! Read more...(648 words, 9 images, estimated 2:36 mins reading time)