The hardest part about my mom going vegan is, without a doubt, the absence of all of our favorite desserts. She is an extraordinary baker, so not getting to see cookies and brownies galore in our kitchen just feels strange! She was given the book Chloe’s Vegan Desserts, and for Merry Grace’s birthday we had the opportunity to give her Cupcake Wars winning recipe a try! There are many steps, and it does take a good deal of time, but they are worth the effort!
I’ve mentioned on here before that my mother has recently gone plant-based. While the transition has been an enormous lesson, it has also been an opportunity for expanding our recipe book. We used to joke that mom only had “five famous meals” and when we sat down at the table for dinner we would playfully exclaim “Oh good! Number 4, my favorite!” To be fair, she only had five meals because there were only five meals that her picky daughters could all agree on! Since we have grown, and so, too, have our palettes, we have learned that our mother is an extraordinary and quite adventurous cook! One great example: this African Peanut Soup! Continue reading “African Peanut Soup”
For today’s post, I invited one of my dear friends from Pure Barre, Autumn, to share her story. Autumn and I met one fateful day at the studio, and we were each other’s biggest cheerleaders as we attempted to hit 250 classes in one year. Over the years we have shared our love of Pure Barre, family, shared wedding visions, and most importantly: cookies! Continue reading “12 days of Christmas Cookies – Sugar Cookies with Autumn Walters”
I realized in planning out my 12 Days of Christmas Cookies that precisely because of the fact that all of my recipes are stolen from her, I would be absolutely remise if I didn’t feature my own mother! As the woman who taught me to bake, and the brains behind the entire cookie operation at our house, we need to hear from the master!
Within a few readings of Emily’s blog, one immediately notices that this girl loves to bake! She comes by it honestly as both sisters and her mom are happiest when we are baking – particularly when we get to give it away! Molly’s cakes are blue ribbon worthy and Merry Grace’s banana bread is “I’ll just have one more piece” delicious, but the real crème de la crème is our cookies!
In looking through all of my family’s Christmas cookie recipes, I realized that most of them aren’t, in fact, very “Christmas-y.” Truly, what makes them Christmas cookies is just that we make them at Christmas. While this is totally fine, sometimes, you just want something that screams CHRISTMAS. These cookies do exactly that!
My mother in law, Bobbie, is an extraordinary cook. She is the first person I’ve ever known to make cauliflower taste good, and there are some things that I know she makes that I don’t even try to replicate. It would be a fool’s errand! Over Thanksgiving, I of course asked her to teach me to make one of her favorite Christmas cookies: thumbprints!
For today’s post, I reached out to my oldest friend, Gina. When I first met Gina she was a 14 year old that didn’t have the slightest clue how to cook (she used to joke that she didn’t know you had to take the soup out of the can to cook it!), but she has blossomed into one of the finest I know! She bakes literally a dozen pies each Thanksgiving, just for people she loves! This past year, she has begun her own small business. I am so proud of her for taking this leap of faith, and if taste has anything to do with it, she’ll be a huge success! If you get a chance, check out her Instagram account, @BakedbyG, but be prepared to start drooling at the sight of her delicacies!