We are halfway through our 12 Days of Cookies extravaganza thing, and I chose something familiar, the coconut bars from 1953. I had these many times while growing up, but I’ve never made them myself and I felt it was high time to do so. They made me feel so very retro I wanted to [...]
Day 5 of our 12 Days of Cookies extravaganza thing, and I chose to make fig shortbread cookies from 1964. They don’t look like much, but I think they have a perfect shortbread texture, slightly dry and crumbly, and they have pecans, one of my favorite nuts. The figs are ground up in the food [...]
One of Michael’s fondest memories of Christmas was making gingerbread men and cutout cookies. For as long as he can remember, his family made them every year, even during the teenage years when it was uncool and he and his brothers would grouse, all the while secretly enjoying it. His mom still makes these every [...]
Every year I look forward to the Food Network 12 Days of Cookies newsletter and I eagerly open each email and admire the pretty cookies. I always find something new to try or a twist on an old favorite, and this year was no exception. Day 1 kicked off the series with some beautiful Florentines, [...]
It’s Friday morning, Christmas is just a few days away, and as always I’m trying to finish up baking in preparation for the festivities. The baby was pretty fussy yesterday, so I just put him in the sling and baked while carrying him around. He did much better once I got him in the sling, [...]
These are on our annual holiday cookies list. My side of the family fills the tops with colored frosting or chocolate frosting, and my husband’s side of the family fills them with jam, but Nutella is also a good choice. The butter cookies are rolled in crushed pecans and baked, with the thumbprint added mid-bake.
I remember the first time my grandmother made these cookies for the holidays. She called them kiss cookies, but then she proceeded to explain that someone had told her the cookies were also called something else, which I will not repeat here. Let’s just say that my uncles and aunts thought the name was hilarious. [...]