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Pistachio Macarons with Citrus Plum Buttercream

In cookie, fruit, nuts on February 19, 2011 at 22:41

Week 51 | February 19, 2011

Into the hands and heart of a construction worker.

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Ginger Shortbread & Pinenut Buttercream

In cookie, nuts on February 5, 2011 at 19:28

Week 49 | February 3, 2011

Happy Chinese New Year! Welcome to the year of the rabbit with a sweet treat to forecast a sweet year ahead.

These cookies are little beauties. Candied ginger create little tile mosaics in the spicy ginger shortbread. I also toasted off some fresh pinenuts for a roasted, nutty buttercream filling.

Roasted Chestnut Snowballs

In cookie, nuts on January 24, 2011 at 05:37

Week 47 | January 17, 2011

Whoops, I’m late posting this past week’s treat. Fresh chestnuts are still in the market. I usually skip grabbing a bag because they’re so much trouble to peel. But I always hesitate too – warm, roasted chestnuts straight from the oven is a joy I’m willing to dedicate a lot of time to occasionally.

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These cookies have the best of chestnuts in them. They have the earthy, nutty flavor of roasted nuts in a chestnut-sized cookie. The recipe is nearly identical to Russian wedding cookies – butter, powdered sugar, ground nuts, and a touch of cinnamon,  but chestnuts are moister than walnuts so the cookies are chewier.

Fig, Goat Cheese & Thyme Shortbreads

In breakfast, cookie, fruit, nuts on December 16, 2010 at 16:20

Week 42 | 12.16.2010

Wow, what an incredible outcome. This is an involved, multi-step pastry but much of it can be prepared in steps ahead of time. Figgy jam poached in wine and spices, sweetened goat cheese layer, herb-citrus shortbread and a nutty crumble topping. Too much? You might think so until taking a bite, and then another, and perhaps a tiny slice more.

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Matcha Sables (& Financiers)

In cookie, nuts on October 21, 2010 at 07:06

Week 35 | 10.21.2010

Oh my goodness, is it already Thursday? It’s been a hectic few days and I haven’t managed to pull together a post for this week yet. Luckily in anticipation, I’ve already prepped my sable dough and financier batter, which are awaiting afternoon baking in my fridge. Smile, pat on the back.

Matcha. Maccha? 抹茶. I love the fragrance and slight bitterness of this musty-green tea powder. I recall my trip to Japan – my traveling group and I met with a couple of Japanese students and observed a traditional matcha ceremony. The thick, frothy liquid that we were offered was rich and bitter, no milkiness or sugar to dilute the flavor.

But…I will be adding both butter and sugar (and eating my French-style cookies with a cup of milk tea). Afternoon come sooner!

Lemon & White Chocolate Macarons

In chocolate, cookie, fruit, nuts on October 4, 2010 at 10:52

Week 33 | 10.4.2010


Another week for macarons. Why? Because they’re all the rage, and fun to make. I’ll be trying a different flavor (no surprises here) with some lemon zest ground in the almonds and lemon curd folded with white chocolate ganache for the innards – at least that’s the plan. Stay tuned!

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Inside-Out Chocolate Chunk Cookies

In chocolate, cookie on September 15, 2010 at 09:49

Week 31 | 9.15.2010


I get pretty excited every time I have a new bottle of fresh milk in the fridge, waiting to be opened. Before taking on funky smells and fridge flavors, before getting crusty at the carton lip, milk…the VERY first sip is perfectly sweet and delicious.

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Oven Out-of-Service – a Trio of Macarons

In chocolate, cookie, nuts, Uncategorized on August 25, 2010 at 14:19

Week 28 | 8.25.2010
Oh oven, we were getting along so well. I made a batch of macarons for a dinner party, then another, and then another. We were having such a good time together that I decided to make a chocolate granola snack to round out our day-long companionship. But somewhere in between macaron batch #3 and rotating the granola at the halfway point, you gave up on me and turned cold…

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Hazelnut, Chocolate & Espresso Biscotti

In breakfast, chocolate, coffee, cookie, nuts on August 3, 2010 at 06:35

Week 25 | 8.2.2010

A few weeks ago I woke up to a muffin and coffee breakfast that my friend had generously brought over to me. Sweet I know! The muffin was wonderfully memorable, chock full of hazelnut bits, small chunks of dark chocolate, and a smattering of coffee grounds. It was fragrant, hearty and sensational with every bite.

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Coconut-Chili & Chocolate Cookies

In chocolate, cookie on July 21, 2010 at 06:28

Week 23 | 7.19.2010

I’m back! The past week has been a jumble of exciting travels, unglamorous delays, and nonstop eating and food-related activities. But Bakery Bites has returned and with cookies in store for this week’s treat to boot.

Per request from a frequent visitor I’ve dished up some ‘chocolate and spice’ in the form of coconut & chili butter cookies to be filled with whipped dark chocolate ganache. Chocolate & spice, with a bit of coconut tucked in between.

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