Sweets

Cookies

 
Christmas 2016 Cookie Assortment

Linzer Stars, Pecan Whiskey Balls, Marzipan Cookies, Biscotti (three kinds – Amaretto Cherry Almond, Pistachio, Anisette Orange Almond), and Identity Crisis Cookies – so named because I couldn’t decide whether to make chocolate chip walnut or oatmeal raisin or toasted coconut and since I had all of those on hand…well, you get the picture.
 
Red Currant Raspberry Linzer Cookies
Stars for Christmas…
Red Currant-Raspberry Linzer Stars
…and hearts for Valentine’s Day.
Homemade Valentine's Linzer Cookies.
Post-sugaring on the butcher block: an exercise in negative space.
Butcher block post-sugaring.
 
Marzipan Cookies
Marzipan Cookies
 
Finger Cookies
Apricot Filled Butter Cookies
Apricot filled butter cookies, dipped in chocolate and rolled in toasted almonds.

Put ’em all together, they spell Christmas….
cookies plated
 
Nanaimo Bars
Nanaimo Bars
My take on Nanaimo Bars. Frangelico in the chocolate layer, Amaretto in the custard layer, and a few other modifications.
 

And Not Cookies

 
Pumpkin Pie
Pumpkin Pie
Homemade Pumpkin Pie (yes, from a real pumpkin, not a can) – a decadently rich recipe I’ve been tweaking for years that I’m finally happy with. Topped with buttery, crunchy toasted pecan brittle (yep, that’s homemade too) and the obligatory whipped cream.
 
Rich’s English Trifle
(Or, Not Your Mum’s Pudding)
Rich's English Trifle
Named Rich’s English Trifle because it’s so far removed from Traditional English Trifle at this point as to be unrecognizable to the average Limey.
 
Custardy Chocolate Babka Bread Pudding
Chocolate Babka Bread Pudding
Okay, so the way I made this dish has more cheats in it than there are in Congress, but I didn’t want to waste some delicious chocolate babka that had gone stale so I turned it into Custardy Chocolate Babka Bread Pudding. Quick, easy, and packed with even more calories than the original!