cucumber lime mint popsicles

Lime Cucumber Mint Popsicles – some of the summer's freshest flavours combine for a perfectly refreshing treat.

A couple weeks ago I was trying to find ways to use up an overabundance of limes. I made some lime meltaways, several lime cocktails, and still had a few left over. Yeah, I had a lot. So since we found ourselves in a bit of a heatwave (ugh), I decided some lime popsicles were called for. This recipe combines a few of the freshest summer flavours – lime, mint & cucumber – for a light refreshing treat with the flavour of a mojito.  (more…)

nutella no-bake cookies

Nutella No-Bake Cookies – dense and fudgy. A perfect treat for when it's too hot to bake!

It’s unusually hot here in Vancouver. Seriously, we’re not used to this kind of weather here, especially not so early in the season (our summer weather usually hits in late-August/September). A week ago it was raining and I was wearing my heavy sweater, and suddenly my cats are sprawled out in front of the fan trying to keep cool and I’m wrapping myself in ice packs. It’s too hot. I’d like to go on record saying I do not like it this hot. Sorry, all you people who can’t get enough heat. And I know I’ve mentioned it before, but my kitchen is south-facing, so when it gets hot? There’s no way I’m turning on the oven. Which means? Time to delve into the no-bake cookie recipes!  (more…)

coconut oil oatmeal chocolate chip cookies

Coconut Oil Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies – dense and moist and chewy and loaded with flavour.

I’ve been seeing a lot of articles recently about baking with coconut oil instead of butter. Why? Some people say it’s supposed to be healthier, but according to this article, the jury is still out on that one. I suspect this is just the latest “health” fad. I’m not saying it’s bad for you (or at least not any worse than anything else we eat), but it’s probably not as good as everyone is making it out to be. That said, I’ve mentioned before that I love coconut, so baking with it sounds delicious.  (more…)

double chocolate coconut cookies

Double Chocolate Coconut Cookies – chocolate, white chocolate chips, walnuts & coconut combine for a delicious treat.

In the past few weeks, I’ve been on a bit of a caramel kick. And apparently a coconut kick too – in addition to these chocolate espresso caramels, I also made both coconut caramels and chocolate coconut caramels. And this week, once again, I was having a craving for something coconut-y. Last time I wanted to make coconut-y cookies, I went for the coconut-citrus combo, with these coconut orange cookies (so good!). This time, I was thinking something more chocolatey would be good. Or maybe coconut + chocolate + white chocolate + walnuts? Yum!  (more…)

chocolate espresso caramels

Chocolate Espresso Caramels – combining three wonderful flavours into one delicious treat.

Apparently I’m on a caramel kick right now. A few weeks ago I made some coconut caramels, and then I just made these amazing chocolate coconut caramels – they were seriously good! Deep, rich flavour, not too sweet. I was sad to see the end of them. I wanted more. So I obviously had to make them again, right? But maybe some sort of variation. It’s the chocolate caramel that I was really loving, so I decided to skip the coconut and do something different with the caramel itself. What else goes well with chocolate? Pfft, silly question – pretty much anything, right? How about espresso? YES.  (more…)

lime meltaways

lime meltaways

It’s that time of year again – the farmer’s markets are open and there’s fresh fruit everywhere. And those are the flavours I’m craving. Sweet juicy strawberries and raspberries, and tart early-season blueberries. And one of my favourite summery flavours is citrus, especially lime. We have a long weekend coming up and I think I may need to make some lime sorbet. Or some lime popsicles maybe. I’ve also been meaning to make some lime marshmallows… hmmm… But in the meantime, while it’s not yet too hot to bake, we obviously needed some lime cookies.  (more…)

peanut butter butterscotch chip cookies

peanut butter butterscotch chip cookies

This is another recipe that was a contender a couple weeks ago but got passed over for something else (it’s always so hard to choose!). And yet, I couldn’t stop thinking about it. I wasn’t entirely sure how these two flavours would work together – I couldn’t really imagine it – and yet I love peanut butter, and I love butterscotch, so… maybe? One way to find out, right?  (more…)

cinnamon animal crackers

cinnamon animal crackers

Some time before Christmas, I was on a hunt to find some linzer cookie cutters. I had something very specific in mind and I just wasn’t finding it locally. I finally tracked down what I wanted online, and while I was there, I also found a bunch of other cookie cutters that I had to have. Including these fantastic spring-loaded animal cutters. LOVE. I couldn’t wait to make something with them! However, I had so many other recipes that I was dying to make that the animal crackers got pushed to the back and these cutters have just sat on the shelf for months. But then, flipping through one of my cookbooks one day, I found a recipe for cinnamon animal crackers. And I knew it was time…  (more…)

chocolate coconut caramels

chocolate coconut caramels

Last week I made some coconut caramels (reeeeeally good), and I had some cream left over so of course I had to make some more, right? I had to use it up – I had no choice. I was initially going to make something completely different (I had my eye on some orange espresso caramels, but I didn’t have any candied orange peel and no time to make it), so I ended up making these chocolate coconut caramels. Too much coconut? Is there such a thing? I figured the fact that they’re chocolate would be enough of a difference. And I like coconut; and since I’m the one making them, I get to choose. Right? Right.  (more…)

chocolate espresso white chocolate chip cookies

chocolate espresso white chocolate chip cookies

I usually try to explain my reasons for choosing these recipes each week, maybe with a cute background story or something. Not this week. Sorry. I just had a beautiful four day weekend – man I needed this break – I got a lot of things done that I’d been procrastinating about and the weather was gorgeous so I got to just hang out in the sunshine too. On the last day? I was totally into baking cookies, but I honestly didn’t care what I made. So I just picked up the first book on the stack and turned to the first post-it on the side. This is what I found…  (more…)

coconut caramels

coconut caramels

I haven’t made caramels for quite awhile, and I’ve been really wanting to for several weeks. And I’ve been procrastinating for several weeks, too. No idea why – it’s possible I’m just lazy by nature (I totally am). But we’re also at the time of year where the weather seems to be constantly fluctuating between sunny and rainy and I always end up feeling tired and out of sorts. I’ve read articles about low pressure systems affecting people like this and I believe it. Ugh. My brain is mush. I think that’s why I also fell so far behind on posting (I’m SO far behind). But I finally made myself get up off the couch (I was really busy – those crappy movies won’t watch themselves!) and get into the kitchen.  (more…)

buckling down

When I started this blog, I planned to make one post a week. And I’ve been really good about baking something every single week! I’ve hardly missed any days at all – usually just because of holidays, and even then I tried to double-up the week before to compensate. But my posting? Yikes. That’s another matter all together. I’ve fallen so far behind it’s not even funny.  (more…)

rum raisin chocolate chip cookies

rum raisin chocolate chip cookies

Who here loves raisins?! I can almost hear the big resounding “ewwwwww!” Okay, wait, wait – come back. I know you’re not going to believe this, but this cookie is NOT the raisin cookie we all know and (apparently) hate. For one thing, the raisins are soaked in dark rum. For SIX HOURS. Picture that. Sound more promising? And that’s just the beginning…  (more…)

sugar crunch cookies

sugar crunch cookies

I’ve mentioned many times before that I’m a fan of sugar cookies. And that I simply don’t understand people who don’t like them. What’s not to love? In my (apparently sheltered) life, I’ve only ever had rolled out sugar cookies. The first time I saw a drop sugar cookie recipe, I think I literally said “whaaaaa?” I thought I was pretty knowledgeable about the world of cookies (trust me, I have had a lot of hands-on experience – ahem), but I’m constantly finding recipes for cookies that I’ve never encountered before. And apparently common ones too, like snickerdoodles and cowboy cookies. And drop sugar cookies. Huh.  (more…)

white chocolate cranberry cookies

white chocolate cranberry cookies

Flip through any cookie recipe book (or scroll through my past posts) and you’ll see a lot of browns and beiges. From golden chocolate chip cookies to the palest sugar cookies to chocolate cookies so dark they’re almost black. Very monochromatic, right? Well flipping through my books one day, I suddenly saw a dash of colour. A bit of pink in an otherwise pale cookie. Pretty! Cranberry? YES! I love cranberries. They’re a constant staple in my freezer – I use them in muffins, oatmeal and smoothies all the time and will often toss them in even if the original recipe didn’t call for them (because yum). Tart cranberries paired with sweet white chocolate sounded really good, so I decided to give these cookies a try (and I hadn’t even seen the orange zest in the recipe yet!).  (more…)