triple chocolate pecan cookies

Triple Chocolate Pecan Cookies – soft and chewy, loaded with milk, white, and dark chocolate chips, and topped by a crunchy toasted pecan.

I’m gonna be honest, I wasn’t really in the mood to bake this week. If you read about my troubles with finding a new apartment, you know I have an old kitty with some health issues. Sadly, she’s been having a bad few days and all my energy has been going to taking care of her. It’s also the reason you didn’t see a new post last week. She’s doing a bit better now – eating a little more, and looking a little happier. But still, it was an emotionally draining week. And come Sunday (cookie day for me), I was looking for something really easy to make that didn’t require any special preparation or ingredients. This cookie right here fit the bill. And let me just say, you guys are lucky I chose this one, because this is a really good cookie. A soft chocolate chip cookie with three kinds of chocolate (and lots of it), topped off with a crunchy toasted pecan. The cookie jar was almost completely empty by the end of the first day.  (more…)

cherry chocolate chip cookies

Soft and chewy Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies, packed full of tons of chocolate chips and tart dried cherries.

I saw this recipe while I was looking for last week’s jam thumbprint cookies recipe. I was almost tempted away from making the heart cookies when I read these ingredients, but I managed to convince myself to hold off on this one for a week. Don’t they sound amazing? Soft and chewy chocolate chip cookies, absolutely bursting with chocolate (3 cups!), plus tart dried cherries. Spoiler alert – they really are as good as they sound.  (more…)

heart-shaped jam thumbprint cookies

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Perfectly soft and buttery little heart-shaped jam thumbprint cookies.

Because I’m a sap, I really wanted to make some heart-themed cookies for Valentine’s day this year. I missed last year, but in the past I’ve made sparkling sugar cookie hearts and heart-shaped linzer cookies. I didn’t want to just do another heart-shaped cookie cutter this year though (not to mention the fact that all my cookie cutters are still buried in a box somewhere). And then I thought of those delicious jam thumbprints I made for our cookie exchange in December. Remember I was wondering why I only ever see them at that time of year? So I decided to extend their season a bit, and make them heart-shaped.  (more…)

melt-in-your-mouth peanut butter chocolate chip cookies

These Melt-in-your-mouth Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies have absolutely perfect texture and flavour, with just the right amount of chocolate chips inside. My new favourite peanut butter cookie!

I know I just made some peanut butter cookies a few weeks ago (at the request of a pregnant co-worker), but I was totally craving something peanut buttery this week. I’d always believed that the best peanut butter cookies were the crumbly kind. But I’ve made lots of different peanut butter cookies over the years, and I’ve discovered a new favourite peanut butter cookie, which was surprisingly soft and chewy and had just a hint of cinnamon. That is still definitely a favourite, but this cookie has earned the new top spot for the crumbly shortbread-y texture. Wow, is this ever a good cookie. It has amazing peanut butter flavour, the perfect amount of chocolate, and it seriously does melt in your mouth. I totally want to bake another batch just for me.  (more…)

kitchen sink cinnamon chip cookies

Kitchen Sink Cinnamon Chip Cookies – chock full of crunchy walnuts, toasted coconut, plus lots of chocolate chips and cinnamon chips!

This is a recipe that I flagged ages ago because I was intrigued by the combination of flavours, but I had to put it aside because there was one odd ingredient that I was missing. Cinnamon chips. Have you heard of them? I hadn’t! King Arthur Flour makes them and apparently so does Hershey’s – they’re just like chocolate or butterscotch chips, except cinnamon-flavoured. Unfortunately, I never did find anything like that locally, but I found something different (also called cinnamon chips) that are literally little chips of cinnamon-sugar. So I bought them instead. And then I kept putting this recipe aside because I had so many other things to make. But today I came upon it again, and this time I knew I had all the ingredients so I decided to go for it.  (more…)

double chocolate pistachio orange cookies

Double Chocolate Pistachio Orange Cookies – rich chocolate cookies with crunchy pistachios and sweet tart candied orange peel. Delicious!

So you know that candied orange peel I made a couple weeks ago? This is the cookie that I needed it for. I’ve had my eye on this recipe for awhile, but I’ve never had quite all the ingredients at the same time. I bought a supply of pistachios a while ago with this cookie in mind, but every time I thought to make it, I’d realize I’d forgotten about the candied peel component. This time, however, I made sure I had everything I needed, including some oranges to make that candied peel. And I remembered to actually make the candied peel the day before, too.  (more…)

candied orange peel revisited

Candied orange peel is deceptively simple to make and loaded with flavour! It can be eaten as-is (delicious!) or used in other recipes.

I once again found myself needing to make some candied orange peel for a cookie recipe – I went so long without ever making it until that first time, but since then I feel like I’ve made it so many times it’s starting to feel like old hat! The first time I made it, I had absolutely no idea what I was doing and couldn’t believe that I was somehow going to make orange peels edible. Those were the bits that got tossed in the compost, not eaten. And yet I did. And while it took a bit of time, it really wasn’t hard at all. And so very delicious.  (more…)

mrs. fields jam thumbprint cookies

Jam Thumbprint Cookies – perfect little morsels of soft buttery cookie filled with a variety of sweet jams. Always a favourite!

It’s cookie swap season, y’all! I was so disappointed to find out that the Food Blogger Cookie Swap wouldn’t be happening this year. I really enjoyed it the last two years I participated – sharing cookies and meeting other bloggers – and I was really looking forward to doing it again. Boo. Hopefully they’ll start it up again next year. I’ve heard about another group doing one, but sadly I didn’t find out in time to join this year. On a more local front, I’ve been organizing a cookie swap with my coworkers for the last few years as well, and that one definitely happened this year. With more participants than ever before!

This year as we were discussing what to make, I threw out the idea of making some jam thumbprint cookies. The response was pretty enthusiastic. This is the only time of year I ever see them. Why is that? They’re such awesome little cookies!  (more…)

oatmeal spice cookies

These Oatmeal Spice Cookies contain a unique blend of flavours – a nice alternative to traditional molasses spice cookies!

As we head into the winter season (and we actually have snow here in Vancouver! it’s officially winter), I find myself craving the traditional cookie flavours – molasses and spice, and even eggnog (which is really mostly nutmeg in flavour). This cookie looked like an interesting variation on a spice cookie, with a combination of spices and flavours that’s a little different. Plus oatmeal. I’ve never had an oatmeal spice cookie, have you?

There’s a lot of spice in these cookies, including two full teaspoons of allspice and a half teaspoon of black pepper, so I was expecting something with a bit of bite. But while there is a lot of flavour, it’s a very pleasant blend of spices. And it’s unique. It’s not like any spice cookie I’ve had before! The spices themselves may be the usual blend, but the proportions are completely new to me.  (more…)

milk chocolate cookies

These Milk Chocolate Cookies have a perfect melt-in-your-mouth chewy texture and the delicious flavour of a hot chocolate. It's a favourite among my coworkers!

I’m continuing the chocolate trend this week, but this cookie is very different from last week’s. There’s a lot of chocolate in this recipe – 1/2 cup of cocoa powder, plus lots of melted chocolate and chocolate chips – and while it definitely has a lot of chocolate flavour, it’s a milder chocolate flavour than the triple chocolate cookies I made last week. It doesn’t have the same oomph. It’s simply the difference between milk and dark chocolates. Milk chocolate has a much milder, sweeter flavour, and that’s what this cookie is all about.  (more…)

triple chocolate cranberry cookies

If you're craving chocolate, this Triple Chocolate Cranberry Cookie is for you – a rich chocolate cookie, plus two kinds of chocolate chips, plus tart dried cranberries.

I suddenly realized it’s been awhile since I’ve made a chocolate cookie. And I just happened to be totally craving something chocolate-y, and as good as they are, a plain chocolate chip cookie wouldn’t do the trick. Oh there are chocolate chips here, sure, but this cookie has so much more. We’re starting with a perfectly good chocolate cookie, and then we’re adding both dark chocolate chips and milk chocolate chips. Yes, triple chocolate. And then I decided to spoil myself and add cranberries too. Because I love the combination of rich dark chocolate and tart cranberry. And I wanted to treat myself this weekend. Why? Why not.  (more…)

princeton gingersnaps

These Princeton Gingersnaps from Dorie Greenspan are loaded with three kinds of ginger and bake up perfectly

If you’ve been reading this blog for awhile, you’ll know how much I adore Dorie Greenspan – I have several of her books, and her Baking From My Home to Yours is so well-used that half the pages are stuck together from various spatters and spills. Well she just came out with a new book, called Dorie’s Cookies. OMG, it’s like she wrote this book just for me! I actually pre-ordered it months ago, and it was just delivered last week. I spent a lot of time over the past week, curled up and flipping through the pages. I want to try everything. Seriously. But to start, this gingersnap recipe sounded absolutely perfect for the season. And with an introduction like this cookie? I have no doubt this book will be another favourite.  (more…)

triple peanut and chocolate chip cookies

Peanut butter, peanut butter chips, AND honey roasted peanuts are the basis for these amazing Triple Peanut and Chocolate Chip Cookies!

This week’s cookie is all about peanut flavour. By request. Because when your pregnant co-worker says she’s craving something peanut-y, you listen. So we have not just a peanut butter cookie, but a peanut butter cookie plus peanut butter chips plus honey roasted peanuts plus two kinds of chocolate chips. Yup. This should take care of those cravings!  (more…)

white chocolate cranberry oatmeal cookies

White Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies – a perfect blend of flavours and textures, with tart dried cranberries contrasting the sweet white chocolate and coconut.

Are we ready for take two with my new oven? This is the cookie that I wanted to make last time but didn’t have the ingredients for. I made sure to stock up on both oatmeal and dried cranberries (I can’t believe I’d managed to run out of either of those!). I really need to set up some sort of inventory of baking supplies. My organization pretty much consists of one big bin full of various chocolate chips, and another full of everything else. Sometimes it takes a bit of digging to find what I’m looking for (or find that I don’t have it, as the case may be). Anyway, all the ingredients were sorted out, so I got to make the cookie I wanted to. I’m not usually a fan of white chocolate, but the combination of flavours in this cookie sounded really great (and it totally is).  (more…)

peanut butter chocolate chip and pecan cookies

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip and Pecan Cookies – perfect peanut butter cookies, loaded with lots of dark chocolate, plus crunchy pecans.

Finally, after weeks of not being able to bake and a summer of making popsicles, we have COOKIES. I mentioned last week that this was not the recipe I started out with, but I seem to have misplaced a couple of ingredients in the move so I had to go to plan B. And plan B was a huge success. Honestly, I wasn’t surprised at all – everyone loves chocolate chip cookies, and everyone loves peanut butter cookies, and this recipe combines the two and adds crunchy pecans to the mix. My coworkers were very happy. My first choice will hold until next week (after I do a bit of shopping and replenish my cupboards).  (more…)