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12 Oct

Patterns for Simple Gingerbread Houses

My Eats and Treats column for the winter 2018 issue of Prairies North Magazine is titled Starter Home - Gingerbread Style. To accompany that article, I am sharing a few ideas about making gingerbread house patterns.  Designing a bungalow pattern is easy. Start with a pad of graph paper. If this is your first attempt, count ...  Continue Reading

05 Jun

Crispy Lemon Refrigerator Cookies

Refrigerator cookies are made in two steps. I often let the dough rest in the refrigerator overnight, so I can bake them just before guests arrive for tea the next day. The smell of cookies baking creates an inviting atmosphere. Most vintage cookbooks contain a basic recipe for icebox cookies with several variations on a bas...  Continue Reading

28 May

Butterscotch Cornflake Cookies

This recipe has been a favourite at my house for over 40 years. The butterscotch chips create the flavour, and no two brands taste the same. Try various brands of chips to see what you prefer.  Preheat oven to 350° Ingredients: 1 cup of shortening or lard 1½ cups of packed brown sugar 2 eggs 1 teaspoon of salt 1 teaspo...  Continue Reading

23 Apr

Pumpkin Raisin Cookies

I have several recipes for soft pumpkin cookies, but I am sharing my favourite today. This version was published in a book titled Better Food for Kids, written by registered dieticians Joanne Saab and Daina Kalnins, who were working at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto at the time of publication. The recipe was not inc...  Continue Reading

16 Apr

Gertrude's Molasses Crinkles

Preheat oven to 375° F Moist Ingredients: 1 cup of packed brown sugar ¾ of a cup of shortening or lard (partially butter, if desired) ¼ cup of cooking molasses 1 egg Mix the above until it is smooth. Dry Ingredients: 2¼ cups of all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons of baking soda 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon ...  Continue Reading

14 Sep

Spicy Raisin Ginger Cookie Bars

I originally titled this piece, An Ounce of Delicious Won't Kill You! I always weigh my treats, if a calorie count isn't available. For me, a serving of a sweet delicious treat is one ounce.  I am going to share a recipe for light, flavour-packed cookie bars that complement a cup of coffee, elevating the taste experience to ...  Continue Reading

03 Apr

Pecan Bites

Pecan Bite The original recipe for these gluten free, easy, delicious treats was from Company's Coming. The Boy, from the Get a Bigger Wagon stories, says, "They are so delicious they must be illegal."  Preheat the oven to 300°F 1 egg white 1 cup of brown sugar, packed 1 teaspoon of vanilla 2 cups of pecan halves, whole...  Continue Reading

16 Mar

Madame Benoit's Carrot Oatmeal Cookies

I refer to these delicious, nutritious cookies as breakfast cookies. They don't crumble when eaten, so they make perfect treats to enjoy in the car. They keep, for a few days, in a tin, and they freeze well. This Carrot Oatmeal Cookie recipe was the first one I tested from Madame Benoit Cooks at Home back in 1982. Madame Be...  Continue Reading

15 Oct

Yo-Yo Cookies Reshaped for the Season

  As Halloween approaches, I am thinking about ways to embellish great family recipes for this spooky time of year! Many specifically themed baking ideas require too much sticky store-bought icing or food colouring, in hopes of creating that seasonal thrill. The results aren’t always as tasty as they are cute. Today, I am s...  Continue Reading

09 Jun

Spritz Cookies Have a Long History

  By the time you read this blog, two of my grandchildren will have used some very special tools in my kitchen to create delicious spritz cookies. Even better, we will have captured the afternoon’s activities on film, in order to create a pilot for television. The TV Truck guys will have moved their tools into my kitchen, an...  Continue Reading

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