Mincemeat Cookies

Maybe you, too, didn’t get around to making those mincemeat tarts at Christmas time. Maybe that jar of mincemeat sits on your pantry shelf, reminding you of its goodness every time you reach past it for a can of soup or a box of crackers. Maybe the craving for that resinous, spicy, fruity flavor gets…

Cooking with Red and Green

The combination is everywhere right now, of course, because it’s the season of Red and Green. If you’re lucky, you might score a pair of light-up Christmas earrings perfect for your daughter while playing bingo at a family Christmas party. She will love them, and the Christmas-colored camo socks, too. But I digress. I like…

Mea Culpa Cookies

I got a haircut a few weeks ago. Sitting in a pneumatic chair, draped in a cape, I had a good view of the salon’s centerpiece, a circular settee crowned with a large, elaborate flower arrangement. I asked my hair stylist, a stylish and pretty young mother, how often her salon’s fancy flower arrangement was…

Buttermilk Sugar Cookies

This recipe makes a bunch, because I needed a bunch. These soft, delicately-flavored cookies were dessert last week at my Third Thursday Cafe. Buttermilk adds a little tang to the dough, which bakes up under a shower of cinnamon sugar. It’s a lovely smell to come home to. I divided the output as it came…

Shortbread Linzer Cookies and Stars

Gather ye butter, sugar, and flour. I’m making Christmas cookies today. The base of this recipe can morph into lots of different treats. It is the Transformer of baked goods. I first made it as shortbread hearts  for Valentine’s Day from a recipe in  The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook, by Ina Garten. In the recipe headnotes,…