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31 Days of Cookies: The Oatiest Oatmeal Cookies Ever

This year, we’re celebrating the season with a month of nonstop cookies. For the second day of cookies, we give up chocolate for Alton Brown’s caramelized-oat cookies, which are nicely crisped with the perfect balance of cinnamon and raisins.

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More cookies:
All-Star Cookie Swap
Food Network’s 12 Days of Cookies

31 Days of Cookies: Fire Roasted Chestnut Caramel Cookies

This year, we’re celebrating the season with a month of nonstop cookies. To kick things off, turn up the heat for Roger Mooking’s sweet take on Nat King Cole’s classic Christmas tune about chestnuts roasting on an open fire.

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More cookies:
All-Star Cookie Swap
Food Network’s 12 Days of Cookies

Get a Grandma’s Web-Only Family Thanksgiving Recipe for Greek Cookies

In our humble opinion, Thanksgiving is superior to any other day of the year. In an effort to make this year’s feast the best of all time (sorry, Pilgrims and Wampanoag tribe), we’re bringing you the recipes, how-tos and decorating ideas to help you become a Turkey Day pro.

Mo Rocca with George and Kathy Boulukos

I consider Thanksgiving one of my favorite holidays, and I love to prepare the traditional foods of America — with a few twists. For example, I always stuff a huge turkey, but I use a very traditional Greek chopped-meat stuffing, which includes chestnuts and raisins (but no breadcrumbs!).

Since I am a huge dessert lover, I always include one special cookie from my family archives to serve. It is an old Greek family cookie recipe from my mother called Pastules. The cookies seem to hit the spot, since they’re small butter-type cookies and the perfect ending to a big meal. I make them year-round.

Quite simple to make, Pastules are basically butter cookies with a few changes, namely that you dip the rolled balls of raw cookie dough into beaten egg whites, then into a chopped-almond mixture. You then place the balls on an ungreased cookie sheet and make a small indentation in the center of each cookie. Once the cookies have baked and cooled, you sprinkle them with powdered sugar and add a tiny dollop of jam in the center. I try to use fig preserves, as fig preserves are very popular in Greek cuisine. However, other jam will suffice, so I sometimes use orange preserves.

These cookies can be prepared a week ahead and stored in an airtight container.  Since they’re so easy to make (form little balls, dip in egg white, then roll in nuts), if my grandchildren are around, they like to help make them.

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How to Make a Cookie the Perfect Texture

Few foods conjure a feeling of childhood comfort better than a still-warm cookie and a cold glass of milk. Texture is a critical element in this feel-good scenario, and preferences vary. Everyone’s ur-cookie is different. Yours may be chewy; mine might be cakey and light. And for yet someone else, crisp and lacy would be the only way to go. I won’t pick sides, but instead, I’ll arm you with some of the reasons for textural differences between one cookie and the next.

To achieve a soft, cake-like cookie, the first step is to first blend wet and dry ingredients separately and then together. A higher ratio of flour to fat also contributes to the cakey texture. Finally, they should be cooked at a lower temperature than usual (think 325 degrees F instead of 375 degrees F) and cooled directly on the sheets once they come out of the oven.

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Sifted: Fresh Seasonal Eats + Irresistably Fluffy Cookies

Spring Garlic Pancakes by A Thought For Food

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  1. Pick up a bundle of spring garlic from the market and make these simple, elegant pancakes by A Thought For Food.
  2. We love the salty, sweet contrast in this fresh fig, bacon and blue cheese pizza by How Sweet Eats.
  3. With a thin crackly exterior and a soft gooey interior, Bake or Break’s salted chocolate truffle cookies are just as rich and decadent as the fancy candies.
  4. The secret ingredient in Kitchen Confidante’s butterscotch chip cookies is cream cheese. If you have the patience not to eat them straight from the oven, dollop with ice cream to create one awesome ice cream sandwich.
  5. Some Kitchen Stories’ parsley pesto highlights the flavor of roasted almonds and keeps its vibrant green longer than recipes using basil. What’s your favorite way to make pesto?

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Sifted: Colorful Spring Recipes + Black and Pink Cookies

Black and Pink Cookies by A Cozy Kitchen

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  1. A Cozy Kitchen’s recipe for strawberry black and pink cookies is an adorable spin on New York’s classic black and white.
  2. The bright colors and flavors in Heather Christo Cooks’ pesto pea pasta will make you do a happy dance.
  3. We love the savory, sweet combo in these bacon and pineapple bites by Little B Cooks.
  4. No-bake desserts are great for spring and summer, and The Lovely Cupboard’s recipe for meyer lemon and basil mini icebox cakes is as must-try.
  5. What’s the best type of trail mix? The kind baked into these awesome peanut butter cookies, says Averie Cooks.

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  • Have ice box cake on your mind? Zoe’s chocolate version is layered with dreamy caramel whipped cream.
  • Peas and lemons are on the list of top foods to spring clean your diet. See what else you should be eating.
  • Spring is prime brunching season. Whether you’re looking for savory or sweet, you’ll find all the recipes you need to host the best brunch.

Sifted: Spring Recipe Inspiration + Must-Try Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Strawberry Bourbon Lemonade by Crepes of Wrath
5 Hot Links We’re Loving:

  1. Celebrate spring sunshine the right way with strawberry bourbon lemonade by Crepes of Wrath.
  2. Creating your own original cookie recipe isn’t as hard you think, thanks to Baker Bettie. It’s time to let your cookie creativity run wild!
  3. Still feeling your Easter candy hangover? These ham and broccoli quinoa bites by Leanne Bakes are loaded with protein to refuel your energy.
  4. Joy the Baker’s spinach and artichoke grilled cheese recipe captures all the flavors of the addictive dip between two slices of crunchy, buttery bread. You have to make it — it’s National Grilled Cheese Month.
  5. If you’re like us, your box of Samoas is probably long-gone. To satisfy the endless craving, make Taste and Tell’s Samoa cupcakes.

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  • We’ve got plenty of grilled cheese recipe ideas for you to pick from. And since it’s a month long celebration, go ahead and try them all.
  • Make use of in-season fruits and vegetables in our top spring recipes.

Sifted: Your Next Cookie Recipe + Light and Bright Dinner Ideas


Brown Sugar Easter Cookies by TLT

5 Hot Links We’re Loving:

  1. It’s time to take out your cute Easter cookie cutters and make TLT’s cinnamon brown sugar cookies. These sparkly chick-shaped treats are almost too cute to eat.
  2. Diane Abroad’s roasted Brussels sprout and coconut bowl is a feel-good meal to make at home ASAP.
  3. Desperate for springtime? Hang in there. Shutterbean’s goat cheese and arugula pizza will help.
  4. If you like pecans, almonds, coconut and honey, Sparkle and Stir’s homemade granola bars are just for you. Tell us: What is your favorite granola bar combo?
  5. Craving something light for dinner? This recipe for cashew chicken lettuce wraps by Alaska From Scratch is just the ticket.

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Sifted: Better-than-the-box Recipes + Nacho Loaded Potato Skins


Turkey Broccoli Panini by Shutterbean
5 Hot Links We’re Loving:

  1. Have a soft spot for Hot Pockets? Try Shutterbean’s turkey broccoli cheddar panini instead.
  2. Take a Mega Bite’s French toast sugar cookies taste similar to Brown Sugar Cinnamon Pop Tarts. Even if you weren’t a toaster pastry child, this cinnamon cookie frosted with maple buttercream just might win you over still.
  3. Nacho loaded potato skins by What’s Gaby Cooking are piled high with beans, guacamole, cheese and bacon to make the ultimate game day snack.
  4. Homemade onion dip is already amazing. But A Spicy Perspective takes the addicting deliciousness to a whole other level with caramelized onions.
  5. Heather Christo Cooks’ Brussels sprout fritters are fluffy on the inside and crispy on the outside. Top with sour cream or a poached egg for a comforting quick-fix meal.

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What I’m Gifting From My Kitchen This Year

Nothing beats a homemade gift from the kitchen during the holidays. I love gifting from my kitchen so much that I devoted an entire episode of Kelsey’s Essentials to it. My pie in a jar recipe is always a hit, but this year I wanted to do something that included a recipe that will be featured in my upcoming cookbook (coming in 2013!). I couldn’t resist my Aunt Kim’s famous gingerbread cookie recipe. They are soft and chewy, just the way I like my gingerbread men. To give them a bit more whimsy, I made them bite-sized. Isn’t everything more fun when it’s teeny tiny? I even used a few of the extra cookies to hang on my Christmas tree this year.

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