Triple Berry Thumbprint Cookies

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I really loved the flavor of everything I made last week, but I also thought they were slightly monochromatic.

This week I wanted to add some colors and other flavors. Monday’s delicious cookies were Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake (click the link to check them out).

Today’s are a beautiful little thumbprint. Although I will rat myself out and confess that I didn’t allow enough time for the dough to hang out and chill, so they lost there shape a little, they were hands down my favorite tasting cookie I have made the last two weeks. Especially when they were fresh and warm.

Triple Berry Thumbprint

For the dough:

  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 2/3 cup honey
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 1/2 cup triple berry jam
  • pinch of salt

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Orange Vanilla Cookies

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I wanted something different from all the nut, sugar cookies I was making last week. I wanted something subtly good. Something unsuspecting. Orange is a common holiday flavor and I wanted to let it stand on its own, rather than always being paired with cranberries.

These cookies were good too. Soft. There is a hint of orange, not overpowering. Not your traditional holiday cookie. It was a nice change of pace. Maybe drizzle some white chocolate on it. Or some finely chopped macadamia nuts.

Orange Vanilla Cookies

 

  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tbsp grated orange zest
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/3 tbsp cup tapioca flour
  • 2 1/2 cups almond flour

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Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake Cookies

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Cherries are my favorite food. As a child I was drawn to cherry flavored candies. As an adult I love the small window in the summer when cherries are in season. The window is very small though, I feel cherries have the smallest freaking season. Regardless I will confess to eating pounds of fresh cherries during this time.

So when I was deciding on cookies, I knew I had to do cherry cheesecake when I saw it pop up more than three times. I have been on a black forest/chocolate cherry combination kick though. I have a black forest galette planned for the market. So I decided to tweak the recipe and to make them chocolate cherry cheesecake. Plus I also thought back to growing up, when my mother loved some cherry cordial chocolates this time of year. I liked the combination.

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Gluten-Free Brown Butter Pecan Cookies

So far these are my hands down favorite cookie I’ve made this week. I’ve had a hard time not wanting to nibble on some of the cookie dough (most times I prefer cookie dough to the actual cookie).

I think part of it is the brown butter, which just adds incredible flavor. But also the pecans, they are reminiscent of my favorite childhood cookies. Plus the chocolate dipped touch at the end pretty much makes them irresistible. I like the approach of freezing, slicing and baking later, as well. It made them really to easy to make that way.

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Gingerbread Granola

Yesterday I mentioned that sometimes the things I make flop. For instance, I had cut out these beautiful little gingerwomen. So cute. The dough tasted amazing (and I am not a ginger cookie kind-of-girl). I was so excited to put them in the oven. Fast forward to my disappointment when I took them out of the oven. They were just a sheet of ginger cookie. One cookie. Gone were the perfect little ginger people. I will say that my initial reaction was not gracious. This was my second batch of cookies in a row to do this. I needed a moment to recollect myself.

And in reality, this sheet of cookie was exactly what I needed. My initial goal leading up to this was to make the gingerbread cookies, then crumble them up and make granola. I like to make granola for the markets and I had been thinking that a gingerbread would be seasonal. So maybe I was not meant to have the cliche ginger people? I got what I needed. It still tasted delicious. The granola is awesome. And I did not feel bad crumbling up the large cookie, like I would have felt crumbly up beautiful little cutouts.

I had envisioned this granola with yogurt as well, like a nice little breakfast, perfect with some butter coffee. Plus I had an apple in the fridge, bake that baby and put it all together. This turned out to be a lovely little dessert for my husband the way I made it. Warm, yummy food that makes you want to settle in with slippers and your man and your dog on a cold, snowy day.

So I guess the moral of today’s story is how to deal when things don’t go as planned. That maybe God has a better plan than the one you had intended. Roll with it. Don’t let it get you done, revision and make something better.

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Gluten-Free Brown Butter Cinnamon Cookies

This beautiful Kitchen Aid has been taunting me for months now! I have a pretty amazing family. Yes I have a big, kind-of-crazy, kind-of-loud, opinionated family. But that is all families. They are also tremendously loyal, loving, generous, creative, their-for-each-other, and just freaking awesome. For our wedding reception my grandparents and my father’s siblings all got me a Kitchen Aid mixer. Not just your run-of-the-mill mixer, but a beautiful golden one. It has been in a box since October. For a baker, this is a major tease. To have such a jewel in my possession, yet unable to use it.

Now why have I not been able to use it? If you are unfamiliar with me or this site, I have been living in a frat house the last few months. We had to break a lease in another city and just last week I moved into a new tiny house (studio apartment) with my wonderful husband. Someday I am sure we will look back at our first year of marriage: moving multiple times, living in a tiny space, traveling, adjusting to married life, changing jobs, and living with a bunch of 20 year old frat boys ALL while we were newlyweds as hilarious.

So now that we finally have our own space, I was excited to unpack and get settled in (we both were, which is probably why we were fully moved and box-free by Saturday). I will admit that this mixer was probably the second box I unloaded. I couldn’t help myself, for so long it had called for me and I had to see what it looked like on the counter………..out of that box.  

Once I got it out though, I was faced with a tough decision: what to make first?

One would think a pie, since it is my slight obsession. But I actually went traditional. It is December after-all, so I went for cookies. Plus it was a beautiful snowy Sunday, I had a bit of a cough that kept me in, rather than playing outside in it. It seemed to be the perfect timing to work on some delicious cookie recipes.

Our apartment filled with the smell of ginger and cinnamon. Which brings me to today’s post. Brown Butter Cinnamon Cookies. I don’t know what it is, but browned butter is freaking delicious. So when I found a recipe, I decided to tweak it. Make it gluten-free, friendly-up the sugars and see what happened. Continue reading “Gluten-Free Brown Butter Cinnamon Cookies”