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Ultimate Ginger Cookies

24 Dec

Ultimate Ginger CookiesThere’s nothing better than finding a great recipe. Whether or not said recipe was created by me matters not. What does matter is that this is the PERFECT soft ginger cookie. With a crackly sugared top and a strong, spicy flavor, this is one for the recipe box (or Pinterest board, etc.) I made 4 batches to give as gifts this season and will definitely be adding them to my holiday repertoire. Thanks, Ina Garten!

I like it so much, I’ll send you to another site to get it!
Get the recipe: Barefoot Contessa’s Ultimate Ginger Cookie

*Note: I did halve the amount of candied ginger when I made these. 1 1/4 cup seemed like too much and took way too long to chop! (By the way, use kitchen scissors to chop sticky things like ginger and dried fruit instead of a knife.)

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Raspberry Cupcakes with Cocoa Frosting

13 Feb

Happy Valentine’s Day! I made these cupcakes for my son’s preschool class last year. The raspberry cake recipe is from Martha Stewart. The frosting is an easy ganache one like this, but made with cocoa powder instead of chopped chocolate (I’m not about to buy a pound of premium chocolate to make frosting for a bunch of 2 year olds!). I remember referencing a few different recipes to make it, but now can’t find any of them online. Maybe it was from the back of the cocoa canister? Let me know if you find one!

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