dark chocolate sour cherry cookies

Dark Chocolate Sour Cherry Cookies – soft, dense, and oh-so-chocolate-y, with bursts of tart cherry throughout.

I was informed by one of my coworkers that I had to make a nut-free cookie for her this week (she’s dealing with some allergy tests right now). So demanding, right? She’s lucky I love her (I have awesome coworkers, seriously). So even though I really wanted to make a certain recipe this week – went out and bought ingredients and everything – I’m putting it off until next week and instead made a reeeeally chocolate-y cookie this week.

And I do mean chocolate-y. In my experience, chocolate cookies made with just cocoa powder tend to be milder than ones that are made with melted chocolate. Not this one, though. For one thing, there’s almost as much cocoa powder in this cookie as there is flour. That’s a lot! And the flavour? Amazing. All that cocoa plus the addition of bittersweet chocolate chunks makes for an incredibly rich and chocolate-y cookie.  (more…)

buttery jam cookies

Delicately flavoured, soft, cake-y, and slightly chewy, Buttery Jam Cookies – made with jam swirled right into the batter.

This is one of the many many recipes I had planned to make over the winter holidays, but didn’t get to because of that stupid cold. Seriously, all I did for the entire break was curl up on my couch and watch Netflix. I did nothing constructive. I think I’m finally back up to about 98% health now (still have a wee bit of a cough in the morning), but my coworkers are still dropping like flies, so I’m really hoping I don’t get caught up in a second wave. But enough about colds! Let’s talk cookies! Yay, it’s cookie time again! This is another recipe from my favourite baking book, Dorie Greenspan’s Baking: From My Home to Yours.. I’ve made so many recipes from this book, and yet somehow I’ve barely made a dent. Not even counting the cakes and pies and tarts that I rarely bake, there are still so many cookie recipes to go! And I have yet to hit a dud.  (more…)

rhubarb almond muffins

Rhubarb Almond Muffins – made with sour cream and incredibly rich and moist, with lots of sweet almond flavour, plus tart rhubarb.

This is the second muffin recipe I’ve tried from the Butter Baked Goods cookbook. Like their morning glory muffins I made before, these are not a healthy breakfast-type muffin. Not even close. They’re not even pretending to be healthy. It’s all white sugar and white flour and melted butter and full-fat milk and sour cream. Woof.

But that’s okay. Because they are absolutely a delicious, delicious treat. This is the type of muffin you can serve with an afternoon coffee or tea. Your guests will definitely be impressed.  (more…)

butterscotch chews

Butterscotch Chews cookies are so so soft and chewy, and loaded with butterscotch flavour and crunchy pecans.

November/December is the time of year when all the food blogs explode with cookies and treats and brunch recipes for the holidays. I had a huge list of things I wanted to make! But you may have noticed that my blog has been suspiciously quiet the past few weeks. Interesting thing about me – I hardly ever get sick. Last time I had the flu? Seriously, so long ago I can’t even remember! As for colds, I’ll maybe get the sniffles for a couple days and that’s it. Maybe I’ve been bragging about this too much, because this year? It kinda bit me in the ass. I wasn’t down for the count or anything, but uuuuuuugggghhhhh that stupid cold just would. not. go. away. So all the Christmas baking I was planning to do? Yeah, I really wasn’t feeling up for it.  (more…)

chocolate peanut butter cookies

Soft and tender Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies, made with melted chocolate right in the dough.

I’m not normally a peanut butter fanatic. I like it just fine, but I’ve never been one of those people who slather it on everything or eat it straight from the jar. Although I did just have an apple with peanut butter for dinner the other day – yum! But I found myself totally craving it this week. As I was flipping through my recipes trying to choose what to make, I kept lingering on anything peanut buttery. Yes, that’s right. I’m not one of those people who has all my recipes planned out in advance. Planning? Pfft. I’m more the “hmmm, what am I craving today? and more importantly, what do I have the ingredients for?” type of gal.  (more…)

banana walnut muffins

Banana Walnut Muffins – moist and banana-y, with a lovely crunch from the nuts. Plus, of course, chocolate chips.

When I made the banana loaf a few weeks ago I mentioned that I still had some bananas left over in the freezer to make muffins with. Well, ta-da! This week we have banana muffins. I wasn’t particularly planning to make banana muffins this week, but I wanted to make something from the Williams-Sonoma Muffins cookbook, which I haven’t baked from for awhile. And after flipping through the pages, this is the one that I found myself craving.  (more…)

sour cherry white chocolate chunk cookies – cookie swap

Sour Cherry White Chocolate Chunk Cookies marry slivers of tart sour cherries with sweet white chocolate and crunchy toasted almonds.

This is it, y’all. The cookie I made for The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap. As I mentioned a few weeks ago, this is my first year participating in this swap, but the 4th year they’ve done it. It’s kind’ve a big deal! This year they had 566 bloggers participating from 7 countries, baking and mailing over 20,000 cookies. Wow, right? It bears repeating that the organizers, Lindsay at Love & Olive Oil and Julie at The Little Kitchen, deserve serious kudos for coming up with the whole idea and also for all their hard work organizing everything. Seriously, thank you both!  (more…)

chai tea caramels

Sweet and soft Chai Tea Caramels, with the classic masala chai flavours of ginger, cardamom, star anise, cloves and cinnamon.

I love chai tea. Especially when it’s made properly, with the spices simmered in the milk to get maximum flavour, before adding the tea. Of course the only time I get it brewed properly like this is when I get it from a proper Indian restaurant – I never make it at home like this (lazy? moi?). Most chai tea blends you can buy in the store have the two combined. And when you don’t have the time (or inclination) to do the long method, that’s perfectly okay! In fact, that’s exactly what we’re using in these caramels. Because conveniently, it’s what I had on-hand.  (more…)

cheese scones

These Cheese Scones are slightly crusty on the outside, and flaky and tender and incredibly buttery on the inside.

I used to think I didn’t particularly care for scones. I’d had a few that were okay, but none that were very good. I didn’t get why I’d read and heard so much raving about how awesome they were. Mostly, they were dense and heavy and tasted overwhelmingly of baking powder. Not really pleasant. And then one day I stopped at a little out of the way coffee shop in a small town, and I was craving something savoury to go with my morning coffee, so I tried one of their cheese scones. It was a revelation. Slightly crusty on the outside, unbelievably tender and flaky and buttery on the inside. So this was what a scone was supposed to be like!  (more…)

chocolate chip cookies with nuts

Chocolate Chip Cookies with Nuts – chewy cookies full of dark chocolate chunks, plus both the flavour and crunch of pecans or walnuts.

Once again I’m falling back to a basic chocolate chip cookie recipe this week. Everybody loves chocolate chip cookies, right? But really, a chocolate chip cookie is anything but “basic”. There are so many variations – crunchy or chewy, thick or thin, with or without nuts – do I need to go on? It may be an old stand-by, but it never gets old. I’m turning yet again to my favourite baking book for this one. Dorie Greenspan calls it her “Best Chocolate Chip Cookie”, and I can believe it. This is one good cookie.  (more…)

apple cider caramels

Apple Cider Caramels – rich with the flavours of autumn – fresh, crisp apples, cinnamon and caramel.

In most parts of Canada (at least in my experience), if you ask for an apple cider in any bar or restaurant, you’re going to get a carbonated alcoholic beverage. Possibly in a bottle, possibly on tap, possibly with a wedge of lime (mmmm). That’s the default “cider” here (what does that say about us?). So imagine my surprise when I was in Minnesota years ago, went into a bar with some friends, and received a steaming hot mug of cider with a cinnamon stick. Um, what? I mean, it was delicious and all, but I was not expecting a “hot apple cider”. Especially since it wasn’t even winter at the time.  (more…)

chocolate oatmeal muffins with cranberries

Chocolate Oatmeal Muffins with Cranberries – they'll go great with your morning coffee or any time as a treat.

As part of my new “bake more muffins” initiative, this week I have yet another recipe from Dorie Greenspan’s Baking: From My Home to Yours. This is a recipe that I’ve made several times already, so it’s not new-to-me, but it is new to the blog. So it totally counts as “new”.

While I have tweaked the ingredients of this muffin over the years, the flavour is essentially the same. And oh-so-chocolatey. So, so chocolatey.  (more…)

cookie swaps

The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap 2014

If you haven’t guessed from the logo I’ve had in my sidebar for a few weeks now, I’m doing the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap this year! And I’m ridiculously excited about it! I’m such a nerd when it comes to baking, I know. It’s their 4th year running, but my first participating. It’s only my second xmas season blogging, and I didn’t even know this exchange existed until it was too late for me to join last year. So I kept an eye on it, determined to not miss out again. And I think I was one of the first to sign up this year. They have 566 bloggers participating this time around, from 7 different countries. That’s a lot of cookies! Kudos to the organizers, Lindsay at Love & Olive Oil and Julie at The Little Kitchen, for all their hard work on this; and especially for coming up with the idea in the first place and opening it up to the whole community.   (more…)

coconut oatmeal cookies

Coconut Oatmeal Cookies – soft and chewy, full of the flavours of both oats and coconut.

It was a busy weekend for me, so my main criteria when picking a recipe this week was “quick & easy”. Of course “tasty” is always important, but time was a definite consideration. I had just recently made some oatmeal snickerdoodles (delicious) and that recipe book was still sitting on my coffee table, so I was flipping through it. And oatmeal was still on my mind (isn’t it always? between oatmeal cookies and a big steaming bowl of steel-cut oats on a weekend morning – mmmmm.). So when I saw this coconut oatmeal cookies recipe, I thought “yum!” And I knew my coworkers would agree.  (more…)

chocolate peanut butter cup cookies

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cookies – a rich, intensely chocolate peanut butter cookie, studded with mini peanut butter cups.

This week’s cookie is shamelessly stolen from SugarHero (go check her out – I can guarantee her cookies and photos are much prettier than mine). I’m not a huge peanut butter fan, but the minute I saw this cookie, I knew I had to have it. “Gooey” is absolutely the perfect descriptor.

I mean, don’t get me wrong – I enjoy a good peanut butter cookie as much as the next person, but I’m not one of those people who will eat peanut butter by the spoonful straight from the jar. The tag “peanut butter” is generally not enough to make me need to make a recipe (unlike “chocolate” or “lemon” – seriously, look how big those 2 words are in my tag cloud…).  (more…)