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Mint Chocolate Chip Macarons

Have you ever had the stressful but delicious pleasure of making macarons?

Not to be confused with their American, less diva-like cousin, the macaroon.

A few weeks ago I was naively was like, I want to make a macaron that tastes like mint chocolate chip ice cream. I didn’t think they’d be that stressful. OMG was I wrong.

I knew they were gonna be fickle, I just didn’t know how fickle they’d actually be.

Mint Chocolate Chip Macarons

Mint Chocolate Chip Macarons

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Strawberry Chocolate Checkered Cookies

Today I’m headed to Santa Ynez (right by Santa Barbara) for a super short trip for the grocery store ALDI (more on dat soon!). I have a few days of eating and drinking and taking lots and lots of photos—-I’m excited.

It’s super cliche but right now I’m really inspired by trips to the farmer’s market. I don’t always go the farmer’s market, which surprises most people since I live in California but my defense is that I bake a lot and many times when I’m recipe testing for the blog, I already have an idea of what I want to cook and many times the farmer’s market is too fickle. sometimes they have stuff and sometimes they don’t, so I usually just buy my ingredients from the grocery store. but recently, walking through the aisles of the markets has been so inspiring.

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Black Sesame Thumbprint Cookies with Meyer Lemon Curd

This legit is maybe the strangest looking cookie I’ve ever made. I hesitated about sharing this one because I was like, “Are they gonna think I’m weird?!” but then I was like, they already know I’m weird so it’s ok.

We’re friends like that!

These cookies are sort of halloween looking. When I finished them I gave them a little side-eye not gonna lie, but then I tried them and they are so good! SO GOOD.

Black Sesame Thumbprint Cookies with Meyer Lemon Curd

I had black sesame paste in my pantry (not an obvious pantry staple, I know) and was in the mood to incorporate it into a cookie. I googled “tahini thumbprint cookie” to see if it had been done before and the first thing to pop up was my recipe! DUH MOMENT! I made tahini thumbprint cookies with concord jam a few years ago. Forgot about ‘em.

I tweaked this recipe and paired it with lemon curd after I saw these beautiful cookies from Hummingbird High (her blog is so pretty!).

It was the best combination evrrr. Thanks, Michelle for da inspo!

Black Sesame Thumbprint Cookies with Meyer Lemon Curd

Black Sesame Thumbprint Cookies with Meyer Lemon Curd

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Homemade Animal Cookies

“Hey Daniel, you wanna see me eat a giraffe’s head?!”

“You can’t reach a giraffe’s head.”

I’d pull out an giraffe animal cracker and bite its head off like a predator.

My brother would laugh so hard O.J. would come out of his nose. (The juice not the criminal.)

I loved animal crackers as a kid. I loved them so much because they were part toy, part snack.

I’d give the giraffe an old man’s voice and his wife, the bear, an old lady voice. Together their baby was the lion.

They were a family like The Lion King that miraculously got along in the box in my backpack.

Homemade Animal Crackers

Homemade Animal Crackers

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Heartbreak Cookies

For the broken hearted! Or the people who have had a rough few months on The Tinder.

These cookies are dedicated to my former single self who sort of hated Valentine’s day and would vom a little bit when she’d see cute couples at Whole Foods buying groceries to cook dinner with each other. So much side-eye but only because I was really lonely and isolated. Looking back I should’ve learned to enjoy that time so much more.

Heartbreak Cookies

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Miso White Chocolate Chip Cookies

There’s a good chance that you’re giving me stroooong side-eye right now.

“Miso…in coookies?”

Yes, girl. In cookies. I didn’t exactly invent this idea but I have been seeing white and red miso being used in “hip, cool” bakeries so I figured I’d give it a go.

They add a lot of rich nuttiness to cookies, think peanut butter or almond butter. This cookie almost tastes like it has a mild nut butter in it rather than miso but not really. It’s hard to describe, but I will say it’s very savory. It goes SO well with white chocolate. And the salt just takes it over the edge.

Miso White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yesterday I showed a lil’ sneak peek on the Instagram and a lot of ppl were like WHITE MACADAMIA! And I was like well…sorta.

And they sort of remind me of them but more interesting. Remember when you’d go to the mall, eat a Mrs. Field cookie and look at lingerie in Victoria’s Secret and go to The Gap. I miss those dayz!

I actually always dreamed of getting those cookie cakes with my name written on them but then when the time came, I could never make the sacrifice because I LOVE CAKE.

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Izy's Swedish Chocolate Cake | www.acozykitchen.com

I’m currently watching Little Women over and over with a million blankets over me. It’s legit cold in LA, like, maybe colder than New York and other parts of the east coast. WEIRD! But I’m not complaining, I love it, please continue this, LA.

Not sure if you noticed but it’s December and the world has been taken over by gingerbread houses and buche de noels and hot toddies. I’ve been out of town for the past few weekends so the next few days are my first time heading into to holiday soirees.

If you, too, are looking to make something chill and delicious, here are some options:

Strawberry Pistachio Nougat: It’s fruity and crunchy and looks oh so pretty.

Strawberry Pistachio Nougat

If a brownie and a cookie had an illegitimate love-child, this would be it: The Brookie

Brookies (Brownies + Cookies) | www.acozykitchen.com

Izy’s recipe for Swedish Cake is one of my favorite super quick and easy baking recipes. Super legit.

Izy's Swedish Chocolate Cake | www.acozykitchen.com

Matcha Swirl Cheesecake. It’s fancy and green. V V festive.

Matcha Cheesecake

The only thing better than normal cookies is a GIGANTIC Cookie: Dark Chocolate Skillet Cookie (with walnuts of course!)

Dark Chocolate Chunk and Walnut Skillet Cookie | www.acozykitchen.com

I’m no cookie decorator. Good gracious no, but I do love these little Rye Cloud Sugar Cookies.

Rye Sugar Cookies

More matcha because always more matcha: Matcha Chocolate Cake

Triple-Layer Chocolate Matcha Cake | www.acozykitchen.com

The flavor of brown butter and orange works so lovely together. Imagine warm madelines on Christmas morning. YAS!

Brown Butter Orange Madeleines

Mini Pound Cakes with Roasted Grapes and Labneh. Everything is better in mini form. You know dis.

Mini Pound Cakes with Lebneh Frosting and Roasted Grapes

Showing up to a party with a Big-Ass Doughnut might be a million times better than dozen cookies.

Big Ass Doughnut (w/ Big Sprinkles, Too)

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Homemade Mint Milano Cookies

To kick things off on this chill Wednesday, let’s start with some fun event news! This Saturday I’ll be at Eat Boutique in Boston hosting a wreath-making workshop and eating pop tarts and signing books. Please come! The wreath-making workshop is $30 and you’ll walk away with a wreath to hang on your door!

Now, cookies.

These cookies were the thing that my mom had to hide from me after she she her weekly grocery shopping. She’d always buy a bag or two and by the next day they were usually GONE. All that was left were those little crinkle-y white liners they came in.

Homemade Minty Milano Cookies

Homemade Mint Milano Cookies

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Chocolate Hazelnut Linzer Cookies (Homemade Nutella!)

Cookie season! It’s my favorite time. Glittery lights, appetizers galore, ugly sweaters that are warm and cozy…and cookies! So many cookies! This past weekend I’ve been in Portland for a mini vacation with Josh. We’ve been eating our way through the city, while shivering because we live in California. I’ve enjoyed every minute of it! Enough about Portland (I’ll talk more about later), let’s talk holiday cookies!

Chocolate Hazelnut Linzer Cookies (Homemade Nutella!)

These cookies are a simple shortbread cookie with homemade nutella in the center, which has been on my to­make list for a very long time. For this post, I teamed up with my favorite blender in the entire world, the Vitamix S55, which is slightly smaller than the big one you’re probably used to seeing. I actually favor this version because it’s smaller and more compact
but even though it’s teenier in size, it still is very powerful.

Chocolate Hazelnut Linzer Cookies (Homemade Nutella!)

It makes the smoothest of soups, the most delicious smoothies and the best nut butters. The cookies begin by roasting the hazelnuts until they’re fragrant and dark brown. The smell from the hazelnuts smell like Christmas.

When they cool down a bit, the hazelnuts are transferred to the Vitamix where they’re ground up. Using the tamper, guide the hazelnuts towards the blades; the tamper is designed to never touch the blades. After blending for 2-3 minutes, you will have a really smooth and creamy nut butter

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Cinnamon Sugar Fortune Cookies | www.acozykitchen.com

I have a fun weekend activity for you. Here it goes:

1. Throw a bunch of dog treats in the air and scream “IM MAKING IT RAIN!” And then see your dog freak out and run around trying to eat them as quickly as possible.

Don’t have a dog? No biggie, here’s another fun weekend activity: Make fortune cookies.

I first had intentions of making these fortune cookies REALLY dark. Think Cards of Humanity but with fortunes. People are sensitive on the internets, I have found, so I kept it one-hundred, as they say.

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