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Shortbread with Chocolate

This crisp, buttery cookie is easy to make, and goes with everything. Dunked in coffee, coated in confectioners‘ sugar glaze, or standing alone, shortbread is downright delicious. I found a slight drizzle of chocolate just might make this cookie absolutely perfect, and I took pleasure in treating the pan of cookies like an abstract painting. Shortbread with Chocolate From The Vanilla Bean Baking Book PRINT RECIPE Notes: I prefer these rolle

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Olive Oil Sugar Cookies with Pistachios and Lemon Glaze

My mom will often turn down the sweet, gooey confections that I prefer, but she can never say no to a thin, crispy cookie. I created these unique olive oil sugar cookies with her in mind. The olive oil pairs well with the pistachios and lemon in this recipe. The olive oil flavor here is subtle, but there is still a trace of fruitiness and spice, and the sweet lemon glaze is a nice partner. *EDIT/NOTE: I have been making this recipe for 6+ years n

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Brown Sugar Cookies

I will never say no to a simple sugar cookie, but adding brown sugar makes for an interesting twist on the class white version. A teaspoon of molasses increases the dark brown sugar flavor without making it taste like holiday fare (but, to be sure, these are a great addition to your holiday cookie tray). A few tips for success: Don‘t skip the egg yolk! It helps make the center fudgy and rich. The cookies will puff in the oven and then colla

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Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

My dear friend Scott brought me a pumpkin cake last week - a thick 9 x 13 cake with a giant mound of cream cheese icing. After sneaking pieces of it for days, I finally asked him for the recipe, and he kindly emailed it over. After reading through it, I realized that I had the recipe - it was identical to the pumpkin bars I made at almost every bakery and coffeehouse I worked in previously. It had been years since I made them, but being inspired

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Powdered Donut Cake

I am highly enjoying Yossy Arefi‘s new cookbook, Snacking Cakes, a lovely collection of simple, every day cakes. I‘ve tried several recipes from the book now: Vanilla Buttermilk Cake, Minty Chocolate Malt Cake, and Cherry Coconut Almond Cake, and all of them were delicious. But my favorite so far is this Powdered Donut Cake, described as: Heavy on the butter and nutmeg, this cake has all the flavors of your favorite cake donut in a co

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Black-bottom Chocolate Mousse Pie

Since Thanksgiving is almost upon us and pie season is here, I decided to make my favorite dessert for the holiday: Chocolate Mousse Pie. This is a mash-up of recipes from my 100 Cookiesbook: the pie crust from French Silk Pie Bars [#63], the chocolate ganache from the Banana Crunch Blondies [#37], and the chocolate mousse filling from the Mud Pie Bars [#64]. This pie is also inspired by Erin McDowell‘s newest cookbook, How to Pie, which fe

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Fig and Orange Sables

This Thanksgiving was unusual, to be sure. Our family made the decision to spend it with just our immediate household, and while my two kids understand the necessity of social distancing, it still brought a lot of heartache. We made a short house call to our family: dropping off pies on doorstops: pumpkin, chocolate mousse, and apple. I have always loved a window, especially an open one, Wendell Berry commented, and I couldn‘t help agreeing

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Another book update + giveaway!

**Winners have been contacted! ** I have been getting a lot of messages asking about the availability of both my cookbooks - they are showing up OUT OF STOCK almost everywhere. Many of you have purchased my books this past month and once again I am shouting from the rooftops THANK YOU!! Thank you so much for your support of my blog, books, and recipes the last 10 years. I am overwhelmed with gratitude. So, GOOD NEWS: re-printing is happening! 100

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White Chocolate Cheesecake Bars + June Oven

This post is sponsored by June Oven. All opinions are my own. I never grew up with a toaster oven or convection oven of any kind (my grandma had a toaster oven that always impressed me, but I rarely used it myself), and never had the means or the counter space to invest in one most of my adult life. Now that I have a little more room in my kitchen, I‘ve been intrigued by the notion of an appliance that does some extra work. As luck would ha

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Holiday Cookie Round-Up

Each year at Christmas I like to put together a cookie box for family, friends, and neighbors. The content changes somewhat over the years; some cookies come and go, others are staples that stick around. I‘ve put together a list of favorite holiday cookies that I‘ve featured here on my site. Many of these recipes come from both my cookbooks: 100 Cookies and The Vanilla Bean Baking Book. Shortbread Cookies with Chocolate: Buttery, cris

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