Coconut Macaroons

Coconut Macaroons I can barely believe it is the middle of December. It just feels like a few days ago we were sitting out on our deck...the same deck that is now covered in snow! Leisurely reading on the deck has been replaced with frantic shopping, cleaning, and baking! While we are trying to somewhat “cut back” on the madness, we still want to celebrate Christmas and make it fun and memorable. One of the areas I have decided to pare down is baking as I don’t think we will be … [Read more...]

Thumbprint Cookies

Thumbprint Cookies have been around for a long time and for good reason! Over the years, I remember seeing them at many “special” occasions. One of my sisters makes a very similar cookie and she would often have them for baby showers, wedding showers and included on a tray of Christmas goodies. These aren’t difficult to make, but they are a little bit time-consuming, however, the result is well worth the little bit of fiddling. Make sure you read through the recipe from … [Read more...]

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

If you are looking for an excellent chocolate cookie, this recipe for Chocolate Crinkle Cookies is the one for you! Not only is this recipe prepped ahead of time, these cookies are full of rich chocolate flavour and look spectacular.  Plus, they are a bit magical!? Really, they are! You roll them in icing sugar and they look like little snowballs. Then you put them in the oven...and 12 minutes later that have been transformed! These Chocolate Crinkle Cookies have a texture that I … [Read more...]

Mini Eggs & Pudding Easter Cookies

Mini Eggs & Pudding Easter Cookies ~ I have made this basic recipe, using chocolate chips, for what seems like forever! I think I got it from my mom, but I am not sure where she discovered it or its origin.  Because of the somewhat unusual addition of a pudding mix to these cookies, I suspect the recipe may have come from a pudding company. Perhaps, at one time it was written on the package itself or found in a magazine or product insert. I have made the Pudding Chocolate Chip version … [Read more...]

Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies

Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies ~ While this recipe (minus the addition of chocolate chips) is technically a “shortbread”, it is quite different from what I traditionally picture when I think of a shortbread cookie. Usually, the only shortbreads I make or have eaten are the elaborately decorated, Christmas cookies. Did you know, traditional shortbread has four ingredients at most - sugar, butter, flour and sometimes vanilla. A large amount of butter is what makes shortbread “short”. The … [Read more...]

Chocolate Walnut Ice Box Cookies

The cooler weather these days has me back in the kitchen, baking up a storm and this time it’s Chocolate Walnut Ice Box Cookies. I don’t know about you, but I find I don’t tend to do as much baking during the warmer months, as I do in the fall and winter. It’s most likely related to the hot, humid weather + hot oven = even hotter kitchen equation! I was digging through some old recipes yesterday and found this one for Chocolate Walnut Ice Box Cookies, that I haven’t made in years. I … [Read more...]

Double Chip Peanut Butter Pudding Cookies

Double Chip Peanut Butter Pudding Cookies ~ I do believe one of my favourite things to bake is cookies. There is just something so satisfying in mixing up a bunch of ingredients in a bowl and an hour or so later having a big batch of fresh from the oven, still warm (or hot...depending on how long you wait to try one...lol) cookies cooling on a rack. Sure, in a pinch, I have purchased packaged cookies from my local grocery store. But, let's face it, there is really nothing as tasty as … [Read more...]

Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies

If you are looking to re-create Peanut Butter Cookies like your grandmother used to make, you know the cookie; a little crunchy on the outside and totally chewy on the inside, then this is the cookie for you! This is a delicious, peanut buttery, old-fashioned cookie like your Grammie would have made. My hubby is a peanut butter cookie fanatic, so I thought this would be a fun cookie to make for him and hopefully it would bring back lots of great childhood memories. This is a very simple … [Read more...]

No-Bake Chocolate Macaroons {aka Frogs}

I have made the basic recipe for what I know as “Frogs” for as long as I can remember. Many people refer to these cookies as Chocolate Macaroons, but to me, they will always be “Frogs”.  How or why they came to have that name escapes me; they are not green, greenish or frog shaped. What these cookies are, is delicious mounds of chocolate that can be made in a flash using ingredients most of us always have in our kitchen. Nothing exotic or unusual in this cookie, just oatmeal, coconut, … [Read more...]

Thick Molasses Cookies

When I was little, I loved when Mom would read me the (in hindsight, rather gruesome) story of Little Red Riding Hood. I loved hearing all about her red hooded cape and how she walked through the forest on her way to Grandma's house. However, my favourite part of that story was the basket filled with the thick molasses cookies that Red Riding Hood was taking to Grandma. In my mind's eye, I can still see mounds of thick molasses cookies tucked into a red and white gingham lined, round … [Read more...]

How to Make Peanut Butter Balls

For as long as I can remember, Peanut Butter Balls have been a Christmas tradition in our home. We always make them, often a double or triple batch. Christmas just wouldn't seem the same without them. Back when I was first married, every December, I would spend hours pouring over recipe books and magazines in search of the perfect holiday treats. Then, my mom and I would get together a couple of days before Christmas for an epic, daylong baking session. By the end of the day, we would be very … [Read more...]