Rugelach from Gil Marks

Rugelach from Gil Marks

    Ah, rugelach. Some people call this a cookie. Jewish culinary maven Gil Marks did. But for me, rugelach is a food until itself. These are wonderful pastries, with soft cream cheese cookie dough and a filling that can be made in dozens of ways. That...
Vanilla Scented Shortbread

Vanilla Scented Shortbread

“I want shortbread,” my wife Suzi said. That is shorthand for “Find me a recipe.” I am obedient, finally, and I immediately went to Tish Boyle’s The Good Cookie. In fact, I’ve just done today’s TBT Cookbook Review featuring Tish’s essential cookie book. So, for the...
Molasses Chews from Jean Anderson

Molasses Chews from Jean Anderson

    Jean Anderson is one of our favorite cookbook authors. Her From a Southern Oven in 2012 is a staple for us. We’ve tried with delight recipes like her Peppery Cheese Rounds and her Open-Face Vidalia Pie. I cannot urge you strongly enough to find and enjoy...
Maple Softies from

Maple Softies from

Two weeks ago I did a TBT cookbook review for Rosie’s Chocolate-Packed Jam-Filled Butter-Rich No-Holds-Barred Cookie Book. It can be a salivating hoot to go through a twenty-two-year-old cookie encyclopedia and find an overlooked treat. A cookie from the past that is...
Cocoa Balls for Santa Claus

Cocoa Balls for Santa Claus

It is Christmas Eve. You still have time to leave cookies for Santa. This one is simple. And there is no egg. Santa has to watch his cholesterol, too. This recipe comes from The Joy of Chocolate, which I did a TBT review for last week. It’s lovely recipe, one ideal...