Bourbon Balls – 12 Days of Cookies

Bourbon Balls Recipe - Andrea Meyers

Day 10 of our 12 Days of Cookies extravaganza thing, and I have to say that I almost didn’t make these bourbon balls because they seemed more like a confection than a cookie to me, except for the fact that they start with a whole bag of Oreos. Yes, crushed chocolate Oreos make the base… 

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Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti – 12 Days of Cookies

Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti Recipe - Andrea Meyers

Day 9 of our 12 Days of Cookies extravaganza thing, and I was craving biscotti, one of my very favorite cookies. These beauties combine cranberries and pistachios for a red and green festive look and taste. These are like traditional Italian biscotti which don’t use butter and they are not soft and crumbly. They are… 

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Cloudt’s Pecan Treats – 12 Days of Cookies

Cloudt's Pecan Treats Recipe - Andrea Meyers

Day 7 of our 12 Days of Cookies extravaganza thing, and the cookie of the day is pecan treats from Cloudt’s in Atlanta. Pecan bars are a Southern delicacy, kind of like eating pecan pie on a shortbread crust, and these are absolutely to die for. Michael kept mumbling “wow” with a mouthful of pecan… 

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Coconut Bars – 12 Days of Cookies

Coconut Bars Recipe - Andrea Meyers

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… 

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Fig Cookies – 12 Days of Cookies

Fig Cookies Recipe - Andrea Meyers

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… 

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Cajun Macaroons – 12 Days of Cookies

A few weeks ago I came across a very cool commemoration of Gourmet magazine’s favorite cookies from 1941-2008. They chose their favorite cookie from each year, made them again and shot photos, then posted the recipes exactly as they had been originally written. As it turns out, I wasn’t the only food blogger who enjoyed… 

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Roasted Acorn Squash with Apples, Nuts, and Sage

Roasted Acorn Squash with Apples, Nuts, and Sage - Andrea Meyers

Side dish or dessert? I remember the first time I ordered a side of roasted acorn squash in a restaurant, and I commented on how it was more like dessert than an entree. The restaurant served it with butter and brown sugar, and I had no need for dessert after enjoying that treat. Though I… 

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Brown Sugar Cake with Prunes and Apples

Brown Sugar Cake Recipe with Prunes and Apples - Andrea Meyers

This week marked the end of the first quarter for school and the teachers had work days to prepare report cards and attend staff development. Oh, how I remember those days! Even though I was an early adopter of electronic grade books—I kept all my grades in ClarisWorks spreadsheets on my first Mac—I always had… 

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Passion Fruit Macadamia Nut Ice Cream

My introduction to passion fruit (maracuya) came when I was teaching in Bogota, Colombia, where they enjoy a wonderful myriad of fruit. The locals and other teachers who had been there for a while taught me about the different fruits and showed me how to make juices from the frozen pulps that were available in… 

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The Daring Bakers Make Filbert Gateau with Praline Buttercream

Michael’s birthday was last weekend, and when I saw The Daring Bakers challenge for this month, I immediately announced what his birthday cake would be. “Whatever you want to do, Sweet Pea,” was his response. Thank goodness he’s so flexible about food! And thank goodness for chocolate ganache because it not only tastes good, but… 

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