Archive | December, 2011

Christmas Cookies!

25 Dec

We finally got around to making classic sugar cookies on Christmas eve. I love the look of imperfect, child-decorated Christmas cookies, don’t you? The trained cook in me plans to make perfect ones, expertly iced with nice hard royal icing, but in the end we went for simple butter glaze and good old artificial food coloring and sprinkles. So fun and classic! I like our homespun variety far better than any fancy ones. Continue reading


Chocolate-Peppermint Playdough

19 Dec

I was so inspired by the lovely-smelling recipe for gingerbread playdough that I found on Sugarbelle’s blog, I decided to try out a version of my own–Chocolate-Peppermint. What a perfect (and easy) holiday activity to do with kids! In fact, I’m bringing a tub of each to preschool tomorrow along with an assortment of cutters, rollers, and other baking equipment. Read on for the recipe: Continue reading

Martha’s Favorite Christmas Cookie

17 Dec

During the time I worked at Martha Stewart, when asked, she’d always say this was her favorite cookie. She even picked it to grace the cover of the book, Martha Stewart’s Cookies, which came out in 2008. I’d had them at office events, but had never actually made them. They’re the perfect holiday cookie–spicy and sparkly, with just enough chocolate to make them special. Continue reading

Pumpkin-Butterscotch Blondies

10 Dec

I have to admit, this recipe is a bit of a departure for me. When I was developing it, I really wanted to make pumpkin-toffee blondies, but couldn’t find toffee bits anywhere. With a deadline looming and no more stores to try, I grabbed a bag of butterscotch chips instead–you know, those cloying, artificial-tasting bits of wax… Continue reading

Cold Sesame Noodles

2 Dec

Before I tell you about the amazing roasted banana cupcakes I made last night for my son’s holiday party at school, I wanted to share this recipe for the PERFECT cold sesame noodles. I made them for the potluck as well. Continue reading