Well Happy Valentine’s Day friends. That ever so special day of chocolate, hearts and overpriced flowers. I’m doing a few chocolate posts for the month and this is no exception though today, I’ve holiday’d it up for you. I’ve made cookies and if you’re going to make cookies for Valentine’s Day, they have to be heart shaped. It’s a rule.
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Posted in chocolate, cookies, holidays, tagged chocolate cardamom shortbread, chocolate dipped shortbread hearts, chocolate shortbread, chocolate shortbread cookies, chocolate shortbread hearts, valentine's day cookies, valentine's day recipes on February 14, 2017| 4 Comments »
I have a soft spot in my heart for old school American Chinese restaurants. They are the food of my childhood, serving up comforting favorites like crispy egg rolls, chop suey and day-glo orange sweet and sour pork. Theses restaurants may not have been authentically Chinese but they served up some delicious food and the Ho-Wah in Phoenix Arizona was no exception. It is long gone but is, to this day, the standard by which I judge all American Cantonese restaurants. A storefront with an old neon sign and a very particular typeface will stop me in my tracks every time. The food may be hit or miss but when I’m lucky enough to find a good one, it brings me right back to those childhood meals at Ho-Wah and I’m happy.
Posted in 12 days of cookies, cookies, holidays, tagged 12 days of cookies, butter cookie variations, candy cane cookies, christmas baking, christmas cookies, holiday baking, holiday cookies, one dough many cookies, peppermint candy cane cookies, peppermint cookies, peppermint crisps on December 25, 2016| Leave a Comment »
Here we are; the final day of The 12 Days of Cookies. And a Merry Christmas to you too! I saved this one for last because they are the essence of Christmas. Literally. They’re peppermint. If Christmas doesn’t smell like peppermint, then I don’t know what does. Today the final cookie to cap off my series of “one dough, many cookies” are Peppermint Crisps. Or Peppermint Candy Canes. Really depends on what you want to do and how much time you want to spend doing it.
Posted in 12 days of cookies, cookies, holidays, tagged 12 days of cookies, butter cookie variations, christmas baking, christmas cookies, holiday baking, holiday cookies, one dough many cookies, pecan butter cookies, pecan triangles on December 23, 2016| 1 Comment »
The finish line is in sight on this little 12 Days of Cookies project. So far we’ve taken a basic butter cookie dough and made a bunch of different cookies: Jam Thumbprints, Mexican Chocolate Crinkles, Butter Rum Bars, Cranberry Pistachio Coins, Candied Ginger Spice Buttons, Russian Teacakes, Apricot Rosemary Shortbread, Chocolate Hazelnut Buttons, Dark Chocolate Mocha Sandwich Cookies and Coconut Lime Sticks. All from one dough. A pretty good mix if I do say so. Today’s cookie, for Day 11, is a simple but delicious one. Pecan Triangles.
Posted in 12 days of cookies, cookies, holidays, tagged 12 days of cookies, butter cookie variations, christmas cookies, coconut lime butter cookies, coconut lime cookies, coconut lime sticks, holiday baking, holiday cookies, one dough many cookies on December 21, 2016| Leave a Comment »
I know … you put the lime in the coconut and drink it all up. I’d drink that so I understand why they wrote a whole song about it. Sounds wonderful, belly ache or not. Lime and coconut are a delicious combination and one I especially like in just about anything. In fact, last year around this time I made chewy Chile Lime Macaroons so it’s not like I haven’t explored this territory before. So for Day 10 of this 12 day cookie adventure, I did something a little different; buttery, crumbly yet tender. Today it’s Coconut Lime Sticks.
Posted in 12 days of cookies, cookies, holidays, tagged 12 days of cookies, butter cookie variations, chocolate ganache filled cookies, chocolate sandwich cookies, christmas cookies, dark chocolate mocha sandwich cookies, holiday baking, holiday cookies, one dough many cookies on December 19, 2016| Leave a Comment »
Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate. If you’re making a holiday cookie platter, it has to have something chocolate. It’s a rule. So far this month, I’ve done two chocolate cookies – one a spicy Mexican chocolate number and the other, in the last post, a delightful combo with hazelnuts. Both are very good but this one, oh this one is chocolate x100. Most of the cookies so far have been fairly simple, pushed into a pan for bars or rolled into balls. These take it up a notch – there’s rolling and cutting and filling. Yes folks, today I’m challenging you. Today we’ve got sandwich cookies; Dark Chocolate Mocha Sandwich Cookies.
Posted in 12 days of cookies, cookies, holidays, tagged 12 days of cookies, butter cookie variations, chocolate hazelnut buttons, christmas cookies, holiday baking, holiday cookies, italian cookies, nutella cookies, one dough many cookies on December 16, 2016| Leave a Comment »
Hazelnuts and chocolate. It’s a lovely combination, isn’t it? For the eighth day of this cookie extravaganza, I wanted to do a nut/chocolate combo but peanut/chocolate didn’t seem special enough and I’d already used pistachios. Pecans were in the last cookie and while I like them very much, they’re not my first choice to pair with chocolate and chocolate is what I was after. Honestly, a chocolate-hazelnut pairing is hard to top. Just ask the Italians. None have embraced this combination quite like the Italians. Where would they be without their Nutella, Ferrero Rocher and Baci candies and can we talk about gianduja? Oh my lord. So the cookie of the day today, obviously, is a Chocolate Hazelnut Button.