Speculoos Buttons

Speculoos ButtonsIf I remember correctly, I first heard of Speculoos Spread from David Lebovitz’s amazing blog a few years ago. Apparently, Speculoos are a kind of Dutch gingersnap-like biscuit (cookie, to those of us on this side of the pond). Speculoos Spread, in turn, is the spicy, sticky concoction based on the original cookie. When I first read about it, I remember thinking that it sounded interesting and that I should look for it—afterall, David (clearly we’re on a first-name basis) actually mentioned that it might be better than Nutella, and if that was the case, I was IN—but I still couldn’t really imagine what it would be like.

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Oatmeal-Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies

Sometimes, living alone is a challenge. For instance, it’s hard to cook for one person and there’s no one to trick into doing the dishes or folding the laundry (my cats have, thus far, proven to be terrible maids). If, like me, you’re a single, shall we say far-from-strong woman, it’s even harder. Large grocery trips can be sweat-inducing and every year, some time in mid-May, installing my window unit AC makes me see God. More often than not, though, living alone makes me feel self sufficient and proud, because all those things that are challenges or dude tasks? Well I can do those, without help.

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Peppermint Meringues

It was 65 degrees yesterday, as it was the day before that, and the day before that. Forgive my confusion, but is it, or is it not December in New York? I mean, there are less than 3 weeks left ’til Christmas! I have fuzzy yellow gloves to bust out! My wool coat is feeling neglected! Winter, where are you!? To make matters worse, I’ve been so busy lately that I haven’t had time to soak in the Christmas spirit that I love so much. I managed to decorate my apartment a few weeks ago, but that’s as far as I got. So, when I got back from a business trip to Miami this past weekend (oh poor me, I know..it was lovely, but NOT Christmas!!), I was determined to get the season started.

Like itty bitty snowmen, running up and down my spine…

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies

I eat a lot of whole grains. Mostly whole grains, if I’m being honest. But I’m skeptical when it comes to baking with them and I would definitely argue that they have no place in cookies. I’ll admit that I have a couple whole wheat muffin recipes that I love, and oatmeal is an obvious exception and belongs in everything, but I do tend to shrink away from the super crunchy baking that requires 8 types of whole grain flour and lords them over you with an aggravating, self-satisfied sense of superiority. White flour is delicious, alright? Leave me alone with my baguette.

Recipe after the jump