Gingerbread

I was not able to get my gingerbread fix over Christmas due to the dozens of cookies still hanging around, so I made sure to ring in of the New Year with this seasonal treat.  For me a good gingerbread needs to be moist, heavily spiced, and served with a contrasting set of flavors to…

Snowflake Cookies

Jazzed up Sugar Cookies – a lemon zest and cognac spiked dough topped in a cream cheese icing. Snowflake Cookies Recipe makes about twenty-four 1 1/2″ cookies. Cream together: 2 sticks (1 cup) salted Butter (room temp) 1 cup Sugar Add: 1 Egg the zest of 1 Lemon 1 tsp Vanilla Extract 1 tbsp Cognac…

Maple Pecan Tarts

A certain someone request a Pecan Pie for Thanksgiving this year.  In my experience Pecan Pies were these gooey sweet monstrosities that lurked on the edges of the Thanksgiving dessert buffet satisfying the sickeningly sweet desires of a select few nostalgic Southerners.  It has occurred to me in the past that if I actually came…

The Alfajor

It has been years since I have given much thought to the alfajor or alfajores, a scrumptiously sweet sandwich cookie reminiscent of my childhood in Latin America.  But as Summer fades and crisp juicy apples start to fill the produce bins, my mind turns toward other Fall treats such as caramel covered apples and spiced…