Gingerbread Cookies and St. Frank Textiles

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Is there any kind of food that says Christma more than a gingerbread cookie? There is just something about the flavor of gingerbread that makes me think about decorating the tree by a cozy fire while Christmas music is playing in the background. And they are so much fun to make because you can choose any shape that you want! I love to get out my cookie cutters each Christmas season and play with them – it makes me feel like a kid! Of course the standard gingerbread man is adorable, but there are so many fun options.  This year I was inspired by these gorgeous ornaments  from St. Frank.

St. Frank sells handmade textiles that are sourced from artisans around the world. This holiday season they are featuring a limited edition Birds of Peace ornament set that consists of four embroidered birds, each one with a unique and beautiful pattern. So I added a new cookie cutter to my collection and got to work.
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Oreo Inspired Cookies: Chewy Chocolate-White Chocolate Chip Cookies

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When I came across this recipe, I was so intrigued.  A regular cookie that tastes like an Oreo?  A cookie dough that has no eggs in it? I knew I had to try it!  And I am so glad that I did, because these are delicious!!  The flavor does in fact remind me of an Oreo, although a much better one!!  The cookies are rich in chocolate flavor, and the white chocolate chips are the perfect complement to the fudgy cookie.  I have never baked cookies without eggs, but somehow it worked!  And because there is no egg in the dough I can eat it without TheBetterHalf telling me that I’m going to get salmonella! (TheBetterHalf: CateyLou is going to get salmonella. It’s inevitable. Don’t say I didn’t tell you so.)  I ordered some of this cocoa powder from King Arthur Flour, and I think it is the best cocoa powder I have tried.  It is so rich in flavor!   Continue reading