Peanut Butter Whoopie Pies

      The origins of Whoopie Pies is largely unknown, although there is some thought that they were first created in Pennsylvania out of leftover cake batter.  Whatever their origins, Whoopie Pies are a unique and delicious cookie.  There are legions of “die-hard” Whoopie Pie fans throughout the country, including myself!  Most Whoopie Pies […]

Martha Stewart’s Milk Chocolate Cookies

Yield:  3 dozen   INGREDIENTS   1 cup all purpose flour ½ cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder ½ teaspoon baking soda ½ teaspoon salt 8 ounces good-quality milk chocolate (4 ounces coarsely chopped and 4 ounces cut into ¼-inch chunks) ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter 1 ½ cups granulated sugar 2 large eggs 1 […]

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

INGREDIENTS   3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour ½ cup toasted wheat germ 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon baking powder ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon ½ teaspoon coarse salt 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature 1 cup granulated sugar 1 cup light brown sugar 2 eggs 1 […]

Valentine Sugar Cookies

  Yield:  3 dozen cookies   INGREDIENTS   3 cups flour ¾ teaspoon baking powder ¼ teaspoon salt 1 cup unsalted butter, softened 1 cup granulated sugar 1 egg, beaten 1 tablespoon milk Confectioner’s sugar for rolling dough   PREPARATION   Sift together flour, baking powder and salt.  Set aside.  Place butter and sugar in […]

Pecan Oatmeal Cookies

Yield:  4 dozen   INGREDIENTS   1 cup butter, room temperature 1 cup brown sugar 1 cup granulated sugar 2 eggs 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 2 ¼ cups all purpose flour 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon salt 3 cups old fashioned oats 1 ½ cups chopped toasted pecans   PREPARATION […]

Red Velvet Whoopie Pies

If you love Red Velvet cake and have become a fan of the classic “Whoopie Pies” of the 1920’s, this recipe is for you! Yield:  42 – 2-inch cookies   INGREDIENTS   Cookies 2 cups all-purpose flour 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder ½ teaspoon baking soda ¼ teaspoon salt ½ cup butter, softened 1 cup […]

Mexican Wedding Cookies

    Mexican Wedding Cookies (also called Pecan Butterballs) Yield: 3 dozen cookies  INGREDIENTS  1 cup of butter (2 sticks) 5 tablespoons granulated sugar 2 cups all-purpose flour 2 cups finely chopped pecans 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 1 teaspoon water ½ teaspoon salt 1-2 cups confectioner’s sugar PREPARATION Preheat oven to 325 degrees F […]

Toffee Bars

Yield:  24 bars   INGREDIENTS   1 cup unsalted butter, softened 1 cup light brown sugar 1 egg yolk 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 2 cups all-purpose flour ¼ teaspoon salt 8 ounces milk chocolate, cut into 1-inch squares ¾ cup finely chopped walnuts   PREPARATION   Preheat oven to 350 degrees F   In […]

Pecan Tarts

Yield:  24 INGREDIENTS   3 ounces cream cheese, softened ½ cup + 1 tablespoon butter, softened 1 cup sifted flour 1 egg ¾ cup dark brown sugar, firmly packed 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 2/3 cup finely chopped pecans Dash of salt Confectioner’s sugar to sprinkle on top of tarts   PREPARATION   Preheat oven […]

Glazed Apple Bars

Yield:  24 bars INGREDIENTS Bars ½ cup butter, softened 1-1/3 cups dark brown sugar ½ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon ground cloves 1 egg 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 medium Golden Delicious or Gala apple, peeled and chopped 1 cup raisins 1 cup chopped […]

Pumpkin Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

  Yield: 4 dozen cookies   INGREDIENTS 1 cup butter, softened 2 cups granulated sugar 2 cups fresh pumpkin 2 teaspoons baking soda 2 teaspoons baking powder 2 teaspoons cinnamon 4 cups all-purpose flour   PREPARATION Preheat oven to 350 degrees F Prepare baking sheet with parchment paper or use Silpat. In an electric mixer […]

Oatmeal Shortbread

Yield:  16 cookies   INGREDIENTS ¾ cup (1 ½ sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature ½ cup (packed) dark brown sugar 1-¼ cups all-purpose flour 1 2/3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats (not the quick cooking kind) ½ teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon PREPARATION Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Line a large rimmed baking […]

Coconut Macaroon Cookies

Yield: 20-22 cookies INGREDIENTS 14 ounces sweetened shredded coconut 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 2 extra-large egg whites, at room temperature 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt PREPARATION Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Combine the coconut, condensed milk, and vanilla in a large bowl. Whip the egg whites and salt […]

6 Layer Cookie Bars

Yield:  24-36 bars   INGREDIENTS 1 ½ cups graham cracker crumbs ½ cup (1 stick) butter 1 – 14 ounce can Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips 1 1/3 cups flaked coconut 1 cup chopped nuts PREPARATION Preheat oven to 350 degrees F or 325 degrees F for glass baking pan […]

Walnut Brownies

  Yield: 12-14 Large brownies Sometimes it’s just not feasible to make everything from scratch, particularly desserts. If you’re in a time crunch and would still like to make something yummy for dessert, I have found the box brownie mixes to be just fine. I particularly have found the Ghirardelli Walnut Brownie mix to be […]

Classic Lemon Squares

Yield: 15-20 bars INGREDIENTS Crust 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature ½ cup confectioner’s sugar Filling 2 cups granulated sugar 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour ½ teaspoon baking powder 4 eggs – well beaten 5-6 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice PREPARATION Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Using an electric mixer with […]

Pecan Crescent Cookies

Yields: 3 dozen cookies INGREDIENTS ½ lb unsalted butter 2 cups all purpose flour 2 cups chopped pecans 5 tablespoons granulated sugar 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 1 teaspoon water ½ teaspoon salt Confectioner’s sugar PREPARATION Preheat oven to 325 degrees F Cream the butter and then add sugar, vanilla and water. Sift flour and […]

Karen’s Crunchy-Fudgie Sandwiches

Yields – 25 squares INGREDIENTS 6 ounce package butterscotch morsels ½ cup smooth peanut butter 4 cups Kellogg’s Rice Krispies 6 ounce package chocolate chips ½ cup confectioner’s sugar 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 1 tablespoon water PREPARATION Butter 8-inch square pan In a medium saucepan, over very low heat, melt the butterscotch morsels and peanut […]

Extreme Chocolate Chip Cookies

    Yield: 4 dozen   INGREDIENTS   2¼ cup all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking soda ½ teaspoon salt 1 cup butter, softened 3/4 cup granulated sugar 3/4 cup dark brown sugar, packed 2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 2 large eggs 2 cups Ghirardelli 60% Cacao Bittersweet Baking Chips 1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans […]

Peanut Butter Temptations

Peanut Butter Temptations If you like peanut butter cups, you’ll love these cookies. They incorporate the great taste of peanut and chocolate into one chewy bite of cookie. Mini muffin tins are available at anywhere where they sell bakeware. Makes 3 dozen cookies INGREDIENTS ½ cup butter ½ cup peanut butter ½ cup brown sugar […]

Sour Cream Chocolate Walnut Cookies

These are a cake-like cookie with an awesome chocolate frosting, flavored with a hint of coffee. My late Aunt Helen loved to bake and entertain. I have fond memories of sitting in her kitchen helping her make these yummy cookies. INGREDIENTS Yield 24 large cookies Cookie Batter 1 stick of butter 1 cup sugar 1 […]