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Lemon Glazed Cookies

Lemon Glazed Cookies

Lemon Glazed Cookies

So, Mama’s sportin’ a new tattoo these days that reads, “I never met a cookie I didn’t like!”. Anyone who knows me, know’s that that’s true. In some circles I’m known as the Countess of Cookies or the Duchess of Dough. Come on, everyone needs a cool nickname, right. So now that I’ve established that I may have a somewhat unhealthy obsession with our friend, the cookie, let me tell you how I put that obsession to good use. This month, I had the privilege of participating in the fundraiser Cookies For Kid’s Cancer, a non-profit organization that raises funds for pediatric cancer research. They’re an awesome organization. Over 600 foodbloggers from around the world participated in the event which raised over $13,000 for the charity. That’s a lot of dough, for a lot of dough if you know what I mean. This was a worldwide cookie swap. I sent a dozen cookies each to three foodbloggers, and in return I received cookies from three fellow foodbloggers. Yes, Mama was in cookie heaven, and no, I didn’t share.

Lemon Glazed Cookies

Lemon Glazed Cookies

The cookie I chose to send to my designated recipients were these Lemon Glazed Cookies. I packaged them in white, vintage canisters, and I hope my fellow bloggers enjoyed them as much as I do. I also wanted to acknowledge the two bloggers who worked so hard to put this event together. They are Lindsay, from Love & Olive Oil, and Julie from The Little Kitchen. So let’s give these ladies a big round of applause. And so my dear readers, I wish you all a warm and wonderful holiday season, however you may celebrate it. And, if you’re so inclined I urge you to click on the Cookies For Kids Cancer website and send a little love their way.

Lemon Glazed Cookies

Lemon Glazed Cookies

Lemon Glazed Cookies From Great Cookies by Carole Walter

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Cherry Shortbread Cookies

Cherry Shortbread Cookies

Though I like to think I have a sophisticated palate, if the truth be told, my favorite thing in the entire world to eat is a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.  On two slices of very fresh white bread, with a big glass of milk, it’s heaven. Admit it, you like it too. It makes this middle-aged woman feel eight years-old. And who doesn’t want to feel like a kid again. I’m always looking for ways to elevate this most common of sandwiches. I’ve tried creamy peanut butter, organic peanut butter, 9-grain bread and even the addition of bananas. But none of these other options have sent my beloved sandwich into the stratosphere. Until I tampered with the jelly component that is.

A restaurant just opened in my neighborhood called La Pain Quotidien. It’s owned by a Belgian company with locations actually, all over the world. They have restaurants throughout the US and in places like Austrailia, London, Moscow, Kuwait and Turkey, just to name a few. I like the look and concept of this operation. It’s casual dining; soups, salads, sandwiches, but the thrust of their business is their selection of homemade breads. Within these restaurants they do sell a wide array of other packaged, gourmet products. When I set my eyes upon this jar of preserves it was as if there was a glow around it, as if it had a little halo hovering above it.

When I arrived home with my new find, I quickly made my way to the kitchen and whipped out the Wonder bread to give these preserves a test drive. This my friends was the holy grail of preserves. Not too tart, not too sweet and loaded with big chunks of Morello cherries. I had to find another venue where this glorious concoction could shine. Jam Shortbread cookies seemed like an obvious place to start, and they did turn out quite well. In the coming months it will be my mission to find other ways to let this product shine.

Le Pain Quotidien Morello Cherry Preserves

Cherry Shortbread Cookies

Adapted from Bon Appetit Magazine

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Cherry Shortbread Cookies

Mama’s tips: To bring eggs to room temperature quickly; place eggs in a bowl of warm water and let sit for 5 minutes.

Recipe: Easy

Cherry Shortbread Cookies

Cherry Shortbread Cookies

Chocolate Brownie Cookies

Chocolate Brownie Cookies

Chocolate Brownie Cookies

I’m very excited about my upcoming trip to New York City.  Although I grew up in Philadelphia, which is only a hop-skip-and a jump away from New York, I only got to visit there a few times, and never for an extended period of time. This trip I’m going with my friend Kim, who’s son attends NYU, and we’re taking him to a Broadway show and dinner for his birthday. I can’t believe it, but I’ve never seen a Broadway show. We’re also going to see the Rockettes at Radio City which is something else I’ve always wanted to do.

And the food. Please don’t get me started on the food. I think most people obsess about the shopping in New York, but not me. Stuff is stuff…I got enough stuff. I’ve spent the last few weeks researching the gastronomical landscape of New York, so I hope to report back to you with stories and pictures of my fabulous food finds in the Big Apple.

But, before I depart on this “bucket list” trip, there’s still some holiday baking to be done. One of my favorite’s are these Chocolate Brownie Cookies. I like them because they have that chewy texture of a brownie, and the addition of espresso powder really enhances the chocolate flavor. I like to drizzle the cookies with a vanilla and chocolate glaze and then sprinkle the cookies with gold sugar for that added bling. A cookie’s gotta have bling, right!

Please check this link to see the other fabulous cookies baked by a talented group of bloggers! You’ll love them!

Chocolate Brownie Cookies

Chocolate Brownie Cookies

Chocolate Brownie Cookies

From Great Cookies

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Recipe: Intermediate
Chocolate Brownie Cookies

Chocolate Brownie Cookies

Snowflake Sugar Cookies with Royal Icing

Snowflake Sugar Cookies with Royal Icing

Snowflake Sugar Cookies with Royal Icing

I’m not a gift giver. I swear I’ve never seen anybody wear or use anything I ever gave to them. I’m also not one who likes to get gifts either. I much more appreciate the gift of a greeting card where someone has written something personal to me, or if someone gives me something handmade. I appreciate their time and effort much more than a wool scarf from Macy’s.

Now that Thanksgiving is over, “the holiday season” is in full swing. So, since I’m not a gift-giver, how do I show those around me how much they mean to me at this jolly time of year? With cookies of course. The next few weeks will be filled with rolling, kneading, baking, boxing, sprinkling, and a lot of sugar. Yeah, sugar.

These snowflake cookies are my all-time favorite, they’re quite festive. It’s a great butter cookie recipe even if you decide not to decorate them with the royal icing. Anyway, I would love to stay and chat, but my cookies await!

Snowflake Sugar Cookies with Royal Icing

Snowflake Sugar Cookies with Royal Icing

Snowflake Cookies

Sweet Moon Confections

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Recipe: Intermediate