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. […]

Oatmeal Cookies with Cranberries and White Chocolate

I made these for bridge on Friday night. I played two tables, and then got up to get some water and a snack (as in the form of a cookie I’d made) — and the only thing left on the plate was a a couple of crumbs. I suppose you could say, “Well, these people […]

Cranberry Orange Cookies

Yes.  I fully understand that the Christmas cookie season is over.  But it’s always the season for a delicious cookie, and this is one of those.  My mom used to make an angel food cake (which I never like, Mom — sorry) with an orange glaze that she poured over the top which I absolutely […]

Walnut Snowballs

Russian Teacakes, Mexican Wedding Cakes, or the more plebian Butterballs–these are among our family favorite Christmas cookies.  All these instructions for just four ingredients!  My mother and I learned that we are not cut out to write recipes. . . together. 1 cup butter or margarine 6 T. of powdered sugar 2 c. flour 2 c. […]

Coconut Shortbread Cookies

Makes about 6 1/2 dozen 1 c. unsweetened shredded coconut (about 3 ounces) 1 1/2 c. (3 sticks) unsalted butter, room temp. 1 c. plus 1 T. sugar 1 1/4 t. coarse kosher salt 1 t. vanilla extract 2 2/3 c. all purpose flour Preheat oven to 325°. Spread coconut on rimmed baking sheet. Bake […]

Brown Butter Chocolate Chip-Cherry Cookies

  Everyone loves chocolate chip cookies — except for me. They just always seemed like they were lacking in something. I dutifully made scores of dozens over the years, and finally realized I wanted a chocolate chip cookie that even I could love; one with dough that could stand proud next to the chocolate chips. […]