Cranberry, Orange & White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cranberries are one of my favourite ingredients to bake with during the holidays because of the tart flavour and festive pop of colour they add to baked goodies. These drop cookies are a great make-ahead holiday treat because you can freeze the unbaked balls of dough and just pop them into the oven when you…

Salted Caramel & Dark Chocolate Cookies

I think salt is one of the most under-appreciated ingredients in baking. It serves several purposes in recipes — but its most magical function is its ability to enhance the depth and flavour of the other ingredients in your mixing bowl. Salt is especially important in sugar-heavy recipes, such as frostings, because it really helps…

Fig, Walnut & Dark Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

This is a classed-up version of my  Big and Chewy Oatmeal Cookies. The chopped up figs practically melt into these cookies as they bake, creating a sticky sweetness that pairs beautifully with the smoky molasses. The addition of dark chocolate adds even more sophistication to an otherwise humble cookie, while the walnuts add texture and…

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…

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…

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. These cookies are chewy and dense; the walnuts add crunch, while the crystallized ginger adds a punch of heat and spice….

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…

Big & Chewy Oatmeal Cookies

These are the oatmeal cookies you daydream about on rainy Sunday afternoons when there’s nothing good on TV…or maybe that’s just me.  In any case, these cookies are real good. The addition of cornstarch ensures the cookies remain perfectly chewy on the inside, and a little crispy on the outside. A touch of molasses adds…

Monster Cookies

Monster cookies are basically peanut butter oatmeal cookies with M&Ms and chocolate chips.  There are hundreds of recipes for this type of cookie out there.  Some are heavier on the peanut butter, some incorporate nuts into the mix; my version has just half a cup of peanut butter and is pretty heavy on the M&Ms…

Lemon Crinkle Cookies

It’s full-on citrus season in places where the sun still shines…the perfect excuse to make these Lemon Crinkle cookies. I think these are as highly addictive as chocolate chip cookies; they’re soft, melt in your mouth, and very citrusy.  Everything you could possibly want in a lemon cookie! Ingredients: 2 cups all-purpose flour 2 tsp baking…

The BEST Chocolate Chip Cookies

Now that’s an ambitious title for a cookie recipe, I know.  But, if you like dense, chewy, super chocolatey chocolate chip cookies, then this is THE ONE.  I’ve found that there are two tricks to making perfect cookies; the first is mixing the dough by hand.  I hardly ever use a mixer for drop cookies.  Not…