Almond & Raspberry Heart Cookies

These delicious and beautiful cookies are much easier than they might first appear.  This is a recipe I’ve loved since culinary school.  The chewy almond ring on the crisp shortdough cookie, combined with the tart raspberry jam is a flavor and texture match made in heaven.  The small size makes them perfect to serve with tea, as a garnish to … Read More

Nanaimo Bars

These very rich bars are a popular Canadian cookie/confection. This is a recipe I used in a class called “Holiday Cookies, From our Family to Yours” when I was an instructor at the Disney Institute at Walt Disney World. I asked each member of our culinary department to share a recipe for a favorite Christmas cookie and a short story … Read More

More “Bang Bang” for your Buck!

If you’re looking for something rich, sinful, and flavorful I have just the thing for you…”Butter Brickle Bang Bangs”.  This an original cookie (candy?) that I created for my “Holiday Cookie” class.  It started with an old recipe clipping from a newspaper.  Originally it was the crumb base as I have it (graham cracker crumbs, peanut butter, butter, and powdered sugar) that was … Read More

Sugar and Spice

  The past several years I haven’t had time to do as much Christmas baking as I used to but I still enjoy trying new recipes to add to my repetoire.  This year a new one is a Swiss honey spice cookie called “Basler Laeckerli” from Basel, Switzerland.  I found the recipe in a past Christmas issue of the King … Read More

Flour Power

Are you one of those people who prefer cooking to baking?  Even as professional chefs go, very few openly embrace both aspects…just watch some of the cooking competition shows on TV and you’ll very likely see the “headlights in the eyes of a deer” look from more than one contestant.  “Baking is too exact…it’s a science and cooking is an … Read More

“C is for Cookie”

Picture showing Pay Day Cookies

Who can believe that August is already here?? seems like spring was only yesterday and now the stores are advertising “Back to School” sales and I’m trying to get in the mindset for Christmas.    Lest I come across as one of those Überorganized people who plan vacations, parties and social events two seasons ahead  let me dispel that myth right … Read More