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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Black Bottom Coconut Bars

I think I first discovered I loved coconut at age 7 in Harrow. And I think the culprit was a candy bar, kind of like a Mounds bar or Almond Joy. It had a purple wrapper which was the only reason I chose the candy bar. But after one bite, I chose it for the […]

Chocolate Nut Bars

For the base: 2 1/2 cups flour 16 T. butter, cold 1/2 c. sugar 3/4 c. almonds, blanched, sliced, toasted Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Butter a 9 x 13″ baking pan.  In a food processor, combine the flour and sugar.  Cut the butter into 1″ pieces and put it on top of the flour […]

Brownies with Caramel Swirl and Sea Salt

Makes 16 brownies This recipe makes a lot of batter, which results in deep brownies with crispy sides. At McMinnville’s Red Fox Bakery, they slice each pan into six slices, creating four corner pieces for those who love the edges and two middle pieces for those who don’t. However, these brownies are so sinfully rich, […]

Kahlua Truffle Triangles

For the crust: 6-3/4 oz. (1-1/2 cups) all-purpose flour 3 oz. (3/4 cup) confectioners’ sugar 1/4 tsp. table salt 6 oz. (12 Tbs.) cold, unsalted butter,cut into 10 pieces, more for the pan 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract Tip: For the best results, measure your flour by weight instead of volume. (1 cup of all-purpose […]

Apricot Layered Cookies

These are my favorite “cookies” — my Mom makes these at Christmas time, and I look forward to them each year. Filling: 3 cups of ground walnuts (reserved 1/2 cup of the ground walnuts for topping) 1 ½ tsp cinnamon ¾ cup sugar Pastry: 3 sticks margarine (12 ounces) ¼ cup water 4 cups flour […]

Poinsettia Cookies

1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine, softened 1 cup confectioners’ sugar 1 egg, beaten 1 1/2 teaspoons almond extract 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon salt Red decorating sugar, for garnish 1. Cream butter in a large bowl with an electric mixer. Add confectioners’ sugar; beat well. Beat […]

Susan’s Glazed Cream Cheese Lemon Cookies

¾ c. butter 1 T. lemon peel, grated 1/3 c. cream cheese 1 t. baking powder 1 egg ¾ c. sugar ½ t. salt 2 c. flour 1 T. lemon juice 1. Cream the butter, cream cheese, and sugar until fluffy, then beat in the egg, lemon peel and lemon juice. 2. Sift the dry […]