Tis the season for Christmas baking! This week I’m in full prep mode for my 13th annual Christmas baking marathon. Last year I spent an entire weekend in the kitchen and ended up with over 1,000 cookies. That’s a new personal record!
December is finally here! If you haven’t already started counting down the days until Christmas, now’s the time to start. What better way to kick off the season than with decorating a gingerbread house or twenty?
I remember the first time I had any sort of freeze dried fruit. It was an orange segment decorating the top of a decadent, flourless, chocolate cake. I was blown away by how light and airy the orange piece was. It seemed to dissolve in my mouth so quickly, almost like cotton candy, but the flavour was so bright and intense. Since then, I’ve been wanting to try experimenting with freeze dried fruits, but have had difficulty finding any locally.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. If I was forced to choose only one sweet treat to eat for the rest of my days, it would be a good old fashioned chocolate chip cookie. So you can imagine my excitement about the prospect of an entire stack of chocolate chip cookies crafted into a stunning cake!
There’s nothing better than sitting around a campfire making s’mores. It’s a beautiful ritual – laying out the graham crackers and carefully balancing a perfect square of chocolate on top. Then the anticipation of slowly roasting a big marshmallow, rotating it carefully, close to the flames, watching and waiting until its perfectly golden on the outside and gooey on the inside.
The wonderful thing about peanut butter cookies, is that there are so many recipes out there that require so few ingredients. The peanut butter flavour in itself is very distinct, so as long as you like peanut butter, I find it’s actually hard to come across a really bad peanut butter cookie.
May the fourth be with you! I baked these Wookie cookies and little Ewoks in honour of Star Wars day, and for Peter Mayhew, the actor who played our beloved Chewbacca, who passed away earlier this week.
Last summer, I desperately wanted to buy myself an ice cream maker. Not one of the ones that requires pre-freezing a bowl (who has room in their freezer for that?), but one that you can just plug in and leave to let the magic happen.
As you may or may not know, I love bunnies. I mean, really love bunnies. Everything about them, from their wiggly little noses, to their fluffy cotton tails. They are hands down, the cutest little fluff nuggets to hop around on this earth. So naturally I felt the need to pay homage to these adorable creatures by making a batch of bunny cookies!
These walnut cardamom crescents opened my mind to the aromatic wonders of cardamom. It was not a spice I had paid much attention to until I made these cookies and then I was hooked.