Swirled Sugar Cookies

A buddy of mine (the one I’d made the painter’s cookies for) was feeling a hankering for more cookies a couple weeks back. Specifically, I kept receiving texts that sounded like she was lost in the wilderness, and only sugar cookies could hope to sustain her. I’d seen this video a while back, and I…

Painter Palette Cookies

A buddy of mine had a birthday recently, as us mortals are wont to do. A couple weeks before, I asked if she wanted anything special for her party. She responded yes – the star cookies I’d made a bit prior. Thankfully she texted back asking for a much less (so I thought) intensive cookie…

Chocolate Hazelnut Macarons

I have some friends staying the night this weekend, as well as my parents, who both were interested in macarons. Per my buddy’s request, I made chocolate hazelnut ganache-filled macarons, as well as practicing some light decorating with a gel pen. I made a double batch, which tested the limits of the handful of pans…

Beer Cheese Macarons

This was…not the greatest thing I’ve done, I’ll be up front on that. These were based off a link a buddy of mine sent regarding Cheeto Macarons – something I balked at. At first. However, my wife had bought me a pair of slipmats, and blue powder food dye (as opposed to the gel that…

Striped Star Cookies

This is actually something I’d attempted a while back, during my first attempts at playing with royal icing. Using a basic sugar cookie recipe (which I cut into stars, because my wife loves stars), I attempted the pattern again – this time with much better results. Of course, they were a little off the first…

Banana Macarons

To push myself a bit further this holiday season, I decided to make macarons with an Italian meringue, rather than common, this time around. I will admit, I was a bit intimidated by it, as the only experience I had with it prior was at a restaurant that made them in batches of 1,000 or…

Icewine Macarons

I know I’ve made macarons in the past, but this was somewhat inspired by a dream (and also the fact that my wife adores icewine truffles). The dream itself was strange, and dreams tend to be, but the more important thing is that these are the best shells I’ve made to date (usually I didn’t…

Macarons

I’ve done several kinds of macarons, which I’ll be consolidating into this one page. Originally, I was interested by the Dungeons & Dragons Podcast The Adventure Zone, and specifically, the wizard Taako. Part of his backstory is that he used to run a cooking show, and at several points in the podcast, he’s either made, or…

Almond Biscotti

This week I made an almond biscotti , something I’ve been meaning to do for quite some time now. Of course, the first thing I had to do was cut the recipe in half, as there’s only so much that’ll be eaten, between me, my friends, and the neighborhood raccoons that hide in the dumpsters. In doing…

Lily-pad Cookies

This week I wanted to try something a little more extravagant than I usually make. The cookies I used don’t actually have any extra sugar top them, something I was quite pleased with. They ended up being very dense, and while folding them, felt more like a brownie than a cookie.