triple play peanut butter cookies

Triple Play Peanut Butter Cookies – with peanut butter, peanut butter chips, and chopped peanuts. AND chocolate chips.

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So. This week I had promised a friend that I would make a specific cookie for her. You can guess where this is going, right? I bought the ingredients and was all ready to bake them Sunday evening… and then I realized that I’d missed the part of the recipe where they need to be refrigerated overnight before baking. Oops. So I had to scramble to find a backup recipe. Luckily, I have lots of recipes flagged, so it was just a matter of narrowing it down and finding something that I have all the ingredients for. How about peanut butter cookies? Peanut butter cookies are always good. And always welcomed. And I aways have those ingredients.  (more…)

brown butter bourbon chocolate chip cookies

Made with browned butter, Kentucky bourbon, and fresh tarragon, these soft and gooey Bourbon Chocolate Chip Cookies have a great, rich flavour.

Made with browned butter, Kentucky bourbon, and fresh tarragon, these soft and gooey Bourbon Chocolate Chip Cookies have a great, rich flavour.

Will anyone be surprised to hear that I just got a few new cookbooks? No? It’s like you guys know me! So yes, I got some new cookbooks. Wheee! One of them, Ovenly, is from a bakery known for interesting and unique combinations of flavours. And when I first flipped through the pages of this book, this particular recipe really jumped out at me.

Bourbon? Oh yes please. Chocolate chips? YUM. Tarragon? Uh… what? I really wasn’t sure how this cookie would turn out. But I was intrigued, and less than a week after I got the book, I was shopping for tarragon. And apparently I saw “tarragon” in the ingredients list and stopped reading, because I didn’t even realize until I started prepping ingredients that this cookie is made with browned butter too. Oh mama. I had high hopes for this cookie.

Spoiler alert – it delivered.  (more…)

vietnamese iced coffee popsicles

Sweet, creamy, Vietnamese iced coffee popsicles – perfectly refreshing on a sunny day.

We’re finally seeing some beautiful weather here in Vancouver (I can’t believe it’s almost June!!), and one of my coworkers had a bit of a conundrum the other day. It was mid-afternoon, she needed a pick-me-up, but couldn’t decide between a coffee and a popsicle, and bemoaned the fact that we didn’t have any coffee popsicles in the freezer (yes, we have popsicles in the freezer). So of course I needed to remedy that, stat. I’ve pinned several recipes for cappuccino popsicles and mocha popsicles, and even plain coffee popsicles, but it was the idea of Vietnamese iced coffee popsicle that won out (I’ll make the others eventually).  (more…)

old-fashioned sugar cookies

These old-fashioned sugar cookies are soft and chewy with a lovely crispy exterior, and great lemon flavour.

I usually only make one cookie a week (only! ha!), but this week I was baking some cookies to take to a friend who wasn’t feeling well, and sugar cookies are her favourite. And I’ve had my eye on this recipe for awhile. The only sugar cookies I’ve ever made have been roll-out cookies – which are great when I want to play with my cookie cutters, but it’s a bit more time-consuming than I wanted for a mid-week cookie. I wanted something quick. And I loved the idea of starting with a drop cookie and just sprinkling it with sugar before baking. Simple. Gotta love simple recipes.

And gotta love sugar cookies. Sometimes the most basic cookies are the best, right?  (more…)

toffee crunchers

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This week’s cookie is a recipe that I stumbled across in one of my cookbooks one day, and was totally intrigued by the ingredients list. Spoiler – that crunch in the title? Is from Rice Krispies and potato chips. Whaaat? Yup. So of course I flagged it and went out and actually bought the cereal and chips just for this cookie, and have been looking forward to trying it forEVER.  (more…)

chocolate diablo cookies

These Chocolate Diablo Cookies are dense and incredibly chocolate-y, with heat from fresh ginger and cayenne pepper contrasted by sweet milk chocolate.
These Chocolate Diablo Cookies are dense and incredibly chocolate-y, with heat from fresh ginger and cayenne pepper contrasted by sweet milk chocolate.

These Chocolate Diablo Cookies are dense and incredibly chocolate-y, with heat from fresh ginger and cayenne pepper contrasted by sweet milk chocolate.

We in Vancouver will say we’re on the west coast – and we are, we’re totally a port city. But when we look west, we don’t see open ocean. We see Vancouver Island. The other side of the island is the true west coast. That’s where you’ll find the beautiful Long Beach and fishing villages and lots of little surf spots. And it’s home to Mexican food truck Tacofino, named after both the town of Tofino and the delicious delicious tacos the truck is best known for. They’ve since branched out, with both food trucks and sit-down restaurants in Vancouver and elsewhere in the province. And I consider myself so, so lucky that I work near one of their food truck locations and when I’m craving good Mexican food, I can enjoy a fish taco (or 2) for lunch pretty much any time I want. Followed by one of their Diablo Cookies for dessert, of course. Seriously, decadently good.  (more…)

gingersnaps

If you love ginger cookies, you're gonna love these gingersnaps. They have a lovely crunch and a great ginger flavour.

It’s probably just me, but when I think of ginger cookies, I automatically think “gingerbread”. And while I love gingerbread cookies, to me it’s very much a seasonal flavour, so I really only make them in the fall and at xmas-time. And for some reason, I totally forget about other options when it comes to ginger cookies. Like gingersnaps! Who doesn’t love gingersnaps? Were they a childhood staple for anyone else? I don’t think my mom ever baked them (I’ve mentioned before that she’s not a big fan of the baking), but she would often buy the bags of hard, crispy gingersnaps, the ones that are perfect for dunking in milk (because they were so crunchy you couldn’t really eat them without softening them up a bit first!).  (more…)

chunky peanut, chocolate, cinnamon cookies

Chunky Peanut, Chocolate, Cinnamon Cookies – soft, and chewy, and so, so peanut-y and chocolate-y. This is my new favourite peanut butter cookie!

I’ve made a lot of peanut butter cookies over the years, and have posted quite a few recipes here already. I’m always quite confident in saying that my preference is for crumbly peanut butter cookies (especially Dorie Greenspan’s), because that’s the type of cookie that reminds me of my childhood. With this cookie, however, I’m finding myself changing my tune. Man, this is one good cookie.

I ate five of them fresh from the oven. Five. Oops.

This is my new favourite peanut butter cookie. Definitely.  (more…)

cranberry pecan oatmeal cookies

Cranberry Pecan Oatmeal Cookies – dense and chewy, with crunch from the pecans, tartness from the cranberries, balanced by the sweet white chocolate.

This week’s cookie is just a good, old-fashioned oatmeal cookie – the kind that everyone loves. Everyone loves oatmeal cookies, right? One of my coworkers, at the very least, gets really excited every time I bring them in. Seriously, I think I make her week. And I have yet to meet an oatmeal cookie that I don’t like. I even like oatmeal raisin cookies (shhhh, don’t tell anyone).  (more…)

rainbow vegetarian chili

This vibrantly coloured rainbow vegetarian chili is hearty and filling, with a nice bit of heat, and loaded with a wide variety of vegetables and beans.

Today was foggy and grey and raining all day. I know a lot of people hate weather like this, but I’ve never minded it at all. As long as I don’t have to go out in it! It’s perfect weather to stay home and curl up on the couch or putter in the kitchen. Or maybe even a little of both. Once I finally rolled out of bed, I baked a batch of my favourite bran muffins in the morning, watched a couple episodes of The Returned on Netflix in the afternoon (it’s getting spooky!), and then had a pot of chili simmering on the stove in the evening. That’s what I call a great Saturday. This recipe is another one that I make regularly and almost always have at least one serving of in my freezer. It’s spicy, hearty and filling (but not heavy), and loaded with tons of vegetables and beans.  (more…)

banana walnut chocolate chip cookies

Loaded with healthy oatmeal, banana and walnuts, you won't feel guilty about having these Banana Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookies for breakfast.

I’ve never had a banana cookie before, but I’ve seen a few recipes pop up in my travels, both in cookbooks and online. My first reaction was always “banana cookie? weird.” But the more I thought about it, the more intrigued I was. I mean, I love banana loaf and banana muffins. Why not cookies? The idea of these cookies just lingered in the back of my mind until one day I was buying groceries, passed the bananas and thought “hmmm, okay, that’s it. I’m making banana cookies!”  (more…)

orange creamsicle cookies

If you love citrus, you'll love these Orange Creamsicle Cookies. They really do taste like their namesake!

I originally saw this recipe mentioned in a baking thread on eGullet. Someone kindly linked to a recipe online and I thought “ooooh, that sounds good“, pinned it, and then forgot about it (in my defence, I have a lot of recipes pinned). And then it was just mentioned again in a Christmas baking discussion and I thought “ooooh, that does sound good – better make that before I forget about it again!” Well it took me awhile, but I finally got around to making them. Phew.  (more…)

spiced maple walnut caramels

Spiced Maple Walnut Caramels, with the richly layered flavours of cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves, plus of course maple syrup and walnuts.

I won’t bore you all with the details, but one thing led to another, yadda yadda yadda, and I found myself doing a caramel exchange with candy-maker extraordinaire, Yummy Little Treats. I was lucky enough to work with this lovely woman a few years ago, but somehow never managed to get to try her caramels that everyone always raved about (seriously, so much raving). I’m honestly not sure how I kept missing out. But now’s my chance! Woo! But oh, the pressure! The bar is set so high! So do I make a recipe I’ve tried before and know is good? Or do I take a risk and try a new recipe? Trust me, I fretted over this dilemma for a few days…  (more…)

buttery toffee pecan cookies

There's a lot of flavour in these Buttery Toffee Pecan Cookies – buttery toffee bits and butterscotch and butter-rum flavouring, plus crunchy pecans.

I honestly wasn’t sure what to title this recipe. The original name is Butter-Pecan Fantasies, but that name just doesn’t do this cookie justice. I thought about calling them toffee pecan cookies, but that doesn’t really do them justice either. Plus I’ve made that exact cookie already (check them out – they’re phenomenal!). Such a dilemma, right? This is so much more than what that name implies. It’s buttery toffee bits and butterscotch and butter-rum flavouring. And yes, of course, butter. There is a lot of flavour in these little cookies, and I wanted to make sure that was apparent.  (more…)

chocolate cinnamon swirl sour cream bundt cake

Chocolate Cinnamon Swirl Sour Cream Bundt Cake – a dense moist cake with a cinnamon-y swirl of chocolate, raisins and nuts. One of my all-time favourites!

So when I started this blog, my goal was to try a bunch of new recipes. And I have! I’m so proud of myself. And I realize that I’ve stated several times that I’ll be making “mostly cookies, because cookies are meant for sharing”. Which still holds true! Cookies are definitely the bedrock of this blog. But I was pulling a baking dish out of my cupboard the other day and had to move my bundt pans to get to it, and I realized that I haven’t made a single bundt cake since I started this blog. Whaaaaat? In over two years I’ve only made a single cake! There haven’t even been any brownies. Wow. It’s definitely time to pay a bit more attention to diversity. And it’s definitely time for cake(more…)