Raspberry Madeleines with Meyer Lemon Curd

FIND SOMETHING YOU’RE PASSIONATE ABOUT AND KEEP TREMENDOUSLY INTERESTED IN IT.”  Julia Child

Raspberry Madeleines with Meyer Lemon Curd | From My Sweet Heart

These cookies were shared in 2011 at a very special Valentine’s Day Celebration Event.  Anna, from Crunchy Creamy Sweet hosted some amazing and creative bloggers with their favorite sweet recipes.  I wanted to share a new twist on one of my most favorite cookies…..madeleines! 

As if madeleines were not the perfect sweet, soft little cookie already.  Right?  Well these were baked with a raspberry in each and a little bit of tart meyer lemon curd piped in! [Read more...]

Orange Shortbread with Fleur de Sel

“COOKIES ARE MADE OF BUTTER AND LOVE.”  Norwegian Proverb

Orange Shortbread with Fleur de Sel | From My Sweet Heart

My absolute favorite cookie in the world is shortbread.  They are so easy to make and so pure in flavor.  These cookies are light and buttery, with a simple sweet flavor.  It’s a pretty classic recipe, with a few little twists.  And one slight change for the sake of necessity and what I had in my pantry. . . . . [Read more...]

Black & White Biscotti

IT’S NOT HOW MUCH WE GIVE BUT HOW MUCH LOVE WE PUT INTO GIVING.”  Mother Teresa

Black and White Biscotti | From My Sweet Heart

I think for those of us who love to bake and cook; what we produce is usually made with love.  Passion is usually the common ingredient in every recipe.  But when we give food as gifts, I think we take extra care in making sure that our end result is as special as the recipients.  Since I have this mad passion for making sweet things, I tend to give food as gifts all year round.  Biscotti is one of the easiest and most practical things to gift.  It really keeps well for a longer period of time, which is perfect if you are putting these in the mail! 

I found this recipe for Black and White Biscotti on the King Arthur Flour website and I just LOVE them!   Sweet vanilla and deep, rich chocolate always pair well together.  Add a sprinkling of sugar and they are ready for dunking! 

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No Bake Peanut Butter Cookies

Time for Baked Sunday Mornings!  Only today, it’s a No Bake Sunday Morning!

No Bake Peanut Butter Cookies | From My Sweet Heart

Do you have any quirky things about food, what kind of food you like, or how you will eat it?  For instance, I LOVE peanut butter!  And I like peanuts!  But I hate chunky peanut butter!  What?!?  Weird, I know!  But that’s me!  I am really not a huge fan of ‘no-bake’ sweets, unless we are talking about ice cream.  So I can’t even say I am familiar with the classic form of a peanut butter no bake cookie.  But the ingredients for this one intrigued me.  Crunchy peanut butter and cocoa and oatmeal all mixed up with milk and sugar and butter!  How did I work around that pesky crunchy peanut butter? . . . . . [Read more...]

Ginger Chili Caramel Cookies

Pass the Plate.  Share the Love.  Cook for the Cure.

Ginger Chili Caramel Cookies | From My Sweet Heart

The thing I’ve loved most about blogging, aside from the wonderful friendships I’ve made, is the opportunity to bake for a greater good.  I was recently invited by Sandra at Sweet Sensations to take part in a very special event.  Sharon & Denise of  Be Betsy, were inspired by Kitchenaid’s Cook for the Cure® to join the fight against breast cancer.  They purchased a plate specially designed by Jacques Pepin.  The plate is filled with cookies and literally passed from blogger to blogger.  Each time the plate reaches a new destination, Kitchenaid donates $5 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure®I am so proud and honored to be a part of this campaign.

I received these beautiful dipped chocolate sandwich cookies from Sandra at Sweet Sensations.

 

They were amazing!  I literally polished off 2 of them before it struck me that I need to photograph them first!  Many of you who visit here already know Sandra.  I am in awe of her!  She is a working mother who takes such good care of her family, while writing a beautiful blog full of wonderful recipes and fabulous ideas on how to host the perfect party and create a gorgeous tablescape.  (All while nursing a torn tendon!)  When you read about her, you will learn that she is a woman of great strength and courage.  And I wonder if she knows what a great source of inspiration she is to me?!  I am so happy to know her and I appreciate so much that she included me in this awesome event!

So. . . . . from Michigan to Maryland.  Where are the cookies traveling to next??? . . . . . [Read more...]

Pie Fries with Strawberry Ketchup

“LEFTOVERS IN THEIR LESS VISIBLE FORM ARE CALLED MEMORIES.  STORED IN THE REFRIGERATOR OF THE MIND AND THE CUPBOARD OF THE HEART.”  Thomas Fuller

Pie Fries with Strawberry Ketchup | From My Sweet Heart

I often find that most food tastes better as leftovers, when it’s had time to sit and let the ingredients and flavors meld.  But what I am really finding, as I bake, is that an ingredient for one recipe often drives the idea for another.  I simply don’t want to waste, an often costly ingredient, and I want to use it up to the extent that I can.  And so this morning I was making a pâte sucrée for some Pineapple Coconut Tarts.  And I decided to turn the scraps into these delicious little cookies to be dipped in the leftover strawberry jam that I made from my Peanut Butter and Jelly Ice Cream. 

Honestly, these were so surprisingly good, I’d consider making sweet pastry crust just for the purpose of making a big batch of these cookies!  Or if you need a quick and easy dessert, you could even buy the pie crust dough, roll it, cut it and toss a little sprinkling sugar before baking for about 15 minutes.  Serve with your favorite jam for dipping.  I’ll never throw out those scraps again!

 

Mandarin Orange & Pistachio Meringues

“THE AIR UP THERE IN THE CLOUDS IS VERY PURE AND FINE, BRACING AND DELICIOUS.  AND WHY SHOULDN’T IT BE?  IT IS THE SAME THE ANGELS BREATHE.”  Mark Twain

Mandarin Orange & Pistachio Meringues | From My Sweet Heart

There was a time when I dreamed about traveling state to state, stopping off to see a baseball game played in every stadium in the country.  Well that dream has changed only slightly.  I would much rather travel the country visiting bakeries!  Have you seen the show Unique Sweets?  Well they often have a theme for each show, but they basically feature several bakeries across the country and one of the sweets that they are famous for.  One show featured the bakery, Proof, in Los Angeles.  And one of the things Proof is known for are these meringues which are about the size of your hand and filled with flavor!  They offer chocolate and pistachio, citrus and coconut, and strawberry.  What fascinated me is that the strawberry was made with dehydrated strawberries.  So I did my best to recreate these using….. [Read more...]

Coconut & Salted Caramel Thumbprints

“WHAT YOU LOVE IS AS UNIQUE TO YOU AS YOUR FINGERPRINTS.”  Barbara Sher

Coconut & Salted Caramel Thumbprints | From My Sweet Heart

I have never read any of the books written by Barbara Sher.  But I do agree with her belief that nothing will make you really happy but doing what you love.  We change so much as people over time.  Growth…..sometimes painful, but always a good thing!  And sometimes there are aspects of ourselves that have remained the same. I know that I have enjoyed writing since I was in the 7th grade!  And I still do!  And yet, it seems I’ve had to experience half of my life to realize how much I love to bake!  Thumbprint cookies are pretty common.  But it’s what you do to them that makes them unique to you.  And for me, that can only mean one thing….. [Read more...]

Life is Yummly!

“RIVERS KNOW THIS:  THERE IS NO HURRY.  WE SHALL GET THERE SOME DAY.”  Winnie the Pooh

I have always loved the word yummly and use it a lot to describe anything that I taste that is insanely delicious!  And before I became acquainted with Yummly, the recipe search site, I had always associated this term with Winnie the Pooh somehow.  I think I was getting confused with ‘rumbly in my tumbly’, which Pooh says often, and which happens to me quite a bit, too!

Yesterday, I had the good fortune to come home to an email, in which I was alerted that Yummly had used my recipe for Cranberry Cherry Ribbon Cookies in an article called ‘10 Christmas Cookies that Will Put You in a Cookie Coma’How very awesome!

Yummly is the world’s largest and most powerful recipe search site.  They have been featured by The Today Show, Reuters, Fox, CNN, The Wall Street Journal, TechCrunch, About.com and more.  And they have millions of viewers and subscribers.  So you can imagine my surprise when they wrote to tell me that I would be added to their list of other hand picked blogs that are featured by them and that my recipes were “Certified Yummly”.  I am proud to be associated with such a wonderful site, and one that I use so often in my own recipe searches!  And I am in great company with so many other wonderful blogs!

Baking is a passion that really teaches patience.  But sometimes….. when you are patient enough….. life is not only good…..it is Yummly!

Cranberry Cherry Ribbons

“A GUEST NEVER FORGETS THE HOST WHO HAD TREATED HIM KINDLY.”  Homer

Cranberry Cherry Ribbon Cookies | From My Sweet Heart

I never bake (or eat!) so many cookies as I do around Christmas time!  And every season I always try something new.  These cookies were made at Christmas 2011, when Jen at The Three Little Piglets invited me to do a guest post for her Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies series!  Aside from their beautiful color, sweet-tart taste and crunchy-chewy texture, I love these because . . . . . [Read more...]