Chocolate Chip Cookies – Chewy and Crunchy

After many test recipes, I think I’ve finally figured out my favourite chewy on the inside and crunchy on the outside, not too sweet, chocolate chip cookie. The trick is to balance the white and dark brown sugar. White sugar makes for a harder cookie crust, while dark brown sugar gives that caramel flavour and… Read more »

Gluten Free Banana Coconut Cookies

This is a simple and quick healthy snack made without flour, refined sugar or eggs. If you don’t like coconut try the simpler Banana Oatmeal Cookie recipe. You can make this recipe with a fork and hand mix, or use a mixer. Ingredients: 2 ripe bananas, mashed 2 cups unsweetened coconut  1/3 cup quick oats… Read more »

Gluten Free Banana Oatmeal Cookies

Banana oatmeal and banana coconut cookies

Simple ingredients, no flour, no eggs, no sugar.  Tasted like a banana muffin in cookie form.  If you like coconut, try the Banana Coconut Cookies. You can mash the bananas with a fork and mix this entirely by hand. I used my mixer just to make things faster and easier. Ingredients: 2 ripe bananas, mashed… Read more »

Pecan Pie Squares

“I have tried a few different recipes for Pecan Pie Squares or Bars but this is by far the most decadent. The crust is almost shortbread like and the topping is filled with pecans. Cut the squares into small pieces and dip one side in melted semi-sweet chocolate for a nice presentation. I cut large… Read more »

Pecan Tassies

“A friend taught me how to make these when I was in university.  They are a perfect little bite-sized tarts – and are now a Christmas holiday tradition.” INGREDIENTS DOUGH 1/2 pound butter 6 ounces cream cheese 2 cups flour FILLING 3 cups brown sugar 4 tablespoons butter, melted 4 eggs 2 teaspoon vanilla 1… Read more »

Pecan Snowball Cookies

“Snowball cookies are a classic Christmas cookie loved by all in our house. ” INGREDIENTS 1 cup sifted flour 1 tablespoon sugar 1 cup finely chopped pecans 1/2 cup soft butter 1 teaspoon vanilla sifted icing sugar DIRECTIONS Preheat oven to 350F Resift flour and measure (too much flour makes a dry cookie). Cream butter… Read more »

Blueberry Scones

“These are not the traditional dry scone but more of a buttery cookie style scone.  My kids love them.” INGREDIENTS 3 cups unsifted flour 5 teaspoons baking powder 3/4 cup sugar 1 cup butter 1 cup milk 1 cup blueberries 1 egg DIRECTIONS Preheat oven to 375F. Use ungreased cookie sheet. Mix flour and baking… Read more »

Mom’s Scones

“These have a real buttery almost cake like flavour. At Christmas time I replace the raisins with craisins or chopped cranberries mixed in a bit of sugar for a more festive look.” INGREDIENTS 3 cups unsifted flour 5 teaspoons baking powder 1 cup sugar 1 cup butter 1 cup milk 1 cup raisins or craisins… Read more »

Mom’s Oatmeal Cookies aka ‘Gum Cookies’

“These are a family favourite. When I was a child my mother made these and we named them ‘gum cookies’ because they were chewy on the inside and crunchy on the outside. This recipe doubles nicely however the cookies need to be eaten fairly quickly to retain their chewy texture — never a problem in… Read more »

Grandma’s Shortbread Cookies

“It’s family tradition to make pressed Christmas cookies and thumbprint cookies every year. The only problem is both my mother and grandmother each had their own recipe so each year I was torn as to which recipe to use. Having experimented, I came up with a third generation recipe of my own! For my Mothers… Read more »