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Not long ago I met a few friends for breakfast to catch up and it turned into an all day affair. We started with pancakes, spent a big part of the day in a coffeeshop and ended with wings and beers. It was a damn delight. At one point somewhere in the middle of it all, I was waning a bit – it happens – and needed a boost. It was fortuitous that I was sitting in a coffeeshop. I’m not generally a coffee drinker so I ordered a chai, made with oat milk because yes, I am on that bandwagon. Throwing caution to the wind I had the barista throw in a shot of espresso to perk me up. Yes, I ordered what is known as an oat milk Dirty Chai. Never before has a more trendy hipster drink been ordered. Never before have I ordered such a trendy hipster drink. But hear me out: it was absolutely delicious. Yeah, I had a few. It was a long day.

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Happy New Year! I’m moving a bit slowly into this one, taking my time, taking a while to get up to 2020 speed. A few weeks ago before my godsons went back to college, we cooked dinner together. Homemade wonton soup and a simple noodle stir fry dish. They’re young and learning how to cook and I coached one through the basics of a stir fry: screaming hot pan, everything cut to the same size, cooking in batches starting with the firmest vegetables. They did a great job and we enjoyed a delicious dinner made almost entire by them and their younger sister. I learned that having 3 young agile hands forming won tons, none of which were mine, is 100% the way to go.

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So I’m really into these made up food holidays this year. They crack me up. We’ve had National Tempura Day, Hot & Spicy Food Day, for some reason there’s a Strawberry Ice Cream Day (in January?), and maybe you celebrated Popcorn Day and Cheese Lovers Day over the weekend. The month is just chockablock full of reasons to eat. Not to be outdone, today is … get this … National Blondie Day. Yep, a WHOLE DAY dedicated to a non-chocolate brownie. Hilarious! While I do love a blondie, I have to think a lot of people are disappointed when they receive a chocolate-less brownie. Regardless, I’m going to forge ahead on this one with Cinnamon Toast Blondies.

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So this is it. Day 12. We did it. We now have a full 36 different cookies made from a single simple butter dough in our holiday – or anytime – repertoire. Nicely done folks! Today as the capper for the final day of the 12 Days of Cookies, a very simple, easy and rather Christmasy one too … Classic Molasses Cookies. (more…)

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I like to throw a curveball into the mix every once in a while and today, as we near the end of the 12 Days of Cookies, that is a floral flavor. Last year I included a really nice Cardamom Rose cookie in the mix, using dried rose petals and a hint of rose water. It was an interesting and rather pretty flavor to disrupt the expected holiday combinations of spice and fruit and it was lovely too. I was happy with the new addition so this year, I’ve got a lavender entry. Why not? For Day 10 of the 12 Days of Cookies, a.k.a. One Dough/Many Cookies, we have a Brown Sugar Wafer with Lemon Lavender Glaze.

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One week people. One week until Christmas Eve. I am nowhere near ready but that’s neither here nor there because we are officially ¾ of the way through this year’s 12 Days of Cookies and that is cause for celebration. To date, if you count previous years, we have 33 completely different cookies made from one basic cookie dough, and 33 is a very lucky number in my world. So huzzah to us all! Even better, today’s cookie has one of my favorite ingredients AND a glaze. I do so love a glaze. For Day 9 … Black Walnut Cookies with Maple Glaze.

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Day 8 people. We’ve come around the bend and are heading home. Sure, there are five more to go but we’re making good time. Today, for Day 8 of the 12 Days of Cookies, we have another classic: Date Nut Swirls. It’s an old fashioned flavor with a new fangled twist. (more…)

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You know what we haven’t had in 3 years worth of 12 Days of Cookies? Biscotti. Right? Let’s fix that today. To the basic butter cookie dough add cornmeal for crunch, egg whites for structure, a little honey, some additional leaveners and for flavor, lemon and black pepper (because why not?) For Day 7 … Lemon Cornmeal Biscotti.

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We’ve always been a big cookie baking family and the holidays had a very specific list. Cream cheese spritz for sure, with an abundance of sprinkles and those mercury loaded silver balls. Windowpane cookies which to the delight of the kids and the horror of my mother, we’d crush hard candies with hammers to sprinkle inside the cutouts. Candy bits scattered everywhere. And how much easier would it have been if we’d had silicone baking mats back then?? Kolacky. Twisty peppermint candy canes. And pecan tassies, little miniature pecan pies. So today for Day 6 of the 12 Days of Cookies, a holiday classic … Pecan Tassies. We’re at the halfway mark folks!

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Can you do a bang up Christmas Cookie platter without something peppermint? Well, I would say yes because I think a lot of peppermint recipes make everything in the dang box taste minty so you’ve got to approach the flavor with caution. Let me amend that … you’ve got to approach peppermint extract with caution as it tends to overpower everything. Pack those cookies separately if you can. (Note I did a peppermint cookie in 2016 but skipped the flavor in 2017 for this reason.) That all said, I think I’ve found a way around this conundrum. For Day 5 of the 12 Days of Cookies, may I present Peppermint Brownie Bars. Oh you bet. (more…)

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