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Quickest Cookies Ever
Second one in a week!
Chocolate Lebkuchen
About this Cook
These days we have an empty nest, which means we have no picky eaters around. We like to eat, but cooking is not a passion. I look for the least complicated way to get tasty results. I collect cookbooks with lots of colorful pictures for inspiration, but rarely follow recipes without introducing my own short cut or special "twist".
My favorite things to cook
Soups and bread (using the bread machine for yeast dough). Around the holidays I make waaaay too many cookies! Juanita's Chocolate Lebkuchen recipe on this site is my all time favorite.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Having the whole family together for Thanksgiving, or any other special meal throughout the year.
My cooking triumphs
I recently tried, for the first time, a cookie recipe I'd clipped from a magazine in 1991, and it was surprisingly wonderful. Who knows what treasures lurk. Also, there was a moment of "Eureka!" learning that 9 seconds in the microwave will soften a cookie and make it seem fresh-baked.
My cooking tragedies
I have had too many to recall, but we usually eat them in any case. The paramount rule I have learned is to never experiment with a new recipe when company is coming.
Recipe Reviews 33 reviews
German Puff Pancakes
I can't imagine anyone down-rating this recipe. It's fool-proof and the best thing is it has no sugar except what you put on top. I divide the default quantity between two 10-inch cast iron skillets, and it serves 4-6 people. Preheat the skillets with the butter in the oven while you mix the rest. Traditionally served with a sprinkling of lemon juice and powdered sugar, or you can make a fancy dessert by ladling on any kind of fresh fruit or fruit pie filling. It could be a dinner or brunch dish, too, if you serve it with veggies and mushrooms or creamed chicken or beef or even fish. You won't be sorry you tried this!

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 4, 2014
Sugar Cookie Icing
I have used it for many years, and it's great except that when it says to add more corn syrup it consistently needs 3 times as much as the recipe says. Do not make a larger batch because it will start to dry in the bowl before you can use it up. Just repeat the easy recipe if you have more cookies. In recent years I have quit using corn syrup and instead make a clear syrup using 3 Tbsp granulated sugar and 3 Tbsp water cooked together for 2 and 1/2 min. in my 1250W microwave. I can't tell any difference and it saves the bother of having light corn syrup around with no other purpose than this recipe.

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 7, 2013
Divine Hard-Boiled Eggs
I have cooked eggs this way for years, and it's by far the easiest and most foolproof. If you forget them nothing much happens because the water is steadily cooling off. If your shells stick it is not because of the cooking method but is the result of cooking eggs that are too fresh. They lose moisture as they age and will come out of the shells more easily if you wait to cook them at about a week or less before the date on the box. Also, as others have mentioned, I leave them in the pan with plenty of ice water and they will be cold about twenty minutes after cooking.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 10, 2013
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