scarborough fair shortbread sables

my work recently had a cookie contest. because i have an offbeat sense of humor and/or a love for obscure puns and references, i thought it would be a great idea to make “simon + garfunkel shortbread sables.” you know, with parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme. so i did. they didn’t win any prizes, but…

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too much muesli no-bake cookies

when it’s warm and springy or summery outside i like to breakfast on greek yogurt topped with homemade granola and a banana (or blueberries, or both). around the time mom and i started our training program for the 5k we’re running on mothers day, i made a batch of granola/muesli freely adapted from this recipe…

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the best not-pies in kansas

“what’s your favorite kind of sweets/baked goods, ladies?” i asked two of my friends the other day. “cookies are good,” replied friend jess. “anything not pie,” said friend roberta (who i always want to call “robbie” and never do). restrictions were no coconut, mint, fruit or mixed-in peanut butter. suggestions were chocolate chips. hmm. hmm.…

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granola days

‘When you wake up in the morning, Pooh,’ said Piglet at last, ‘what’s the first thing you say to yourself?’ ‘What’s for breakfast?’ said Pooh. ‘What do you say, Piglet?’ ‘I say, I wonder what’s going to happen exciting today?’ said Piglet. Pooh nodded thoughtfully. ‘It’s the same thing,’ he said. — a.a. milne, the…

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summer juice

saturday soundtrack: the welcome wagon, welcome to the welcome wagon i know it’s not strictly summer yet. according to my internal calendar, however, june 1st equals summer, just like december 1st equals winter (and october 1st equals autumn. spring, fickle, enchanting season that it is, surprises me every year, regardless of how ardently i’ve been…

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cherry cookie

adapted from joy the baker’s toasted marshmallow squares. i made these for a friend’s graduation party last night. they were yummy, so i’ll have to make them again before cherry season is over. although i’ll have to prevent myself from eating the cherry preserves by the spoonful. 2 sticks softened unsalted butter 1 cup granulated…

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seedy bars

made you curious, yes? good. — ingredients 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt ground cardamom, cinnamon, ginger and mace to taste (about 1/2 teaspoon to 1 teaspoon each) 1 (2 sticks) butter, softened 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar (i suggest dark for a stronger flavor) 1 cup granulated…

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peanut butter chocolate cupcakes

cupcake ingredients: 2 1/3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour 2 tablespoons baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, room temperature 1 1/3 cups sugar 5 generous tablespoons peanut butter 2 eggs 1/2 cup milk half a bag of dark or semisweet chocolate chips — — — icing ingredients: 1 stick butter about 2/3…

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