Candied Violet & Earl Grey Tea Cookies

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I’ve been enamored with this cookie since 2005. 2005 was the year I started religiously reading blogs, the same year I started exploring new recipes to hone my baking skills. This recipe has been at the top of that list for over six years, and it’s puzzling why I never chose to make it until recently. It really is the perfect cookie for me. Tea flavor? Check. Buttery shortbread? Check. Only thing it was missing was some floral component. But I could always adapt the recipe to incorporate some flowery goodness. Check.

After nearly seven years of waiting to make this cookie, it’s amazing how it didn’t disappoint. I may have learned how not to hype it up like I tend to do with movies, only to be underwhelmed, like a certain recent Mission: Impossible movie. Sigh. And this may be a shock to hear me say, but I think I like this cookie better than any of my matcha cookies! It must be the layer of flavors that moved me, kind of like a pinot noir.

Now that I’ve finally tackled this cookie recipe, I can move on to the many others on the list, which could take me another seven years. What about y’all? What recipes have you been wanting to try, but haven’t yet?

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The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap

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Last week I posted about the cashew shortbread cookies that I sent out for The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap, and now I’d like to share about the lovely batches of cookies I received from my cookie swap partners! All three dozen cookies were some variation of a chocolate chip cookie, and you gals couldn’t have planned it better.

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Cashew Shortbread Cookies

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I’m not sure about you, but everyone around me (even strangers in the elevator) keeps saying, “I can’t believe the holidays are here” or some variation of “I can’t believe” dealing with the end of the year. But, it happens every year, no? Why is it we can’t better prioritize ourselves to expect these things that happen regularly? Well, I’m part of that everyone, and it always amazes me how quickly the year passes.

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Black Sesame Spritz Cookies

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Spritz cookies are fit for all occasions. Be it for weddings, birthdays or any other day, I love making cookies with my dear cookie press. But in reality, I haven’t touched this cookie press in over three years. And maybe I was just rusty, but initially, making these spritz cookies was as hard as making macarons!

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Thank You Cookies

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Nothing says “Thank You” better like a cookie. Or a handmade card, but those aren’t as sweet or chewy. I baked these cookies to thank some dear friends who helped Tim and me enjoy a great snowboarding trip to VT back in February. They graciously lent us all the gear we needed, and two generous friends even let us keep the boots and board for future seasons! Sure, winter happened a while ago, but I just got around to baking these cookies because I tend to be late like that.

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