Pignoli Cookies

Pignoli Cookies
I’ve got a thing for cookies. Okay, let’s be honest, I have a thing for sweets in general but cookies, they’re small and don’t make me feel bad about eating them. Unless I eat a dozen then I feel bad. Not while I’m doing it mind you, only after when my pants are tight. That’s when I feel bad and am required to get back on the treadmill so said pants fit again. It’s a wicked cycle but one I’m willing to endure because sweet tooth. I’m surprised that I don’t have cavities, perhaps it’s my incessant need to brush my teeth. Who knows.

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Snowflake OREO Cookie Balls

OREO Cookie Balls

I have a confession. I love OREO cookies. Like REALLY love them. Preferably Double Stuff, because double the stuff, duh. Have ever since I was a kid, and now, well I’m just a big kid so it still works for me. The only thing better than eating a regular OREO to me is eating an OREO cookie ball. Yep. Do you want to know how hard these cookie balls are to make? If you can smash up OREO cookies, mix in a little softened cream cheese and use a fork, you’ve got this! You’ll be the hostess with the mostest (or host with the most) if you prepare a batch of these to serve up for your friends and family over the holidays, OR better yet, give them as gifts. Who doesn’t love an edible gift, am I right?

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Peppermint OREO Cookie Balls

Peppermint OREO Cookie Balls

Tis’ the season! Have you started thinking about all the holiday treats you’ll be making? I’m all about EASY when it comes to holiday treats. While I will be baking some of said treats, it’s really kind of unavoidable if you’re making cookies and such ; ) I’ll be all about the no bake varieties.¬† When I see the words NO BAKE I perk right up. It’s just the way it is (well unless someone else is baking it for me, then cake, bring me cake ūüėČ December is already a BUSY month. No need to make it any harder on yourself right?

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Hot Shot Whiskey Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Hot Shot Whiskey Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
This might be my new favorite cookie of all time. That’s saying something. Chocolate chips are by far my go to cookie, they’re a no fail classic that everyone who’s anyone loves (I’m sorry we just can’t be friends if you don’t like them, or maybe we can and I can have your share. That works too). Whiskey is also my go to drink so I’m not sure why I didn’t think to put them together before. It actually took a conversation with a fellow whiskey lover to put the idea in my head. Boom. Hot Shot Brown Butter Whiskey Chocolate Chip Cookies were happening. I went and whipped up test batch one within 15 minutes of that idea.

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Florentines

Florentine CookiesDespite being named after the beautiful Italian city of Florence, these cookies (sometimes referred to as biscuits) did not originate from Italy. We can thank the French for these lovely wafer thin delights that I can’t stop eating. Honest Cooking has a wonderful history lesson on these beauties if you’re into that such thing. I happen to be into almonds and cookies so I’m into them for those very important reasons, but I’ll thank the French and the city of Florence both just to be on the safe side.¬†

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Brutti Ma Buoni Cookies

 

Brutti Ma Buoni Cookies www.bellalimento.com
Ugly. But. Good. That is the literal Italian to English translation of the name of these cookies. In my opinion they should be called light and irresistible or the incredible disappearing cookie instead of ugly but who am I to argue with the most beautiful language on the planet? I will just continue to refer to them as “Brutti Ma Buoni” because that sounds so much more appealing than Ugly. But. Good. Let’s focus on the good part now shall we? If you have a strong arm you can whip up a few baking trays of these meringue-esque beauties in no time at all. Luckily all my risotto making has trained me well for the whisking that goes into this recipe.

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Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies | www.bellalimento.com

I’m gearing up for back to school. It’s in 11 days (not that I’m counting or anything. Totally counting who am I kidding). During the school year I bake A LOT of cookies. Not everyday because honestly I’m not June Cleaver, I don’t even look good in an apron and Bobby pins hurt my head. And now back to our regularly scheduled programming. I TRY to have homemade cookies for the kids at least once a week. Nothing like seeing their faces light up when they walk in from school, drop their bags, shoes and everything else on the floor, sigh, and see a tiered tray of cookies waiting on them. Serious Mom bonus points I tell you,¬† and I can use all that I can get.

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Out and About with Newtons

 

Newtons Fruit Thins

I know that many of you can relate to being constantly on the go. Although I work full time blogging from home, I’m constantly in and out for both work and family errands. Grocery stores (yes plural), gas stations, dry cleaners, gas stations (have you seen the price of gas gah), school, after school activities, and the list goes on and on. Sometimes I think I live in my car as much as I do my house. My car also happens to be yellow, equating it to a taxi. Coincidence? Mmmh. Active is definitely a word that comes to mind when I think about the ins and outs of my days. Trying to balance my crazy schedule and eating things that don’t come from a drive thru is challenging.  

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Milk Chocolate Cookie Sandwiches

Milk Chocolate Cookie Sandwiches
These milk chocolate cookie sandwiches are for those days when you need something sweet and fast. Something to delight your tastebuds stat. It’s the type of treat that I keep in my back pocket (not literally because well that would be messy) when we want to celebrate something like a small achievement: a day without a talkative note at school, for picking up your clothes without being asked, OR because you just need chocolate and NOW. These sandwiches are for those moments. Finding delight in the small things. It’s a good thing.

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Conversation Heart Cookies

I have a confession to make. This is the first time I’ve ever decorated cookies with royal icing. My friend Marian from Sweetopia did a rockstar session on cookie decorating at our food conference last November and can I tell you that she makes things look so easy that I thought even I could give this a try. I wanted to make a sweet treat for Valentine’s Day that I could share with my loves. I of course went to Pinterest for cookie inspiration and felt immediately overwhelmed with all of the beautiful designs (currently way out of my league) instead I saw a box of conversation hearts sitting on my table and I thought let’s make a cookie version instead (much tastier than those yucky hearts to be quite honest).

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Mistletoe Mint Cookies

Here’s a cookie that Santa would like to take a bite of. At least I’d like to think so. Now I should clarify there is no mistletoe in these cookies. Because that would be nasty. My Mom made chocolate mint cookies during the holidays growing up (a special nod to my obsession love of thin mint Girl Scout cookies, she spoiled me I was her favorite – don’t worry my sister doesn’t read my blog tee hee) and called them Mistletoe Mint Cookies aka chocolate mint cookies. She would typically make them with Andes mints. You know those tiny little rectangular mints wrapped in the green foil packaging. Yes those. The ones that better be in my stocking or else.¬†

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Mini Holiday Cookie Cup Sundaes

Who doesn’t love a bite sized dessert? These little festive bites are made from cookie dough that you bake into mini “cups”. They’re so simple the kids could even make them. Once baked and cooled (otherwise the ice cream will just melt everywhere and you’ll have a holiday shot – there’s another idea altogether) you fill them full of sundae scrumptiousness. Set out a few toppings a few ice cream flavors and let the kids (young and young at heart) go crazy!

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White Chocolate Citrus Spice Eggnog Cookies

Today you’re in for a treat. My super talented stalker bff Susan is stopping by with a tasty treat. She’s whipped up a batch of White Chocolate Citrus Spice Eggnog Cookies just for YOU! Why? We’re hosting a virtual cookie swap for our friends at McCormick (we have the hardest jobs don’t we). Once you’ve drooled all over Susan’s recipe. Be sure to pop over to her blog to check out my PEPPERMINT CRUNCH COOKIES! Now onto Susan’s sweet stuff…

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Chocolate Crackle Cookies

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Holiday baking is in full swing (at least in our house). One of the quickest and easiest things to make and share with friends and family are cookies. Dozens and dozens of cookies. Who doesn’t love cookies? I mean really. In preparation for our cookie-fest we have stocked up on all of the baking essential like: flour, sugar, butter, pure vanilla extract, chocolate in every form possible and a few fun garnishes (think nuts, coconut flakes and the like). I was a girl scout after all and we like to be prepared.

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Pistachio and Meyer Lemon Biscotti

If you’re looking for a quiet cookie to nosh on these are not those. I actually love the crunch that you hear when you bite into biscotti. It’s what makes biscotti, biscotti. To me they’re the perfect cookie. They’re not too sweet, have amazing texture and can be made with just about any flavor you like. We went with pistachio and a hint of marvelous meyer lemon. Can you just smell the meyer lemon. Swoon.

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Zaletti {Polenta Cookies}

I saw those raised eyebrows ; ) Yes you read correctly that says polenta cookies.¬† But just give them a chance,¬† they’re not corn-y at all ; ) They do however have a gorgeous yellow thanks to the polenta. And there’s also grappa and dried fruit involved. Which makes these a must try in my book.

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Sugar Cookies {Befanini}

The holidays are my favorite time of year. I look forward to them with childlike anticipation every year. Baking is a big part of the holidays for me {and I’m guessing for a lot of you too}. Sometimes my crazy schedule gets in the way but I don’t let it stop me from making delicious and simple recipes to share with my family and friends {that does of course depend on how nice they’ve been ; )}

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Bones of the Dead Cookies

 

Ossi dei Morti means bones of the dead in Italian. This might sound a little creepy but I assure you these “bones of the dead”¬†are not. They are actually little crunchy snow capped bites of deliciousness that have a beautiful significance behind them.

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{Gluten Free} Peanut Butter and Nutella Thumbprint Cookies

It seems I have been falling down on posting¬†Nutella recipes. I know, I know, *GASP* what is wrong with me? It’s not {I promise} for lack of consumption. You all know by now that I am a Nutella-holic and¬†it goes without saying that there is ALWAYS Nutella in our house ; )¬†It just seems it’s being consumed far too quickly and¬†when I have an idea for a recipe there simply isn’t enough to work with *sigh*¬†but I did manage to¬†reserve a little and wanted to share one of our favorite cookie¬†recipes.

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Crostoli

Crostoli

In case you didn’t know, It’s CARNEVALE time! Carnevale started on Feb 6th this year and runs through Feb 16th! Carnevale is truly an experience, and I think everyone should experience it at least once in their lives – in VENICE (Italy, Not CA) of course!

I was fortunate enough to live only about 1 hours train ride from Venice when in lived in Friuli and went to Carnevale many times. Each time was more incredible than the last. They have parades, balls (yes masquerade of course), music, parties, you name it. There’s as much confetti flying everywhere as there are pigeons. It’s quite a party. A Carnevale ogni scherzo vale (anything goes at Carnevale)!

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