Lemon and Rosemary Shortbread Cookies

  Butter, tart, and a little exotic with the hint of rosemary. These are my second favorite cookies in the world. Cookies: 3 sticks (1 1/2 cups) unsalted butter, softened, plus more for the pan 1 cup sugar 1 tablespoon finely grated lemon zest 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh rosemary 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 1/2 […]

The Milk Bar Chocolate Chip Cookies

I read.  A lot.  And I read almost everyday about travel though my traveling days are mostly over.  And I read cookbooks like novels.  I also love to read about restaurants, and because I don’t travel these days, I make recipes FROM restaurants and that makes me feel like I’ve been TO those restaurants. Two […]

Chocolate-Dipped Hazelnut Sandies

This is the best cookie dough I have ever tasted — a little crunchy, not too sweet–a little chocolatey–and in every teensy bite (because you’re trying to eat only one and you think you can if you only take tiny little bites, you’ll bethinking “If only George Clooney were sitting next to me, life would […]

Hedy Goldsmith’s Junk in Da’ Trunk Cookies

Sweet, chocolate-y, salty, buttery, peanut-y, malt-y, caramel-y — all my favorite flavors in one cookie–these are everybody’s favorite cookie.  I think about Michelle when I make these — she used to love Maltesers.   From Goldsmith’s crazy Baking Out Loud cookbook. When measuring out the junk, the recipe calls for 1/2 cup of each — but […]

Peanut Butter Blossoms

I have made more of these cookies than any other cookie recipe.  And in the last 3 weeks, I’ve made . . . . uhhhhhhhhhh   8 batches and given them all away.  They’re soft and peanut butter cuppy delicious — and these are the way I hold onto my humanity in a merciless world. […]

Millionaire’s Shortbread

    I still can’t believe how yummy these bars are!  I made them this past weekend — a solitary pan — and generously gave most of them away to my wonderful neighbors, to the people I lease my house from, and to Rosario and Marta who take care of my yard,and two for my […]


I’ve been a popsicle making fool this summer — lots of fruity ones, a few boozy ones, and now, here’s a delicious chocolate-y one. Ingredients 8 ounces chocolate,  between 45% and 65% cacao So let’s talk chocolate for a minute.  Spring for some good stuff.  The first time I made these I just used bittersweet […]

Las Paletas

My new summer obsession.  More photos this evening as I’m limping out to pick up my mom to scout art galleries.  I’m channeling my inner Mexican here with my new popsicle/paleta mold that works perfectly. My first batch were strawberry for Addie, but when she wasn’t able to get to Sonoma, I was only able […]

Peanut Butter Krispie Bars

These are truly the Jedi-knights of dessert — they have every part of every dessert you’ve ever loved.  You sincerely have to make these . . . now! Crispy Crust Layer 1 3/4 cup rice krispies 3 T. light corn syrup 3  T. unsalted butter, melted nonstick cooking spray 1/4 c. sugar Milk Chocolate Peanut […]

Mom’s Divinity

Christmas isn’t Christmas without Mom’s cookie platter at the end of dinner:  sugar cookies, walnut snowballs, white fruitcake, apricot bars, almond crescents, toffee and divinity — pink (my favorite) and white. Divinity is like eating a tablespoon of sugar — but you have to have a couple of those at Christmas. I think it’s out […]