Chocolate Rosemary-Caramel Nut Bars

Chocolate Rosemary-Caramel Nut Bars

Chocolate Rosemary-Caramel Nut Bars

I am so excited!  Today I discovered the delicious pairing of caramel and rosemary.  Did you know about this?!  Oh my gosh, you guys, it is a match made in heaven.  I found the recipe for chocolate rosemary-caramel nut bars in an old, 2005 copy of Food & Wine magazine.  It is a scrumptious bar cookie with a cornmeal butter crust that is topped with a rosemary caramel cream, roasted nuts, and chocolate.   It might just be placed in my all time favorites list. This cookie got me thinking… what other fabulous flavor pairings are out there that I don’t know about?  What are your favorite pairings?  Let me know.  I want to broaden my horizons. Continue reading →

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Chocolate Pistachio Sables

Chocolate Pistachio Sable

Chocolate Pistachio Sables

I hosted an all-boy play date yesterday afternoon.  There were 6 boys in total (three 4 1/2 year olds, one 2 year old, and one 18 month old). Here’s the play-by-play:  First they ran around shouting that a stampede of buffalo was chasing them, then they made a gingerbread house.  Of course, they had to don super hero costumes to fight some old-fashioned crime.  After that, they pretended to get married.  My oldest son married a girl named Turquoise, who apparently works as a zookeeper (yeah, zookeeper my foot).  There were tears.  There were hugs.  There were tears again. Then they cleaned up!  Finally, the festivities ended with my eldest saying  a heartfelt good-bye to his best friends.  He did this completely in the nude, by the way,  and no, that is not how we roll in this family.  Not sure if this is related, but as soon as the day was over I ate a fair amount of Chocolate Pistachio Sables.   Continue reading →

Sugar Cookies

Sugar Cookies

Sugar Cookies

Nothing says the holidays like decorated Christmas sugar cookies.  I saw painted sugar cookies in Bon Appetit Magazine last year.  I loved that they used edible luster dust and lemon extract to create the paint.   This combination makes for a sparkly, buttery sugar cookie with a hint of lemon flavor.  I had to try these for myself, so I bought gold, and silver edible luster dust at Michaels along with some paint brushes.  Now, bear with me, because I am no artist.  In fact, my hand shook a little when I was applying the paint to the cookies.  I was just so nervous!  I have to say, though, that I am really pleased with how they turned out.  Sure, I had to stand five feet from them to truly appreciate their beauty, but who cares?  Nothing looks that great close up anyway.  Have you ever looked in a magnifying mirror?  It’s a humbling experience. Continue reading →

Peanut Blossom Cookies

Peanut Blossom Cookies

Peanut Blossom Cookies

This cookie reminds me of my sister, Amanda, because she smells like peanuts and she always wears a Hershey’s Kiss on her head.  Just kidding.  I am having a hard time filling this page tonight.  What I really want to be doing is eating all of these cookies.  Okay, so this cookie reminds me of my sister because she is the cookie queen in my family, and these are one of her best.  Peanut Blossom Cookies are Americas Test Kitchen’s  variation on the classic Peanut Butter Blossoms.  In place of shortening, butter is used. Along with creamy peanut butter,  ground roasted peanuts are added.  Finally, instead of placing a chocolate kiss atop the already baked cookies, it is added  in the last 1 to 2 minutes of baking.  What this cookie becomes is a melt in your mouth, sweet peanut butter cookie with a sandy-like texture, and a chocolaty finish.  It’s basically a more mature peanut butter blossom. Continue reading →