Category Archives: Cookies

Peanut Butter Cookies

Monday, 04 January 2016

We love New Year’s day in this house. It’s a hopeful day and it’s always Jared’s birthday. People aren’t usually in a lousy mood even when hung-over from New Year’s Eve. We have a party every year to welcome in the New Year and to celebrate Jared. Last year I posted the important recipes for Hoppin’ John (blackeyed peas for good luck); and collard greens (for wealth). This year, no need to repost those so I’m going to give you a most delicious peanut butter cookie recipe. Everyone loved them. No peanut allergies in this house. Peanut Butter Cookies Oven to 350° when ready to bake Ingredients: 1 cup butter (room softened –not microwave softened) 1 cup sugar ¾ cup packed light brown...

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Cut-Out Cookies

Sunday, 03 January 2016

aka Christmas Cookies Pre-heat oven to 350° I love to bake. One of my favorite things to bake is cookies and I have been baking these cookies forever. This is a really nice, fun recipe for a few reasons: it is a super easy recipe; I like to make these with my nieces and this year Becca and I made them when she visited in early December (made me so happy!) and I’ve made them twice since then; the cookies are fun to decorate – wildly fun!!; I love cookie cutters and I have ones for every holiday and some non-holiday ones too; you can make these cookies for so many occasions although mostly I make them around the Christmas holidays. If you’re a friend or family member – or any recipient of my cookies in the past (or if...

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Crispy Chocolate Cookies

Sunday, 22 June 2014

Half-way through the month and all I have to write about is chocolate cookies. Sad. Crispy chocolate cookies. Chocolate cookies with cornmeal because I’m on that cornmeal textural kick thing. Chococlate cookies with two kinds of chocolate – unsweetened melted and cocoa powder. Chocolate cookies with two kinds of sugar, granulated and confectioners sugar. Really great cookies. In a way they reminded me of the cookies my mom used to make her chocolate cookie, whipped cream concoction that she would refrigerate and then slice on the diagonal. That was so good. Remember that Phil? Eric? Disa? Jamie? Mom? Dad? Anyway. . . a couple things happened this past weekend that made me want to bake. The first thing was that Khai...

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Polenta Cookies

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

I’m kind of on a cornmeal in dessert kick. Don’t know why. Last month I hunted for the perfect cornmeal olive oil cake. This month it’s cornmeal cookies. I just couldn’t make them until I had a reason and Saturday night was the perfect opportunity. Our friends Mary and Pablo (Pablo the famous electrician and tamale maker extraordinaire) invited us for dinner. My contribution was a salad and that’s it but I somehow felt compelled to bring dessert too – that part struck me at 5:00 pm and we were to be there between 6:00 and 6:30. The pressure was on. I had been staring at a Polenta Cookie recipe for quite some time - from Food52 - submitted by someone named Emiko and it looked like I could get it done in the right...

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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 Wintercoat.dk. 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 Smittenkitchen.com) 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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