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Iced Lemon Sugar Cookies

by on May 23, 2014 · 2 comments

Iced Lemon Cookies

I made these as an excuse to try a new brand of organic butter.  Normally I would have used the store brand or Land o’ Lakes, but the cash register spit out a free coupon for the organic kind, and since butter is more expensive than ever these days, I was pretty happy to redeem […]


Published on May 23, 2014
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Chocolate Chip Cookie Molina

I forgot to post this on May 15, which I’m sure all of you know was National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day, so here it is. Aside from being a good cookie recipe, it’s an excuse to tell you about a brand of vanilla I recently bought called Molina. My favorite Mexican vanilla of all time […]


Published on May 18, 2014
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Chewy Macadamia White Chocolate Bars

Today’s cookies are a long awaited reward for some friends who ran the Capitol 10K, a big running event here in Austin.  Have I mentioned just how active people are in this city? It’s good because it makes me feel less guilty serving desserts. All this running demands fuel, right? Fuel in the form of […]


Published on May 5, 2014
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More Black and White Cookies

by on April 27, 2014 · 3 comments

Black and White Cookies

I’ve always been kind of a traditionalist with Black and White Cookies. To get that tiny hint of lemon flavor, I use a bit of lemon zest; and for the topping, I tend to stick with the smooth, shiny-setting fondant even though it never tastes as good as buttercream. I thought I was being “authentic”, […]


Published on April 27, 2014
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Spirited Chocolate Chip Cookies

Today’s recipe comes courtesy of two good friends: Maris, who posted it on In Good Taste;and Lisa, who created “Sweet William’s Spirited Chocolate Chip Cookies” in honor of her son, William. His birthday was yesterday and he would have been 26.  Lisa made him a carrot cake with “warm spices and no nuts”, which makes […]


Published on April 23, 2014
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Frosted Fudge Brownies

Most of the fudge brownies I make are so rich and dense they don’t need frosting, but every so often I crave the contrasting textures of a chewy base topped with a sweet, feathery-light chocolate icing. There are a few other frosted brownie recipes I like, but this week I tried a new one called […]


Published on April 22, 2014
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Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

It’s been a while since I posted a good oatmeal raisin cookie, so here’s one I made today using some Indonesian cassia cinnamon — and a lot of it! I used a whole teaspoon and a half, but the cinnamon wasn’t overpowering at all. Maybe because Indonesian cassia is just not a very strong cinnamon? […]


Published on April 20, 2014
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Peanut Butter Bars

If you need a little baking therapy, but don’t have the energy to go shopping for ingredients, chances are this recipe will be just the ticket. It was for me. I didn’t have chocolate chips and had to use chopped milk chocolate for the topping, but other than that there weren’t any issues and …


Published on April 16, 2014