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Brown Sugar Pecan Cookies

November 19, 2018

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Wow. So few ingredients in this recipe, yet the result is a batch of wonderous cookies. I love the flavor and texture that the ground toasted pecans offer. It’s the perfect complement to the brown sugar and vanilla. If you can resist baking them all at once, you can freeze the dough in several smaller logs. Then you can slice and bake the cookies in batches, whenever the urge arises.

You will need:

  • 8 T unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/3 c brown sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 vanilla bean, cut open and seeds scraped out with a spoon or back of the knife
  • 1/2 c toasted pecans, finely ground
  • 1 c flour
  • 1 T milk
  • 1/2 t vanilla extract

Then you will…

  1. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter, brown sugar and salt.
  2. Mix in the vanilla bean seeds and pecans.
  3. Mix in the flour, milk and vanilla extract.
  4. On a piece of plastic wrap, form the dough into a 2-inch wide, 12-inch long log.
  5. Wrap the plastic wrap around the dough.
  6. Freeze for at least 30 minutes.
  7. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  8. Slice the dough into 1/2-inch wide pieces.
  9. Place the slices on the prepared baking sheet, leaving an inch between the slices.
  10. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until just starting to turn golden.
  11. Allow to cool on the sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack.
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Salty Oat (Chip) Cookies

July 5, 2018

There is a tea house and cafe near my office that has “salty oat” cookies. I think they are the perfect treat: comforting and not too sweet. They are delicious with tea, coffee or cocoa. I set out recreate them, and this dough is awesome both with semisweet chocolate chip and without them. The last time I made them, I made half into cookie bars and used the other half of the dough to make frozen dough balls. Then I could pop a few cookies in the oven whenever we needed a quick treat!

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You will need:

  • 2 sticks salted butter, room temperature
  • 2 c brown sugar
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 t baking powder
  • 1/2 t baking soda
  • 1 T vanilla extract
  • 2 c flour
  • 2 c old-fashioned oats
  • Optional: 1/2 c bittersweet chocolate chips

Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper if making cookies. Line a 9×9 baking pan with foil and lightly grease with nonstick spray if making cookie bars.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and brown sugar until well mixed and smooth.
  3. Mix in the eggs until light and fluffy.
  4. Mix in the baking powder, baking soda, and vanilla extract.
  5. Mix in the flour.
  6. Mix in the oats (and chips if using) until just combined.
  7. Drop spoonfuls of the dough for cookies or spread half of the batter in the baking pan for bars.
  8. Bake for 10-14 minutes for cookies, until turning golden and set around the edges.
  9. Bake for 30-40 minutes for bars, until golden and set in the middle.

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Cinnamon Brown Sugar Cookie Bars

May 4, 2018

These will not last long in your house. They have a gooey center and smell amazing while baking. Hope you enjoy them as much as we did! If you want extra cinnamon goodness, sprinkle some cinnamon sugar on top as well.

You will need:

  • 1/2 c unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 c brown sugar
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 1/2 t vanilla extract
  • 1 T + 1 t ground cinnamon
  • 1 t baking powder
  • 1/4 t baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 3/4 c all purpose flour

Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8×8 baking pan with foil and grease with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the melted butter with the brown sugar, eggs, and vanilla.
  3. Mix in the cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda and a pinch of salt.
  4. Mix in the flour until combined.
  5. Spread in the prepared baking pan.
  6. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until the center is no longer jiggly.
  7. Allow to cool and set for at least 10 minutes before removing from the pan.
  8. Finish cooling on a wire rack.

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Eggnog Cookies

December 21, 2017

Have some extra eggnog in your fridge? Add them into these cookies for a special holiday treat. They are perfect with…eggnog! (or cocoa!) This recipe make about 2 dozen cookies.

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You will need:

  • 3/4 c unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 1/4 c sugar
  • 1/2 c eggnog
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 t ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 t ground nutmeg
  • 1 t baking powder
  • 2 1/4 c flour

Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Beat in the eggnog, vanilla, eggs, cinnamon, nutmeg and baking powder.
  4. Slowly add the flour until combined.
  5. Drop spoonfuls onto prepared baking sheets. Leave 1-2 inches between the cookies.
  6. Bake 18 to 20 minutes, or until starting to turn light golden brown.
  7. Allow to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
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Apricot Butterhorns

December 22, 2014

This past weekend felt like the start of the holiday season for me. We decorated a tree, wrapped presents and baked a whole slew of cookies. This recipe is a longtime family favorite. In fact, some of my cousins baked these cookies this weekend too! If you find they make your holiday special, send a quick thought of thanks to my family for sharing the recipe! This will make 12 dozen cookies.

You will need:

  • 1 lb (4 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 5 c all-purpose flour
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 6 oz dried apricots, roughly chopped
  • 1 c sugar
  • Powdered sugar

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Then you will…

  1. In a large bowl or a stand mixer, crumb together the butter and flour (like pie crust dough).
  2. Add the yolks and cream cheese to the butter mixture. Mix well.
  3. Form into 18 small balls and chill for an hour. (Note: these will be roughly the size plums/tangerines).
  4. Put the apricots in a small saucepan and cover with water. Simmer for 25 minutes.
  5. Drain off the water and mix in the sugar until it is dissolved. Cool.
  6. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  7. Roll each ball on powdered sugar into a 12″ circle and into eight pie-shaped wedges.
  8. Put approximately 1/4 teaspoon of the apricot mixture near the top at the center of the wide end of the wedge.
  9. Begin at the top of the wedge and roll to the point, being sure to wrap the dough as completely around the apricot as possible.
  10. Put point down on parchment-lined cookie sheet.
  11. Bake for 12 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool 2 minutes.
  12. Roll in powdered sugar and cool completely. (Note: I chose to roll in powdered sugar before baking, which results in the sugar being absorbed into the cookie. Try it both ways and see what you like best!).
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