tropical biscotti

Perfectly crunchy Tropical Biscotti, with fruity flavour from dried apricots and pineapple, plus buttery toasted pecans and dark rum!

I saw this recipe in one of my cookbooks awhile ago and knew it would be a perfect summer cookie. Lovely crispy biscotti with tropical flavours, including pineapple? Yum! So I’ve been holding off on making it, waiting for sunny days. As we head into summer proper, though, my kitchen gets hotter and hotter, and less and less a place I want to be spending a lot of time. And turning on the oven? Forget about it. So this may be one of the last baking recipes I post for awhile. Unless we have a nice cool rainy weekend – then I’ll break out the baking sheets again. Instead, be prepared for a lot of popsicles and no-bake recipes. Everyone loves those, right? Right. But this week was still not too bad temperature-wise, so this week we still get proper cookies(more…)

raspberry sherbet popsicles

Raspberry Sherbet Popsicles, made with lots of plump juicy raspberries, fresh from the farmer's market. A great way to prolong the fresh flavours of summer!

We’re just starting to ease into summer here in Vancouver, and the weather is still wildly fluctuating between hot sunny days, and cool rainy nights. This is totally normal for us – usually our summer doesn’t start in earnest until August, but then we have beautiful weather well into October. Often I’m still wearing sandals even in November! But it’s definitely warm and sunny enough to enjoy a popsicle or two, and with the farmers market in full swing, I’m loading up on fresh fruit every weekend. And popsicles are the perfect way to take advantage of all that bounty.   (more…)

strawberry-swirl vanilla yogurt popsicles

Strawberry-Swirl Vanilla Yogurt Popsicles – creamy vanilla yogurt and swirls of fresh strawberry purée, with all the bright fresh flavour you'd expect.

Strawberries are at their peak right now. Every time I walk into a grocery store, there are baskets of beautiful, plump, juicy strawberries everywhere. They’re one of the few fruits that I actually enjoy eating as-is (I know, weird, right? who doesn’t like fruit? me apparently), so my biggest problem was not eating them all before I had a chance to make popsicles! Trust me, more than once, I’ve bought strawberries specifically for making popsicles, and then had to go buy more because I suddenly didn’t have enough for the recipe anymore. Oops.  (more…)

honey-nut oatmeal cookies

These Honey-Nut Oatmeal Cookies are incredibly moist and chewy, and taste of honey and peanuts. A perfect combination of flavours and textures.

This recipe really caught my eye – chewy oatmeal, honey roasted peanuts, and honey. Doesn’t that sound delicious? Oatmeal cookies are always a big hit at my office, and so are peanut butter cookies. Combine the two, and we’re already bound to have a winner. But the addition of all that honey flavour, and the twist of using honey roasted peanuts instead of just plain peanuts, boosted this already good cookie to another level.  (more…)

coconut, cranberry, chocolate chip oatmeal cookies

These coconut, cranberry, chocolate chip oatmeal cookies are absolutely the most popular cookies I've made to date. A perfect combination of flavours!

You guys, let me say right off the bat: this cookie is absolutely the most popular cookie I’ve made to date! There were so many people declaring it their new favourite (seriously, several people), not to mention I kept hearing people telling their friends how awesome they are and to come try one. I usually see the same faces at the cookie jar, but this week I was seeing people who usually don’t partake. This is a fantastic cookie.  (more…)

butterscotch chocolate chip cookies

Butterscotch Chocolate Chip Cookies, moist and chewy, loaded with lots of chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, and crunchy toasted walnuts.

Making those butterscotch lollipops a few weeks ago reminded me how much I love butterscotch (so much!), so when I saw this recipe? I knew this was what I’d be making this week. Butterscotch alone is good, but combined with chocolate it’s even better (it works amazingly with peanut butter too – seriously, you should try these peanut butter butterscotch cookies!). This little cookie was hugely popular among my coworkers. I saw one person walking away with a whole handful of them, and another person told me very seriously that this may be his new favourite cookie. And you’ll note that I’ve tagged this as a personal favourite too. Yup, this is a good cookie.  (more…)

white chocolate chip fudge cookies

White Chocolate Chip Fudge Cookies – a moist, chewy, fudge-y cookie studded with lots of sweet white chocolate chips. This one's a favourite!

There’s a lot of chocolate in these cookies – two kinds of melted chocolate, plus lots of cocoa powder. And as if that’s not enough, then we add lots and lots of white chocolate chips. Normally I’m not a fan of white chocolate, but here it’s a really nice counterbalance to all the dark chocolate in the cookie itself. The resulting cookie is dense and chewy, and the combination of all that chocolate plus brown sugar and molasses (did I mention there’s molasses in here too?) really tastes like old-fashioned fudge. This cookie is definitely a winner.  (more…)

orange chocolate chip biscotti

Orange Chocolate Chip Biscotti – orange biscotti with lots of chocolate chips, perfectly crunchy and tender. Just right for dipping in coffee!

The last time I brought in biscotti, no one seemed very excited by it. It all got eaten, but no one went “oooooh biscotti!!!” (for the record? that would totally be my reaction). This time? Lots of excited noises. I don’t know if they learned how good biscotti can be after the last ones I brought in, or if it’s just a different group of people I’m hearing from this time. But I’m definitely hearing a lot of “ooooh biscotti!!!” and lots of happy yummy noises. And I’m seeing a pretty empty cookie jar.  (more…)

cranberry-cherry coconut oatmeal cookies

Cranberry Cherry Coconut Oatmeal Cookies – tart dried cranberries and cherries are a great contrast to the sweet coconut in this chewy oatmeal cookie!

I’m a big fan of the combination of coconut and oatmeal, so that alone drew me in to this recipe. The addition of a mix of dried fruit made it even more appealing. I thought some tart dried cranberries sounded like a fantastic contrast to the sweet coconut. Unfortunately I didn’t have quite enough cranberries for the recipe, so I did half cranberries and half tart cherries, and I think that made them even better than I was hoping! And yes, I was right – it is a fantastic contrast. This is a really good cookie. The combination of dried fruit and coconut gives this cookie an almost tropical feel, and the tartness of the cherries and cranberries helps to offset the sweetness of the cookie.  (more…)

old-fashioned butterscotch lollipops

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Deliciously buttery and caramelly Old-Fashioned Butterscotch Lollipops. For kids of all ages!

I’m a fan of butterscotch, and every time I bring butterscotch cookies to work, or anything with butterscotch chips in it, I realize that a lot of my coworkers are fans too. But when I think of butterscotch – true butterscotch – I think of butterscotch pudding my mom made when I was a kid, or those old hard candies that your grandma maybe had in a bowl on her coffee table – it’s an old-fashioned flavour, right? But it’s delicious! It should be more popular! I’ve mentioned it before, but I’m making it my mission – I’m seeking out and making every butterscotch cookie recipe I can find. And apparently candy, too. We’re bringing butterscotch back.  (more…)

nutty triple chocolate brownie cookies

Nutty Triple Chocolate Brownie Cookies – rich chocolate cookies loaded with both white and dark chocolate chips, plus two kinds of toasted nuts!

Let me start off by saying omg, this is a good cookie. I was tempted to double this recipe when I saw it only had 1 cup of flour – that seems like a pretty small recipe when compared to what I usually make. But then I saw all the other stuff in there and changed my mind. Good thing too. Because while the original recipe says it will only make 2 dozen cookies, those cookies are humongous, made with 1/4 cup of dough each. I made them smaller (as I always do) and got a very respectable 65 cookies. But they were so good, they didn’t last long in the cookie jar.  (more…)

chewy peanut butter cookies

Soft & chewy peanut butter cookies – the flavour and texture that everybody loves!

I’ve made a lot of peanut butter cookies in the past few years, but I’m not hearing any complaints. I think I could bring peanut butter cookies in every week and I still wouldn’t hear complaints – it’s a cookie everyone is always happy to see. And luckily there are a lot of variations out there, so I don’t think we’ll be running out of recipes any time soon. Whether it’s a crisp peanut butter cookie, or a soft one, whether it’s got crunchy nuts or chocolate chips added, or is just plain peanut butter like this one – it’s all good.  (more…)

ultimate kitchen sink cookies

These really are the Ultimate Kitchen Sink Cookies – coconut, oatmeal, rich dark chocolate, toasted pecans, and little bursts of sweetness from the toffee bits.

I’m sure we’ve all had kitchen sink cookies – those cookies that you just throw a little of everything into, that end up with a variety of flavours and textures. I’m a big fan. I’ve certainly made them, and I even favourited the last ones I made (delicious chocolate kitchen sink cookies). Well guess what. I’m favouriting this recipe too. It may not look like much, but this is a good cookie.   (more…)

old-fashioned snickerdoodles

These Old-Fashioned Snickerdoodles are perfectly soft with a slightly tangy flavour, coated with that classic combination of sugar and cinnamon.

These Old-Fashioned Snickerdoodles are perfectly soft with a slightly tangy flavour, coated with that classic combination of sugar and cinnamon.

For a classic cookie, it’s surprising that the only snickerdoodles I’ve ever eaten are the ones I’ve made myself. Are they just not a thing up here in Canada? I’ve made a few different recipes over the years – what I thought was a classic snickerdoodle, snickerdoodles with molasses and nutmeg added, and even an oatmeal snickerdoodle. So what makes this particular cookie worthy of the name “old-fashioned snickerdoodle”? While all the others were certainly delicious, all were made with baking powder, rather than the combination of baking soda and cream of tartar that is what apparently makes a proper snickerdoodle cookie. I would have thought they’d behave basically the same way, as baking powder is essentially baking soda with an acid added. But upon further googling and reading, apparently the cream of tartar adds a certain tanginess to these cookies that’s missing when you just use baking powder.  (more…)

oatmeal salted caramel cookies

Oatmeal Salted Caramel Cookies – a perfectly chewy cookie, studded with crunchy pecans, lots of sweet caramel bits, and topped with a generous sprinkling of flaked sea salt.

Guess who just got a couple new cookbooks! I’m ridiculously excited. As if I don’t already have a large enough collection, I was browsing Amazon the other day and stumbled upon a book called Cookie Love. Of course I had to have it. And while I was adding that to my shopping cart, The Ultimate Cookie Book popped up in my suggested items. Twist my arm – I guess I had to have them both. I’ll admit, I’ve ordered one or two cookie books over the years that have been a bit underwhelming once I had them in my hands and had a chance to flip through them properly. These two, however, look really promising. Cookie Love is full of unique recipes and flavour combinations, while The Ultimate Cookie Book is a huge collection of traditional recipes and twists on old favourites. I’m looking forward to baking my way through both of them. I already have lots of recipes flagged, but I decided to start with this oatmeal salted caramel cookie. I’m a huge fan of both oatmeal cookies and salted caramels – combining the two sounded amazing.  (more…)