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by Sarah Steimer 2 cups flour 1/2 cup cocoa powder 2 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp salt 12 oz bittersweet chocolate chips 4 eggs 2 tsp vanilla extract 2 tsp instant coffee or espresso powder 10 tablespoons (1 1/4 sticks) unsalted butter, softened but still cool 1 1/2 cups packed light brown sugar 1/2 cup […]

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by Caitlin Saniga 1 cup butter, softened 1 cup white sugar 1/2 cup packed brown sugar 1 egg 1 1/2 teaspoon grated orange zest, divided 5 tablespoons orange juice, divided 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 cups chopped cranberries 1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar Preheat the oven to […]

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by Caitlin Saniga 10 candy canes 1 12-ounce bag semi-sweet chocolate chips 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract, divided 1 12-ounce bag white chocolate chips Place candy canes in a durable zip-top plastic bag. Use a rolling pinĀ or meat tenderizer to break candy into small pieces. (Don’t go overboard and pulverize it into pink dust. If you […]

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by Sarah Steimer For dough 8 ounces cream cheese (do not use the 1/3 less fat cream cheese) 8 ounces butter 2 cups flour For filling 1 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped about 2 tablespoons milk 1 or 2 tablespoons melted butter sugar, to taste Mix dough and refrigerate overnight. Mix the filling and set aside. […]

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by Sarah Steimer Our friend Anna sent me this recipe. She said her mother used to make oatmeal scotchies for her father to “make him fall in love with her.” It must have worked because they’ve been married for 29 years. 1 1/4 cups flour 1 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp cinnamon […]

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by Caitlin Saniga 3 1/4 cups flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon salt 1 small package (3.4 ounces) pistachio-flavored instant pudding mix 1 cup granulated sugar 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature 2 large eggs 2 tablespoons milk 1 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 1/4 cup toasted pecans, coarsely chopped (Or maybe pistachios? Seems obvious.) […]

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by Sarah Steimer Note: The amount of each ingredient you need depends solely on how much you want to make. I don’t even have a final count myself because I plan to make even more pretzels because they make great gifts. melting chocolates (You need this waxier consistency so the chocolate sticks to the food […]

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by Caitlin Saniga Beat margarine, shortening, sugar and egg in a large bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed, or mix with a spoon. Stir in flour, baking powder and salt. Cover and refrigerate about 1 hour or until dough is firm. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Roll half of the dough into a […]

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by Sarah Steimer 1/2 cup butter (1 stick) 1/4 cup packed brown sugar 1 egg (yolk and whites separated) 1/2 teaspoon vanilla 1 cup flour 1/4 teaspoon salt 3/4 cup finely chopped walnuts icing (I use this icing recipe — listed below the cake) Mix butter, sugar, egg yolk and vanilla thoroughly. Blend in flour […]

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by Caitlin Saniga 1/4 cup butter (1/2 stick) 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips 1 egg, beaten 1 (10.5 ounce) package of mini-marshmallows (colored or white) 1 cup chopped pecans (or peanuts or almonds) Melt together butter and chocolate chips in the microwave. Stir to blend, then stir in eggs, marshmallows, and nuts. Pour mixture onto […]

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