Macarons Round 2

Macarons: Round Two

As I mentioned previously, I wasn’t about to let macarons get me down.  After the first failed attempt, I took to Google to learn what could be learned and tried again the next day armed with all the tips and tricks the internet had to provide.

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Macarons First Attempt

Baking Fail: Macarons

I finally decided to surrender to the trend and try my hand at macarons.  I knew it would be difficult, but I secretly expected that as long as I was careful, I’d be able to achieve at least passable results on the first try.  As evidenced by the pictures, I was wrong.

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Apple Cider Cutout Cookies

Apple Cider Cutout Cookies

Happy Thanksgiving in advance!  Time sort of got away from me last week, so this post is extra late (sorry about that).  If you need a last-minute addition to your dessert spread, here’s a fun cookie with an unexpected burst of apple cider flavor.

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All Things Fall Cookies

All Things Fall Cookies

Lately, I’ve been challenging myself to come up with cookies based on nebulous ideas.  So far, this ongoing experiment has brought you bad day cookies and unicorn poop cookies.  Today’s result is what you’d get if you took all the best bits of fall and turned them into a cookie.  I give you: the All Things Fall Cookie!

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Unicorn Poop Cookies

Unicorn Poop Cookies

Another week, another cookie.  Can anyone really blame me, though?  I can’t think of anything more satisfying than a soft, sweet cookie (ok, maybe a warm slice of pie, but it’s a close competition).  For an added dose of fun, here’s a cookie that’s so full of cinnamon, butterscotch, and rainbows that it might as well be unicorn poop.

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Bad Day Cookies

Bad Day Cookies

Some days, you just need a cookie.  To me, the ultimate bad day cookie is rich, chocolatey, soft in the middle, enormous, and fresh out of the oven.  On a recent bad day, I set out to design a cookie that checked all those boxes, and boy, did the result deliver. 😉  Here’s a cookie that’s sure to brighten those terrible, horrible, no good, very bad days.

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Easy Arlettes

Easy Arlettes

Somehow PBS has already aired 8 episodes of series 6 of The Great British Baking Show, and I’ve only posted one companion recipe so far!  I will blame this partly on their weird habit of sometimes showing two episodes on the same day (and often at a different time than the week before), but hey, what can you do?  Make arlettes, that’s what!

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Captain America's Shield Cookies

Captain America’s Shield Cookies

Happy Independence Day in advance!  If you’re looking for a fun and tasty holiday dessert with some added nerd cred, look no further!  I bring you slice and bake cookies that look like Captain America’s shield!  (So many exclamation points!  Excitement!  Yea!)  After all, who better to grace your holiday dessert table than America’s most patriotic fictional character?

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Iced Oatmeal Cookies

Iced Oatmeal Cookies

I’m back!  Two weeks sure can fly by.  In that time, I flew to New York to visit family, baked pie, caught up on reading, and took some time to just catch my breath.  Now I’m refreshed and ready to jump right back in with a beloved classic: iced oatmeal cookies.

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Turtle Oatmeal Cookies

Turtle Oatmeal Cookies

Normally, when I want a baked good, I prefer to just make it myself rather than buy it.  That said, every once in awhile, I don’t mind letting someone else do the work for me.  Josh and I made the pilgrimage to Cleveland’s Little Italy last Friday to indulge in some fancy desserts from Presti’s.  Josh chose a chocolate-coated raspberry mousse, and I was just barely able to limit myself to a chocolate cannoli and a turtle shortbread cookie (sorry, no pictures because I am a human vacuum when it comes to dessert).  The turtle cookie seemed like such a clever idea that I couldn’t get it out of my head all weekend.  I came up with the idea for this recipe while driving to the grocery store the next day (good timing).

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