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Midnight {triple chocolate} Cookies

by Laura 14 February 2012
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This triple chocolate, slice-and-bake cookie is made with black cocoa, raw cacao nibs, and ground dark chocolate.  It’s chewy with just a little crunch from a roll in turbinado sugar.  The ultra-Dutched cocoa, dark chocolate, and raw cacao give the cookie great depth.  If you don’t want to hunt down or special order ingredients, substitute [...]

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Jacques Torres’ Chocolate Chip Cookies

by Laura 29 June 2011
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Can three weeks really have passed?  My goodness.  I have been busy building a twenty by eight foot hen house and coop in the backyard, walking several hours a day in preparation for the Susan G. Komen 3-day 60 mile walk, and, well, I’ll spare you the rest of the dizzying list.  After I finish [...]

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Date Balls and Lessons from Merriam Park

by Laura 9 April 2011
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Even if you’re the kind of person who thinks there could be nothing less appetizing than a humble date ball, I hope you’ll consider making these. Brown sugar and butter caramelize in a pan while whole dates melt slowly into the mix, and you stir them together with toasted almonds, a little crunchy salt and [...]

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Oatmeal Chocolate Coconut Cookies

by Laura 20 March 2011
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These crispy-at-the-edges, moist-and-chewy-in-the-center cookies are a staple in our cookie jar and a snap to make.   Share This: Recommend on FacebookShare on PinterestShare with StumblersTweet about itEmail a friend

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Cinnamon Cream Caramel Surprise Coconut Macaroons

by Laura 4 March 2011
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I’ve been spending a good bit of time in the car recently, making trips down to St. Olaf College, my alma mater, in Northfield, Minnesota, which is about an hour away.  Barbara Kingsolver has been my companion. (Books on tape, I love you.)  I’m about ten hours into The Lacuna.  It’s hard to imagine being [...]

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Bittersweet Chocolate Cookies

by Laura 18 February 2011
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This is a recipe coup like I haven’t celebrated in years.  The last two really whoop-worthy were a particular restaurant chocolate soufflé cake that my Dear Husband adored around 1998, and my ikebana-sensei’s daughter-in-law Nori-chan’s goma dare (now that’s a mouthful) around 1989 in Osaka.  Every once in a while I really can’t figure out [...]

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Rose Water, Hibiscus, & Dark Cocoa Macarons with Rose Water and Hibiscus White Chocolate Ganaches

by Laura 7 February 2011
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My Sweet Boy’s lovely girlfriend Taylor is over to bake today, and we are taking on macarons.  We’ve had to hearten ourselves along through a string of failures—macarons are notoriously temperamental—but we are having fun, and spending six hours together on them has been an unexpected and happy surprise.  We’re on batch four now this [...]

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Sugar Cakes

by Laura 28 January 2011
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I first made these big, delicate sugar cookies for a candidate meet-and-greet a few years ago.  The event was a success, but from the cookies’ perspective it was kind of a disaster.  My wonderfully feisty friend Bonnie had asked if I would make some cookies for the event, so I made ten kinds.  I delivered [...]

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Coconut Macaroons

by Laura 14 December 2010
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If you like coconut and you’ve never made macaroons, you must make some.  One bowl, one spoon, three ingredients—and 30 minutes from start to finish, including baking time, dishes, and wiping down the kitchen.   They are crispy at the edges where the coconut is toasty, and tender chewy on the inside.   Many macaroon recipes call [...]

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Tangerine-scented Cranberry Pistachio Tiles

by Laura 8 December 2010
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The whole house smells of tangerines this morning.  When my Dear Husband staggered into the kitchen in his bathrobe for a first cup of coffee, his eyes widened and he asked me how I’d managed to make the house smell so good so early.  I had gotten up before the sun to bake, and the [...]

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Grandma Fladeboe’s Ginger Cookies

by Laura 21 November 2010
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My grandparents’ kitchen was the happiest place in my childhood.  I spent a lot of time there, especially the year my parents were busy building a house themselves.  Cousins from Ireland, Hillary and Camilla, were staying, too, and they taught me Gaelic, words and phrases and childhood rhymes, which I still remember.   We had lots [...]

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