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Carrot Cake Cookies: The World’s Best Vehicle for Cream Cheese Icing

Carrot Cake Cookies: The World’s Best Vehicle for Cream Cheese Icing

I know, empirically, that carrot cake doesn’t count as a serving of vegetables. Or that an incredibly huge slice doesn’t count as two servings of vegetables. I think we all do.

Yet I still have a vague sense that it’s somehow wholesome and good for me, even though my best recipe for carrot cake calls for a whole cup of mayonnaise. A wholesome, somehow good-for-me-excuse to eat frosting in front of company, because it seems bad manners to shovel it in my mouth with a spoon.

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Rosemary in My Cookies?!

Rosemary in My Cookies?!

Wait.. what? Rosemary… cookies? Okay, I gotta try this. So with a function coming up that I needed to provide some nibbles for, I decided these cookies were sufficiently fancy enough to make. I was a little skeptical at first, after all rosemary, my most favorite herb of all time was supposed to be put in savory dishes, not cookies!

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Cardamom Green Tea Butter Cookies

Cardamom Green Tea Butter Cookies

Sometimes, when no one is looking, I open the spice cabinet in my kitchen, pull out the cardamom, and sniff it. It is one of my favorite smells in the world – better than vanilla beans and lilacs. And that’s saying something, don’t you think?

As for matcha, I have been obsessed with green tea flavored foods for at least a decade now. It started with the palest tinted bowl of sushi-house ice cream in my early days and has been a love affair ever since.

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Nilla Failures

Nilla Failures

So off to the kitchen my tot and I went. Me to find the surprisingly few ingredients I needed and him in the hoped of stirring something and licking a spoon. I mixed the dough, rolled it out into long tubes, gave my son a beater paddle and kept one for myself, stuck the cookie snake in the freezer and promptly forgot about it for a few hours.

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