I bake a batch, sometimes two, of cookies every week. My husband’s tolerance for sugar and chocolate has changed over the past few years. He now finds Toll House Chocolate Chips too sweet for his taste. So last week, I made him Amy’s Oh So Very Best Cookies which are oatmeal cookies minus the chocolate chips in the recipe.
The Sunday New York Times of February 20, 2022 included the supplement “Brilliant Baking.” After leafing through it, I found some marvelous recipes that I wanted to try. The first of these was Chewy Earl Grey Sugar Cookies by Yossy Arefi. Ms. Arefi is a contributor to The New York Times Cooking section. She is also photographer and baker with a website called Apt. 2B Baking Co. As luck would have it I happened to have some loose Earl Grey tea in the house. This recipe came at the perfect time as I need a small hostess gift to bring to a friend’s house for dinner.
A few weeks ago, I was watching “America’s Test Kitchen at Home.” One of their co-hosts, Bridget Lancaster was preparing Financiers. Financiers are small almond cakes that uses six ingredients to make the most wonderful two-bite petite cakes. They are perfect for entertaining as they can be prepared ahead of time (mine are being stored in an area of my unfinished attic where its cold and humidity free). You can dress these gems up with slivered almonds, pieces of chocolate or fresh fruit. For my dinner party, I topped mine with chocolate and almonds.
I started following @sarah_keiffer on Instagram and her "Vanilla Bean Blog." I searched her website for a recipe for chocolate sugar cookies and was able to find one that truly is outstanding.
Sarah suggest measuring them out as 2 tablespoonfuls, but they come out quite large. A tablespoon yielded a more desirable size for me.
Chocolate Sugar Cookies
By Sarah Kieffer
from her blog, The Vanilla Bean Blog, September 10, 2020
A simple craving for pumpkin cream cheese. What to spread it on… pumpkin loaf cake.
I’ve been craving pumpkin cream cheese for the past two weeks. There is a bagel shop a few towns north of mine that used to make pumpkin bagels and pumpkin cream cheese. I haven’t been there in awhile and I’ve been resisting the urge to get a bagel. However, I did have some cream cheese leftover from a recent recipe and a can of pumpkin in my pantry. I was going to bake an autumn loaf or make pumpkin-walnut flapjacks, both I have made before, but I wanted something more like a pumpkin bread.
A former teacher, shop-a-holic, empty-nester redefining quick, family approved dinners.