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Holiday Cookies – Naughty & Nice

Seasons Greetings!
This is Bakes for Breast Cancer volunteer and Miss Boston contestant, Michelle, again. Christmas is a week away, I can hardly believe it! It’s time for me to buckle down and ramp up my holiday cookie baking or I’ll have some family and friends to answer to if they don’t receive my annual box of Poppy-Raspberry Kolachkes!
With Miss Boston two months away I’ve been working out and eating healthier to train for the swimsuit portion of the competition. I talked to a wonderful nutritionist who suggested I try a gluten-less diet to help me incorporate more vegetables and lean …

 

Macaron Gifts

Since my first attempt at making French macarons, I’ve made them twice more – same recipe (from my trusty MacarOn Café recipe book), but I altered the appearance for special occasions.
 

Earlier this year, I made confetti macarons for my friend’s birthday gift and another friend’s graduation gift, which were coincidentally around the same time. As I was browsing Pinterest one day, I stumbled across beautiful confetti macarons from Style Sweet CA. I borrowed the decoration idea because what’s more festive than confetti? Especially for celebrations like graduations and birthdays. The only step in the macaron process was to put some sprinkles …

 

Food Television

This week, I’ve been staying at home everyday, sick with a cold. That meant no going out to eat, no baking, and lots of rest, hot tea, and chicken noodle soup. Since I was stuck at home and not at work, I was able to watch some of my favorite food TV shows that play during normal business hours. Here are my top 5 shows on The Food Network.
 

 
Of course, I must mention Sweet Genius since I am obsessed with desserts. In each episode, there are four American premier pastry chefs competing in three timed challenges for the grand prize of $10,000. …

 

Lemon Crinkle Cookies

When life gives you lemons… make lemon cookies! I’ve found that people either really love lemon-flavored treats or dislike them. I personally love this fragrant citrus flavor in desserts like cookies, tarts, cupcakes, pies, etc. I decided to make lemon crinkle cookies for my co-workers who also happen to favor the tartness. These cookies turned out delicious with a chewy texture and fresh lemon flavor. Even better – the “award-winning” recipe was quick and simple.

 
Lemon Crinkle Cookies Recipe (yields 24-30 cookies):
Ingredients:

1 stick butter, softened (I used unsalted)
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 whole egg
1 teaspoon lemon zest (1-2 lemons)
1 tablespoon …

 

Strawberry Shortcake Cookies

Strawberries are definitely one of my favorite fruits. They’re juicy, summery, delicious and healthy – they even have antioxidants to help fight cancer.
I also love strawberry ice cream, cake, yogurt, drinks, candy, etc. – basically anything strawberry. Let’s not forget simple chocolate-covered strawberries. The other day, I stumbled across a recipe online for strawberry shortcake cookies. The only strawberry cookies that I can remember eating are Pepperidge Farm’s strawberry thumbprint cookies (formerly called verona cookies) (*mental note: add this to my baking bucket list*). I was definitely intrigued by the idea of shortcake and cookie in a single form together, …

 

White Chocolate Cookies

It started off as a bid to use up all my white chocolate squares and ended as a lesson in substitution. I love white chocolate cookies so I decided that instead of buying chips, I would cut up the squares into chunks and use them in the recipe instead. I also had to substitute baking soda with baking powder. I’ve read that a good tip is using about twice the amount of baking powder as soda and omitting the salt in the recipe. I also left out brown sugar, adding a little bit more white to make up for it.
Overall, …

 

Carrot Cake Cookies

With Easter around the corner, I am seeing more and more Easter-themed treats lately, especially with carrots. I have made carrot cupcakes before. This time, I decided to try something different and make frosted carrot cake cookies.

 
Carrot-Cake Cookies (adapted from Martha Stewart recipe, yields 18 cookies)
Ingredients:

1 stick unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg yolk
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup rolled oats (I use Quaker Oats)
3/4 cup packed, finely grated, peeled carrots

Ingredients for cream cheese frosting:

4 oz cream cheese
1/2 stick unsalted butter, softened
2 cups confectioner’s sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

 
Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 …

 

Milk & White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Last weekend, all of Massachusetts was snowed in due to the historic winter storm Nemo (2 feet of snow in some places!). In a way, it was nice to spend some time at home with your roommates and watch movies, play games, cook, and bake (my favorite hobby!). My sister and I made classic milk & white chocolate chip cookies.
 

 
 
Chocolate chip cookie recipe (yields 50-60 cookies):
Ingredients:

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 Cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
3/4 Cup granulated sugar
3/4 Cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1 Cup white chocolate chips
1 Cup milk or semi-sweet …

 

Halloween Oreo Cupcakes

Halloween is around the corner and it is one of my favorite holidays – I love the jack-o-lanterns, costumes, candy, and the endless decorating ideas, especially for baked goods. I haven’t baked anything for this holiday yet so I’m showing you what I made a couple years ago: Halloween Oreo cupcakes. These were a hit at my office and super easy to make – since I cheated and used cake mix from the box; plus, the simple decor didn’t take much effort. My favorite part of these cupcakes is the Oreo cookie bottom of the cupcakes – it’s a nice surprise, …

 

Dessert Showcase

Last Saturday, I attended the 2012 New England Dessert Showcase at the Sheraton Hotel in Boston, hosted by The Anthem Group. Each year, the event brings together dessert fans to sample sweets from local restaurants, bakeries, and vendors. I have been looking forward to this for a while, seeing as I have a huge sweet tooth. I was only there for a little over an hour but probably consumed enough desserts for the whole week! Each sample size was generous, too. Halfway through the event and starting to feel full, my friends and I started to split the samples, so …