Posts Tagged ‘Cookie’

I wish I were a better cookie baker but I’m not!   Luckily I have two friends who are fantastic cookie makers/bakers!  My friend Susan in CT brought a large plate of assorted delicious cookies last week.   I had to finally put the last of them in the freezer because I was eating Ginger Snaps for breakfast, Christmas trees for lunch, Milk chocolate and white chocolate chip cookies and Pfferneuse for late night noshing! And my friend Dorothy brought me a plate of cookies ostensibly for Finley, however, I don’t think Finny even got one – they were yum yummy!

Christmas cookies, doves, holiday cookies

Sugar Cookie Doves

Makes 18 cookies| Hands-On Time: 25m | Total Time: 1hr 25m



  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  2. Using an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar until smooth. Add the egg and beat until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Beat in the vanilla.
  3. With the mixer on low, gradually add the flour mixture, mixing until just incorporated (the dough will be stiff). Shape into a disk and (unless otherwise specified in an individual recipe) refrigerate, wrapped, for at least 1 hour and up to 3 days. 

Recipe from Real Simple

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eFinley, Papa Pete, Finny

Finny and Papa Pete

The old glasses in the eye trick sent Finley into spasms of giggles.   The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree because her mother used to crack up every time Peter did this for her at the dinner table.  Generational fun.

Finley, making brownies with Gigi, licking the bowl

Scraping the bowl

One afternoon I had Finley over so we could make brownies together.  She really got into it;  she poured all of the dry ingredients, put the egg in and did some mixing too!

Finny, Finley Ray, licking the spoon, making brownies, Gigi

Licking the spoon

Looking at this photo brings back memories of my own childhood.  I remember getting to lick the spoon or beaters after my mother made cookies or a cake.  More generational fun!

Starbucks, blackberry, Finley Ray, Finny

"I have to take this call"

I took Finley to Starbucks and she took my blackberry.  We often go together to Starbucks where it’s chocolate milk for her and a grandé Americano for me.

Papa Pete,Finley ray, Finny, reading

Let's Pick Another One to Read

Finley loves her booksshe reads to herself, has her favorites and of course loves to be read to by Papa Pete.

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Photographer: Frank C. Müller

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Tasty Tidbits Tuesday

This is a fairly quick and easy dessert and it is deliciously moist and tasty.  Fresh ginger root gives it an extra kick.

Nonstick cooking spray

1  1/2 all purpose flour plus more for pan

1 cup whole-wheat flour

3/4 cup of turbinado sugar or lite brown sugar

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 cup light molasses

2 large eggs lightly beaten

1/2 cup canola oil

1/2 cup buttermilk ( I use sour cream)

2 tsp baking soda

1 cup boiling water

1/2 cup firmly packed minced fresh ginger

Confectioner’s sugar for dusting

Preheat oven to 350 degrees with rack in the lower third of oven.  Spray a 9″ square pan with nonstick cooking spray.  Line the bottom of the pan with waxed paper, then spray the paper.  Dust the entire pan with flour and shake out the excess.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flours, sugar, cinnamon, and salt; set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together molasses, eggs, oil and buttermilk.

Dissolve baking soda in the cup of boiling water.  Fold the baking soda and molasses mixtures into dry ingredients until combined. Do not overmix. Fold in the minced ginger.

Scrape batter into prepared baking pan; bake until cake is set around edges and a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, about 40 minutes.  Cool 10 minutes in pan and then invert onto a cooling rack.  Serve warm or at room temperature, dusted with confectioner’s sugar.

Recipe from Martha Stewart Living

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