December 27, 2012

Ginger-Molasses Cookies

Ginger-Molasses Cookies
Chewy molasses cookies filled with crystallized ginger

Most ginger-molasses cookie recipes call for powdered ginger, but not this one. Because I don't particularly like the somewhat artificial flavor of powdered ginger, I use crystallized ginger, which gives the cookies a really tangy bite of true ginger flavor.

December 25, 2012

Peppermint Bark

Amazingly simple, astoundingly delicious Peppermint Bark

Peppermint bark is a staple of the Christmas season, and retailers are quick to bring out their versions of this holiday classic. One retail version, however, tops them all--the original from Williams-Sonoma. Their secrets? They use a proprietary blend of chocolates from Guittard, custom-made peppermint candies, and peppermint oil to provide a clean, refreshing flavor that you just can't get with peppermint extract.



December 17, 2012

Easy Bourbon Vanilla Caramels


Easy Bourbon Vanilla Caramels
Chewy vanilla caramels in one easy step

The holiday season is upon us and that means cookies, candies, and more. Caramels are a classic favorite food gift even though most recipes call for corn syrup and require multiple steps. Wouldn't it be nice to make caramels with honey and brown sugar instead of corn syrup, and in one step in a single pot? Now you can.

December 3, 2012

Snickerdoodles


Snickerdoodles
Chewy, crunchy, sweet, tangy, and kid-friendly

Chewy and crunchy, sweet and tangy, snickerdoodles are a popular cookie for a very good reason: they taste great. No one-note cookies, they are complex, buttery, and redolent of cinnamon. Snickerdoodles are also quite forgiving, making them an excellent choice for young cookie bakers.