Cooking & Eating

Twelve Tasty Things


The world’s trickiest cookie?

Grilled cheese from an expert.


Don’t forget the drinks.

It’s almost time for this.

I’ve got to make these again sometime.

My family loves this soup.

I’ve got to try this curry.

Eclair heaven.

Even the biggest meat eaters need to go veggie sometimes.

Big Cheeeeeeeeese.

In case your favorite vanilla treats have disappeared from the shelves: an explanation.

Cooking & Eating, Friends & Family

White Chocolate Cutout Cookies

Decorations by the Boy (with Some Help from Mommy)

Every year, I bemoan the fact that I don’t like any of my sugar cookie cutout recipes. I have one drop sugar cookie I like, but as I get older it seems too sweet for me, and I’m really looking for something I can shape. Baking and decorating cookies can kill a good hour (or more) and in a house with wee ones, we’re always looking for ways to kill time. I mean–we’re always looking for educational activities. Yes–and baking cookies teaches counting, turn-taking, patience, and fine motor skills (scooping and leveling flour, pressing cookie cutters, pinching just the right amount of sprinkles). Plus the outcome is lovely. If you have a good cookie recipe.

I didn’t have one. So I decided to make one up. And after tinkering with over the last two years, I’m ready to share it with you. It stamps perfectly, holds its shape, doesn’t puff at all, and has a lovely texture and taste. I credit the white chocolate in the dough; maybe, scientifically, that’s wrong. Maybe it wouldn’t taste or bake any differently if I subbed the white chocolate/coconut oil mixture with another three tablespoons of butter and two of sugar. But I doubt it.

Either way, here’s the recipe. I know the cookie season has basically come to a close and the New Year’s diets begin soon, but keep this one in your pocket in case you need a really nice shaped cookie. Continue reading “White Chocolate Cutout Cookies”