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Peanut Blossom cookies were a 1957 Bake-Off entry from Freda Smith of OH. Her blossoms made the finals, but the grand prize went to Gerda Roderer’s Accordion Treats. Though they didn’t score enough points to win, Peanut Blossoms became very popular and 50 years later they’re still a national favorite.  Pillsbury sticks with the version […]


Published on December 3, 2009
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Top Cookie Exchange Cookies

by on December 1, 2009 · 30 comments

Hosting a cookie exchange is fun because rather than make super-impressive cookies, your job as host is to make sure others have fun (and provide extra containers). It’s the guests who have to worry about whether their cookies taste good and are as pretty as the others. I get so nervous going to cookie exchanges […]


Published on December 1, 2009
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Hazelnut Linzer Bars

by on November 30, 2009 · 5 comments


Fitting 50 good recipes into 5×7 inch magazine supplement can’t be easy, but Food Network Magazine managed to do it with December’s “50 Holiday Cookies”. Using the one-dough-50-variations trick is one way to get the job done, but they went the extra mile by piggybacking off five different “families” of dough – Sugar Cookies, …


Published on November 30, 2009
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Almond Toffee Revisited

by on October 27, 2009 · 92 comments

Almond Toffee

If you lived close by, we could meet at your house, pull out all the gear, arrange the ingredients and walk through this recipe together. I’d guide you every step of the way and after one try – or maybe two, because after 24 years of making this toffee I still screw it up sometimes, […]


Published on October 27, 2009
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White Chocolate Challah Bread Pudding

by on September 25, 2009 · 5 comments

White Chocolate Challah Bread Pudding

I’m on my way to San Francisco and will check in from there, but for now I wanted to tell you about some recipes that have been on my mind — old recipes from the past. September 22 was National White Chocolate Day. Naturally, I missed it. If I’d been on top my National Food […]


Published on September 25, 2009
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Blueberry-Pecan Mexican Wedding Cookies

There’s buzz on Twitter about a new book called “Ratio” and some people are going out and buying scales. Yay! Scales! Homesick Texan (Lisa) bought one and used the book’s ratios to create her own Mexican wedding style cookie. She wanted a ratio of 1 part sugar, 2 parts butter and 3 parts flour. That […]


Published on April 24, 2009
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Merry Christmas!

by on December 25, 2007 · 11 comments

Fuzz Gets What She Wants.


Published on December 25, 2007
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Peppermint Cheese Brownie

by on December 14, 2007 · 1 comment

I’ve already made today’s cookie (which is really a candy), but for now, check this out. YUM!

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Published on December 14, 2007