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Slice 'n' Bake Coffee Cookies with Chocolate-Covered Espresso Beans Recipe

A crisp coffee-flavored cookie, a favorite for more than twenty years, ever since my friend Lisa won "best cookie of the year" with the recipe at our cookie swap way back forever ago. Don't they look like they'd take forever to make and be oh-so-fussy? But they're not. You'll make a batch with just 20 minutes hands-on time. Plus? I'll never call a cookie "diet food" but each cookie has just 50 calories and adds up to just one Weight Watchers point. Gorgeous on a cookie plate! Some 21 cookie swaps ago, my dear friend Lisa took first prize in the “best cookie of the year” contest with this cookie recipe. How do I know? Call me a packrat but I still keep old 3x5 recipe cards. So retro, I know, but I love the history in margin notes! This one reads, “Mexican Coffee Crisps, 1991 Cookie Exchange – Lisa’s - #1!” Every Christmas since, I’ve made these bite-size, coffee-flavored cookies. But this year, I noticed how little sugar is in the dou

Cranberry Linzer Tart Recipe

Isn't this Cranberry Linzer Tart just beautiful? You know, as if it came from a European bakery, the places where the pastries taste as good as they look? But I made it and you can too! The crust is made with toasted almonds and – get this – pressed into the tart pan. That's right, no rolling! The recipe comes from a brand-new European tart cookbook published by my friend Helen, a long-time professional baker and the "goddess of pastry". Her bakery Truffes is the source of the recipes but you'll see, they're not the "hard" bakery recipes, they're the "easy" bakery recipes that home cooks can handle with ease. Helen's cookbook has given me so much confidence, we're hosting a holiday dessert party this weekend! At age 18, I arrived in Finland tall and slim, the way nearly all girls that age once were. That year as an exchange student, I discovered European bread, European yogurt, European cheese and oh my – European pa