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Who doesn’t like a chewy chocolatey cookie? 🙂

I celebrated reaching recipe #200 by choosing something decadent.

This recipe is from the Barefoot Contessa Parties cookbook and can be found here.

The recipe is supposed to make about 40 cookies but I like mine large and got about half that. The cookies are chewy, which I love, and the cocoa in the batter really make these rich and delicious. I think walnuts could be a good addition too.

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These might be the best sugar cookies I’ve ever had (either made myself of by others). They’re soft and chewy and very very yummy. No wonder they’re the highest rated sugar cookie on the Food Network site! Recipe can be found here.

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This was also from the Barefoot Contessa Cookbook and the recipe can be found here. Something about the holidays makes me want to bake.

Cookies.

All. the. time.

And who doesn’t like shortbread??  The pecans gave it a nice touch and added some crunch to an otherwsie buttery, perfect-with-tea cookie.

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When we lived in Montreal, I used to host an annual “Christmas movie and cookie night”, which usually consisted of watching 2 holiday movies, dressed in our PJs and eating some yummy homemade cookies. All sitting in the glow of the Christmas tree lights. I miss that annual tradition.

Cookies just taste better at Christmastime.

Gingerbread men are brighter and just seem spicier.

Sugar cookies make a comeback with festive shapes and colors.

Old family favourites are displayed on holiday trays.

Oh and the best part: Christmas cookies don’t have any calories. It’s true. I swear. Santa told me.

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I haven’t been feeling very well for the past couple of days but I woke up this morning in the holiday spirit. And we all know what that means…COOKIES!!!

I found a recipe for oatmeal cranberry cookies online and I’m happy to say they turned out great. They’re chewy (the way I like my cookies) and have cinnamon, nutmeg and cardamom – the house smells awesome right now.

Here’s the recipe:

Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies

Makes about 5 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks)
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar (I used dark brown)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup dried cranberries

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream butter and sugars until fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla. Combine dry ingredients. Add to butter mixture and stir until well blended. Add dried cranberries. Drop by teaspoonful onto parchment covered baking sheets. Bake about 10 to 12 minutes, or until lightly golden. Cool.

The "Before" picture

The "After" picture

A whole lotta holiday cheer 🙂

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I was so proud of my homemade cookies and tzatziki that I had to share. 🙂 The cookies are slighty crispy on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside. Amazing. Who knew?! I’ll be kepenig *that* recipe in my collection that’s for sure. On top of that, the tzatziki turned out incredibly well (Peter, I remembered to drain the cucumbers and Kathy, I found the balkan one with the cow on the front). Mixed in the rest of the ingredients (sour cream, dill, black pepper, white wine vinegar, lemon juice, olive oil and LOTS of minced garlic – more than the recipe called for because we really like garlic) and voila! Amazing homemade thick and tangy tzatziki – and so simple!! Again, who knew!?!?

Anyhoo – while I’m still basking in my homemade foodie glow, I thought I would share some pretty cool facts about our good friend Alfred Nobel (pronounced No-BELL, not NO-bull). This is the guy that the Nobel Prizes are named after (yes there are several: peace, chemistry, etc.). He was a chemist and actually invented dynamite. He was criticized in his day about becoming rich by finding a way of killing people faster than ever before. Not a popular guy, as you can imagine.

Later in his life, he decided to atone for all of the lives lost due to his invention and left instructions for the bulk of the funds of his estate to establish 5 annual prizes (given from the interest of his funds) to be awarded to people around the world (regarless of nationality) who made a significant contribution in the predecing year in the areas of physical science, chemistry, literature, medical science/physiology and peace/fraternity. That first year, he left 31 million dollars. And most people don’t know that along with the honour, the winners get a medal, a diploma and a monetary grant.

And the rest is history. 🙂 What a fascinating man. We need more people like this in the world today. Because the majority of important people out there really suck.

What doesn’t suck? My cookies and tzatziki.

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