Double Vanilla Meringues

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I knew that if I had a snowball’s chance in heck of attempting a batch of perfect meringue cookies, I would have to do it soon.  In East TN, the oppressive summer humidity is knocking on our door, ready to blanket all of us in a permanent layer of sweat until October. And the meringues?… read more »

Koulourakia – Greek Easter Cookies

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Koulourakia are a traditional dessert cookie eaten on Easter Sunday in Greece.  They are characterized by a butter cookie base, egg glaze, and a little surprise – a sprinkle of sesame seeds on top!  The cookies are usually hand-shaped into rings, braids, or the one shown in the photo above, a “twisted snake”.  The snake… read more »

Glazed Vanilla Buttermilk Cookies

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I dunno about where you guys live, but around here, it’s impossible to find buttermilk in small containers.  Since I don’t regularly use buttermilk, most of the carton ends up sitting on the bottom shelf of my fridge, all by its lonesome, until it becomes funky and I toss it out with the Thursday trash… read more »

Browned Butter Cardamom Tea Cookies

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I have a new love of cardamom, and I can’t stop looking up new recipes that use this delicious and unique spice.  These little cookies are the perfect bite-sized complement to a cup of steaming hot tea.  Add a plush couch and a good book to the mix, and you’ve got yourself the beginnings of… read more »

Maple Walnut Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream

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Who doesn’t love a homemade cupcake?  Those perfectly-sized bombs of delectable goodness come in every variety under the rainbow, and I love trying new ones!  I whipped up a small batch of these puppies for dessert after our Valentine’s Day dinner yesterday, and I wanted to share the recipe with all of you! *side note:… read more »

Sinful Sunday: Snickerdoodles!

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Snickerdoodles Take a sugar cookie, slap some cinnamon on that puppy, and you’ve got a snickerdoodle!  The slightly crispy, slightly caramelized crunch that the layer of cinnamon sugar adds a little somethin’ somethin’ and makes these one of my favorite childhood treats. What You’ll Need: – 1 cup shortening – 1.5 cups white sugar –… read more »