Pecan Maple Sandies


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Yes, I realize Cookie Month ’14 has come and gone; unfortunately my last week’s post met a few setbacks. First there was the intensive last minute work schedule that took up so much of my time. Add to that a minor disaster in the kitchen where I’m temporarily staying that saw my baking schedule as well as everything else go completely topsy turvy…. 

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White Chocolate Gingerbread Bars

White Chocolate Gingerbread Bars Cookiemonth#14 @indiatree

Think what a better world it would be if we all, the whole world, had cookies and milk about three o’clock every afternoon and then lay down on our blankets for a nap. ~ Barbara Jordan.

I received  free products for writing this post. As always the opinions are entirely my own.


Who made the rule that gingerbread had to play nice? Today’s White Chocolate Gingerbread Bars break all the rules. Fresh Gingerbread flavor brightened up with freshly ground cardamom, candied ginger and white chocolate will take your breath away, or at the very least have you sneaking out in the middle of the night for one more taste. … 

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Double the Fun: Homemade Fig Newton – Gluten Free and Whole Wheat

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October is National Cookie Month and I’m teaming up with a great group of Bloggers to celebrate cookies! Each blogger is unique in the style they bring to the table so this should be fun.

Each week we will present fabulous cookie recipes along with tips, tricks and great ideas to make amazing cookies. The holidays are just around the corner so follow along this month and get ahead of the game. Organize, plan and put a few cookies in the freezer.  Then sit back and relax when everyone else is stressed out and a bit crazy. Wouldn’t that be nice!  

Double the Fun: Homemade Fig Newtons; 2 recipes Gluten Free and Whole Wheat FAMILY FAVORITES: HOMEMADE FIG NEWTONS BAKE-OFF


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Lemon Blackberry Tea Cookies

Two years ago I decided I had to have a lemon tree. Not a big decision if one lives in Florida, California, or maybe Hawaii, but I live in Boise, Idaho. Not exactly a mecca for citrus! I knew it to be an impossible dream since I had no green house and winters in my area drop to the teens.

Lemon-Blackberry Tea Cookies

Growing up in Southern California I remembered the smell of those lovely blossoms; the delicate fragrance floating on the wind and perfuming the air. So I threw caution to the wind and went to the most logical place I could think of to buy lemon trees in Boise; ordering one on Amazon, with an orange tree as well for good measure! 

Lemon-Blackberry Tea Cookies

It has been two years now and my poor Tim has paid the price. During the winter the trees remain indoors under the grow lights, but once the weather begins to change, off go the lights and the trees go outside during the day and inside at night. I baby those trees like they were finest gold. Tim does all the heavy lifting.  In and out, in and out, all summer long. I am glad Tim is such a great sport, though secretly (sometimes not so secretly), I think he wishes they would wither up and die! 

Lemon-Blackberry Tea Cookies

Monetarily those citrus trees are certainly not worth it, but the pleasure and joy they bring with the smell of those blossoms far exceeds anything money can buy.

Lemon-Blackberry Tea Cookies

Lemon Blackberry Tea Cookies

Lemon Blackberry Tea Cookies are sure to please. The lemon infused cookie is soft on the inside with a crispy outside. A pool of blackberry preserves adorning its center. White Chocolate adds the final decadent touch. Great for summer, lemonade and outdoor picnics. The best part is how easy they all come together. 

4.5 from 2 reviews
Lemon-Blackberry Tea Cookies
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Serves: 24
  • 1 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cups oat flour
  • ½ cup whole wheat flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated lemon zest, plus 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup raw sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tbsp Grand Marnier (or 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract and 2 tsp milk)
  • ½ cup blackberry preserves
  • ½ cup white chocolate melts (or white chocolate chips and 1 tsp butter)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flours, baking soda, salt, and lemon zest.
  3. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy.
  4. Add egg, Grand Marnier (or vanilla and milk), and lemon juice and beat until combined.
  5. With mixer on low, beat in flour mixture.
  6. Scoop dough with cookie scoop or by heaping tablespoons, 1 inch apart, onto two baking sheets.
  7. Press slight indentation into center and add 1 tsp blackberry preserves.
  8. Bake until edges are golden, 15 to 18 minutes, rotating sheets halfway through.
  9. Let cool 5 minutes on sheets.
  10. Meanwhile place White Chocolate (is using chips add butter) into small microwave safe dish and microwave on 50 % power for 25 seconds. Stir, if not melted, continue to microwave 15 seconds at a time, till chocolate is completely melted with a smooth consistency.
  11. once cookies have cooled for 5 minutes, lightly drizzle chocolate over cookies. Cool completely so chocolate will harden.
  12. Serve.

 Adapted from Glazed Lemon Cookies by Martha Stewart

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