mint chocolate grasshopper squares

Grasshoppers – the little mint cookies I took to the NYC cookie swap yesterday – were definitely a hit. But I’m not going to tell you it’s an easy recipe. It’s a recipe that will make you grumble a little. Well, a lot. Until you look at a box filled with these goodies – all 60 of them. That’s a lot of cookies. So, the return on all that work is good. Really good. In fact, so delicious, you’ll be glad there are a lot of them so you can save plenty for yourself. The real secret to this recipe is patience. And time. It takes a full day – with plenty of time off for chilling the layers – but the cookies last for […]


bourbon + chocolate + pecans = cookie

Bourbon balls – love ‘em or hate ‘em. Really, there is no middle ground when it comes to boozy cookies. This I have learned after years of baking and giving. Me? I’m in the love ‘em camp. There is one secret to a good boozy cookie. Let them develop. They’ll be far less boozy on day one. On day three – it’s like a cocktail in cookie form, without bothering to go to your neighborhood bar. I’ve used Martha Stewart’s Rum Ball recipe for years, but have developed a taste for bourbon lately, so decided to play around a little. Result? *hic* Delicious. And after that citrus post, you’ll be thrilled to hear this takes about an hour from beginning to end. Use the very […]


white chocolate, cherry, pistachio chunkers – the washington post holiday cookie section

Today’s Washington Post Food section includes their annual holiday cookie issue. I’m thrilled to be included this year with three recipes! Here’s the complete list and all their wonderful recipes. You’ll recognize the Little Apricot Confections, but this White Chocolate, Cherry, Pistachio Chunker, or Dunker, as Gail says, is a brand new recipe. (Unfortunately, a typo slipped through and the print copy of the paper calls for 8 Tbls of butter when it should say 12 Tbls. Sigh.) Also included, a Spicy Cheddar Thumbprint, one of my favorite “cocktail cookies.” These are easy cookies. I made them last night in about 30 minutes, then froze them, in bake-able balls, overnight, before baking them in just a few minutes this morning. I don’t consider these “cookie […]


for the love of candied citrus peel

Candying citrus peel – those slim tart, sweet chewy delights – takes three or four or more days. I’m sure there are other recipes that might speed up the process, and I’ve tried a lot of them, but to really do it right, it takes awhile. I realize some of you have turned away already, but stick with me, because this is the perfect holiday treat to make during the week. It’s a few minutes here and there. That’s it. I bought a giant bag of organic pink grapefruit with the intention of candying strips of peel, then dipping some of them in bittersweet chocolate. These treats are fabulous at the end of a dinner party or mid-afternoon with an espresso. Chopped up, candied citrus […]


holiday cookies – a checklist

Here’s a picture of last year’s cookie box. It takes some planning to create this. I’ll let you in on my planning secrets. I have been thinking this over for days. It takes two full weeks to get holiday cookies and candies made, packed and mailed. And it takes a huge number of lists. In fact, I have a little book I use just for this purpose. First, I thumb through my favorite resources for cookies and make a list of everything I want to make. This is the hardest part. I’m seduced by new flavors, but my friends and family are traditionalists and want the same ones year after year. I swap out two, maybe three, cookies every year. Someone is always sad that […]


latkes and a happy hanukkah

Wishing you all a Happy Hanukkah – the festival of lights – and has there ever been a better time of year to light some candles? Jeepers, it’s dark! When I was a little girl, I loved making latkes with my Grandmother Mary. There was never a recipe. Some potato. Some onion. Some egg. Some matzo meal. Some salt and pepper. I would be given the job of grating potatoes on the four sided grater. A terrible task but I did it happily, knowing the hot, salty, crispy potato goodness would soon be served up. When I was a little girl, I could eat dozens of these latkes. Tonight, we had a delicious dinner of latkes with apple butter (Dennis) and sour cream (Cathy), a […]