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Baci di Dama

BY HELEN S. FLETCHER, ON
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Baci di Dama, Holiday Cookies, Baci di Dama CookiesThese fantastic looking Baci di Dama cookies consist of two hemispheres of buttery hazelnut cookies sandwiched with a rich gianduja filling.  The recipe for this Italian cookie is as easy to remember as your name.  It is equal parts, by weight, of four ingredients for the cookie.  Forming the cookies is just as easy.

This cookie is from my upcoming cookie book, Craving Cookies.  I thought you might enjoy adding it to your cookie trays this year instead of waiting until next year.  European cookies are often thought of as difficult but this is as easy as they get.   Continue reading

Honey Diamonds – A cookie? A small cake?

BY HELEN S. FLETCHER, ON
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Honey DiamondsHoney Diamonds were among my mothers unusual Christmas cookies.  I have no idea why we didn’t have them more often.  But Mom had a great collection of cookies served only at Christmas.  I have never seen most of them anywhere.  I noticed in years passed while blogging that for some reason, I have never shared Holiday recipes ahead of time.  I plan to rectify that this year as you will see them throughout the next few months.

A rare cookie with no shortening, these soft pillows of spiced chocolate are actually more little cakes packed with flavor that only get better when they sit. Its quick preparation is a boon to busy bakers and as a bonus they make the house smell wonderful while baking. Continue reading

S’Mores Bars

BY HELEN S. FLETCHER, ON
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S'mores BarsS’Mores Bars are a cousin of the beloved S’mores summer time treat made over a campfire.   But some of us can’t wait for campfire weather so here is a version of the beloved S’mores that can be served as a S’Mores Bar cookie anytime the craving hits. Really easy, fast and delicious.

The individual S’Mores Bars can be warmed for about 10 seconds in a microwave to soften the chocolate if desired.

Graham cracker crumbs can be used as bought or graham crackers can be broken up and added to a processor to make crumb out to them.  Alternately, put them in a plastic bag and crush them with a rolling pin.  Just be sure they are uniformly fine. Continue reading

Chocolate Spice Olive Oil Biscotti

BY HELEN S. FLETCHER, ON
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Finished PhotoChocolate Spice Olive Oil Biscotti cookies are an Italian specialty cookie that is a very  exciting recipe for me.  I love the combination of chocolate and spice and chocolate and heat which I combined here.  I first became acquainted with the spice combination from a cookie my mother made for Christmas, Honey Diamonds.  They contained no shortening and were soft and rolled in vanilla sugar.  I could easily eat the whole batch if allowed to. I have never forgotten the flavor and it is comfort food of the highest order for me.  I used the same spices for this biscotti plus a bit of cayenne for a marvelous warm finish.

Biscotti are twice baked cookies and come to us from Italy.  They are not too sweet and are simply addictive.  To make things better they are really easy to make. When we were shooting the photos for this blog, I looked at the number of ingredients in little bowls and almost panicked.  But then I realized you don’t have to put them in all these little bowls, so it isn’t nearly as bad as it looks!  The number of ingredients didn’t bother me, just the number of bowls.  This stretched my tiny bowl collection to the max. Continue reading