cookies with dark chocolate, pecans, and coconut

cookies with dark chocolate, pecans, and coconut | the thoughtful plateWhen an entire day passes in which you feel as though you’re living in a giant grey lightbox, cookies are a good idea. Continue reading

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strawberry almond lemon thumbprint cookies

strawberry almond lemon thumbprint cookies | the thoughtful plateThese cookies were baked 11 days ago, on the same day that I photographed crêpes. The edited photos have just been sitting pretty in Lightroom for 9 days, while I try to overcome a case of writers’ block. Since I actually don’t consider myself a writer in the person-who-lives-to-put-words-to-paper sense, I’m not sure I can even claim that particular condition. Continue reading

hazelnut butter meringues

hazelnut butter meringues | the thoughtful plateIt’s been too cold to photograph anything to share on here lately, and I’m not just saying that. I would seriously get frostbite, and that fact can be corroborated by the national weather service, or whoever it is that gets to state “truth” about the weather.

So today is the perfect day to share a recipe that I made a few weeks ago but never posted! These cute little things are from this month’s issue of Bon Appetit magazine, and when I came across them on the first read-through, I ran to the freezer to see if I still had some hazelnuts on hand. I had the exact amount called for, and if that’s not a sign then I don’t know what is. Continue reading

cherry pie bars

IMG_4533-6I have two different approaches when it comes to composing blog posts.

Sometimes, I write the body text first. Words come, I type them, and it feels really good. When that happens, all that’s left are the parts that come easiest to me: recipe + photos. Blogging is fun when this happens.

Other times, I write the recipe first. Then I go fiddle with the photo editing. All the while, my mind is turning. Words, where are you?? Continue reading

buckwheat & sea salt cookie sundaes

buckwheat and sea salt cookie sundaeHappy Monday, friends! I wanted to pop in and let you know about the most recent weekend project I undertook (hint: it’s sort of delicious). Continue reading

chocolate almond coconut chewies

IMG_6683There’s this cookie in the baked goods case at Whole Foods that I kind of have a thing for. It’s very similar to this cookie I’m sharing with you today, but no frills. Just plain chocolate, topped with walnuts. I think it’s the only thing in the case that’s gluten free, but I’m not complaining because I’d buy it anyways, even if I had a choice.

The “Cocoa Chewy” at Whole Foods is very chocolatey, very chewy (you’d hope so, right, since it’s called that), and almost brownie-like in texture. Kind of a brownie/cookie hybrid. An obvious choice! Continue reading

cookies on spoonful

screenMy chocolate cookies were included in a recipe roundup on Spoonful today where Janssen put together a list of twenty gluten free cookie recipes. I already have my eye on those chewy ginger molasses cookies!

gluten free chocolate cookies

chocolate-cookies-01As I plodded through my “Foundations of Education” textbook this afternoon, reading about the Sophists and Socrates and Plato and Aristotle and all of their different approaches to education, my mind wandered. I was 30 minutes away from being done for the day, but my mind was obviously ready to get a head start on the weekend.

First it (my mind) wandered to chocolate. (Obviously.) From there it wandered to ice cream. (Nothing new here.) Following a highly logical pattern, it wandered to chocolate cookies in vanilla ice cream. Cookies and cream! Continue reading

ultrathin chocolate chip cookies

IMG_0633Happy National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day! Now that’s a random holiday I can get behind.

Truthfully though, until 5 minutes ago I had no idea that today is Chocolate Chip Cookie Day. But because I am a major multi-tasker, I was checking Facebook in one window while my WordPress dashboard was opening in another, and was notified of this wonderful holiday via Sunset Magazine. What a coincidence, right? Continue reading

chocolate raspberry rugelach

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I had this lovely cookbook on my wishlist for Christmas, and as you can see, I received it. My brother chose it himself off my list after deeming the others too healthy ;) I was extremely eager to start cooking my way through it and as you can see by the amount of post-its, I’ll be busy for quite a while!

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This particular recipe caught my eye when I first read through the book because it had two words in the title that I always love to see together: chocolate and raspberry. You know this has to be good!!

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