Chocolate Nudges

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Every couple of years I am tempted by a dessert recipe that contains ground pistachio nuts. I LOVE pistachios and I love desserts. The combination is always surprising to me. It’s never quite what I expect. These cookies remind me of chocolate cookies sold at Italian bakeries. I served them to a couple of my [...]

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Sugared Pretzel Cookies

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These cookies remind me of the Danish butter cookies that come in round tins around the holidays. You usually see them around Christmas time. Those Danish cookies are delectable (one of my son’s vocabulary words this week), and so are these pretzel cookies. I found that they keep for at least 5 days, which is [...]

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Lemon Scones

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Made these for breakfast yesterday and three out of four boys loved them. One claims he doesn’t like lemon-flavored things. These scones were delicious. Very tender and soft, and full of lemon flavor. The boys didn’t eat them all yesterday – they wanted to, but I wouldn’t let them – so they each had a [...]

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Eggnog Doughnut Muffins

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I made these muffins the week before Christmas when we had some eggnog in the house. They were delicious and the boys loved them. The things I like best about these muffins are their nutmeg flavor and the fact that they’re covered in powdered sugar just like a doughnut. These are perfect to serve on [...]

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Chocolate Mint Crackle Cookies

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I’m a sucker for chocolate and mint, especially around the holidays. I can honestly say that I’ve never met a chocolate mint confection that I didn’t like. These cookies are easy to make and their taste reminds me of Girl Scout Thin Mint Cookies which I absolutely love.

The trickiest part of making these cookies is [...]

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

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If you’re a fan of chocolate and peanut butter cups, these cookies are for you! They’re very easy to make – as easy as making chocolate chip cookies. I bought a container of mini peanut butter cups from Trader Joe’s and they were exactly the right size for this recipe. We all loved these cookies. [...]

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Lemonade Cake

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I made this cake for dessert last night. It received a double thumbs-up from everyone. It’s nice and lemony and it reminds me of summer. This cake makes me happy.  The cake itself is quite moist and has a nice crumb.  The frosting is both sweet and tart.

Cakes are so easy to make when you [...]

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Chocolate Coconut Milk Ice Cream

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A girlfriend came to visit us on Shelter Island this summer and she has a dairy allergy. I enjoy making ice cream in the summer, but knew she couldn’t have any, so I searched for some kind of frozen treat that she could eat.

I love this recipe because it only has four ingredients and you [...]

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Cinnamon Roll Bites

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I made several batches of these little bites this summer. My boys LOVE them. I made the first batch as a treat for the boys. I thought that these would be easier to make than traditional cinnamon rolls. I’m not so sure I was right. Although easy, these are a fairly time-consuming little project to [...]

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Frozen Lemonade

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This is our drink of the summer. The boys LOVE it! It’s perfect on a hot summer afternoon. The only problem I have with it is it gives me the ice cream headache (scientifically known as sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia) almost immediately.  It’s crazy.  Clearly I’m drinking it too quickly.

I use bottled lemon juice when I make it. [...]

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