Posted at 11:46 am , on June 7, 2019
Is it Summer yet? Maybe not officially, but after Memorial day it feels like summer break for most folks. Time to enjoy being outdoors whether it be time away on vacation, or just getting outside in your own backyard. When my kids were growing up we would make s’mores using the simple ingredients of store bought graham crackers, marshmallows and Hershey bars. I’ve been making marshmallow creme for several years and always wondered how s’mores would taste with that delicious whipped creme. Then I thought why not go all the way and make graham crackers too. And you know what . . . they turned out great. I had my doubts, but I am pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to put together and how tasty they are. The marshmallow creme recipe makes approximately 6 cups, more than enough for the graham crackers and chocolate. No worries, there are so many recipes to use marshmallow creme. Some of my favorites are dark chocolate cake with marshmallow creme icing, s’mores blondies, or rice crispy treats!
Posted at 9:23 am , on December 4, 2017
I love fig newtons, don’t you? They taste so different from other cookies. The dough is more like cake than cookie dough and is amazingly soft surrounding a fig paste that is flavored with a hint of orange. My opinion is that homemade newtons are more flavorful and aromatic than store bought. You can make the dough and fig paste ahead of time and refrigerate up to a week. This was a huge help to me as I didn’t have all day to make cookies. When I was ready, I just set the dough and paste out for about half an hour to soften at room temperature. The dough was cool but pliable and easy to work with and roll out. The fig paste was thick and sticky and I wasn’t sure how I was going to spread the paste onto the dough without making a mess. I dropped the paste onto a long sheet of plastic wrap and shaped it so that it was somewhat round and long like a rope. The paste didn’t stick to the plastic wrap and I was able to set the long strand of paste onto the dough and peel back the plastic. It made wrapping the dough around the fig paste quite easy. They baked perfectly in 18 minutes, golden and soft to the touch. And they look and taste just as good if not better than any you could buy at the store.
Posted at 9:30 am , on August 5, 2016
I made these cookies for a good friend of mine. On a recent trip to Florida she found these delectable Calypso cookies at Publix Bakery which is a popular chain in the South. They are oatmeal based with coconut and pecans. She wanted to recreate these cookies and asked if I would give it a try. After researching online I found many copycat recipes with which to work with. Now I have to say I’m not really a coconut person and usually avoid it but after trying these cookies I was pleasantly surprised. The flavors are well balanced without the strong coconut flavor that usually overwhelms me. I think they taste pretty close to the original Publix cookies. Let me know what you think!
Posted at 1:08 pm , on November 2, 2015
Have you ever wanted to send a care package to a friend or someone in your family? It can be a special treat to those who are far away, to let them know you are thinking of them and that you miss them. I often think of my friends who have sons and daughters in the Military who are far from home and how they would enjoy a care package of homemade treats made specially just for them. I found that for me, sending cookies is the easiest choice. Cookies tend to stay fresh longer than other treats so they can travel a few days and still be yummy when they arrive for that special someone. I picked up some cookie wrappers from Wilton with pretty twisty ties so that they would stack together nicely and hopefully not crumble. They also make nice treats to give to your neighbors when you have extra cookies to share. I had a lot, I mean A LOT of extra Halloween candy so I made use of the extra candy bars to make these cookies.
Posted at 9:56 am , on September 25, 2015
My husband Joe is a cookie monster! He loves all cookies, but especially ones that have a contrast between sweet and salty. These snickerdoodles are very soft and gooey with melting caramel bits, rolled in cinnamon and sugar and lightly sprinkled with grey sea salt. Made with brown butter gives off a nutty aroma as well as a taste that is hard to describe other than heavenly. Beware the addiction that follows after taking your first bite. It’s hard to resist just one more!
Posted at 8:55 am , on October 9, 2014
Hockey season is back! Finally. . . after a long summer break, the Wings are about the hit the ice for another year of Red Wings Hockey. I can’t wait until tonight when they open the season full of excitement and high expectations for a successful season. For 23 years straight my Red Wings have made the playoffs, gone to the finals 6 times and won the Stanley Cup 4 times in 17 years. Last year I watched HBO’s 24/7 which featured behind the scenes with the Red Wings organization and players leading up to the outdoor Winter Classic on New Years Day. There was a scene where the Wings were flying to a road game and while on the plane the guys were served sugar cookies with their jersey names and numbers. They were so COOL!! I searched online and found a jersey cookie cutter then sent off for some winged wheel edible icing images to decorate the white jerseys. I used icing tips to write their name and numbers on the home red jerseys. They were so much fun to make, a lot of work but worth every minute. I’m especially looking forward to this season because we are flying to Detroit in January to see the Wings play at Joe Louis Arena!! I can’t wait!
Posted at 8:23 am , on May 30, 2014
These cookies were inspired by my craving for ice cream sandwiches. I’ve been on an ice cream binge lately and the thought of dark chocolate and caramel wrapped around a scoop of vanilla ice cream seemed very appealing. I started with a basic chocolate cookie dough, chopped up a bar of dark baking chocolate then added some caramel bits to the mix with just a sprinkling of sea salt over the top. For those who love this combination, it’s like eating a decadent candy bar filled with gooey caramel. The ice cream sandwiches turned out better than I had imagined, I could indulge in these all summer long!
Posted at 8:33 am , on November 19, 2013
I was in New Mexico over Halloween this year leaving Joe to take over the job of handing out candy for the trick or treaters. I asked him to save any leftover Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups so that I might bake a batch of cookies. It was a light crowd so he had plenty of candy left over. I know he had to use all his willpower not eat those Reese’s, but to his credit he hid them away in the freezer until I got home. After thinking about it I decided cookie bars were the way to go. I found a great recipe from “Mom On Time Out” that sounded so good I just had to try it out. For all the peanut butter lovers, these bars are for you!
Posted at 8:11 am , on July 18, 2013
Recently we had some family over for a get together and I made a batch of heath bar cookies. Yes, I braved the hot oven but it wasn’t so bad, I started early and got done before the heat really set in. Cookies make people happy no matter what time of year even though it might be a challenge to bake during the hot summer month’s. I added a few toffee pieces just as they came out of the oven which melted right into the cookie for an added bit of crunchy topping.
Posted at 8:47 am , on April 19, 2013
If you’ve ever heard of kitchen sink cookies, they have a little bit of everything baked into them. One might call these pantry cookies because it was the pantry that I went searching for something inspired. What I found was a leftover bag of chocolate chips, a jar of peanut butter and some oats. Any one of them would make good cookies but why limit my choices to only one when I could have them all? So I added a bit of each to my mix and the combination was a resounding YUM!