Pear Rugelach

Pear Rugelach

I remember the first time I had rugelach. I was about fifteen years old and worked at a bagel store in the downtown area of the town I grew up in. In the large backroom where the bagels where made and kept, there were sheet trays filled with rugelach. Their cheesy, soft interior was swirled … Continue reading

Buckwheat Hermit Cookies

Buckwheat Hermit Cookies

I love gingerbread cookies, so I’ve been wanting to make hermit cookies for a long time. These soft and spicy treats originated in New England (just like me!) Buckwheat is a very nutritious food. It is not actually a grain, but rather a seed. The seed contains almost all of the essential amino acids; which is unusual … Continue reading

Speciality Cookie Class at Butter Lane!

Speciality Cookie Class at Butter Lane!

Exciting news folks! I will be teaching a speciality cookie class at Butter Lane Bakery here in New York City in December! This fun and informative class will teach you to make six different types of cookies based on the famous flavors of Butter Lane cupcakes. Registration is open here. Tickets are $75 for three hours … Continue reading

Chocolate Dipped Chestnut Biscotti

Chocolate Dipped Chestnut Biscotti

This cookie is to celebrate the beginning of my life as a dual Italian American citizen. Read more about my path to dual Italian-American citizenship here.  I’d never baked with chestnut flour before but I wanted to try something authentically Italian to mark this special occasion.  This biscotti–one of my favorite kinds of cookie–has a … Continue reading

Piña Colada Rum Cookie Balls

Piña Colada Rum Cookie Balls

This cookie is inspired by the classic poolside cocktail. And the flavor similarity is uncanny! They have a nice crust with a chewy inside. A sophisticated addition to any summer party. Ingredients 6 ounces vanilla wafers 1 cup almonds (untoasted), finely ground. 1 cup shredded coconut plus one additional cup for coating 3 T confectioner’s … Continue reading

Browned Butter Blueberry Pecan Pie Bars

Browned Butter Blueberry Pecan Pie Bars

American Independence Day is a call to commemorate our history with electrifying fireworks, stretch out our beach towels and crank up some American tunes in our backyards. For me, it’s time to pull the  checkered table cloth over the picnic table, fire up the grill and celebrate food that is native to our diverse and … Continue reading