Lavender Sugar Cookies

I recently spent an afternoon visiting some beautiful lavender fields in St. Eustache, just north of Montreal. It was spectacular to see the rolling waves of lavender, in varying shades of purple and blue, as far as the eye could see. I felt as though I had stepped into a Claude Monet painting — or…

Italian Hazelnut Cookies

Italy is one of the biggest producers of hazelnuts in the world. It’s no wonder this nut features quite prominently in many Italian desserts. This recipe is a hazelnut version of my Italian Almond Cookies. With their crunchy exterior and soft, tender centre, these cookies are perfect with your afternoon espresso. Ingredients: 1 cup sugar…

Milk Chocolate Pistachio Cookies

Brownie cookies have become a bit of an obsession for me lately. They’re the perfect cross between a fudgy brownie and a dense chocolate chip cookie. This brownie cookie has a milk chocolate base and is studded with roasted, salted pistachios. It’s a delicious flavour combination — and the green pistachios contrast beautifully with the…

White Chocolate Chip Cookies

White chocolate is the underdog of the chocolate chip world, mainly because some (misguided) people think it’s not really chocolate.  The main ingredient in white chocolate is cocoa butter, which is derived from the cocoa bean.  So white chocolate IS chocolate.  It’s also delicious in these fudgy cookies. Ingredients: 1/2 cup butter, softened 1 cup brown…

Chocolate Espresso Brownie Cookies with Sea Salt

If Charlie Hunnam was a cookie — this would be it. These are the perfect cross between a soft-baked chocolate chip cookie and an ooey-gooey brownie. The sea salt and espresso in this recipe enhance the deep chocolate flavour and strike the perfect balance of sweetness with just a touch of salty. This is one…

Glazed Almond Ricotta Cookies

I love almond flavoured desserts. When I was a little girl, I was always fascinated by the perfectly-shaped and decorated marzipan fruit at the local Italian bakery.  I would glue my forehead to the glass window, just delighted by how closely the miniature marzipan fruit resembled the real thing. My dad would always buy me…

Chewy Maple Walnut Cookies with Crystallized Ginger

I was at my local farmer’s market recently when I came across a stand selling maple products.  It’s the tail-end of the sugaring-off season and the perfect time to be baking with maple syrup.  One of the products being sold at the stand was maple syrup chips.  These looked like they would work perfectly in…

Dark Chocolate Raspberry Cookies aka “Terry the Berry” Cookies

The inspiration for these comes from my cousin Terry, who texted me one day wondering if I happened to have a recipe for cookies made with dark chocolate and raspberries.  I didn’t — but I was game.  The issue I’ve had in the past with cookies made with fresh berries is that the fruit tends…

Italian Almond Cookies

These are my father’s favourite cookies.  Like a lot of Italians, he is a big fan of anything almond flavoured.  This is my take on a recipe I cut out of an Italian magazine many years ago.  That recipe consisted of a list of ingredients and very few instructions.  In my experience, most of  the…