Spicy Chocolate Chip Cookies


You probably don’t need another chocolate chip cookie recipe.  I grew up in a house where my mom always kept the cookie jar full.  Chocolate chip cookies were a staple, as were her oatmeal scotchies.  I needed a new chocolate chip cookie recipe though, because my mom’s recipes never taste quite right when I make them.  My mom’s rolls are a perfect example of this unfortunate phenomenon.  She swears her rolls never taste the same as her mother’s even though they use the same recipe.  I’ve only attempted to make my mom’s rolls once in my own kitchen, and they … Continue reading

Salted Caramel Pretzel Cookies and Whoopie Pies


When I saw Theresa’s post for Chocolate Stout Cookies with Salted Caramel Frosting and Pretzels, I knew I had to make them.  They seemed like the perfect sweet and salty combination, and I’ve definitely been on a bit of a pretzels-in-baked-goods kick.  (see both granola bar recipes) I followed her recipe exactly, except I chopped up a dark chocolate bar instead of using chocolate chips.  I nearly got a contact sugar high just making the frosting.  Luckily the pretzels cut some of the sweetness from the frosting so the whole cookie is delicious together.  Licking the frosting spoon is the equivalent … Continue reading

Coffee Heath Bar Crunch Cookies


After a long run last weekend, we celebrated Aron’s birthday with a Coffee Heath Bar ice cream cake.  It was a delicious way to refuel after 10 miles.  Later that week during one of my regular runs, I had a brainstorm.  Coffee heath bar cookies!  You can’t really have ice cream cake on hand at all times, but cookies?  Those are fair game.  Vanilla Heath Bar Crunch is actually my favorite Ben and Jerry’s flavor, but Coffee Heath Bar is a close second.  Plus I loved the idea of coffee flavor in the cookies.  Perhaps these are a better before … Continue reading

Salted Chocolate Cloud Cookies (gluten-free)


So, I thought I was cookie-ed out.  It was after Christmas, and I’d eaten my weight in my mom’s Grand Marnier sandwich cookies, apricot jam stuffed half moons, O’Henry bars, and Seven Layers of Goodness.  But then I really wanted to make macarons.  These little cookies are just adorable, and a Berkeley bakery makes a delicious salted caramel version that I desperately wanted to create in my own kitchen.  These salted caramel macarons are like the subtle French counterpart to my supremely American, dense, chocolatey, salted caramel whoopie pies.  There is nothing subtle about whoopie pies. Now I don’t have … Continue reading

Christmas Cookies


I’m home in Boston for Christmas.  It is Christmas, even though it’s a freakish 50 degrees with not a bit of snow in sight.  Still, there are many other signs of Christmas: lights, a tree covered in ornaments, and cookies.  So, so many cookies.  Every year that I can remember my mom has made Christmas cookies.  It’s a project that encompasses the entire season.  Butter and sugar are stocked in bulk.  Everyone has their favorite, and no one’s favorite could ever be eliminated, though new cookies are added every year.  Mom scaled back this year, but still made 13 kinds … Continue reading

Dark Chocolate, Espresso and Black Pepper Cookies


Martha Stewart knows her cookies. (recipe here)  These are delicious with coffee, dipped in cocoa, or hot off the cookie sheet.  They’re worth any minor finger burns you get in the process. The recipe makes approximately four dozen cookies full of a round chocolately espresso goodness that’s complemented by the bite of the pepper.  You roll the dough into a 2” diameter log, put it in the fridge for at least an hour, and then slice off rounds.  I couldn’t get the dough to roll into a perfect cylinder, so my cookies were more oblong then round.  If you bake … Continue reading

Salted Caramel Whoopie Pies


Salted caramel has been the flavor of 2011 for me.  Salted caramel mochas at Starbucks, the salted caramel cupcake at James and the Giant Cupcake, and sea salt caramel candies, which I still haven’t made at home yet.  So when I wanted to do a spin on the traditional whoopie pie, I didn’t try too hard to come up with something new and creative.  I just went with my favorite flavor combination. This recipe makes little whoopie pies.  You could just as easily get 4-6 large ones out of this, but I like the smaller whoopie pies.  I subscribe to … Continue reading

Healthy, Vegan, Gluten-free, AND Tasty Cookies

Healthy Cookies 2

Somehow, it’s December.  It totally snuck up on me.  I was just in Boston for Thanksgiving, and in 3 weeks I’ll get back on a plane and heading home for Christmas.  We are completely attached to our traditions in my family, and Christmas cookies (much like stuffing) are an unshakeable and completely irreplaceable tradition.  This is the part where I assert that my mom makes the best Christmas cookies.  I think last year she made 17 different kinds, and they are all always amazing.  We subscribe to the theory of small cookies, 2-3 bites at most, so you can try … Continue reading

Ice Cream Sandwiches for the Fourth of July


I skipped the red, white and blue theme for dessert this fourth.  To be honest, the blue glitter dipped strawberries kind of freaked me out, and red, white and blue cake just makes me think of what chemicals are in the food coloring.  Also, J has a thing for chocolate chip cookies.  I’ve been using this recipe lately with great success.  I usually make 6-12 cookies at a time, and freeze the rest of the dough to use later.  I wanted to make homemade ice cream sandwiches, but I wasn’t sure the easiest way to get the ice cream to … Continue reading

Recovery Snack Macaroons


I love coconut.  Love, love, love coconut.  I sneak it into cakes and brownies and oatmeal, and no Mounds or Almond Joy is safe in my house.  Despite my love for coconut, I came late to macaroons.  They weren’t a cookie I grew up with; I came from a classic chocolate chip cookie house.  I first started to obsess think about macaroons as they made many repeat appearances on The Fitnessista.  Gina’s ‘roons are always drool-worthy. I’ve played with a bunch of macaroon recipes in the last few years, and I didn’t really have a favorite.  Over the last few … Continue reading