Cookie of the Month: Winning with four ingredients

I’ve written before about how peanut butter was the nutritional foundation of my youth. For a time, early on, it’s all I would eat. My mother, concerned about my gaunt frame and lack of interest in other foods, took me to the doctor. “All she wants to eat is peanut butter,” she told him, . . . → Read More: Cookie of the Month: Winning with four ingredients

Cookie of the Month: ‘Butting’ in for Easter cookies

Bunny butts have weighed “heavily” on my mind for the last year or so.

Having re-entered rabbit parenting after some time away from it (adopting a colorful, fluffy, lively fellow named Zydeco), I’ve become more aware of the popularity of rabbits from their humans who post about them on social media.

One particular “ass-pect” . . . → Read More: Cookie of the Month: ‘Butting’ in for Easter cookies

Cookie of the Month: Milling around California history

Our lack of rain this winter had me nervous and twitchy. I wanted to inspire more precipitation and thought I might get some sort of magic from visiting a place where water was not only flowing, but a source of power and purpose.

Iturned to the Bale Grist Mill Historic Park just beyond . . . → Read More: Cookie of the Month: Milling around California history

Cookie of the Month: Going old-school oatmeal

Back in the day, the cookies — dropped from a teaspoon — were softer, rounder and, yes, smaller, and the world was good. I discovered this recently when I revisited a retro recipe for oatmeal cookies.

A wee bit of ground cloves (along with a generous dose of cinnamon) gave the Old-Fashioned Oatmeal . . . → Read More: Cookie of the Month: Going old-school oatmeal

Cookie of the Month: Loading my cookie press

Of all the cookies I’ve wanted to make, Spritz have been on my list the longest. I studied photos and recipes for Spritz as a child…I emerged from childhood, and still I was un-spritzed (I believe we had a cookie press, but it went unused). Young adulthood came and went, and still no . . . → Read More: Cookie of the Month: Loading my cookie press

Cookie of the Month: Dipping into graham cracker territory

Over the years, I’ve been known to eat a graham cracker or two. Actually, that’s an understatement. Graham crackers are as much of a staple in my home as flour, butter and coffee. My bedtime snack is often a graham cracker smeared with nut butter. The crackers (a childhood favorite), come in plentiful . . . → Read More: Cookie of the Month: Dipping into graham cracker territory

Cookie of the Month: Folding a homemade Fig Newton

A Fig Newton is one cookie I don’t feel too guilty about eating. It’s filled with dried fruit filling, right? And it’s not terribly sweet, its modest cookie crust is minimal, so you almost feel as if you are eating something more akin to a granola bar.

I won’t dissect the truth to . . . → Read More: Cookie of the Month: Folding a homemade Fig Newton

Cookie of the Month: Bringing best of everything to bars

A couple of years ago, or so it seems, I saw a video recipe for something that looked extra delicious. The recipe, from Bob’s Red Mill (https://www.bobsredmill.com/recipes/how-to-make/cherry-lime-butter-bars/), featured an almond-y cake type of crust (made with almond flour, lots of butter and lime zest). On top was a filling of a cream cheese . . . → Read More: Cookie of the Month: Bringing best of everything to bars

Cookie of the Month: Comforting with softness and sprinkles

Nearly every grocery store I’ve ever entered has had some version of a Lofthouse cookie. It seems to be standard to carry these ultra-soft, ultra-sweet vanilla cookies topped with fluffy frosting in an array of pastel colors, embellished with a finish of sprinkles.

I’ll admit that I’m neither much of a frosting nor . . . → Read More: Cookie of the Month: Comforting with softness and sprinkles

Cookie of the Month: Snazzing up the snickerdoodle

My first snickerdoodle was given to me by a primary schoolmate, not much older than I. The cookie was pale golden perfection, much like its baker,  who was, despite her young years, full of enviable poise, confidence and beauty (who later in high school became, of course, quite popular, a cheerleader and homecoming . . . → Read More: Cookie of the Month: Snazzing up the snickerdoodle