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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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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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”

Soft Gluten-Free Gingersnaps

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“I love this. This is my first tree. I’ve always lived with someone. I love that it is simple, yet beautiful. It’s not themed or impersonal. It is me. More importantly I love that it is filled with memories and traditions. Every year since I was born my parents (mom) have gotten me an ornament. And so this is an accumulation over my lifetime. There are homemade ones and ones from other family members. And as much as I seem unconventional in many ways, I love holidays traditions. I think looking back I had a happy childhood, with a big crazy, beautiful family. Every time I walk by my living room I will have to smile. Because it floods me with these feelings. With love and tradition and family and memories and pure bliss.” ~Me, on my Facebook on December 8th
So clearly it is nearly Christmas. This above post pretty much sums up my thoughts on the holidays. Love. Family Tradition.
To me, as a baker, Christmas is about cookies. Growing up, both of my grandma made amazing cookies for Christmas. My grandmother Dreher lived across the holler and I would walk over it to my grandmothers house tucked into the woods. Once nestled inside we would roll and cut cookies. Stars. Trees. Maybe a few Santas. A couple of angels. These were the usual cookie cutters. Once they set we had the task of icing. I think if you took pictures of my cookies from a young age through my 20’s, they were be drastically different. While we were there, we sampled the other cookies. Sandies. Sandies (powdered sugar cookies with pecans) were my FAVORITE). I stayed clear of the gingersnaps (although they’re my momma’s favorite). I also really loved what she did with the extra dough when there wasn’t enough to shape. She would roll it thin. Cover it with cinnamon and sugar. Roll it up. And cut them into little pin wheels. Delicious.
Two years at my grandma Paulin’s we decided to start an annual cookie exchange. We all dressed up in our pajamas. My aunt Toni taking it to another level. Each person brought x amount of cookies. Everyone got to sample all the cookies. My cousin Jacki’s friend Erin then came to judge. She didn’t know who’s cookies where who’s. And I can only imagine the pressure of watching so many Paulin women staring at you while you ate. Waiting for a reaction. Afterwards we divided into teams and played games. It was a night filled with delicious cookies, fun, laughter, and the prospect and excitement of creating a new tradition.

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Apple Pie Cookies

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I did this recipe originally for a cooking class. What I liked most was that it used coconut flour. In my head I would love to use coconut flour more than almond flour, but it is tricky devil to work with. It can get quite dense, a bit chalky. Certain things it rocks at, like frying fish or chicken. A slight dusting goes a long way. But when it comes to baking I find it less friendly. Although I confess it is better than almond flour in cakes and cupcakes. I think the apple and the spices help it in this recipe. Tasty! Warmed up curled around a fireplace, this would be a great little Fall treat. I plan on posting a Snickerdoodle Apple Cobbler Friday, so I thought: what better to prepare or segue into that than with an apple cookie?!?!

Apple Pie Cookies

Lavender Cookies

362Carol. Carol is the women with the booth across from me at the local Downtown Farmer’s Market. I see her. I talk to her. We laugh. We talk about the market. I watch her daughter run around talking to all the market attendees. See how great it is to know the person producing your food. To see them not only as a breathing, talking, lovely person, but to talk to them. To talk about the food. To look at the pictures of where she grows her herbs. To me this is special. It brings me joy to have this connection to my food. It expands the appreciation I have for it. Plus it connects me to my community, to the market, to Carol.

I have been on the look for lavender for some time. At our first 2014 market I look across at Carol: what kinds of herbs do you have? Lavender, boom it was right in front of my face. Before I even get my hands on it ideas were flowing of what kinds of recipes I can create with Lavender. I have had a little thing for lavender ever since I did some research on it last year, which may or may not have been influenced by a novel I was reading with a lavender farming sweet, sweet grandmother. Then I start receiving lavender gifts: soaps, sachets. All signs were leading me to take an interest in lavender. Sleep with a soothing, smells-real-freaking-good lavender under your pillow and you will jump on the band wagon with me.

First recipe idea is of course cookies, so here you have it:

Lavender Chocolate Chip Cookies