Shortbread II

Shortbread is a biscuit or cookie and is traditionally made with three ingredients: Butter, sugar, and flour. While there are many variations on this classic (types of flour, types of sugar, flavorings, etc.), I like this simple recipe that adds a hint of vanilla. Gather ingredients. Spray either a Shortbread mold or a 8 or … Read moreShortbread II

Soft Amish Sugar Cookies

Years ago, I lived and worked in Center City Philadelphia.  On weekends, I would escape the hustle and bustle of the city and drive to visit friends who lived among the lush Pennsylvania Dutch farmlands in Lancaster, Pa. The Amish bakeries were a treasure trove of old-fashioned, homemade cakes, pies, cookies, and pastries. My favorite … Read moreSoft Amish Sugar Cookies

Chocolate Sables

Sables are a French cookie with a delicate, sandy texture.  Their American counterpart would be something similar to Sandies.  This cookie uses both unsweetened cocoa powder and bittersweet chocolate which yields a very intense, complex chocolate taste.  The sandy texture comes from a dry mixture that you bring together to form into desired shapes; the … Read moreChocolate Sables

Classic French Sables

Traditional, buttery French cookies that are named for their sandy texture (sable means sand).  Every bakery in France makes them.  There are two ways to make these cookies.  You can roll them and cut out with your desired shaped cookie cutter, or you can form the dough into two logs (my preferred method), freeze, slice, … Read moreClassic French Sables

Strawberry Cream Cookies

A very delicate, soft, buttery cookie with cream cheese mixed into the batter for a distinct flavor.   This cookie is very easy to make.  Change the look and taste by simply changing the jam flavor. Save Print Strawberry Cream Cookies Author: Cindy Liles Recipe type: Easy Cuisine: American Prep time:  10 mins Cook time:  12 mins Total … Read moreStrawberry Cream Cookies

Chocolate Cherry Cookies

I am a cherry fanatic!  I could go off on a major rant about all the things cherry that I love, but I’ll spare you that rant!  Let’s just say, if there are cherries involved, I’m all in!  I make this Chocolate Cherry Cookie once a year at Christmas time, and it’s my favorite Chrismas … Read moreChocolate Cherry Cookies

Almond-Vanilla Financiers

A small French cake, similar to a Madeleine that is baked in a small rectangular mold.  Financiers are sweet, tender and moist, and have a distinctive almond flavor.  The basis of the cake is beurre noisette (brown butter), egg whites, sugar, flour, and flavoring.  The browned butter imparts a lovely nutty flavor and crispy edge. … Read moreAlmond-Vanilla Financiers

Rolled Cookies – Ready, Set, Roll!

Whether you are making drop cookies, shaped cookies, or rolled cookies, exact measuring and uniformity in cookie size is critical to successful baking. Many people don’t like to roll cookie dough because they struggle with getting the cookies the same thickness.  If your cookies are all uniform in size and thickness, they will have a … Read moreRolled Cookies – Ready, Set, Roll!

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

I have favorite cookies to make and favorite cookies to eat.   This cookie definitely falls into the favorite cookies to eat category! This recipe differs from others in that it allows the taste of the two star ingredients – oatmeal and raisins – to shine. Everything else is just a subtle accompaniment. One thing that … Read moreOatmeal Raisin Cookies