Valentine Message Cookies

I am not a fan of Valentine’s Day.  Which may be the worst possible way to start a post about heart shaped cookies with little love messages on them – but, there it is.  All those hearts, and the pink and the red and the flowers and the mushy sentiments, they just make my skin itch.  Continue reading

Chocolate Cherry Shortbread Cookies

This is my favorite shortbread cookie, in part because the dough is tasty (and no eggs, so no dough-eating guilt, yay!) and in part because it is so flippin’ easy.  Foolproof, I might even say.  And endlessly tweak-able.  This is the same dough Continue reading

Huckleberry Shortbread Bars

In the spring of 2003, the hubster and I planted two native huckleberry plants in our front yard.  I remember it so clearly because the plants were a belated wedding gift from a coworker, who took us to a native plant nursery and walked us around one wet and cold weekend morning, helping us decipher the magic behind what appeared to be a whole lot of sad little twigs in plastic pots.  Really, we had NO clue.  We’d bought a house at the same time we got married, and while the house itself was fresh and new (newly remodeled, anyway) – the yard was a mess of dirt and weeds and chain link fence.  We were starting from scratch.

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Putting the Bake back in No-Bakes

Did you grow up with Chocolate No-Bake Cookies?  That glorious, super simple, and super fast concoction of butter/sugar/cocoa/oats?  I did.  They were one of the first sweet treats I was allowed to make entirely by myself, and I can’t even imagine how many batches of them my brother and I devoured, home alone after school while mom was at work.  I grew up with the peanut butter version–seeing as we’re such a peanut butter family and all–but I’ve made plenty of the “plain” variety as well.

A couple years back a friend of mine started a cookie company, and spent a holiday season selling them at the Truffle shop with me.  One way or another the subject of no-bake cookies came up, and I begged her to make some.  She did, and she sold out of them (the ones I didn’t eat, anyway) almost immediately.  She couldn’t believe it–why would somebody buy a cookie that is so easy to make?  But, of course, hers were beyond awesome thanks to a secret ingredient (which I will not reveal!), so it was no surprise to me.  And, who can turn down a no-bake cookie?!  Not me.

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Ribbon Shortbread Cookies

I’m not going to lie.  I ate a cool 2 dozen of these cookies in the space of 2 days last week.  God help me if my personal trainer reads this.  But really, I blame it on the ankle sprain – I mean, I couldn’t work out anyway, and the cookies were just there, taunting me with all their delightful shortbready buttery-ness.  I’m not a saint, people.  I’m really not.

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Almond Shortbread Bars

almond butter shortbreadYou know what I really need?  I need a Brain Recorder.  Why can’t somebody invent that?  Seriously.

I have to tell you, when I’m laying in bed at night, verging on unconsciousness, I write the most amazing blog posts in my head.  You know, the kind that are smart and funny and interesting, and full of witty observations and all that.  Oh, and I come up with the greatest business ideas, too!  Unbelievable recipes, can’t-miss marketing schemes, you name it.

And then I wake up in the morning.  Poof.  Gone.

I need a Brain Recorder.

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