Gingerbread Tiles

You really can’t have too many gingerbread recipes, and this year I decided to try a new one, which has rapidly become my favorite.  The key to this recipe is giving the dough a 48 hour rest in the refrigerator to allow the flavors to develop.  The recipe is out of The Nordic Cook Book…

Toasted Coconut Shortbread Llamas

I have been up to my eyeballs in sugar lately.  Seriously, I have made over 20 pound worth of frosting this month alone. Heck, I made over 4 pounds of frosting this morning. I made frosting yesterday.  I made frosting the day before yesterday.  What are my plans for tomorrow?  More frosting!  While a lot…

Lemon Lavender Shortbread

There is something about lemon and lavender that works really well together.  The tanginess of the lemon cuts in nicely with the floral flavors of the lavender smoothing them out to a subtly pleasant flavor that pairs rather well with the butteriness of the shortbread.  I also happened to have several sprigs of fresh lavender…

Chocolate Peanut Butter Rabbits

The smitten kitchen cook book has an amazing peanut butter and chocolate sandwich cookie recipe in it.  The only problem with it, which is, not so much a problem, as a matter of preference, is that the cookies are sandwiched so high that it is hard to get ones mouth around them.  These cookies are…

Coconut Sugar Cookies

My Coconut Sugar Cookies are not as coconut-ty as they could be, in fact, the only coconut I use in my dough is coconut extract.  Normally I would top my buttercream with shredded coconut, but as I am baking these cookies for Easter, I decided on pastel piped buttercream instead. I confess to owning a…

Clay Stamp Ornaments

My holiday craft project this year has been clay stamp ornaments.  These were easy to make, although, slightly time consuming, and they would probably be a great craft to do with children since they can be easily individualized.  The stamps and cookie cutters do most of the creative work, and it is just a matter…