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Almond Linzer Cookies #CreativeCookieExchange

Almond Linzer Cookies

The Linzer cookies are named after the town from where they originated, Linz in Austria.  The name, Linzer, came from Linzertorte, which is an Austrian torte/tart with a lattice top and blackcurrant jam filling. Created in the 17th century,  the Linzer Torte is the world’s oldest torte recipe.  The ingredient that distinguishes tortes is that they use nuts rather than flour as part of the main ingredient. The Linzer cookies traditionally use a raspberry jam filling.   This month our Creative Cookie Exchange  celebrated Nuts in Cookies! Because they are delightful and a tradition all over the world. And since Linzer cookies …

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Henna Cookies #CreativeCookieExchange

Henna cookies

Hi you guys! Yes, I am back. It’s been a while since I blogged and what better way to get right back in than with some delicious sugar cookies dressed up in Henna motifs. These henna cookies are in fact my first try with doing anything remotely artistic. I have never been a very artsy person. So doing these cookies was a huge deal for me because I needed to see for myself if :- 1)  I would have the patience to sit through a few steps of decorating  and 2) if I could finally dabble in the art of …

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Whole Wheat Banana Bundt Cake #Bundtbakers

Whole Wheat Banana Bundt Cake

The theme for September Bundt Bakers was to Create a “Healthy Cheat, Sneak or Substitute” recipe.  Hiding a vegetable in your  cake, substitute apple sauce or banana instead of oil, or try out an alternative oil or flour. I chose to make the Whole Wheat Banana Bundt Cake as the healthy cheat.  Not only does it not use processed flour, it has no processed anything in it. To top it’s healthy benefits, it is made with the least amount of butter. Just the right amount of fat needed to soften the gluten in the wheat. I also used a whole wheat …

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Apple Sharlotka Bundt Cake #BundtBakers

Long, luxurious days of summer are almost over and kids are back in school. New year of learning, new challenges and new ways of having fun is all on the cards for the teen. She wasn’t really excited about school starting again. After all it means no sleep ins in the morning and no more reading till 2 am and no more “pokemon go” and catching em all.   Cakes have been known to bring up the excitement in teens and adults alike. So Apple Sharlotka Bundt Cake was made and devoured. It even made picking up the outfit for first …

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Black Forest Cookies #CreativeCookieExchange

Black Forest Cookies

I must have an insanity gene somewhere. It’s often hidden under various guises but at times I see it raising its head. Why else would I take my teen’s favorite favorite favorite cookies and turn them into black forest cookies? I know she likes her chocolate cookies to be left alone! I know because she has told me this on many occasions when I don’t leave chocolate cookies alone. But what can you do against the power of the insanity gene when it threatens to take over? It took over! The insanity that is. I love black forest cake. She …

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Buttermilk Panna Cotta with Grilled Mango Sorbet

Buttermilk Panna Cotta with Grilled Mango Sorbet

  In the warmer states of the India, summer always means the abundant arrival of mangoes. Juicy, fragrant and the color of the sun. Markets get flooded with local mangoes and every place has it’s unique mango. Summer is also when my family misses the mangoes. Why you ask? Well if you haven’t had an Indian Mango, you haven’t had mangoes. Sadly the Indian mangoes are mostly available here in the states only as a highly processed and liberally sugared pulp in a tin. A terrible waste, if you ask me. The Indian summers are filled with hot summer afternoons of …