thumbprint cookies

thumbprint cookies

I’ve been going through some of my vintage cookbooks.  One of my all-time favourites is the Purity Cookbook.  This cookbook was one of Canada’s earliest printed collections of recipes.  The first edition was in 1917 and my edition is from 1967.  My mom, paternal and maternal grandmothers all had this in their repertoire of cookbooks.…

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lemon crinkle cookies

lemon crinkle cookies

Crinkle cookies have been around since the early 1950s and were initially made with chocolate.   Helen Fredell invented crinkle cookies in St. Paul, Minnesota. In Betty Crocker’s book, “Cooky Carnival,” Crocker talks about being served these cookies at Mrs. Fredell’s home and begging for the recipe. TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDelicious

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icebox gingersnaps

gingersnap cookies

Haven’t found any spare hours to do some holiday baking?  There’s still time and my great aunt’s gingersnaps recipe is a cinch to make.  Audrey was my favorite paternal aunt.  She was an elegant, refined, woman who loved to cook, had a twinkle in her eye, and if you were in her company, she always…

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savory palmiers

These delicate, but easy-to-make French pastries can be sweet or savory.  Palmiers, named so because they look like palm trees or the shape of an elephant’s ear, uses puff pastry for its base.  Traditionally, simple ingredients such as sugar and cinnamon are sprinkled over the pastry then folded, rolled, sliced and baked in the oven. …

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cosmic cookies

Our favorite north end cafe, Lion and Bright, has a small selection of delicious sweets.  One of their desserts we love to munch on when enjoying a cappuccino, is their cosmic cookie.  It’s full of goodies and if you’re feeling a bit peckish, this is the perfect snack to tide you over.  TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDelicious

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Melrose Peanut Butter Cookies

This peanut butter cookie recipe is from my maternal grandmother. I’m not sure what the name Melrose has to do with the cookie but I can definitely say it had absolutely nothing to do with Melrose Place! As much as my grandmother enjoyed cooking her first love was being an artist. TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDelicious

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Oatmeal Apple Cookies

The word cookie has been around since the early 1700’s where in Scotland it referred to a bread bun that was split, filled with cream and topped with icing.  According to The Oxford Companion to Food, cookies in the early part of the 19th century in the USA were usually associated with New Year’s Day. …

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Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies

The other day Mr. S. spotted lemon and cranberry cookies. There are few cookies I will buy from a grocery store but these did ‘look’ good and there were only 8 in the container. Once we decided to add it to the grocery cart, our curiosity got the better of us and opened the container.…

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Cardamom Sugar Cookies

Who isn’t drawn to a pretty, delicate-looking cookie? I’m a sucker for this sort of thing and with Spring here and Easter just around the corner, I was inspired to make these sugar cookies. The cardamom sugar cookie recipe hails from Williams-Sonoma, border icing from The Kitchn and flood icing from Every Day Occasions. Cardamom…

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