Cookies, Petit Fours, and Brownies

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Checkerboard Cookies

Checkerboard Cookies (Recipe from www.joyofbaking.com) 1/3 cup hazelnuts, toasted 2 tablespoons unsweetened Dutch-processed cocoa powder 2 1/2  cups all-purpose flour 1/8 teaspoon salt 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature 3/4 cup granulated white sugar 1 large egg 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla 1 1/2 teaspoons orange zest (1 medium orange) Preheat oven

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Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Chocolate Crinkles (Better Home and Gardens: Christmas Cookies) 4 eggs 1 3/4 cups granulated sugar 4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled slightly 1/2 cup canola oil 2 teaspoons baking powder 2 teaspoons vanilla 2 cups all-purpose flour 2/3 cup powdered sugar In a large bowl, combine eggs, granulated sugar, melted

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Chocolate Whoopie Pies with Marshmallow Filling

Chocolate Whoopie Pies ( recipe from www.teriskitchen.com) 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 1/2 cups unsweetened cocoa powder 1 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon baking soda 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened 2 cups granulated sugar 2 large eggs 2 cups buttermilk 2 teaspoons vanilla Marshmallow Filling (from

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Christmas Vanilla Sugar Cookies

Christmas Vanilla Sugar Cookies (At Home with Magnolia by Allysa Torey) 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened 1 cup sugar 2 large egg yolks, at room temperature 2 teaspoons vanilla extract In a small bowl, sift together the

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Cocoa-Coffee Crinkle Cookies

Cocoa-Coffee Crinkles (Christmas Cookies Magazine from Better Homes and Gardens) 1/2 cup butter, softened 1 cup packed brown sugar 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1 tablespoon instant coffee crystals 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 2 egg whites 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1/3 cup granulated sugar 2 tablespoons unsweetened

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Cut-Out Shortbread Cookies

Shortbread Cookies (from The Pastry Queen by Rebecca Rather) 2 cups (4 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar 2 tablespoons vanilla extract 4 cups all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking powder Powdered Sugar Icing 2 cups powedered sugar, sifted 1/4 cup milk 1 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract

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Extreme Sugars Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies Version XS (Extreme Sugars) (from Demolition Desserts by Elizabeth Faulkner) 1 1/4 cups (4 ounces) old-fashioned rolled oats 16 tablespoons (8 ounces) unsalted butter, softened 1 cup (about 8 1/2 ounces) firmly packed dark muscovado sugar 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons (8 ounces) Demerara sugar 1 teaspoon pure vanilla

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Ginger Crinkle Cookies

Spicy Ginger Crinkle Cookies (Christmas Cookies Magazine from Better Homes and Gardens) 3/4 cup butter, softened 1 cup packed brown sugar 2 teaspoons baking soda 2 teaspoons ground ginger 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 3/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice 1 egg 1/4 cup full-flavor molasses 1 teaspoon

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Ice Cream Sandwiches

Ice Cream Sandwiches from Eating Outdoors by Country Living 2 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons cocoa powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened 1 1/2 cups confectioner’s sugar 2 large egg yolks 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 quarts ice cream, slightly softened Sift flour, cocoa,

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Lavender-Scented Vanilla Bean Shortbread Cookies

Lavender-Scented Vanilla Bean Shortbread Cookies (adapted from Williams-Sonoma recipes) 2 cups pastry flour (or all-purpose flour) 1/3 cup granulated sugar 1/3 cup confectioners’ sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla paste (or pure vanilla extract) 1/4 teaspoon fleur de sel (or kosher salt) 1 cup unsalted butter, cut into pieces, at room temperature Lavender Sugar, for dusting

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Lemon Ginger Sand Dollar Cookies

Lemon Ginger Sand Dollar Cookies (The Summer Anytime Cookbook by Dana Slatkin) 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature 1 cup packed golden brown sugar 1 large egg 1/4 cup sour cream 1 teaspoon lemon extract 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest 1 3/4 cups all-purpose

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Lemon Ginger Sand Dollar Cookies

When I first came across this recipe, I knew that I would make these. Perhaps it was the combination of lemon and ginger that got me, or maybe my mind was already on our upcoming family vacation to South Carolina, where we always find sand dollars. These are one of those thin, chewy, types

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Mexican Chocolate Crackle Cookies

Mexican Chocolate Crackle Cookies (The Art and Soul of Baking by Cindy Mushet) 3 tablespoons (1 1/2 ounces) unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces 1 tablespoon coffee liqueur or cooled brewed coffee 6 ounces 70 percent cacao bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped 2 large eggs 1/2 cup (3 1/2 ounces) plus 1/2

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Salted Peanut Butter Toffee Cookies

Salted Peanut Butter Toffee Cookies (Pure Dessert by Alice Medrich) 1 1/3 (6 ounces) cups all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon fleur de sel 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted 1/2 cup (3.5 ounces) firmly packed brown sugar (light or dark) 1/2 cup sugar 1 large egg 1

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Separating The Best From The Rest: The Ultimate Brownie Recipes

For the past month now, we have been dealing with a bit of an oven fiasco. None of the repairmen seem to know what’s wrong with it and how to fix it. As someone who bakes about every day, this has been extremely painful. Last night we had a glimmer of hope.

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Spice Molasses Cookies

Spice Molasses Cookies This very well may be the only recipe on this site requiring shortening.  I’m usually not a fan of it but this is a family classic. 3/4 cup shortening 1 cup sugar 1 egg 1/4 cup molasses 2 cups flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon

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Tiramisu with Homemade Ladyfingers

Tiramisu with Homemade Ladyfingers (The Pastry Queen by Rebecca Rather) Ladyfingers (You can always use store-bought if you prefer): 1/2 cup powdered sugar for dusting the ladyfingers, plus extra for dusting the baking sheets 7 large eggs, separated 3/4 cup plus 4 tablespoons granulated sugar 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1 cup

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