• lemon curd filled thumbprint cookies stacked
    Cookies,  Seasonal fruit

    Meyer Lemon and Earl Grey Thumbprint Cookies

    These meyer lemon and Earl Grey thumbprint cookies are the result of a fortuitous find and a little brainstorming. I was so excited to find meyer lemons this weekend, I knew their sweet tart flavor was destined for greatness. I went through the mental checklist, lemon bars, lemon cake, lemon curd. Curd is always a favorite, but sometimes you want something a little fancier than sneaking spoonfuls from the fridge late at night. An easy cookie sounded nice, no rolling or cutting. Now all that was left was deciding on the flavor profile. A vanilla bean cookie would work, but the floral notes of Earl Grey sounded like the perfect…

  • salty toffee pretzels cut
    Bar Cookies,  Cookies

    Salty Toffee Pretzel Bars with Shortbread Crust

    Salty toffee pretzel bars are here for your salty sweet cravings! These twisted tongue ticklers are crunchy, salty pretzels nestled in a pool of buttery caramel-like toffee, on top of a tender shortbread crust. You guys, these are the perfect snack bar: crunchy, creamy, salty, sweet, complex yet uncomplicated. Whip up a batch for your next potluck or cookie swap and surprise your friends and family with something different. These come together quickly. Just press a simple shortbread crust into a 9×13 pan. While that’s baking up golden brown, simmer the toffee ingredients on the stove until it reaches soft ball temperature. Finally, toss in a few cups of broken…

  • Cookies

    Chocolate Banana Coconut Cookies

    I’m a coconut lover, plain and simple. Real, fake, sweet, savory, it doesn’t matter, bring it on! Born in the heat of Florida, tropical flavors are hard for me to resist. When I came across the chocolate banana pecan cookies in Ottolenghi’s latest volume, Sweet, I knew the perfect tweak to make them my own. Chocolate banana coconut cookies! Don’t get me wrong, this Southern girl loves pecans, but melty chocolate and chewy coconut punctuated by sweet banana sounds like a tropical dream. I can’t wait to try these again with flavored chocolate like lime and ginger, for that extra umph. These chocolate banana coconut cookies come together easily. However, plan in…