White Chocolate Macadamia Cookie: VIRTUAL COOKIE SWAP

This recipe for a White Chocolate Macadamia Cookie with Apricots is brought to you by my friend Tracy from San Diego, CA – she’s originally from Hawaii, thus the love for cookies with macadamia nuts at the holidays. WHITE CHOCOLATE MACADAMIA COOKIE 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour 1 tsp. baking soda 1 tsp. salt 1…

Cream Cheese Cookie: VIRTUAL COOKIE SWAP

This recipe for a Cream Cheese Cookie comes from my mother who got it from her grandmother. When my mom was little they would visit her grandparents in Pompton Lakes, NJ for the holidays and my great grandmother Albigese would make these Italian cookies for my mom and her siblings. I have since turned it…

Wholesome Gingerbread Cookie: VIRTUAL COOKIE SWAP

This recipe for a wholesome gingerbread cookie comes from my cousin-in-law Ella down in San Diego. She makes these Wholesome Gingerbread cookies for her family every year. These gingerbread cookies are made with carrot juice, whole wheat flour, and ground flax. Not only do they look yummy, but they taste good too. I hope you…

Holiday Baking Flashback

HOLIDAY BAKING FLASHBACK This holiday baking flash back brings you back to my days as a caterer with 24/7 access to a commercial kitchen. I just can’t explain the joy of being able to bake off all my gingerbread cookies at once. This is the first year in 7 years I won’t have access to…

Peparkaker Cookies: VIRTUAL COOKIE SWAP

This is a recipe for Peparkaker Cookies (from my cousin Win). He believes it came from our Nana (out fathers’ mother) – and I wouldn’t be surprised. She had a habit of making certain recipes for different family groups. I have no memories of her making this for my family, but probably because we were…

Holiday Spritz Cookie: VIRTUAL COOKIE SWAP

Holiday Spritz Cookie! Need I say more?? This recipe is brought to you by me, courtesy of the original Betty Crocker Cookie Book (I have my mom’s copy from the 1960’s, I’ve posted a link on my cookbook page if you want to buy your very own copy on Amazon). Ever since I was a…

Warm Molasses Cookie: VIRTUAL COOKIE SWAP

Of course since this is my blog I’m greedy and always list my own cookies as the 1st one in my virtual cookie swap. This recipe for a Warm Molasses Cookie came from my mother – she’s been using it since before I was born. It makes the tastiest gingerbread. Happy Baking, I hope you…

Cookie Swap Time: VIRTUAL COOKIE SWAP

This is the time of the year that has me aching for a cookie swap party – it’s “cookie swap time” my mind yells with joy. I used to host a physical cookie swap party, but with my still new to me food allergies I go virtual now and can’t wait to bring you along…

How to Host a Cookie Exchange

It’s that time of year… Cookie Exchange time.  As a special treat I thought I’d pass along instructions on how to host a cookie exchange. While I’m no longer hosting a physical cookie exchange, I figure it’s just too challenging with my food allergy concerns, I do host my online cookie exchange. This year marks…

Persimmon Cookies

Every fall, when the persimmons ripen I have to make persimmon cookies. They just speak fall to me. This particular recipe was given to my family by family friends when I was in kindergarten. So we’ve been in possession of this recipe for just about forty years now. A hearty shout out and a giant…

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread

Well it’s officially fall and as my friends say it’s PS season (for anyone that doesn’t speak fall crazed, that’s “pumpkin spice”). There are so many ways to incorporate pumpkin into the foods cooked in the kitchen. Take this recipe for chocolate chip pumpkin bread – I just discovered this one and will certainly be…

Avocado Pie

First off this is not a savory dish. This is 100% dessert – luxury dessert. Avocado pie is easy to make and if you like me LOVE avocado you’ll kick yourself for not making it sooner. I’m from California, it would seem like a sin to not love avocados. Mixing them into a sweet pie,…

Edible Halloween Cake SS Gothtober

I used to do the publicity for Gothtober.com, and have even participated a few times. I made this edible Halloween cake SS Gothtober for the 2007 year’s theme. It’s just a basic cake that I doctored up with a combination of light blue icing and blue colored jello. NOTE:  if you aren’t planning on serving…

Cookies for Breakfast

Cookies for breakfast you ask? YES!! Breakfast Cookie – I couldn’t even wait for these to cool. Good. Very good. BREAKFAST COOKIE ½ cup non-dairy butter 1 cup peanut butter 1 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar 2 tsp vanilla 2 eggs 1/3 cup water 1 cup white flour 1 cup wheat flour 2 cup…

Edible Skeleton Bones for Halloween

Over the years I’ve participated in many Halloween themed parties and blog linkups. I’ve amassed a nice collection of recipes and thought it was time that I share them with you. These edible skeleton bones for Halloween are a crowd pleaser. I hope you and your family enjoy these as much as my family does!…