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toasted oatmeal-pecan cookies

September 23, 2013

I first posted this cookie recipe in March 2012 when I baked a batch to share with Frances Mayes, author of Under the Tuscan Sun. I arrived at her San Francisco cookbook signing on a dreary day with cello bag of cookies in hand (surely ...

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mocha cookies with chocolate buttercream

September 13, 2013

For the moments when only double chocolate will satisfy (Friday afternoon, perhaps?), I bring you mocha cookies with chocolate buttercream. Adding bread flour and cornstarch to the cookie dough results in soft and chewy cookies; thoroughly chilling the dough before baking leads to thick cookies ...

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brown butter & graham snickerdoodles

August 22, 2013

Snickerdoodles are like a worn-in book with pages rumpled from use and the occasional coffee stain from a careless jostle: comforting and enveloping. With the familiar cracked tops and dusting of cinnamon sugar, these pillowy cookies are unmistakably snickerdoodles, yet I like to think of ...

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chocolate-espresso & caramel sandwich cookies

August 5, 2013

It’s official – I’ve developed a slight obsession with sandwich cookies. They’re completely versatile when it comes to flavors and fillings, and so fun to assemble (your kitchen may end up a little sticky in the process, but in this case, I’m willing to make ...

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cookie butter oatmeal chocolate chip cookies

April 18, 2013

How do you like your cookies: thick and chewy, or thin and crispy? These fall somewhere in the middle, thin and sugary crisp on the edges (thank you, brown sugar) with delightfully chewy centers. Made with no butter or flour, these cookies are filled with ...

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March 28, 2013

For long-time readers, it comes as no surprise that though I’m not Italian, I am an Italophile. My passion for Italy’s language and culture extends to its cuisine, of course! Italian almond macaroons originated in Venice during the Renaissance; the name amaretti translates as “little ...

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toblerone cookies

March 21, 2013

If you’re as impatient as I am, you won’t be thrilled to hear that the dough for these Toblerone cookies must be chilled overnight. In the baking world, cookies are akin to instant gratification. However, this baker is here to tell you that some things ...

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chocolate-mint sandwich cookies

February 28, 2013

I know I’ve shared my love of chocolate mint desserts with you previously. For whatever reason, it’s my go-to flavor combination, and one I never tire of. Childhood nostalgia, perhaps? During family trips to the ice cream store, chocolate mint ice cream always found its ...