Sugar Cookies

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Amish Sugar Cookies

In honor of National Sugar Cookie Day, here’s an old recipe that I’ve really grown to appreciate over the years. It was given to me by a reader named John, whose version was actually double this.  These are crumbly and light and kind of fall apart when you eat them; but they’re not like shortbread […]

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Published on July 9, 2014
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Caramel Frosted Cookies

by on June 18, 2014 · 7 comments

Caramel Drops

These cookies were inspired by some I saw in a little coffee shop on the North Shore of Chicago. I have no idea what recipe they used, but the cookies were puffy, covered with caramel frosting, and had a drizzle of chocolate.    I created my own version yesterday morning, and the family gave them […]


Published on June 18, 2014
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Totonac's Vanilla

The Buttery Snickerdoodle Recipe from the back of the King Arthur Bread Flour bag has been calling my name ever since I pulled it out to make pizza dough. I love how bread flour improves the texture of certain baked goods. Alton Brown uses it in his famous chocolate chip cookies, Cook’s Illustrated recommends …


Published on June 4, 2014
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I hadn’t planned on having a sugar cookie baking marathon this week, but I was tired of chocolate and felt like experimenting. Specifically, I wanted to see if using Wondra in cut-out cookies would make a difference.  The answer?  Well, I think it was yes! So what is Wondra?   I remember it as the flour […]


Published on February 20, 2014
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My New Favorite Sugar Cookies

by on October 28, 2013 · 6 comments

Big Chewy Sugar Cookies

I love trying new sugar cookie recipes, but for the past few weeks I’ve been making the same one over and over again. Normally I prefer crunchy sugar cookies, but these cookies are a chewy exception! A mixture of cream cheese, oil and butter gives them a non-cakey, crispy-edged texture plus an interesting flavor. …


Published on October 28, 2013
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Berger Cookies

by on July 25, 2012 · 25 comments

Berger Cookies

A cookie I’ve been curious about but have never tasted is Baltimore’s famous Berger Cookie. Created in 1835 by German immigrants George and Henry Berger, the cookies are now sold by DeBaufre Bakeries and can be purchased on line or at various retailers. Given the hot weather and the fact the cookies have …


Published on July 25, 2012
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Five Flavor Sugar Cookies

by on March 13, 2012 · 12 comments

Five Flavor Sugar Cookies

The first (successful) pound cake I ever made, was called Five Flavor Pound Cake. Named for its five extracts, coconut, lemon, rum, butter, and vanilla extracts, it has a unique flavor all its own. This week I decided to see if that same flavor combination would work well in sugar cookies. It did. I didn’t […]


Published on March 13, 2012
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Sugar Cookies

The last time I put a secret ingredient in sugar cookies, it was pudding mix. This time it’s something different. Pineapple extract! Not a lot – just a few drops or enough to add a tiny bit of flavor to the cookies. I got the idea from a reader in California who thought pineapple extract […]


Published on March 8, 2012