TOTORO BUTTER COOKIES WITH MATCHA LEAVES

SO, this is me lesson prepping for tomorrow’s Creative Writing 11 Book Chat tomorrow.  I had my students select a Canadian Novel for an independent project which culminates in a Tea ‘n Cookies Book Chat with their peers. Silly me…I asked what they’d like me to bake and they said […]

SPARKLY COCOA NIB CHIP BUTTER COOKIES

Happy Holidays!Wishing Everyone a Very Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah and Happy New Year!These cookies are my fanciful take on chocolate chip cookies.  I’ve used cocoa nibs instead of chocolate chips…and a butter cookie instead of a toll house drop batter. These cookies are so easy and pretty.  Cut slices from […]

CLASSIC CHRISTMAS COOKIES: VANILLA BEAN BUTTER COOKIE RECIPE

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened¾ cup granulated sugar1 large egg plus 1 egg white, beaten1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract (or 1 vanilla bean, ground up)2 ½ cups sifted all-purpose flour¾ teaspoon coarse salt½ cup fine sanding sugar 1. Put butter and granulated sugar in the bowl of an […]

MOMMY, I NEED SOME GLUTEN COOKIES!

Dark and White Chocolate Chunk Nirvana Cookies Guilty as charged. I’m baking with wheat flour.  GF friends, avert your eyes!   My (almost) 10 year old approached me the other day and buttered me up with the statement that she really likes my baking and wished I would bake more […]

REAL PINEAPPLY MACARONS (GF)

Real Pineapply Macarons How do you get real pineapples in macaron shells? You know how you see macaron recipes all over the place that purport to be “Raspberry” or “Strawberry” or “Pineapple” when in fact there isn’t any such fruit in the macaron shells?  Don’t you just hate that?   […]

DESPERATELY REAL STRAWBERRIES AND CREAM MACARONS (GF)

real strawberries and cream macarons Okay, I’ll come clean. My eyes are drawn to the entertainment tabloids at the check-out counter and when a queue is particularly gruellingly long I have been known to pick one up and flip through its pages. ground almonds, powdered strawberries and sugar macaronage stage…lava-like […]

CHEWY CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

Nothing like a chewy chocolate chip cookie and a glass of cold milk…while reading the newspaper. Anna Olson’s Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe incorporates cornstarch into the cookie dough for a long-lasting chew! Freshly baked out of the oven…don’t over-bake! This batch has nuts.  I just pressed a few walnuts on […]

GF CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

GF Chocolate Chip Cookies! Yes, I’m baking again!  whooohooo! Unfortunately, the kitchen reno is not complete, but we have a working kitchen:  the refrigerator, microwave and oven are in and working.  However, cupboard doors, grouting of the backsplash and several miscellaneous things need to be done… I have been buying […]

GF QUINOA CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

GF Quinoa Chocolate Chip Cookies It looks like a chocolate chip cookie and it tastes like a chocolate chip cookie.  It even smells kind of like a chocolate chip cookie…only somewhat nuttier.  But it doesn’t have nuts.  This recipe contains quinoa flour.  The texture of this cookie is lighter and […]