Banana Chocolate Pecan Cookies with Salted Caramel

Banana Chocolate Pecan Cookies with Salted Caramel

Many of us love chocolate chip cookies and banana bread so much, that I thought those two iconic bakes would be delicious combined in a cookie. Most of the banana cookies I tried were soft and cakey, which is fine, but I wanted a cookie with chewy centers and crisp, buttery edges. That end result was a challenge with bananas, because they add moisture and softness to baked goods. After a bit of trial and error, I came up with these incredibly delicious, rich, salty-sweet cookies with those coveted chewy centers and crisp edges.

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Banana Chocolate Pecan Cookies with Salted Caramel
Banana cookies with chewy centers and crisp edges, filled with chocolate and toasted pecans, topped with salted caramel
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Banana Chocolate Pecan Cookies
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Banana Chocolate Pecan Cookies
Easy Salted Caramel Sauce
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  1. Line 2 large cookie sheets with parchment paper. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.
  2. In a medium saucepan, over medium heat, melt the butter. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until the butter is deep golden and fragrant. When brown specks start to form in the bottom of the pan, immediately transfer the butter to a large bowl.
  3. Add the brown sugar and the granulated sugar to the butter. Mix until well combined. Beat in the egg yolk, banana and vanilla extract. Stir in the flour mixture just until combined. Fold in the chocolate and nuts.
  4. Form the cookie dough into 2-tablespoon size balls. I used a #30 portion scoop, tightly packed.* Place them about 3 inches apart onto the baking sheets. Top each dough ball with a banana chip and a piece of chocolate. Refrigerate for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
  5. Preheat the oven to 350ºF (180ºC). Bake the cookies until the tops are set ant the edges are golden brown, about 10-12 minutes. Remove the cookies from the oven and immediately use a large round cookie cutter or a small bowl to shape the hot cookies. Place the cookie cutter onto the cookie sheet over each cookie and slide it around each one a couple of times to achieve round, crinkly cookies. Work quickly before the cookies set. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for 2 minutes, then transfer them to a cooling rack. Spoon caramel sauce onto the warm cookies.
Easy Salted Caramel Sauce
  1. Combine the caramel candies and the heavy cream in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir gently until melted and smooth. Add salt to taste.
Recipe Notes

*To find the portion scoop I used, click here.

Raspberry White Chocolate Cookies

Raspberry White Chocolate Cookies

These cookies were inspired by my viral Raspberry White Chocolate Scones. The flavors work so well together and the pretty pink sparkling sugar adds a nice crunchy texture, so I thought they would make excellent cookies too. And I was right! These cookies are everything I was dreaming about. In the scones, fresh raspberries were added directly into the dough. In this recipe, instead, I made a quick raspberry jam to fold into the cookies. Make sure to fold it in gently because if you over mix it, the dough will become too wet, which can lead to excess spreading. I also broke the chocolate into pieces, rather than chopping it. Chopping the chocolate makes too many small chards of chocolate which can also cause excess spreading.

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Raspberry White Chocolate Cookies
Cookies with white chocolate pieces and fresh raspberry jam swirled into the dough and topped with pink sparkling sugar
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  1. Set aside 1/2 cup of raspberries. In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the remaining 1 cup of raspberries with 2 tablespoons of sugar, the lemon juice and the cornstarch. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Boil for 1 minute, then turn the heat down to low and simmer until thickened to a jam consistency, about 4-6 minutes. Stir in the reserved raspberries. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and set aside to cool to room temprature.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350ºF (180ºC). Line two large cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the all purpose flour, the cake flour, salt and baking soda until well combined.
  4. In a large bowl, beat the butter, the remains 3/4 cup of sugar, and the brown sugar, with an electric mixer at medium speed, until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg and the egg yolk in two separate additions until well incorporated. Beat in the extracts.
  5. Mix the flour mixture into the batter, just until combined. Stir in the white chocolate pieces. Fold in the cooled raspberry mixture very gently. Do not over mix! You want to see raspberry swirls. Over mixing will change the texture of the cookies.
  6. Place 2-tablespoon size portions of cookie dough about 3 inches apart onto the prepare cookie sheets. I used a #30 portion scoop.* Top each cookie with a piece of white chocolate and sprinkle with coarse sugar. Bake until the tops of the cookies are set and the edges turn light golden brown, about 10-14 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack.
Recipe Notes

If your cookies spread too much, you can try refrigerating the dough balls for 10-15 minutes before baking. Don't refrigerate the dough longer or your dough may become discolored. For best results, weigh your ingredients.

*To find the portion scoop I used, click here.  

Triple Chocolate Brownie Cookies

Triple Chocolate Brownie Cookies

What’s your self care indulgence? Mine is chocolate. These Triple Chocolate Brownie Cookies are the ultimate brownie cookies with the perfect combination of chocolate to satisfy any craving. They taste just like brownies with rich, fudgy centers and crisp edges. A sprinkle of sea salt flakes gives them the perfect balance.

I was inspired to create these cookies after I paid $5 for one disappointing chocolate cookie at a posh bakery. That impressive looking cookie promised gooey decadence, but it was dry and crumbly. I set out to create a cookie that does not disappoint. To achieve the perfect fudgy texture, it’s important not to over bake your cookies. To avoid over baking, I suggest baking one cookie as a test to determine your optimal baking time.

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  1. Melt the chopped semisweet chocolate, the bittersweet chocolate and the butter together in large heatproof bowl set over a pan of barely simmering water, making sure the water doesn't touch the bottom of the bowl. Stir occasionally until smooth. Remove from heat and cool slightly. (Alternately you can melt the chocolate and butter in the microwave in short bursts, stirring after each one.)
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt until well combined.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the brown sugar, sugar, eggs and vanilla extract until smooth and well combined, about 2-3 minutes. With a rubber spatula, stir in the melted chocolate mixture until combined.
  4. Stir in the flour mixture just until combined. Fold in the chocolate chips. Refrigerate the cookie dough for about 10 minutes, just long enough to make the dough easier to work with.
  5. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350ºF (180ºC). Line 2 large cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  6. Roll 2-tablespoon (40g) size portions of cookie dough into balls. I used a #30 portion scoop.*** Place the dough balls on the cookie sheet, about 3 inches apart. Bake until the tops of the cookies are set and beginning to crack, about 9-11 minutes, being careful not to over bake. Cool the cookies on the cookie sheet for 1 minute, then transfer to a cooling rack. Sprinkle the warm cookies with sea salt flakes.
Recipe Notes

*To find Dutch process cocoa powder, click here.

**To find sea salt flakes, click here.

**To find the portion scoop I used, click here.

 

Lemon White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Lemon White Chocolate Chip Cookies

It’s nearly impossible to feel blue while you’re eating one of these cheerful Lemon White Chocolate Chip Cookies! They’re lemony, buttery and so delicious. I tested these over and over until I got the best lemon flavor and the perfect texture. You’ll love the crisp edges and soft, chewy centers. They don’t require any chilling time, but if your cookies spread too much, you can chill the dough balls for 20-30 minutes before baking. Weigh your ingredients for the best results.

For extra cuteness, I added small yellow chocolate flowers. I used melted white chocolate chips, but candy melts work too. The candy mold I used makes 1/2-inch to 3/4-inch flowers. To find the mold I used, click here. If you use that mold or a similar one, I recommend buying more than one so you can make more chocolate flowers at one time. If you want to skip the white chocolate flowers, then add a few white chocolate chips to the top of each cookie before baking.

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Lemon White Chocolate Chip Cookies
Lemony cookies with white chocolate chips, crisp edges and soft, chewy centers, topped with white chocolate flowers
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Lemon White Chocolate Chip Cookies
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Lemon White Chocolate Chip Cookies
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White Chocolate Flowers
  1. Prep silicone candy flower molds by brushing a small amount of luster dust into the cavities with a small food safe brush. This step is optional, but it gives your chocolate flowers a sheen and helps them to release from the mold.
  2. In a heat safe bowl, melt the white chocolate chips together with the vegetable oil over a pan of barely simmering water, making sure the water doesn't touch the bottom of the bowl. Alternately, you can melt your white chocolate chips with short bursts in the microwave. Stir gently until smooth. Stir in the food coloring a little at a time until your desired shade is achieved.
  3. Transfer the melted chocolate to a piping bag with a narrow round tip or snip the tip off of a disposable piping bag. Alternately, you can use a food grade squeeze bottle with a narrow tip. Fill the cavities of the flower mold. Scrape off any excess chocolate with a small offset spatula. Place the mold in the freezer for a few minutes until set. Turn the mold over and bend it slightly to release the flowers. Repeat the steps until you have about 24-36 flowers.
Lemon White Chocolate Chip Cookies
  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF (180ºC). Line two large cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cake flour, salt and baking soda.
  3. In a large bowl, beat the butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and lemon zest, with an electric mixer at medium speed, until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg and egg yolk in separate additions until well incorporated. Beat in the extracts until combined.
  4. On low speed, beat in the flour mixture just until combined. Fold in the white chocolate chips.
  5. Place 1/4 cup size portions of cookie dough onto the prepared cookie sheet, about 3 inches apart. I used a #20 portion scoop* and I placed 6 cookies on each cookie sheet. Bake one cookie sheet at a time. Bake until the tops of the cookies are set and the bottom edges begin to turn light golden brown, about 10-11 minutes. Do not over bake. Transfer the cookies to a cooling rack to cool completely.
  6. Apply the white chocolate flowers to the cooled cookies with a dab of melted white chocolate.
Recipe Notes

To find the flower mold I used, click here.

To find the portion scoop I used, click here.

Miffy Inspired Coconut Shortbread Cookies

Spring is finally here and Easter is around the corner, so I couldn’t resist making these cute Miffy inspired bunny cookies. They’re made of tender coconut shortbread topped with icing and sprinkled with coconut flakes. Coconut bunnies make perfect Easter treats. I happened to have a Miffy cookie cutter, but any 3-inch (7.6cm) bunny cookie cutter works too.* You can also use a pattern to cut out the cookies with a small paring knife. Click here for a Miffy-inspired cookie pattern. Coconut bunnies make perfect Easter treats. This shortbread recipe also works beautifully as vanilla flavor. If you prefer vanilla, refer to the notes below.**

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Miffy Inspired Coconut Shortbread Cookies
Tender bunny shaped coconut shortbread cookies with icing and coconut flakes
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Coconut Shortbread Cookies
  1. In a large bowl, beat the butter, powdered sugar, and salt with an electric mixer on medium speed, until smooth and light in color. Beat in the extracts and coconut flakes until well combined. On low speed beat in the flour, just until combined.
  2. Form the dough into 2 disks. Wrap with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours or up to overnight.
  3. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough to a scant 1/4-inch thick. Cut out the cookies using a 3-inch (7.6cm) bunny cookie cutter. If you don't have a cookie cutter you can use a pattern and cut the cookies out with a small paring knife. Place the cut cookies about 2 inches (5cm) apart onto the prepared baking sheets. Freeze the cookies for 10 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350ºF (180ºC). Bake the cookies until set and light golden, about 9-11 minutes. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for 2 minutes, then transfer them to a cooling rack to cool completely.
Coconut Icing
  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, 2 tablespoons of half & half, the coconut extract and salt until smooth. Whisk in additional half & half as needed to achieve your desired consistency.
  2. Apply the icing to the cookies by dipping the tops of the cookies in the icing or by spreading the icing on with a small offset spatula. Sprinkle with coconut flakes.
  3. To make the Miffy or bunny faces, melt the chocolate ships in a small heat safe bowl, in the microwave. Transfer the melted chocolate to a piping bag fitted with a narrow round tip. For the Miffy faces, pipe an x for the mouth and dots for the eyes. For Easter bunnies, pipe eyes, noses and mouths. You can also use small candies for the noses.
Recipe Notes

*To find bunny cookie cutters, click here.

**To make vanilla shortbread cookies, omit the vanilla extract, coconut flavoring and the coconut flakes. Replace with 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste. To make vanilla icing, replace the coconut flavoring with pure vanilla extract

***To find the coconut flavoring I used, click here.

Confetti Crumb Cake Cookies

Just when you thought confetti cookies couldn’t get any more fun and cute, Confetti Crumb Cake Cookies have arrived! I took confetti cookies, also known as birthday cake cookies, over the top by adding confetti crumb topping and a drizzle of pale pink icing. For top level fun, I finished them with edible glitter.

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Confetti Crumb Cake Cookies
Vanilla cookies with white chocolate chips, rainbow sprinkles, crumb topping and icing drizzle
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Confetti Crumb Topping
  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar and salt. Work the butter into the flour mixture with your fingertips until it looks like sand with no large chunks of butter. Stir in the sprinkles. Press the mixture together to form chunks. Set aside in the refrigerator while you make the cookie dough.
Confetti Cookies
  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF (180ºC). Line 2 large cookies sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt.
  3. In a large bowl, beat the butter, sugar and brown sugar, with an electric mixer at medium speed, until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg and egg yolk in two additions, making sure each one is incorporated before adding the next. Beat in the extracts.
  4. On low speed, beat in the flour mixture into the batter, just until combined. Stir in the white chocolate chips and the sprinkles.
  5. Form the cookie dough into 2-tablespoon size balls. Place them about 3 inches apart onto the cookie sheets. Flatten the dough balls slightly. Top each one generously with the crumb topping.
  6. Bake until the cookies are set and the edges start to turn light golden, about 11-13 minutes. (Be careful not to over bake to avoid drying out your cookies.) Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for 1 minute, then transfer them to a cooling rack.
Icing
  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, butter, vanilla and 1 tablespoon of milk. Add additional milk as needed to achieve your desired consistency. Using the tip of a toothpick, gradually add a tiny bit of food coloring and whisk until incorporated.
  2. Drizzle over the cooled cookies. Top with edible glitter if desired.
Recipe Notes

If your cookies spread too much, chill the dough for 20-30  minutes, then proceed with the recipe.

Brownie Cheesecake Cookies

Brownie Cheesecake Cookies

If you love chocolate chip cheesecake, you’ll adore these Brownie Cheesecake Cookies. I took my favorite elements from brownies and chocolate chip cheesecake and combined them into a cookie. The brownie batter cookies are soft and chewy on the inside and crispy on the edges. The cheesecake filling is creamy and smooth and dotted with mini chocolate chips.

The cookie dough should be refrigerated for a few minutes to help make the dough easier to work with. A short amount of chilling time worked best for me. I had minimal spreading during baking, but If your cookies spread to much, you can form the dough balls, add the indentations and refrigerate them for 20-30 minutes, then proceed with the recipe.

Since it’s so close to St. Patrick’s Day, I also made a version with Irish cream filling. See the notes below.*

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Brownie Cheesecake Cookies
Brownie cookies with soft, chewy centers and crisp edges, filled with creamy cheesecake filling and mini chocolate chips.
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Filling
  1. In a small bowl, mix the cream cheese, sugar, heavy cream and vanilla extract together until smooth. Set aside 1 tablespoon of mini chocolate chips. Stir the remaining mini chocolate chips into the cream cheese mixture. Set aside in the refrigerator while you make the cookie dough.
Cookies
  1. Melt the chopped chocolate and butter together in a large bowl set over a pan of barely simmering water, making sure the water doesn't touch the bottom of the bowl. Stir gently until smooth. Set aside to cool slightly. (Alternately, you can melt the chocolate in the microwave with short bursts.)
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the sugar, brown sugar, eggs and vanilla until smooth. Stir in the melted chocolate. Stir in the flour mixture just until combined. Fold in the mini chocolate chips.
  4. Refrigerate the cookie dough for 10-15 minutes to make it easier to work with. Preheat the oven to 350ºF (180ºC). Line 2 large cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  5. Roll 2-tablespoon (40g) size portions of cookie dough into balls. Place them onto the cookie sheet, about 3 inches apart. Press a 1-inch wide indentation into each cookie dough ball using a pastry tamper, the flat top of a bottle cap or with your thumbs. Spoon a generous 1 teaspoon of filling into each indentation. Sprinkle with the reserved mini chocolate chips.
  6. Bake until the edges are set and beginning to crack, about 9-11 minutes. Cool the cookies on the cookie sheet for 1-2 minutes, then transfer them to a cooling rack.
Recipe Notes

To make the Irish cream version of the filling, replace the heavy cream and vanilla extract with 2 teaspoons of Bailey's Irish cream liqueur.

Chocolate Love Potion Cookies

Chocolate Love Potion Cookies

You’ll fall in love with these bewitching double chocolate cookies with pistachios and rose petals. As if the chocolate chips weren’t enough, I topped them with pieces of dark chocolate which melt into heavenly little pools of deliciousness. You may have heard that chocolate is considered to be an aphrodisiac because it contains tryptophan and phenelethylamine. Tryptophen increases the mood booster serotonin in the brain. Phenelethylamine is released by the brain when you fall in love. Pistachios are also considered to be natural aphrodisiacs and these cookies contain plenty of pistachios! The rose petals add a touch of romance to finish off the perfect love potion cookies.

If you’re not a fan of pistachios, feel free to substitute your favorite toasted nuts. If you want to skip the nuts all together, make sure to replace them with another add-in, because the nuts provide structure to the cookies. I recommend dried cherries or white chocolate chips as a nice alternative.

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Chocolate Love Potion Cookies
Double chocolate cookies with chocolate chips and pistachios topped with pools of melted chocolate, chopped pistachios and dried rose petals
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  1. Line 2 large cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt.
  3. In a separate large bowl, cream the butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar, with an electric mixer at medium speed, until light and fluffy.
  4. Add the egg, egg yolk and vanilla in 3 separate additions and beat until incorporated. Beat in the flour mixture just until combined.
  5. Fold in the chocolate chips and pistachios.
  6. Form the dough into 18 2-tablespoon size portions, about 2 ounces (57g) each. Form the portions into 2-inch heart shapes. (They don't have to be perfect, because the cookies are going to spread as they bake.) Place the heart shapes on a tray. Cover and refrigerate for 20-30 minutes.
  7. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350ºF (180ºC). Place 6 heart shapes on each cookie sheet, about 3 inches apart. Top each one with a piece of chocolate bar. I placed my chocolate pieces on the upper left of each cookie. Bake the cookies until the tops look set, about 10-11 minutes. Be careful not to over bake the cookies or they'll be more difficult to shape into hearts.
  8. Remove the cookies from the oven and immediately use a large, metal heart-shaped cookie cutter to shape the hot cookies. Place the cookie cutter onto the cookie sheet over each cookie and slide it up and down a couple of times, then slide it side to side a couple of times. Work quickly before the cookies set. Let the cookies cool on the pan for 2-3 minutes, then transfer them to a cooling rack. Top the cookies with chopped pistachios and rose petals before the melted chocolate sets.
Recipe Notes

To find culinary rose petals, click here.

To find the cookie cutter I used, click here.

Peach Crumble Pie Cookies

Peach Crumble Pie Cookies

I couldn’t decide whether to call these cookies or pies, so I made a compromise. They’re about the size of cookies, but they taste like little peach crumble pies. The base is tender like shortbread or pie crust and the filling is made with fresh peaches. I’ve seen people make something similar with jam and call them cookies, but since I used fresh fruit for these, they deserve to be elevated to pie status.

The peaches are macerated to draw out the excess juices, to help avoid making your cookies soggy. If you’re impatient, don’t be tempted to skip this step. It’ll go by fast as you prep the crumb topping and the remaining ingredients.

When I first made these, I used cupcake liners because I was worried that they might stick to the pan. It turns out that they stick to the cupcake liners more than the pan. So the next time I made them, I opted to lightly spray the pan with nonstick spray instead of using liners. I ran a small thin offset spatula around the perimeter of the cookies to loosen them from the pan and they popped out nicely.

I love topping these little peach delights with caramel sauce. Salted caramel is also a delicious addition. Or you can simply sprinkle them with powdered sugar if you prefer.

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Peach Crumble Pie Cookies
Tender, peach-filled cookies with crumble topping and caramel drizzle
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Macerated Peaches
  1. In a medium bowl, toss peaches with lemon juice. Add the brown sugar and cinnamon. Stir gently to combine. Let stand 30 minutes.
  2. Drain the peaches, reserving 1 tablespoon of the juices. In a small bowl, whisk together the reserved 1 tablespoon of peach juice with the corn starch. Mix with the drained peaches.
Crumble Topping
  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt.
  2. With a pastry blender or with your fingertips, work the butter into the flour mixture until it looks like wet sand. Press the mixture together to form chunks.
Cookies
  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF (180ºC). Lightly spray a 12-serving muffin pan with nonstick spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt.
  3. In a large bowl, beat the butter and powdered sugar with an electric mixer until light and fluffy.
  4. Mix in the flour mixture on low speed or by hand, just until combined.
  5. Press generous tablespoon size (5/8 oz or 20g each) portions of dough into the bottoms of the muffin pan cups with a pastry tamper dipped in flour. You can also use the bottom of a flat shot glass.
  6. Top with the peaches, then the crumble topping mixture. Bake until the cookies are set and the topping is golden brown, about 15-17 minutes.
  7. Cool the cookies completely in the pan. Once cool, remove the cookies from the pan by running a small offset spatula or paring knife around the inside perimeter of the muffin cups to loosen them. Drizzle with caramel sauce.

Blueberry Lavender Cookies

Blueberry Lavender Cookies

Blueberry cookies remind me of a time when I was little. Every year my family would take a road trip up to Northern California. My parents loved stopping at roadside stands to buy fresh produce on the way back. One year my dad bought an enormous box of blueberries. When we got home, for the next couple of weeks, we ate far too many blueberry pancakes. My dad also used the blueberries in his famous cobbler, which was delightful. Then he made biscuits which turned out like rocks and we all laughed. My favorite blueberry creations that year were the blueberry shortcake and blueberry cookies. I’m sharing my version of the blueberry cookies, with the addition of lavender to make them a little more special.

My Blueberry Lavender Cookies start with butter and homemade lavender sugar. The original cookies had fresh blueberries plopped into the dough, which is perfectly fine if you’re making muffins. To reduce the soggy spots that form as the fruit releases its juices while baking, I typically macerate or cook fruit before it’s added to many of my recipes. The extra step makes a big difference. A quick, cooked blueberry compote is folded into the batter of these cookies, making pretty blueberry swirls. I finished these cookies with a sprinkle of sparkly sanding sugar in a lilac shade. This is optional, but very pretty. You can also make extra lavender sugar to use for sprinkling on your cookies. Sprinkle the sugar on before baking or after the cookies bake, while they’re still warm.

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Blueberry Lavender Cookies
Chewy lavender scented sugar cookies with crisp exteriors and swirls of blueberry compote.
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Blueberry Compote
  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the cornstarch with 1 tablespoon of water.
  2. In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the blueberries, lemon juice and remaining 1 tablespoon of water, stirring until the blueberries soften and start to release their juices. Smash the blueberries slightly with the back of the spoon. Stir in cornstarch mixture. Turn the heat down to low. Simmer until thickened to a jam consistency, about 1-2 minutes.
  3. Transfer the blueberry compote to a small bowl and set aside to cool to room temperature.
Lavender Sugar
  1. In a small food processor or a clean spice grinder, combine 1/4 cup of the sugar with the lavender. Pulse a few times to chop the lavender into smaller bits. Add the remaining sugar and pulse a few more times to combine.
Blueberry Lavender Cookies
  1. Preheat your oven to 350ºF (180ºC) Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cornstarch, baking powder and salt.
  3. In a large bowl, beat the butter and lavender sugar with an electric mixer, until light and fluffy.
  4. Add the the egg white and vanilla and beat until well combined.
  5. On low speed, add the flour mixture in two additions and mix just until combined.
  6. Add dollops of the blueberry compote to the batter. Fold in gently, but don't completely combine it. You want to see swirls of blueberry.
  7. Place 2-tablespoon size portions of dough about 2 inches apart onto prepared baking sheets. I used a #30 portion scoop.*** Sprinkle with decorative sugar if desired.
  8. Bake until tops of cookies are set and bottom edges turn light golden brown, about 10-14 minutes. Transfer the cookies to a cooling rack. Do not over bake. Test one cookie before baking the entire batch if you are unsure about how to determine the doneness of cookies.
Recipe Notes

*To find culinary lavender, click here.

**To find the decorative sanding sugar I used, click here.

***To find the scoop I used, click here.

Pink m&m’s Chocolate Cookies


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Pink m&m's Chocolate Cookies

Chocolate cookies with pink m&m's candies

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  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.

  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt.

  3. In a large bowl, cream butter with sugar and brown sugar until light and fluffy.

  4. Add egg and vanilla in separate additions and beat until well incorporated.

  5. Add flour mixture and beat just until combined.

  6. Gently fold in m&m's.

  7. Place 2-tablespoon size portions, about 2 inches apart, onto prepared cookie sheets. I used a #30 portion scoop.**

  8. Add a few more m&m's to the top of each cookie.

  9. Bake until edges are set and tops puff slightly, about 8-10 minutes. Let cookies cool on cookie sheet for 1 minute, then transfer to cooling rack.


Recipe Notes

*To find pink m&m's, click here.

**To find the portion scoop I used, click here.

Pink Velvet Cookies

Pink Velvet Cookies

Whenever I walk into a bakery, my eyes are always drawn to anything pink. Pink cupcakes, cookies, donuts or anything with pink icing will inevitably come home with me. This probably started in childhood. Most bakeries back then, including the bakery my aunt always took me to, had pink boxes, so I associate it with delicious, freshly baked treats. Maybe pink desserts do taste better or maybe our minds just tell us that. Either way, if you love pink treats, you’ll love these cookies.

Pink velvet is similar to red velvet, but without the cocoa powder and red food color. The texture should be somewhat velvety, like red velvet cake. I have yet to taste a velvety red velvet cookie, but I think the texture of these cookies is pretty velvety as long as they’re not over baked. Pink velvet desserts are typically vanilla flavored. I upgraded the flavor by adding a touch of cherry flavoring. It’s not enough to give you cherry flavored cookies, but it will add depth to vanilla flavored treats. It’s an old bakery trick that I learned years ago that adds a fruity note in the background.

For best baking results, I recommend using a scale to weigh your ingredients, especially your dry ingredients. If you love baking, you should invest in a food scale if you don’t already have one.

To watch the Pink Velvet Cookies TikTok video, click here. To watch the Pink Velvet Cookies Instagram video, click here.

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Pink Velvet Cookies
Pink vanilla flavored crinkle cookies with chewy exteriors and soft, velvety centers
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Keyword cookies, pink velvet
Servings
cookies
Ingredients
Optional
Course Dessert
Keyword cookies, pink velvet
Servings
cookies
Ingredients
Optional
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Line two large cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cornstarch, baking powder, and salt.
  3. In a large bowl, cream butter, sugar and oil until light and fluffy.
  4. Beat egg whites into butter mixture in two addition, until well combined.
  5. Beat in extracts until well combined.
  6. Add gel food color, a little at a time with a toothpick, until desired shade of pink is reached. (Adding remaining ingredients will lighten the color slightly.) Beat until evenly distributed.
  7. Add flour mixture to batter and beat just until combined. Mix in white chocolate chips if using.
  8. Roll dough into balls, about 2 tablespoons each. I used a #30 portion scoop.*** Roll dough very generously in powdered sugar. Place two inches apart onto prepared cookie sheets.
  9. Bake until cookies are puffed and tops are set, about 11-13 minutes. Transfer cookies to a cooling rack.
Recipe Notes

*The cherry flavoring in this recipe is not intended to make a cherry flavored cookie. The addition of cherry flavoring adds a subtle fruity note. You can also use pure cherry extract. Use a bit less (scant 1/2 teaspoon)  because extracts tend to be stronger than flavorings. DO NOT use imitation cherry extract. It has a medicinal flavor that will disappoint you. If you want your cookies to be cherry or strawberry flavor, reduce vanilla extract to 1/2 teaspoon and  use 1- 1 1/2 teaspoons of natural cherry or strawberry flavoring.

**To find the pink gel food color I used, click here.

***To find the portion scoop I used, click here.

This recipe was updated on 2/14/23.