Linzer Torte Cookies

Linzer Cookies.  These came out so much better than I thought they were so I had to include this recipe in my blog.  The cherry preserves are from Zabar’s store in Manhattan.

3/4 cup Earth Balance Vegan Buttery Sticks
1/2 cup organic sugar or a natural sugar substitute such as Truvia stevia blend
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 large egg yolk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
3/4 cup almond flour
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
jam or preserves for filling (I used cherry preserves from Zabar’s)
confectioners’ sugar or glazing sugar, for dusting, melted chocolate

How To Stencil Cookies

How To  Stencil Cookies. While these cookies aren’t exactly the same as my logo Cinnamon Sweet Shoppe Cookie, they are very similar.  They do take some time as you must clean the stencil with a damp cloth and completely dry them before each cookie.

Check out my Birdhouse Cookies Birdhouse Cookies for recipe and icing how-tos.
Stencils available at 


Valentine’s Day Heart Cookies, 2018

Amidst being busy at work and with other things, I managed to squeeze out this Valentine’s Day Heart Cookie video.  And I might be able to squeeze out another one for next week.

Be sure to check out my other Decorated Cookies for recipes and ideas.

Coconut Snowball Cookies

1 cup sweetened flaked coconut
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/4 cups Confectioner’s Sugar
salt, pinch
6 tablespoons Earth Balance Vegan Buttery Stick, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 teaspoons milk of choice (I used almond in the video)

Mocha Brownie Cake (Reduced Sugar)

Mocha Brownie Cake. There are plenty of reasons to cut down on sugar other than the obvious one of high calories.  Sugar accelerates the aging process, is bad for your heart and causes tooth decay.   While you don’t have to give up sugar entirely, consuming it in moderation is ok.

The ingredients to make this recipe are:

For the cake
3/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 -1/2 ounces semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate, chopped (you can also use a combination of  both chocolates.  Remember that bittersweet has less sugar than semi-sweet)
2 -1/2 ounces of unsweetened chocolate, chopped
3 ounces Earth Balance Vegan Buttery sticks (or unsalted butter
5 large eggs
1 cup Truvia Cup for Cup Stevia blend
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3 tablespoons fat free plain Greek yogurt

For the Ganache
1 -1/4 cups heavy cream
3 tablespoons Earth Vegan Buttery sticks (or unsalted butter)
3 tablespoons Truvia Cup for Cup Stevia blend
12 ounces bittersweet, semi-sweet, or a combination of both, chocolate chopped
1/4 cup hot strong brewed coffee

Can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

Cinnamon Spritz Cookies

The “secret” ingredient in this Cinnamon Spritz Cookie is a spice called Cardamon.  Most grocery stores do sell this but it is on the pricey side.

2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 sticks, Earth Balance Vegan Buttery Sticks (or you may use unsalted butter), softened at room temperature
3/4 cup organic sweetener or any natural sugar substitute such as a stevia blend
1 large egg

Filling: 1 container of Ricemellow Creme


Winter Gingerbread House Cookies

This weeks gingerbread house cookies were made using the same template as last weeks cookies.  Just a different way of decorating them.  Be sure to check them out.

Gingerbread House 2017

This years gingerbread house is a new design.  I used a basic gingerbread house pattern that you can find anywhere and made the gingerbread from scratch using my Best Gingerbread Cookie Recipe

Chefast Stainless Steel Drinking Straws

From time to time a company will ask me to review one of their products. If you’ve watched any of my previous videos, I give an honest opinion.  A family owned company called Chefast sent me these stainless steel drinking straws for free.  While they are not paying me to do this review, I do make a little bit of money should you purchase the product using this link.

I hope you enjoy these straws as much as I do.

Gingerbread House Cookies 2017

A few years ago my Postage Stamp Gingerbread House cookies were a hit.

The idea came from this US Postage Stamp.

Using the same templates that I made from the postage stamp above, I created this years Gingerbread House Cookies in the video.  And of course I used my Best Gingerbread Cookie Recipe