Dulce de Leche Macaroons

July 29, 2012

Only four ingredients – how easy is that? This is my latest entry for Project Pastry Queen. When I made these, they flattened out quite a bit but are still delicious. Make sure you pack the coconut into the measuring cup rather than just sprinkling it in. The macaroons have a delicate coconut taste balanced […]


Ruby-Flecked Florentines

June 10, 2012

This week was my turn to host Project Pastry Queen, and I chose Ruby-Flecked Florentines. These lacy cookies are lightly crisp, with just the right balance of nuts, dried fruit and crunchy sweetness. The are quick and easy to make, and you don’t even need a mixer. They were so good, I’ll be making them […]


Lemon Bars

May 13, 2012

When I was baking professionally, I made many hundreds, if not thousands, of these. There are many recipes for lemon bars out there, and all are based on the same basic formula – a tangy lemon filling baked over a buttery shortbread crust. Lemon bars are easy  to make and nearly everyone loves them. My […]


Gluten-free Sugar Cookies

February 8, 2012

Sugar cookies are one of those things that are so simple, yet so delicious and nearly everyone seems to enjoy them. I had bookmarked a recipe in Rebecca Rather’s book, The Pastry Queen: Royally Good Recipes from the Texas Hill Country’s Rather Sweet Bakery & Cafe, called “Sugar Saucers” and had been wanting to try it […]


Chocolate Thumbprints

January 6, 2012

I LOVE these cookies. They are super easy and keep very well. I make them every year at Christmas, and a few other times throughout the year when I get a craving. They are adapted from Marta Stewart’s recipe. Her version produces too few cookies and too much filling, and the ingredients are listed in […]