Cardamom Cookies with Brown Butter Icing

Cardamom Cookies with Brown Butter Icing

If you’ve never had cardamom before, you’re in for a real treat when you whip up these cardamom cookies with brown butter icing!  I remember how addicted I was the first time I tasted cardamom in a baked good.  It’s that little surprise of flavor that makes 

Cappuccino Flats

Cappuccino Flats

I realize adding a newbie cookie to the holiday line up is a risk.  Breaking traditions at Christmastime, especially this year, as we grasp for any sort of convention, is strictly forbidden. However, if you make one cookie from my cookie plate line up, I urge 

Fresh Ginger Cookies

Fresh Ginger Cookies

Cinnamon, nutmeg, molasses and ginger…there’s just something in that combination that screams holiday cookie baking.  There’s also something wonderful about a bakery-sized ginger cookie. They always feel more special, especially when they’re super-soft and chewy! These fresh ginger cookies are a must-try cookie this holiday season.  

Ultra-Thin Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Ultra-Thin Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Every cookie plate must have a chocolate chip cookie.  These ones are extra special, perfect for the holidays.  Chunks of dark chocolate, a delicate texture, and rich, caramel flavor make these ultra-thin chocolate chunk cookies irresistible! If you’re normally bent on eating only soft and chewy chocolate 

No-Chill Cinnamon-Sugar Cut-Out Cookies

No-Chill Cinnamon-Sugar Cut-Out Cookies

No cookie plate is complete without a decorated cut-out cookie, like the ones we remember from our childhood.  These cinnamon-sugar no-chill cut-out cookies are a must!  They are taken over the top with addition of cinnamon, something my mother-in-law introduced me to.  The best thing about this dough, 

Swedish Tea Rings – Thumbprint Cookies

Swedish Tea Rings – Thumbprint Cookies

Swedish tea rings are classic thumbprint cookies.  They’re made with a thick base of buttery shortbread, rolled in pecans and crowned with a jewel of jam. These beauties are a must on any of our family cookie plates! This recipe originated from my mother’s paternal grandmother 

Diana’s Cookie Plate

Diana’s Cookie Plate

I noticed the arrival of Christmas trees shining through neighbor’s windows earlier than ever this year, as well as an unprecedented extravagance to outside Christmas light displays around town. There’s a definite longing for the joy and hope of the Christmas season. I’m extra excited 

Cinnamon Cupcakes with Pumpkin Spice Cream Cheese Frosting

Cinnamon Cupcakes with Pumpkin Spice Cream Cheese Frosting

In preparing for a different sort of Halloween this year, my daughters brainstormed some treat ideas to replace the standard trick-or-treating tradition. There were pleas for these candied apples, from a Pioneer Woman cooking show the girls watched with me last Thanksgiving. Although beautiful, we’re 

Fresh Peach Pie

Fresh Peach Pie

Last year, my mom probed me to dig through some of my Grandpa Norm’s old recipes to locate a peach pie recipe she remembered.  I didn’t remember eating it before, but with a counter full of ripe Palisade peaches, it seemed like a worthy endeavor.  I’m proud 

Blueberry Streusel Pie

Blueberry Streusel Pie

My favorite summertime pie, blueberry streusel pie, is probably also my favorite blueberry recipe. Fresh, summer blueberries cook down to a gorgeous purple, jammy confection, studded with a generous amount of cinnamon-sugar streusel and balanced by a buttery, flaky crust. Soooooo good!  My grandma Tina 

Chocolate Strawberry Shortcake Sundaes

Chocolate Strawberry Shortcake Sundaes

Wondering what to make with all those ruby, ripe strawberries filling your garden or local farmer’s market?  Look no further than these decadent chocolate strawberry shortcake sundaes! Chocolate strawberry shortcake sundaes have all the components of the classic you love, but with a chocolate-y twist.  Buttery, not-too-sweet 

Brown Butter Rhubarb Bars

Brown Butter Rhubarb Bars

Rhubarb lovers and haters! These brown butter rhubarb bars are delicious enough to convert even those certain they do not like rhubarb. In these bars, blood orange juice is reduced and then caramelized with rhubarb into a shiny, beautiful, dark pink jam. Next, that jam