If you were concerned with pressing political issues this week (like, you know, a huge change to the way we do health care in America), you may have missed a watershed wonk moment: The battle between Michelle Obama and Ann Romney … More
Dear neighbors, friends, co-workers and other well-meaning holiday-spirited individuals,
Please stop bringing me unhealthy Christmas cookies. It’s not that I’m not grateful for your thoughtfulness, because I truly am. And it’s not that I don’t love sweets, because, ask anyone who knows me, I do. But here’s the thing: I don’t want them.
I can only imagine how much work it takes to bake all of these cookies, but if you’re going to go to so much trouble, might I be so bold as to suggest a few alternatives? More
Looking for a holiday cookie recipe without all the eggs, butter, milk or excessive sugar? Look no further. These vegan ginger molasses cookies have been a holiday favorite of mine for a few years now. They’re not terribly sweet, but with such a strong spice flavor—ginger and cloves and cinnamon, oh my!—no one should mind. And gingerbread fans in particular will enjoy these cookies. More
If you didn’t get around to all the holiday baking you’d hoped, good news: The 12 days of Christmas officially began yesterday, so you’ve still got an excuse to keep making cookies like these Pecan Sandies. The other good news is that these are extremely simple to make (you don’t even need cookie cutters), but they taste and look like you’ve labored over them over your entire holiday weekend. More
Involtini is Italian for “roll-up” (or at least that’s my rough translation), and can be applied to meats, vegetables, and in this case: pastry. These roll-up cookies can be made any time of year, but they’re so good-looking and tasty that I think they make a perfect addition to the Christmas cookie plate. They take a little time to assemble, mostly because you have to keep the dough chilled throughout the process to keep things from breaking and stretching, but the resulting almond-raspberry flavors are worth the wait. Just pick a good movie and relax while you wait for the dough to chill in between steps. More
I love: holiday baking. I hate: holiday dishes. A lot of cookie recipes call for multiple bowls, mixers, tools, and pans, which result in lovely cookies and a very un-lovely kitchen sink. That’s why I’m a fan of these ginger brownie buttons: They require very few tools and no complicated gadgets (and the ingredients are just about as simple) but they’re no less impressive or tasty once they’re on the table. The ginger adds a spice to the chocolate that makes them way better than those chunks of plain chocolate fudge your Mom used to make, and because they’re made in miniature muffin tins, they also bake quickly and are far less messy than a traditional brownie bar. More
On the first day of Christmas, doesn’t everyone want their true love to just give them a really good cookie? We think so. We do a lot of nagging about all the things you should and shouldn’t eat, but this time of year, it’s time to indulge in some really awesome cookies. So for 12 days, from now until Christmas, we’ll give you one mouth-watering good cookie recipe a day. We promise they’ll be worthy of busting your diet and busting out your mixer, and we’ll give you plenty of options (from crowd-pleasers to last-minute bars).
We’re kicking it off with Chocolate Mint Thumbprints, from the new book Baked Explorations: Classic American Desserts Reinvented, by Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito. More
It’s finally December, and you can pull out your jar of cookie cutters and get to work on lots of little treats for the office, but beware: The religious implications of your holiday baking could offend. Friends, co-workers, and family may not share your penchance for Star of David shortbreads or Christmas Tree linzers, but you still need to put some cookies out at your politically correct holiday party, so we found a few cookie cutters that are sure to please all guests equally (that is, if your baking doesn’t suck). More
You buy organic, you choose natural foods, and you support brands that support your health and the environment. Bad news: Even your carefully-chosen organic peanut butter could be bad for the environment. Peanut butter, like several other “good” foods, can contain palm oil — an oil that’s a much healthier alternative to hydrogenated oil, but one that’s pretty hard on the environment. (In short, the growth of palm oil trees, primarily in Malaysia and Indonesia, has required clearing large swaths of rainforest, displacing communities and leading many species toward extinction.)
There are lots of foods and brands — natural, organic, or otherwise — that contain the oil, so we took a trip to a local Whole Foods to check out which of the “good” ones contain palm oil. And to keep your grocery trips from feeling like an exercise in Sophie’s Choice, we also found some alternatives that don’t contain palm oil. More
Remember our 10 Scarily Disgusting Halloween Recipes? This time we’ve got a Halloween hankering for cookies, and some of the ones in our gallery are even more gag-worthy than we thought possible. Check out these ten recipes and let us know how you like to up your cookie crudeness factor on October 31. More
You’ve made adorable witch cupcakes and cute-as-pie ghost cookies on every Halloween for the past ten years. It’s time to turn up the heat. After all, Halloween is the one time of year that disgusting-looking food is not only tolerated, but encouraged. So we found ten of the weirdest Halloween recipes on the Web. Remember, the more repulsive-looking the final results of these (spooky) recipes, the more leftovers you’ll have for yourself — so don’t skimp on the blood, guts, or Jell-O. More
Researchers have created the “meta cookie” — a plain, tasteless cookie that can “flavor-shift” with the aid of a headset that modifies your perception of the cookie with image-overlays and scent control. This headset can make you think you’re eating … More