Toasted Almond Fingers

A buttery toasted almond cookie dipped in a semi-sweet chocolate ganache. For my Christmas cookies this year, I’m taking a tour down memory lane, and revisiting some childhood favorites that I had set aside in recent years. Why I set these aside is beyond me, because these are some wonderful cookie recipes. I have vague…

Marzipan Shortbread

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a shortbread recipe, and I would like to share this almond marzipan variation with you.  I’ve been looking for ways to gussy up my shortbread, and these Chinese moon cake molds, that I found online, seem to be doing the trick.  They’re made for thicker cakes, but instead,…

Lemon Ginger Miniture Biscotti

I tried out a new biscotti recipe that incorporated spelt flour alongside the usual white flour.  I would have never attempted this flour combination for biscotti, if I hadn’t come across this other recipe from a supposedly reputable source, due to the hard consistency of regular biscotti.  As it was, I should have trusted my…

Cherry, Marzipan, and Poppy Seed Strucla

I made strucla, an Eastern European poppy seed roll, for my holiday bread this year.  I adapted this recipe from the one my Mom used to make which is found in The Vegetarian Epicurean.  My Mom would make the bread dough, with a little aid from her kitchen helpers (i.e. my brother, sister, and I),…

Almond Joy Iced Coffee

There is a wonderful coffee/donut shop along Massachusetts’ southern shore that serves up New England style iced coffees inspired by classic American candy bars.  Four hours, usually more due to Boston traffic, is a long ways to drive in order to get an iced coffee, no matter how good it is, so I have taken…

Honey Almond Biscotti

Honey Almond Biscotti – a delicately flavored, crunchy Italian cookie that is perfect proportioned for dunking into your coffee.  In my experience store-bought biscotti has always been hit or miss with a tendency to be cloyingly sweet and hard enough to break your teeth.  In direct contrast homemade biscotti can be crisp, crunchy, come in…