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Sweet Cherry Calzones with Amaretti Crumble

BY HELEN S. FLETCHER, ON
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Sweet Cherry CalzoneThese Sweet Cherry Calzones came about when I was asked for a new dessert featuring dark, sweet cherries.  I find it interesting that there are desserts using the sour cherries but not a lot using the dark sweet cherries.  I make them for the weekends and we consistently sell out the first night.

While sweet cherries are in season, it is important in this recipe to use the frozen sweet dark cherries.  Thaw them completely so they juice out.  Fresh, pitted cherries will not have the same amount of juice.  The filling should be made at least a day ahead and refrigerated to completely set up.  While it will seem quite stiff when used in the calzones, it has a wonderful texture in the baked pastries. Continue reading

Triple Ginger Crisps

BY HELEN S. FLETCHER, ON
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Triple Ginger Crisp These Triple Ginger Crisps are a mouthful of flavor. They should be very crisp when cooled. These are a make ahead treat as the flavor gets better as they are stored in a tin. The three types of ginger give a bite to the cookies and they leave a lingering taste that makes you reach for one more.

These Triple Ginger Crisps can be made relatively quickly or they can be made a little fancier if you’re willing to spend a bit more time.  They can be left plain or finished with sanding sugar  which can be found in kitchen supply stores, grocery stores and on the net.  It won’t melt when baked as regular sugar will.  Another sugar that can be used is pearl sugar. Continue reading

Very Lemon Butter Crisps

BY HELEN S. FLETCHER, ON
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very-lemon-butter-crisps.jpegVery Lemon Butter Crisps are all they promise.  Lemon cookies are often rather bland. Many are flavored with lemon juice, but a couple of tablespoons will not flavor a cookie with flour and butter. Lemon zest goes a long way to help if enough is used but by adding lemon extract you get a really full flavored cookie.

I found there is a difference between the strengths of lemon extracts.  I made the cookies with Spice Island Pure Lemon Extract and Penzy’s Pure Lemon Extract. Penny’s had a deeper flavor which I prefer for these cookies.

The dough for the Very Lemon Butter Crisps  dough can be used for stamped cookies, rolled into a log and sliced or rolled out for cut out cookies.  They are topped with sanding sugar which can be found in kitchen supply stores, grocery stores and on the net.  It won’t melt when baked as regular sugar will.   These are a crisp, but sturdy cookie ideal for shipping and sharing. Continue reading