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My 2022 Goals

You might say that I’m 6 weeks late in setting goals for the entire year. I am going to spin that and say that I just have gotten past the typical New Year’s resolution failure point and am going with something sustainable. Play “Happy Birthday” on Ukulele every day Band was probably the most important […]

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My 2021 Recommendations

Let’s start with the elephant in the room: the most time-consuming and best thing I did this year was parenting. I hope that continues to be true for many years. However, that doesn’t seem like something I should be generally recommending to everyone, so I still have the rest of this list. TV: Ted Lasso

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2021 Goals Review

At the beginning of the year, I set three goals. I already wrote about baking 52 batches of cookies, so I’ll only cover the other two goals here. Re-establish Routines Before 2021, I had been trying to develop better habits and routines. At the beginning of the year, I was a new parent, and my […]

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52 Batches Later: What I Learned about Cookies

At the beginning of 2021, I set the goal to bake 52 batches of cookies. Since then, I have gone through countless sticks of butter and bags of flour to bake over a thousand cookies. I have been asked many times what my favorite cookie was and what I learned from the experience. Now that […]

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Baking King Arthur’s Pumpkin Biscotti

On the one hand, holiday baking makes my cookie goal quite seasonable. On the other hand, that means we already have too many sweets around to be baking even more cookies. I had to find a cookie that didn’t really seem like a cookie. A few weeks ago, the King Arthur blog posted tips for […]

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Baking The Cookie Connection’s Flourless Fudgy Cookies

When I made the Dorie’s Two-Bite One-Chip Cookies, I learned that not all cookies require leavening. However, that still left fat, sugar, and flour as other necessary ingredients in a cookie. Of course, I knew at the time that flourless cookies exist. I stand by the statement because although they are cookies with flour, the […]

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Baking The Cookie Connection’s Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

What’s more seasonal than peppermint? I’m actually not sure when or why that association began. Round peppermint candies are available year-round, but it seems like candy canes only show up for Christmas. I had a holiday party coming up and was looking for cookies to fit. Continuing to work through The Cookie Connection, I found […]

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Baking The Cookie Connection’s Spiced Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Cookies

Holiday baking! One of the best parts of the holiday season is that grocery stores put baking staples on sale. This year, that’s netted me slightly larger than usual savings, and in return, I have been seeking out holiday themed recipes. We didn’t make pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving, so as I flipped through more of […]

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Baking The Cookie Collection’s Tahini and Milk Chocolate Chip Cookies

Despite having not posted about cookies in almost a month, I’m very much on-track with my baking goal. I even have the pictures: I just haven’t written about them. Now it’s time to catch up, and I hope I remember a few interesting details from the process. Recently, I have been baking from The Cookie […]

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Baking Picky Palate’s Giant Salted Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

I don’t like soft cookies very much. They remind me too much of those big, cake cookies from the grocery store with a cylindrical dollop of frosting on top. The problem isn’t the frosting: I love frosting, even if it’s shelf stable from a canister. I just find that cake cookies somehow manage to be […]