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Baking with Olive Oil: Olive Oil Chocolate Chip Cookies

Olive Oil Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yes, you can make an excellent chocolate chip cookie with olive oil instead of butter or shortening!

I’ve tried to substitute olive oil in a cookie recipe before, but I’ve never been that pleased with the results. This Olive Oil Chocolate Chip Cookie changes that–it’s chewy inside with crisp edges and the expected cookie-texture interior. It’s not just a tiny, flat cake…it’s an actual cookie!

I’ve found that upping the salt just a little is necessary, as is adding a bit of extra flour to make sure the dough is the right . . . → Read More: Baking with Olive Oil: Olive Oil Chocolate Chip Cookies

Kerrin's Multigrain Chocolate Chip Cookies

Multigrain Chocolate Chip Cookies

Really, what is better than a fresh gooey chocolate chip cookie straight out of the oven? Air conditioning? Well, yes. But…it’s not the chocolate chip cookie’s fault that August 4th is National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day! Do not blame the cookie if the weather is too hot to even think about turning on the oven.

That said, and as I write this on the 3rd, we’re about to break records for the hottest day ever on Earth in the Pacific Northwest (108 degrees F in Portland), so let’s think back to a cooler . . . → Read More: Kerrin's Multigrain Chocolate Chip Cookies

Baking Spotlight: Lemon Curd Thumbprint Coconut Macaroons

Lemon Curd Thumbprint Coconut Macaroons

When you find yourself with a bag of sweetened and flaked coconut in your cabinet, there’s only one appropriate response—coconut macaroons! Historically, these little cookies first made an appearance in an Italian monastery and today, are sometimes upstaged by the showier and trendier French macaron, which is an entirely different little cookie that uses almond flour and egg whites.

The coconut macaroon is a delicious mix of flaked coconut, sugar, and egg white. They can incorporate jams and curds or even get a chocolate dip. Some recipes use sweetened condensed . . . → Read More: Baking Spotlight: Lemon Curd Thumbprint Coconut Macaroons

Food Blogger Cookbook Swap: Vanilla-Cardamom Madeleines & Tate's Bake Shop Baking for Friends

Food Blogger Cookbook Swap: Tate's Bake Shop Baking for Friends

I was recently a participant in the Food Blogger Cookbook Swap, hosted by Alyssa of EverydayMaven and Faith of An Edible Mosiac. I sent a cookbook to a fellow food blogger and received a cookbook in return – Tate’s Bake Shop: Baking for Friends from Lisa at Flour me with Love. Thanks, Lisa!

I’m trying to actually do more baking, so this was a wonderful surprise. And it also just so happens that I recently bought a madeleine pan, so even though I was tempted by . . . → Read More: Food Blogger Cookbook Swap: Vanilla-Cardamom Madeleines & Tate's Bake Shop Baking for Friends

Valentine's Day Baking: Heart-Glazed Cornmeal Almond Cookies

Heart-Glazed Cornmeal Almond Cookies

So here’s the thing about these cookies. I actually made them last year, fully intending to post them at that time and then this happened and I kind of lost interest in getting a Valentine’s Day post together. But this year, I decided that since I had liked the cookies and I had some nice photos, I would go ahead and post it. Early. And then I forgot.

So now, completely in character (procrastination, yay!), the day before valentine’s day is when I’m going to post about heart-centric cookies. But it’s okay. . . . → Read More: Valentine's Day Baking: Heart-Glazed Cornmeal Almond Cookies