2013 Holiday Collection: Chocolate Chip & Popcorn Cookie

For Christmas my husband blessed me with several new cookbooks, including The Smitten Kitchen by Deb Perelman. Her cookie recipes are pretty straightforward, and not very exotic, but they are tasty. This recipe is an adaptation of her popcorn cookie. My version is more like a chocolate chip cookie with popcorn added. Continue Reading →

2013 Holiday Collection: Jam Thumbprints/Bird Nests

One of my standard Christmas cookies is jam thumbprints. I have at least a half-dozen different jam thumbprint variations that I regularly bake. The one below, I call “bird nests” because the cookie is dipped in egg-white and rolled in chopped pecans, before it is baked. The nuts give the cookie a “rugged” appearance. Continue Reading →