Awkward Panda Cookies (Rolled Cookie Dough with Royal Icing decoration – without cookie cutters!)

Awkward Panda Cookie

My brother-in-law is in town this week – his production company is promoting their “Awkward Animal” line of stuffed animals at Comic-con.  These stuffed animals are SO freaking cute!!!!  They have a panda, rhino, turtle, bunny, octopus, frog, elephant, and penguin.  My favorite one, though, it the Awkward Panda.  He’s just so silly and adorable!  [...]

How to make Fondant Roses, Flowers, and Royal Icing (to decorate cakes, cupcakes, and cookies)

Fondant Roses

I’m always looking for ways to make my food look appealing and visually enticing.  What is the saying?  We eat with our eyes first?  That’s so true… when food is carefully plated, or intricately decorated… I think our brains trick us into thinking the food is better or more special than if it was just [...]

Lavender Flower Shortbread Cookies

Lavender Flower Shortbread Cookies

Last week, I made many half-pints of Lavender Flower Jelly… so delicious on hot cream scones or spread over toast!  After making all that jelly, I still have a lot of dried lavender flowers sitting around.  Most of it will get used in the winter months as hot lavender tea… but with so much of [...]

White Chocolate Cheesecake Cookies


This is one of my all time favorite cookie recipes.  When you add instant pudding mix to cookie dough, it adds a wonderful moist softness – makes the cookies chewy and moist, similar to how pudding mix will make average cakes turn out more moist. You can vary the flavor of the pudding mix and [...]

Chocolate Mochi Brownies (made with rice flour – gluten free)

Chocolate Mochi Brownies (made with rice flour)

And now, for something completely different…  Have you ever tried Mochi Brownies?  These rice flour “brownies” taste like a cross between chewy sweet mochi and chocolate cake.  They are moist, chocolaty, with a springy and chewy texture. There are various types of “rice flour” on the market.  If you want the mochi texture – be careful [...]

Coconut Palm Sugar Cookies


Palm sugar is made from the sweet sap of the Coconut Palm tree.  The sap is collected, boiled until thick, then allowed to cool and solidify into round discs.  I saw this sugar for the first time at the Vietnamese Market – it was next to the rock sugar that I was buying, and I [...]

“GingerDead Men” Sugar Cookies (rolled sugar cookies using cookie stamps)

"GingerDead Men" Cookies made with cookie cutter/stamper

While I was browsing for Christmas gifts this year… I came across something I just HAD to have!  The “GingerDead Men” Cookie Cutter & Stamper combination, by Fred.  I figured this would make an interesting departure from the regular (boring) sugar cookies that I make with star or tree cookie cutters.  The cookie cutter/stamper [...]

Soft Ginger Cookies

Soft Ginger Cookies

  These soft ginger cookies are sooooo good!  They have an amazing ginger flavor, and are soft, chewy, and are wonderful with a cup of hot tea or coffee – perfect for a cold fall or winter day!  This recipe has been adapted from Alton Brown’s Ginger Snap recipe… I changed a few of the [...]

Lemon Ricotta Cookies

Lemon Ricotta Cookies

After making several batches of fresh homemade ricotta, I had a ton of ricotta to use up in the refrigerator.  I found a Giada recipe on food network’s website for Lemon Ricotta Cookies that had a ton of glowing reviews.  It sounded really good, so I decided to give it a try. OMG!  These cookies [...]

Pistachio & White Chocolate Chip Cookies


There is a health food market around the corner from here that has bulk bins of candy, nuts, grains, and spices.  The other day, I bought several scoops of shelled pistachio nuts, and figured I would find something good to make out of them.  (Then I left them on the counter and promptly forgot about [...]