Category Archives: Cookies

Gingerbread Biscotti

It would not be Christmas in our house without some homemade biscotti. This year I have been experimenting with a gingerbread version. While it may not be traditional, my family loved them and I did, too, because I was able … Continue reading

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Pistachio Ma’amoul (Middle Eastern Filled Cookies)

I was introduced to ma’amoul many years ago in Manhattan and have loved them ever since. Many recipes call for semolina in the dough but I prefer a shortbread base made with flour and butter because it produces a more … Continue reading

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Caramel Pecan Squares

This may be my favorite bar cookie. I always associate it with fall and winter because the flavor combination of caramel and nuts is lovely together at this cool weather time of year. One of my old neighbors gave me … Continue reading

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Italian Pignoli Cookies

Pignoli cookies are some of my husband’s favorite cookies. We buy them at Italian pastry shops whenever we are on the East Coast, but I wanted to learn to make them at home. There are many variations on this cookie … Continue reading

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Italian Fig Cookies (Cucidati II)

I posted a recipe for cucidati a few years ago but I recently tried a different dough recipe given to me by my cousin Barbara. I added cinnamon and orange zest to the tender and flaky dough. It is wonderful. … Continue reading

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Italian Butter Cookies

My husband loves these butter cookies.  The recipe is adapted from Laura Vitale, who uses a bit of shortening in the dough that gives it nice texture. Butter cookies are rich, so you don’t need a giant cookie; I like … Continue reading

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Lemon-Lime Curd

I’ve experimented with lemon curd over the years but never found a recipe with the flavor balance I was looking for.  I prefer it on the lighter side by making the curd with whole eggs rather than yolks. I also … Continue reading

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Italian Wedding Cookies or Butter Nut Cookies

My children love these cookies. They are easy and fast to make because you don’t have to chill the dough.  I have found that adding European vanilla sugars give the cookies a more refined flavor; use them if you can … Continue reading

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Coconut Macaroons

These are very easy coconut cookies. I like to use unsweetened fine coconut for this recipe that you can purchase at most Indian grocery stores. The recipe is adapted from one my mother-in-law gave me. Coconut Macaroons 2-3/4 cups fine … Continue reading

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Swedish Christmas Cardamom Cookies

These delicious Swedish Christmas Cardamom cookies are often part of our holiday cookie assortment. They can be rolled into a log and sliced or shaped into balls. The recipe is adapted from the  Food Network. Swedish Christmas Cardamom Cookies 1 … Continue reading

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