Apple Pie Cookies

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I feel like this recipe will play out more like a How-to than an actual recipe. You ever do arts and craft activities from Highlights Magazine? It’s sort of like that!

You’ll need:
2 frozen pie crusts; thawed
Eagle Brand Dulce de Leche
E.D. Smith Apple Pie filling
Circular cookie cutter
Pizza cutter
Spatula
Egg wash (1 egg + 1 tsbp. water)
1 tbsp. sugar
Adult supervision

Preheat oven to 350°F and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

Flour your work surface and roll out one pie crust and cut out 12 circles with the cookie cutter. Spread a small amount of the Dulce de Leche in the centre of the circle, then top it with a spoonful of the apple pie filling.

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Now you will see other recipes on the Internet that will say to layer the crust, caramel, pie filling, and lattice crust first and then cut. That works perfectly fine and admittedly might be easier but two things are happening with my method:

  1. You are able to roll out the dough you cut away for more cookies.
  2. The caramel will not spill out too much during baking thus avoiding a burnt sugary mess.

Roll out the other dough on a floured surface and cut into strips with the pizza cutter. Lay them across each other to create a lattice and cut them with the cookie cutter. Carefully lift off the surface using a spatula and place on top of the filling. Brush with the egg wash and sprinkle with sugar. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown.

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Raspberry Diamonds

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These elegant shortbread cookies were perfect for holiday celebrations and #BakeChain packages. I found this recipe at Fine Cooking (particularly their special edition magazine The Best of Fine Cooking: Cookies).

I knew I found a winner when my Dad gave them his seal of approval… but he said he’d like them better without the jam and the glaze. Thanks, dude!

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Book Review: Mrs. Fields Best Cookie Book Ever!

In my very first baking blog (no longer active), I had a series of cookbook reviews. I decided to continue that unknown tradition with a clean slate. You might ask, “Cookbooks? Do people still buy those?” Yes, stupid. Shaddup! Despite usually turning to the Internet for recipes, I just loved owning and thumbing through recipe books. I have a simple criteria: Every recipe must have a picture!

This is the story of Mrs. Fields Best Cookie Book Ever!, at least from my perspective. Call it a peek into my childhood; the door to my inevitable passion for baking…

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Welcome to the #BakeChain

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Introducing the #BakeChain! A fun little “spread the love” project I decided to start that involves, what else? Baking! Unlike the Herman Friendship Cake, this bake chain letter is more personalized and free – you can bake what you want, as much as you want, dress it up however you like, and most importantly, you personalize it with a sweet little note to the recipient telling them what they mean to you. Your friend, in turn, will spread that love to three other people they know. Man, the idea of it alone is giving me diabetes!

So here is what you’ll need:

  • Baked goodies; 1-2 dozen cookies/brownies/tarts/whatever will do; it’s totally up to you! Want to bake three small cakes? Have at it! Did you only make 1 dozen regular-sized muffins? Feel free give your friends 4 each. It’s the thought that counts.
  • A little note expressing how awesome your friend is!
  • Some packaging for your treats. This can be brown paper bags, small tin containers, or tupperware. I found these decorative treat boxes at Bulk Barn (see below) that I will hand-deliver to their homes.  Well, at least to two of them. One of my friends happens to live in another city, so I’ll be sending it via post in a less decorative box.
  • A copy of the instructions so that they can extend the #BakeChain to their friends! You can copy and paste the instructions below.
  • When or if you receive a #BakeChain package, you must take a photo of it, along with the note of love and post it on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter and tag the person who sent it to you and hashtag it #BakeChain.

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I will post the recipes for my cookies later. Be on the look-out for that!

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INSTRUCTIONS (PRINT AND INCLUDE IN YOUR #BAKECHAIN PACKAGE)

How to #BakeChain

  1. Take a photo of your treats along with the note with your name on it and post on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter using the hashtag #BakeChain and tag the person who gave you the sweets.
  2. Select three other friends and bake some cookies, brownies, cupcakes, muffins, tarts, or anything else of your choosing for them. The quantity and how you pack or present the parcel is up to you.
  3. Include a note for the recipient explaining why you cherish them.
  4. Include a copy of these instructions.
  5. Deliver your dessert package by any means: hand-delivered, postal service, or bike courier, whatever!
  6. There is no time frame for when you need to send your baked goods. Just don’t be the person who weakens the chain!

British Invasion: Crème Brûlée Inspired Cookies

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Surprise! This decadent dessert may have originated in England, not France… maybe, most likely, probably, I dunno. On my last day in London, the last meal of the journey took place at Dean Street Townhouse in Soho, where I capped it off with a Crème Brûlée (which appeared on the menu as “Trinity Vanilla Cream”). A symphony of rich creamy vanilla custard and crunchy toffee is just as sweet, no matter where it’s from. But for the sake of my “British Invasion” series, let’s say England.

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