Category Archives: Cookies

Mandelbrod Aka Mondel Broidt

Thursday, 08 May 2014

My Mother-in-law Ellie Seltzer, wife of the late Bernie Seltzer (father-in-law and beloved father of my dear darling husband), has been in town visiting with us. Having Ellie here has been a total treat. Why did we ever wait so long to bring her out for a visit. Ellie is awesome and enjoyable and an excellent houseguest and kind and wise. We love her and have loved having her here. One of the things that I enjoy enormously when we go visit Ellie in Florida – besides being around her - is her mandelbrod. Jewish biscotti – for those of you who have no idea what a mandelbrod is. Ellie is an amazing mandelbrod maker and she’s promised me for years that she will teach me. Well this trip was the perfect opportunity but then all of...

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Baci Di Dama

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Disa is in town from Denmark (Disa is the wife of famous brewmeister Niels Thomson of Denmark and she is my oldest friend – we met on the first day of Kindergarten). Check out Disa and Niel’s brewery online – it’s Their beer is excellent! Truly.) Disa is in town putting together a program to bring 20 of her students to Santa Monica for five-weeks next January. The students will be studying at Santa Monica college in a program designed for them. We’re looking for host families for the students if you know anyone. The students want to live with families who have children their age – between 17 and 19. In addition to the school program, Disa will have activities for them some mandatory and some elective....

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Almond Honey Squares

Thursday, 10 April 2014

I was 17 when I started college at San Francisco State University - SFSU– a semester late. I started in January 1975 instead of the traditional September. Everyone was already comfortably settled into dorm rooms. I was late because I hadn’t wanted to go to college after I graduated and my parents weren’t paying a whole lot of attention and didn’t expect a whole lot from me in any event, and it was just fine with them – or so it seemed. My Big Plan was to be a grown-up. Honest. I got a job at my Uncle’s Law Firm as a receptionist (“Mink and Neiman Inc., how may I help you?”) and I moved in with my boyfriend and a friend of his. What a great idea right? My parents weren’t happy about that part but couldn’t...

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Peanut Butter Brownies

Friday, 17 January 2014

I think a brownie is chocolate. I don’t think it’s peanut butter. Weird. But whatever. I made these for my husband because he loves loves loves peanut butter and especially Reese’s peanut butter cups. These were a huge hit and not just with the husband but everyone who ate one loved them. And then I confessed that I had thrown about half of them out because I thought they were sub-standard and people stood there in shock and disbelief when I said that and then suggested that I retrieve them from the kitchen garbage. Which I definitely did not do. Anyway, just make them and don’t throw them out. People love these. Peanut Butter Brownies (from Ingredients for the brownie...

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Post-Christmas Cookies, No. 2 – Pecan Shorties

Thursday, 16 January 2014

This is the second of the new to my repertoire cookie recipes. The first, posted last week brown butter, brown sugar, shorties and now this one, traditional Pecan Sandies. I forgot to mention that the three cookies that I’m writing about aren’t the only cookies that I made. But they are the only cookies worth making again. I did a big flop on two batches of ‘Blondies.’ Why? I still have no idea. Can’t figure it out. One of these days I’ll try again to tackle that challenge but right now I’m still smarting from my failures. Abysmal failures I might add! One of the things that I like about these Sandies is that there are dozens and dozens of them that come from one batch. They’re sweet, delectable, little, bite-sized...

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Post-Christmas Cookies

Saturday, 04 January 2014

When I was young, my mom would every now and then make a batch of sugar cookie dough and we would get to make cut-out cookies. The dough was delicious both raw and plain baked. The baked, frosted cookies were scrumptious. And what a mess. Little bowls filled with frosting made of powdered sugar and milk and food coloring. Then we would decorate the brightly colored morsels with chocolate and colored sprinkles of every color; “jimmies,” stars, flat circles, silver balls; chocolate chips; raisins; cinnamon candies (those little round red ones), etc.. My mother’s cookie cutter collection grew from year to year and we always looked forward to seeing the new cookie cutters as well as the good old stand-bys. Many, many,...

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Cinco De Mayo!!

Friday, 10 May 2013

You would think that for May 5th, Cinco de Mayo, I would cook and write about Mexican food – that’s what I did last year. Nope. Not this year. This year I’m writing about chocolate cookies.  I should have added a little cinnamon to the batter for a Mexican flaire, in addition to the finishing salt that we decided to sprinkle on the top. Next time for sure. On Saturday – May 4th - while I was riding my bike to Palos Verdes (that’s right…. 32 miles or so roundtrip) I got a text message from my niece Jane who asked if she and her roommate Rachel (my faux niece) could come use the beach cruisers to ride down to the beach. I suggested that after they do that, that they stick around and while Alex and his friends watched the...

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More Beautiful Family And Family Of Family And Cocoa Nibs And Sea Salt

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

My husband always tells me that he has no family (except his kids and us). I’ve written about this before. I can’t figure out if he really believes it or if he’s looking for sympathy or what the deal is but the truth is he’s got a lot of family. And more family pops up all the time. This time it was a sister. Granted it was a step-sister but a sister nonetheless. And the sister came with her cousin (on her mother’s side so not a relative of my husband’s but a relative of his relative). Alan’s step-sister is Ronni and her cousin is Gay. They are delightful and funny and energetic, and we had a totally fun evening. So, Ronnie’s mom Ellie was married to Alan’s Dad Bernie. Since Bernie and Ellie got married...

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Cookies Of My Youth – Redux

Tuesday, 06 November 2012

I was looking for an interesting chocolate chip cookie recipe. Not that there’s anything wrong with the Toll House recipe but I wanted something different. Maybe even something ‘better.’ I love super crispy cookies – like Tate’s. I think Tate’s are probably the best store bought cookies I’ve ever eaten. Maybe even the best cookies I’ve ever eaten. Once upon a time I figured out how to make the Toll House cookies thin and crispy (kind of like Tate's actually...) but the next day the cookies, still thin, and no longer crispy – more like they’re bendable and chewy.  Needless to say, I needed something new. So I looked through my books and I looked on the internet and found a plethora of recipes claiming to be “The...

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Chocolate Cookies….

Saturday, 20 October 2012

Chocolate Cookie... And gluten free at that. (by Jesti – whoever that is – from This cookie was billed as “Divine gluten free chocolate cookies. No seriously.” I have to be honest with my readers... I think that is an exaggeration. They’re good – really but they’re not “something unreal.” But then ‘really good’ and gluten-free as a combo with chocolate – very chocolate – might elevate them to ‘close to divine’ – I don’t know…. You can decide for yourself. But I do feel that I can in all good conscience recommend this recipe for the gluten-free crowd (and/or Passover right?) because these are really good cookies. I’ve had requests for more desserts and I know I need more...

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