Help with my Hamentashen

I made dozens of Hamentashen today, but I froze when I rolled out my dough and it crumbled. Lucky for me, I was able to call up the cookbook author, because she’s a dear family friend. She talked me through and gave me extra tips. While I was baking, I thought about the many times…

Cookies for Mama’s memoir class

Mama returned to her Memoir Writing Class this afternoon after a hiatus, and I got to walk her in and meet everyone! I made my special cherry chocolate chip cookies for the occasion and they were a hit. Though I know a couple of these smiling faces, most of them were new to me. As her…

A cookie kind of afternoon

I made Confetti Cookies with colorful sprinkles and Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies this afternoon. The sprinkle-laden treats are a SmittenKitchen recipe I’ve made before, but adding Caramel chips to my Chocolate Chip Cookies was a new twist. All of the cookies were delicious! Now I’m eager to share the baked goodness! Today’s #OneGoodThing was a cookie kind…

Macaron improvements

When our friend Margo visited on Sunday, I made raspberry French macaron cookies. But they were a total fail. They tasted ok, but they just didn’t have the right texture. So I decided to try again tonight. I found the recipe from the Sur La Table class I took last spring, and it made a…

Fast, yummy cookies

I whipped up three hot, fresh cookies tonight, and it took a sum total of 12 minutes! I made cherry chocolate chip cookie dough last week and refrigerated little heaps, all ready to bake. The cookies were delicious and I washed them down with a small glass of cold milk. Yum! Today’s #OneGoodThing was enjoying fast, yummy…

The last Essi

These S-shaped cookies are a specialty from the island of Burano in Venice, Italy. Yep, besides the colorful houses and intricate lace, the island is famous for these delicious, crunchy vanilla cookies with a hint of lemon (also called Bussolai Buranei). Mama and I became addicted to these delightful cookies some years ago. They’re perfect at…

Warm peanut butter cookies

Tonight I made peanut butter cookies from scratch, and we washed down the warm cookies with cold milk. Heavenly! I mostly followed a recipe from one of our favorite bakeries in Santa Cruz, The Buttery. The recipe was published by the L.A. Times several years ago. I tried to make the cookies a bit smaller…