Pistachio Walnut Snowballs

These festive shortbread cookies, also known as Russian tea cakes and Mexican wedding cookies, are rolled in powdered sugar, resembling snowballs. The rich dough is typically packed with pecans, walnuts, or almonds. My favorite recipe, from The Good Cookie, by pastry chef Tish Boyle, is delicious as is, but I couldn’t resist swapping in some … Continue reading Pistachio Walnut Snowballs

Chocolate, Pistachio, and Apricot Thumbprint Cookies

These flavorful thumbprint cookies are inspired by my 9-month-old twin sons’ favorite “dessert:” dried Turkish apricots, simmered in water, and then pureed along with almonds or other nuts. The cookie is rich and chocolatey, the apricot filling tangy, earthy, and subtly sweet. Crunchy pistachio pairs nicely, and adds vibrant color. To thin out the apricot … Continue reading Chocolate, Pistachio, and Apricot Thumbprint Cookies

Maple Pecan Brownies

The other day, I was craving brownies, but happened to come across a recipe for pecan pie bars. So I set out to make a fusion, of sorts, of the two classic American desserts. I adapted an excellent brownie recipe from Smitten Kitchen, swapping out sugar for maple syrup, adding toasted pecans, and substituting a … Continue reading Maple Pecan Brownies

Fennel Coconut Shortbread

This recipe is my latest twist on jeera biscuits, a traditional South Asian shortbread cookie studded with toasted cumin seeds. (My vegan coconut cumin cookies and cumin fennel biscotti were also inspired by the classic teatime snack.) Fennel seeds lend a warm, licorice-like flavor to these savory-sweet cookies, and shredded coconut adds a nice crunch. … Continue reading Fennel Coconut Shortbread

Pumpkin Walnut Bread

The other day, I roasted some honeynut squash, a slightly sweeter version of butternut squash, and incorporated it into one of the lightest, fluffiest quick breads I’ve ever tasted, adapted from a pumpkin chocolate chip bread recipe on one of my favorite baking blogs, Tutti Dolci. I subtracted the chocolate chips, sweetened the bread with … Continue reading Pumpkin Walnut Bread