My one & macaron-ly

Speculoos Macarons

If you’ve never tried cookie butter, you haven’t lived.

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Cookie butter is an ingenious foodvention made by pulverizing those tasty speculoos cookies that you sometimes get on airplanes into a creamy, dreamy spread.  Great idea, right?  You can smear it on toast or any other place you would put a healthy smudge of peanut butter (so, yeah, basically anywhere). Continue reading
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Cut it out

Coconut Oil Sugar Cookies with Brown Butter Glaze

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I am currently the owner of 4 cookie cutters:  a tooth, a toothbrush, an apple, and a turkey.  Each of these shapes has very limited applicability, either due to seasonal limitations or audience limitations — a baby shower probably isn’t the best arena for fondant-covered toothbrush cookies.  I have a very bad habit of acquiring things with very narrow uses (think DayGlo orange ankle pants, 4″ turquoise suede platform wedges, and a deviled egg platter with snap-on lid).  Thankfully, I had an epiphany yesterday morning and remembered that the window of opportunity to dust off my turkey cookie cutter was rapidly drawing to a close.

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On your marks, get set, Buuu-AYYYYK!

Fruity, Walnutty, & Chocolatey Povitica

“I love bread.”  ~ Oprah
I guess that makes bread another one of Oprah’s Favorite Things.  For real, though, nothing is more comforting than a big slice of freshly baked bread, especially when that bread was baked just for you, bursting with platonic friend-love!
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Since November seems to be my month of friend-birthdays, my stand mixer has certainly been getting its exercise of late.  The birthday-celebrating friend in question shares my love for a certain television programme:  The Great British Bake Off.  This show captures everything I love about baking without all of the fluff that our typical U.S.-based food shows add to the mix.  No excessive backstories of childhood mistreatment, no on- or off-screen romances, and no malicious sabotage to detract from the main event:  the bakes!  From the music (which now plays relentlessly in my head when I’m rushing to finish a batch of cookies), to the beautiful English countryside that forms the backdrop, to the hilarious announcers, to the genuflection-worthy judges, to the pristine Kitchen-Aid stand mixers, GBBO has it all.  It is a baking contest in its purest form. Continue reading

SRP #11: Lend me some sugar

An “SRP” in dentistry, short for “Scaling & Root Planing,” is an anesthesia-requiring deep-cleaning procedure.  A FoodSwing Blog “SRP,” short for “Short Recipe Post,” is a concentrated flavor and humor experience…numbing optional.

Tom’s 2nd Favorite Sugar Cookies

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Please find, below, my default, I-need-a-week’s-worth-of-cookies-in-a-pinch recipe.   This dough requires no chilling, no fancy equipment, no obscure ingredients, and no frills (unless you consider sprinkles and white chocolate chips “frills,” in which case, yes, these cookies do contain frills).  All you really need, is a lot of cooling rack space – the recipe is quite prolific.
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