Black and White Cookies

Make about 2 dozen cookies Ingredients 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter 1 cup sugar 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt 3 eggs 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1/4 cup sour cream 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon baking powder Vanilla Glaze Ingredients 1 1/4 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted 2 tablespoons […]


Chocolate Cappuccino Shortbread With Dark Chocolate Glaze

Makes 30 Cookies Ingredients 8 ounces unsalted butter, soft 1/2 cup dark brown sugar, packed 2 cups all-purpose flour 1/4 cup cocoa powder 1 teaspoon espresso powder 2 tablespoons cornstarch 2 tablespoons granulated sugar 3 tablespoons Dark Chocolate Glaze (recipe below) Directions Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a 9×13-inch […]

Cookies, Family Fun

Cinnamon Bun Cookies

Makes 4 dozen cookies Cookie Dough Ingredients 1/2 lb (2 sticks) unsalted butter 1/3 cup granulated sugar 3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 1 1/2 teaspoon grated orange zest 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1 egg 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour Cinnamon Smear Ingredients 5 tablespoons plus 2 […]


Coconut Macaroons

Makes about 32 macaroons Ingredients 1 cup sugar (divided use) 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 3 1/2 cups shredded unsweetened coconut 6 large egg whites 2 teaspoons grated orange zest 2 teaspoons vanilla extract Melted chocolate, as needed for dipping (optional) Directions Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line cookie sheets with […]

Family Fun

Decorating Holiday Cookies

Decorating cookies is fun any time of the year, but ‘tis the season for extra special treats to share with your friends and family! Whether you bring them as a gift to your teachers or to grandma’s house, there are so many easy ways to dress up your favorite cookies […]

Chef's Notes Plus, Family Fun

Design Your Own Gingerbread House

Nothing says “Christmas!” like an old-fashioned gingerbread house, and this year, we’re going all out! These cookies are the ideal canvas for all sorts of decorative touches. The dough can be made and baked off in advance and stored in an airtight container until ready to decorate or finish. Use […]


Diabetes-Friendly Pecan Cookies

Makes 22 cookies Ingredients 4 ounces chopped pecans (about 1 cup) 4 ounces (1 stick) butter 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt 1/4 cup sucralose granulated sweetener 1 1/2 teaspoons brewed coffee, cooled 1 cup white whole wheat flour, sifted 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 2 teaspoons granulated sugar […]

Chef's Notes Plus

Fruit Powders for Colorful Fruit-Flavored Desserts

You probably buy fresh fruit, and you may love the sweet and chewy dried fruits—but do you ever buy freeze-dried fruit? Unlike chewy dried cranberries and apricots, freeze-dried fruit is crisp and crunchy with an ultra-concentrated flavor. They are a great snack, but we love them for their baking and […]