Blood Orange Crinkle Cookies

Blood Orange Crinkle Cookies

Crispy, tangy, sweet, addictive: these Blood Orange Crinkle Cookies are not to be missed. (But we miss them already, because we ate them.)

Cinnamon-Coconut Cookies with Orchidea Chips: Food Blogger Cookie Swap 2014

Cinnamon-Coconut Cookies with Orchidea Chips

The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap of 2104 inspired these Cinnamon-Coconut Cookies with Orchidea Chips. Plus cookies! In the mail!

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

These gems popped into my Facebook feed on just the right day.

Chewy Brown Sugar Cookies

chewy brown sugar cookies

Here’s what needs to be said about these Chewy Brown Sugar Cookies: if you make these, and give them to people, don’t expect the people to leave unless you send the cookies with them. These cookies are delicious, and addictive, and of course they are, because they are full of brown sugar and butter and will haunt your dreams. They’re soft, chewy, sweet, and utterly delightful. These are fantasy cookies.

Big Soft Ginger Cookies

Big Soft Ginger Cookies

I am usually all about healthy baking, but the truth must be faced, and embraced: it’s Cookie Season. It’s cold outside, the kids have a lot of time off, and on a fall-that-feels-like-winter afternoon, these Big Soft Ginger Cookies seem wonderfully inevitable.

Molasses-Orange Cookies with Espresso Glaze

Molasses-Orange Cookies with Espresso Glaze

I invented a cookie!

Grandma’s Molasses was having a recipe contest, and since I’ve never created my very own cookie recipe before, I seized the moment, thought about flavors, and then inspired by my previous experiment with Orange Mocha Muffins, I created these Molasses-Orange Cookies with Espresso Glaze. Why not?

Chocolate Coconut Espresso Cookies (with Cappuccino Chips)

Chocolate Coconut Espresso Cookies

These weren’t JUST particularly spectacular cookies.

Yes, being Chocolate Coconut Espresso Cookies, they were destined to be delicious, and when I swapped out the chocolate chips for cappuccino chips they went all the way to sublime. But these were special cookies — not in an afterschool special kind of way — because I made them for The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap

Thin and Crispy Oatmeal Cookies

Thin and Crispy Oatmeal Cookies

Sometimes, the kids need cookies.

They are often interested in the muffins or the quick breads, Nathaniel more so than Juliet, and they expect the steady flow of them to keep coming. But then there are just those aha! moments when I realize that they DESERVE cookies. At this point it gets challenging because Juliet doesn’t like chocolate chips, at least not in anything homemade, and if I make peanut butter cookies, which she does love, I will probably eat them all before anybody else is smart enough to hide them. And thus, these Thin and Crispy Oatmeal Cookies stepped in to fulfill the need, more perfectly than I’d hoped.

I made them big, because big cookies are fun, and I only made them a wee bit healthier than the original recipe, just because I can’t help myself.

Maple Snickerdoodles

Maple Snickerdoodles with milk

While everyone else has already jumped aboard the pumpkin train, I decided to pay homage to my Canadian roots and make maple snickerdoodles. (For William Shatner! And Dan Aykroyd! None for you, Celine Dion.)

I combed the web looking for recipes, and finally settled on this version, because it made MORE maple snickerdoodles, which seemed more enticing than fewer snickerdoodles. (And I’ve just learned that typing the word snickerdoodle is even more cumbersome than saying it.)

In addition to your regular anycookie sort of ingredients, I assembled some specialty items:

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies

I had no idea you could make cookies without flour that aren’t disgusting. Seriously! I see these recipes all the time and they make me suspicious. And I don’t have any health issues with flour or reasons to avoid it; I am more than pro-gluten, I am a gluten advocate. EAT MORE GLUTEN.

But this recipe looked really good, despite the absence of flour, and I don’t like to give up on big ideas until I’ve given them a good go. And I don’t think these cookies are gluten-free anyway, since apparently there can be gluten in oats. Gluten schmuten, these cookies are deliciously satisfying, full of rich peanut butter flavor, and crumbly in a rather delightful way. The mini chocolate chips don’t hurt the cause either. And yet they’re still pretty good for you, or at least not terribly bad for you. That’s what makes them breakfast cookies.

Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies for Juliet’s birthday

Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies

It was Juliet’s 6th birthday last week so I sat her down with my iPad and we went through one of my Pinterest boards so she could pick out something special. She knows what she likes, that’s for sure, and once she saw heart-shaped peanut butter sandwich cookies, the searching stopped. I kept thinking she’d want a cake of some kind, but Juliet didn’t care about that. Like me, she loves her peanut butter.

Soft & Thick Snickerdoodle Cookies

Snickerdoodles

jump to recipe When you need to whip together some crowd pleasing cookies, this is a perfect go-to recipe. They’re sweet, cinnamon-y, puffy and soft, satisfyingly filling, and don’t have any objectionable ingredients. I have yet to meet someone who doesn’t like snickerdoodle cookies. Of course I’m not a purist about such things, so when […]

Butterscotch Peanut Butter Cookies

Butterscotch Peanut Butter Cookies

It was the 4th of July, and the kids deserved cookies. And when we were in Pennsylvania, I’d picked up something intriguing called “butterscotch peanut butter”, and I thought that would make for an interesting variation. I was right! These are terrific. Sweet, nutty, crunchy, and crumbly.

Baking Class: Ratios

baking class

I went to a baking class today! The class was based on Michael Ruhlman’s book Ratio, and we all got a copy of it to take home. It was called “Baking with Ratios not Recipes” and was a lot of fun. We started with eggs and sugar. Not those eggs. Those are the whites and the […]

Oatmeal Cookie Muffins with Cappuccino Chips

Oatmeal Cookie Muffins with Cappuccino Chips

jump to recipe Let’s just say that these live up to their name. They stick to the paper a little bit, but what’s a little paper when you’re devouring a sweet delicious healthy muffin full of cappuccino chips? A minor inconvenience. I made some modifications to the recipe, starting with replacing a little bit of […]

Peanut Butter Cookies

Peanut Butter Cookies

Sometimes, in the middle of all the healthy baking, it’s time to make something for the kids. They put up with the bran stuff and the pumpkin whatnot for a while, but they’ve become pretty blasé about all the (what I think are) goodies coming out of the kitchen. So this past weekend, I asked […]

Malted Chocolate Chip or Peanut Butter Chip Cookies

Malted Milk Chocolate Chip Cookies

I’ve made these before — they’re Dave’s favorites. But I made them again, with some small alterations, because the kids have both just had ear infections and they felt these would help. And why not? The tricky part, though, is that Juliet doesn’t really like chocolate chips. She likes chocolate kisses, or chocolate that comes […]

Salted Espresso Oatmeal Cookies

Salted Espresso Oatmeal Cookies

I’ve made these before, but this time I added a twist. I made them at Christmas, and instead of using regular chocolate chips I used Christmas-colored red & green chips, but this time I really took these to another level flavor-wise by substituting half of the chocolate chips for cappuccino chips, freshly arrived from the […]

Meyer Lemon Sugar Cookies

Meyer Lemon Sugar Cookies

I know, there’s been a lot of citrus lately. I feel desperate to play with Meyer lemons and blood oranges while they’re still around, plus it helps remind me that spring is coming, despite the really weird snowfall we had yesterday. Full confession: before I made these, I tried to make some kind of low […]

Peanut Butter Krispie Cookies

Peanut Butter Krispie Cookies

Man, these are good. They’re peanut butter cookies with a Rice Krispie crunch, how could they not be good? Plus they started with classic cookie ingredients, butter and two kinds of sugar. The recipe called for brown and white, but I replaced the white with cane sugar. Once those were creamed together, I added the […]

Stamped Honey Cookies

Stamped Honey Cookies

I got a lovely break in my day last Thursday by running out of the office for ten minutes to meet Dad at Grand Central. He was on his way to lunch, I was working, but he was going to Toronto the next day and I had two small items that needed to get there, […]

Meyer Lemon Poppy Seed Cookies

Meyer Lemon Poppy Seed Cookies

I’m still not quite sure about these. The flavor is there, a strong lemon taste with the special twang Meyer lemons bring, with the right amount of sweetness to balance it out. But the texture feels off to me. It’s a little too cooked on the bottom, and a little too chewy on the inside. […]

Chai Spiced Snickerdoodles

Chai Spiced Snickerdoodles

jump to recipe There were so many alluring aspects to this recipe that I just had to give it a try. I’d been to yoga, Juliet & I had already gotten haircuts, the rain was steady, and all signs pointed to cookies. We already love snickerdoodles around here (except for that first time I tried […]

Meyer Lemon Madeleines

Meyer Lemon Madeleines

They have a bit of crispness on the outside with a cakey texture on the inside, they’re sweet from sugar and vanilla but get tang and zing from the lemons. I think Proust might remember these too.

Quick and Easy Rolled Sugar Cookies

Quick and Easy Rolled Sugar Cookies

Time for Valentine’s Day cookies. I’ve used the same recipe for sugar cookies for the past year or so, but the last time I made it we had a lot of trouble rolling out the dough, plus it makes about 5 bajillion cookies more than we need. I poked around the web for something simpler, […]

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

jump to recipe I couldn’t resist this one. Peanut butter and oatmeal and a Sunday afternoon, it all just seemed like the right combination. The recipe called for half a cup of butter and a full cup of brown sugar. I didn’t mess with the butter portion, but I did play around with the sugar, […]

Brown Sugar Cookies

Brown Sugar Cookies

I think I messed up the baking powder & baking soda, and that’s why these cookies are so crunchy, but it’s okay, it’s like eating a really big piece of candy, with tasty crumbs. And the kids like them. The first thing I had to do was brown the butter, which I’ve never done before. […]

Pumpkin Gingersnap Cookies

Pumpkin Gingersnap Cookies

Tonight I let Juliet make the final decision about which cookies to make, since she didn’t like Nathaniel’s gargantuan chocolate birthday cake, or the pumpkin cheesecake on Thanksgiving. I showed her five different cookie photos and she chose these. Good call, Juliet! I started with butter and sugar, substituting a less refined cane sugar for […]

Cinnamon Chip Maple Oatmeal Cookies

Cinnamon Chip Maple Oatmeal Cookies

These are so tasty! What a great recipe for someone to just invent. I want to learn how to do that. In the meantime, I’ll keep making great cookies like these. And eating them, unfortunately. I’m going to have to get these out of the house soon.

Speculoos Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies

Speculoos Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies

jump to recipe They were supposed to be Biscoff Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies, but the grocery stores around here are all out of Biscoff, and who doesn’t want an excuse to use the word Speculoos? Mom’s the one who got me interested in Biscoff spread, and she’s also an amazing baker, so I’ve decided these cookies […]

Maple Oat Cookies

Maple Oat Cookies

I gave the kids a choice of four different cookie recipes, and they chose these Maple Oat Cookies with the request that I add chocolate chips. Fair enough. I’ve been wanting to make these for a long time.

Healthy Breakfast Cookies

Healthy Breakfast Cookies

I made these healthy breakfast cookies in BC when we were visiting Mom, and I’ve been wanting to make them again ever since, this time with cinnamon chips. I ended up making one other change by accident, and I think it made them even better.

Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Cookies

Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Cookies

It wasn’t a great night to dig into a new cookie recipe. I am still getting dizzy every night, and today I went to the doctor where they took multiple vials of blood out of me. So I’m extra dizzy. And cookies take a long time, simply because of the swapping out of trays until […]

Butterscotch Cookies With Rice Krispies

Butterscotch Cookies With Rice Krispies

It’s nice to be back in my own kitchen. Tonight I’m feeling a little off, I’ve had this lightheadedness going on ever since I started taking Claritin last week. I knew I wanted to make cookies the kids would like, but since I’m still feeling dizzy, I also wanted to keep it simple. No batches […]

Baking in BC: Healthy Breakfast Cookies

Healthy Breakfast Cookies in BC

We were still in BC and my baking urges were not yet satisfied. The mocha cake was delicious but pure dessert, and the banana muffins were delicious but routine, so I found something that was new but not terribly decadent and it had been on my list to try for a while: Healthy Breakfast Cookies. […]

Coconut Oatmeal Cookies With Mini Chocolate Chips

Coconut Oatmeal Cookies With Mini Chocolate Chips

(for Dad’s birthday) jump to recipe So my Dad’s birthday is on Monday, and I can’t be there to celebrate with him, so I’m sending coconut. My Dad loves coconut. I wanted to make him something fun with fluffy coconut frosting, but (a) I couldn’t give Mark & Linus something delicate to carry along with […]

Whole Grain Thin And Crispy Oatmeal Cookies

Whole Grain Thin And Crispy Oatmeal Cookies

(some with cinnamon chips) Another great Pinterest find. I tried really hard not to bake for Robin & James, because they don’t want to be loaded up with baked goods, but I couldn’t help myself. Despite the fun of annoying Robin with the word “muffins” as much as possible, I opted for cookies, since I’d […]

Malted Milk Chocolate Chip Cookies

Malted Milk Powder

(for Dave’s birthday) I made these at Christmas, and Dave loved them so much that this is what he wanted for his birthday instead of a cake. I offered to do both, but no: he wanted the cookies. So cookies he received. I initially found this recipe on the Food Network site, but I got […]

Crisp Peanut Butter Cookies

Crisp Peanut Butter Cookies

How come it never occurred to me to use the meat tenderizer on peanut butter cookies before? The fork-created cross-hatch is a peanut butter cookie staple, but the meat tenderizing mallet is fun and has the whole pattern built in. I admit it was the lovely photo on the recipe that made me decide to […]

Biscoff Oatmeal Cookies

Biscoff Spread

Have you ever tried this stuff? It is meant to replace peanut butter, but it’s basically a spread made from cookies. When Mom asked me to pick some up for her, I got a jar for us as well and I have had my eye out for recipes. This one popped up on Pinterest last […]

Snickerdoodle Cookies

Snickerdoodles

( requested (and assisted) by Juliet) Juliet doesn’t eat chocolate chip cookies. I don’t understand it at all, but that’s how it is. And now no peanut butter cookies. She was sure she wanted some kind of cookies with butterscotch chips, but then she didn’t, and then she wanted lemon poppyseed sugar cookies, but suddenly […]

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies

(requested by Nathaniel) Sometimes an 8-year-old boy just wants a straightforward treat. “Chocolate chip cookies,” he said. “Big ones, though…not like the little ones you usually make.” It’s true, I am guilty of making my cookies small, because then they contain fewer Weight Watchers points. Of course that strategy only works if you don’t eat […]

Lemon Poppy Seed Sugar Cookies

Lemon Poppy Seed Sugar Cookies

I’ve never heard of Lemon Poppy Seed cookies before, until I found them on a blog through Pinterest, and I couldn’t possibly be happier with the results. It’s a light, tasty, Spring-y cookie (as in the season, not the bounciness) and good for the soul. I needed some lightness. This recipe starts with the dry […]

Soft And Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies

Peanut Butter Cookies

I love peanut butter cookies. (I love peanut butter anything.) I also wanted to make a treat for the kids to tide them over while I’m away, and to make them feel good and sweet and happy while I’m still here, too.

Chai Shortbread Cookies

Chai Shortbread Cookies

Dave very thoughtfully bought some cardamom over the weekend, and I think when somebody gives you an ingredient or a new cooking pan, you should make them something. Therefore: chai shortbread cookies. The ingredients list is pretty small: The only sugar in this dough is powdered. Weird, right? And other than that it’s just butter […]

Frosted Sugar Cookies With Nathaniel And Juliet

Frosted Sugar Cookies with Nathaniel and Juliet

The kids loved when we made sugar cookies for Valentine’s Day, and have been begging me to do it again. It seemed like a good day for a time-consuming project; I needed some distraction but I wanted to spend time with them, and that fulfilled both needs with one buttery, sugary task. Why not. Since […]

Red Velvet Cookies. . .

Red Velvet Cookies with White Chocolate Chips and Cream Cheese Blobs

. . .with White Chocolate Chips and Cream Cheese Blobs It’s supposed to be a cream cheese swirl, but I am esthetically challenged when it comes to baked goods. I can make things that taste wonderful, but none of them look all that terrific, and some look downright scary. My treats are designed for deeper […]