Peppermint Bark Chocolate Drop Cookies

So Andes Mints wasn’t the only discovery I made in the Holiday candy aisle, I also happened upon some white chocolate peppermint bark, and as a counterpoint to my Creme de Menthe Chocolate Chip Cookies I decided to pioneer a chocolate drop cookie with chunks of peppermint bark tossed in.  They’re not the prettiest of…

Crème de Menthe Chocolate Chip Cookies

I came into the Holiday baking season craving chocolate chip cookies, which had me scanning the candy aisle for a Holiday inspired alternative, red and green M&Ms? boring. Candy canes? no chocolate.  Truffles? melty mess.  And so it went, until I happened upon the Andes Mints… Chocolate? Crème de menthe? I can work with that….

Cowboy Cookies

For when regular chocolate chip cookies just won’t cut it… Cowboy cookies elevate chocolate chip cookies to a whole new level with the inclusion of coconut, oats, and pecans.  Every time I bake these cookies I’m at war with myself as to whether this is cookie overkill.  I mean there is, absolutely, nothing wrong with…

White Chocolate Buttercream Hearts

Chocolate chip studded and cognac swirled sugar cookies topped in a white chocolate buttercream.  I made these cookies for Valentines Day this year, but because I have become the ultimate blog slacker lately, they are just now making it onto the web.  I’m not even sure that I can blame the latest tiff with my…

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…

Christmas Charm Cookies

I have tentatively named these cookies my Christmas Charm cookies.  The cookies’ small size, variety of shapes, and sparkly sprinkles remind me of the charms on a charm’s bracelet.  They’re fun, quirky, and delicate.  Squeeze a couple of these bright gems onto your tea saucer alongside a piping hot cup of peppermint tea, or pack…

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…