Secret Cookies

by Heather Harris Brady These cookies are a little kooky for me, but I guess sometimes I’m as susceptible to the charms of decorations as anyone else! And, if you can’t go all out during the holidays – when can you? These cookies are really all about fun, fun on the outside, fun on the…

Holiday Biscotti

by Heather Harris Brady If you see the word biscotti and automatically picture those behemoth jawbreakers in the cannisters at the coffee shop, let me just say, these are not those. These are both crunchy and tender, and are gone in two-three bites. Because of their small size they are just as at home on…

Gingerbread House Part II

by Heather Harris Brady Building a gingerbread house is much like building a real house – it’s going to take longer, cost more and create a bigger mess than you expected. But at the end you’ll feel like you really accomplished something. Last year we used a kit (the best option for anyone with a…

Moroccan Holiday Menu

by Heather Harris Brady It’s been a while since I’ve done a full menu so I thought I’d take the chance now, because this would be great for people who are ready for something different. You can make it your own, keeping the sauce on the side, adjusting the amount of heat, leave out the…

Buche de Noel, Chestnut Cream

by Heather Harris Brady I’m doing a Mexican twist on traditional Christmas dinner this year, ending with this buche de Noel. While the cake itself is very traditional, I’m going to serve it with a dulche de leche sauce. Since we’ve already gone over making a cake roll, I’m going to skip over that part…

Spitzbuben & Bishop’s Hats

These are a nice little time-saver as you get two (or more) recipe variations out of one batch of milanderli dough. My husband loves cookies with jam, so these are his favorites. Plus, I ask you – how can anyone resist something called spitzbuben? Milanderli Dough 1 c. plus 2 T. butter 1 c. sugar…

Viennese Crescents

That darn day job has gotten in the way of my regular updates this week, as I finished over 150 gift baskets yesterday! So, quickly, here is the recipe I use for vanilla crescents from The Old Vienna Cookbook, by Lillian Langseth Christiansen. I’ll update the step by step yet this week! Vanilla Crescents, Makes…

Candy Cane Bites

And now we enter the butter cookie portion of our program! This pretty little cookies really dress up a tray. This is mostly my aunt’s recipe, and they have been one of my favorites for as long as I can remember. I have made a few changes, and I prefer the peppermint oil to the…

Danish Peppernuts

These are another one of the magic cookies that transform themselves after baking into something transcendent. They taste okay just out of the oven, but after a couple days in a tin they will blend and melt in your mouth in a little burst of spices.  You will have a beautiful little mountain of tiny…

Cookie-Palooza, Twelve Days of Cookies

I hope you’ve been squirreling away pounds of butter because tomorrow we’re kicking off Cookie-Palooza! I give out a lot of cookie bags as gifts to teachers, the dog groomer, friends and then, of course, I have to reserve some for family party trays. My holiday cookie list has changed over the years, and I’ve…

Thanksgiving Cook-Along: The Menu and The Plan

Thanksgiving is by far my favorite holiday. There are no gifts to wrap, nearly everyone can celebrate it regardless of religion and it revolves around food. Plus, taking time to be thankful for our journey in this world is a just lovely idea. So, I am campaigning to make Thanksgiving your favorite holiday too. Make…