Cherry & Bright

Flourless Black Forest Cookies

The holidays are a time for celebration!  I know that I did not come up with that theory, but, it really is such a good one.  In light of the holiday spirit, I think it’s time to fill your cookie jars, dust off those cellophane gift bags, and curl that ribbon.  In other words, it’s time to share the holiday cheer in cookie form!

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There’s nothing that gets my goat more than people eating a delicious homemade baked good while postulating the number of calories per bite.  Nobody eats cookies as a health food!  Have one or two, enjoy them, and carry on with life — no regrets.  Nothing takes the fun out of the holidays like a calorie count.  Moderation.

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Kris Krinkle

Lemon Crinkles

Okay, let’s take a brief break from chocolate.  Don’t hate me though, I said a brief break!
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With trillions of holiday cookies on the horizon, I think now is a good time for a cookie cleanse.  I don’t mean one of those juice cleanses or detox things, I just mean a quick hiatus from dense, decadent, chocolate-laden confections.  Think of it as a zesty spring break!
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These lemon cookies are super fresh and fun, and they taste every bit as sunshine-y as they look.  Maybe sunshine-y isn’t a real adjective, but just think zesty and lemony, and you’ll have an idea of what I’m trying to say.

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Cold Turkey

Brown Butter Pecan Cookies with Set Chocolate Decorations

Some people just can’t wait to get out the Christmas decorations each year. Me?  I count down the days until I can whip out my turkey cookie cutter.  To each her own.  Certain cookie cutters have very limited use — a turkey cookie cutter is one of these such niche items.  Luckily, I thrive on minimal applicability, which is why I also possess a cow cookie cutter and a toothbrush cookie cutter.

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This thing is seriously adorable; however, when freshly-baked, the cookies tend to more resemble a map of the lower 48 states than the quintessential harbinger of Thanksgiving.  So, decorations are certainly in order.

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SRP #23: Soft Corn

In the world of dentistry, “SRP” stands for “Scaling and Root Planing,” a super thorough deep-clean.  In the world of FoodSwingBlog, “SRP” stands for “Short Recipe Post,” a condensed, flavor-packed post with minimal added comedic fillers and no high fructose corn syrup. 

Yeasted Maple Cornbread

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As a kind of corny person, it should be no real surprise that I love cornbread.  Whether in muffin form or as a big ol’ slab, there are few things with a more comforting and homey taste than cornbread.  The subtle sweetness, pleasant hint of grit, and fluffy crumb is unique to cornbread, and boy is it special!

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Happy Halloweek!

S’mores Brownie Ghosts

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Since I’m a smidge tardy posting this recipe, I’m proposing that we turn Halloween into a weeklong celebration — plus, now is when all of the surplus Halloween candy is dirt cheap!  Though it might be best to hang up the costumes for this year (showing up to work dressed as a bumble bee really can only fly on October 31…if then), the culinary aspects of Halloween can stay strong for at least a few days past the official observance.  After all, who couldn’t use s’more Halloween fun!

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Though these brownies have been thoroughly ghostified in honor of the season, they can easily transition into year-round treats with a quick wardrobe change.  An easy swap-out of the ethereal white chocolate draping, in favor of a thin, even smear of melted milk chocolate, takes these brownies from trick-or-treat to all-season sweet in the blink of an eye!

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It’s peanut butter jelly time!

PB&J Swirl Loaf

Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches — the stuffs of lunchboxes past.  PB&J-eaters can be divided into a few different groups based on deeply-entrenched preferences:  white bread, wheat bread, grape jelly, strawberry jelly, creamy peanut butter, crunchy peanut butter, …the list goes on.

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Most of us remember sad, squishy PB&J sandwiches for field trips when ice packs and coolers were not to be had.  When you think about it, though, the PB&J is brilliant — it was sweet & salty before “sweet & salty” was a thing!  Sweet, fruity jam, slathered upon salty, umami peanut butter, nestled between slices of soft bread.  Utter genius.  Peanut butter genius, you might say.

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Just in the nick of lime!

Zesty Lime Wedge Shortbread Cookies

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I like to play with my food.  I also like my Martha Stewart COOKIES cookbook (thanks, Mom!).  So, I decided to try to make a more visually-literal adaptation of Martha’s Lime Meltaways — a cookie that has been a family favorite since I acquired this tasty tome.

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A cloaking of powdered sugar on a cookie, while delicious, can hide both good and bad things:  indications of internal flavors, unsightly surface issues, dirt from when the cookie was dropped on the ground, etc.  So, to really embrace the zesty lime-iness of these cookies, I wanted to make them look every bit as citrus-y as they taste!

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Spice Girl

Caramel Apple Spice Cookies

I love these cookies.  They are the quintessential holiday spice cookies, and they are so so easy (thanks, Real Simple)!  After years of making them as directed, a particularly autumnal day inspired me to make a fall-ified version of these delightful spice cookies!
Apple chips just happened to fall into my shopping cart the other day while grocery shopping, as did soft caramel candies, toffee baking pieces, and a half gallon of rocky road ice cream (let’s ignore the ice cream for now).  Caramel apples are a classic fall favorite of my childhood, and few things scream AUTUMN IN NEW YORK louder than apple desserts.

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SRP #22: This one takes the cake!

Cakey Banana Chip Cookies

In the world of dentistry, “SRP” stands for “Scaling and Root Planing.”  In the world of FoodSwingBlog, “SRP” stands for “Short Recipe Post,” a way for me to build up the recipe archives without excessive elocution!

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I could get chip-faced on banana chips all day every day — give me a jar of creamy peanut butter to go with them, and I may not even come up for air.  So, when I found myself with a family-sized bag of banana chips and no family in sight, I knew I had to start baking with them to save myself (from myself).

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An Apple a Day

Whole Wheat Apple & Pumpkin Butter Quick Bread

[Insert “I love autumn weather/colors/food” monologue here]
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There, now that we got that obligatory rhapsody out of the way, let’s talk quick breads!  Quick breads are suchly called because there is no kneading, resting, or rising involved — they take next-to-no-time to throw together!  Unlike yeast breads, which get their feathery textures and puffy airholes from thousands of farting microorganisms and hours of waiting time, quick breads rely on chemical leaveners for their loft — btw, I’m talking baking powder/soda, not scary chemicals.
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