Salty-Sweet Pecan Cookie

Above, Curio's vanilla salt and Pocketful of Starlight's vanilla sugar. Not pictured: Niblack's butterscotch products, which I think are the best available (and I use a lot of butterscotch products). If you come to this blog often, you will already know that I am not a creator of recipes, but a finder, tester and tweaker … Continue reading Salty-Sweet Pecan Cookie

Banana Muffins 2020

If you know me you know that I buy a lot of bananas, mostly at the pace of my house's eating them, but occasionally there is a skip, then bananas turn brown, no one will east them, new green ones come in, I deposit the brown-black bananas in the freezer. It's like the opposite of … Continue reading Banana Muffins 2020

Banana Cake (not banana bread)

When faced with a surplus of bananas, I make the Cook's Illustrated banana bread recipe. If I'm feeling whimsical, I might make banana pancakes, or I will use them for muffins, with walnuts, chocolate chips, or whatever.   Over the years I have collected wisdom around banana baking- and that is that first and foremost to … Continue reading Banana Cake (not banana bread)

Peanut butter cookie

The Perfect Peanut Butter Cookie (with Chocolate of course)

If you know me (either in real life or through this blog) you'll know that I take perfecting a particular thing very seriously. Most notably, I worked on my chocolate chip cookie for about three or four years until I got it right.   I was obsessed with creating the perfect chocolate sheet cake for birthday … Continue reading The Perfect Peanut Butter Cookie (with Chocolate of course)

Triple chocolate, triple vanilla cookies

Anatomy of a Perfect Chocolate Cookie

So I was asked to make 'chocolate chocolate cookies' and quickly found that there are as many variations on that as there are on chocolate chip cookies, including with and without flour (both good). I finally found one I loved at the website Crispy Waffle (love that name). Making it a few times consecutively I … Continue reading Anatomy of a Perfect Chocolate Cookie