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Recipe: Cookies for the Holidays

December 29, 2010 by Kelleigh Dulany

Now that Christmas is past, people are planning their New Years celebrations. Our contribution is a wonderful new cookie we discovered this week. The original recipe is called Hazelnut-Butter Cookies with Chocolate Chips, from Bon Apetit. We didn’t have hazelnut butter handy, so substituted Nutella, and it was fantastic!

Try these for New Years Eve, or any time!


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup creamy unsalted hazelnut butter (we used Nutella here)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 12-ounce package semisweet mini chocolate chips (2 cups)


  1. Sift first four ingredients into medium bowl.
  2. Using electric mixer, beat butter, hazelnut butter, and both sugars in large bowl until light and fluffy.
  3. Beat in egg and vanilla.
  4. Beat in flour mixture.
  5. Stir in chocolate chips.
  6. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours (can be prepared a day ahead, if kept refrigerated. Soften dough slightly at room temperature before shaping).
  7. Preheat oven to 350F.
  8. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Using 1 level tablespoon for each cookie, roll dough between palms of hands into 1-inch balls. Arrange 1 inch apart on prepared sheets.
  9. Bake one sheet at a time until cookies are golden brown, about 12 minutes.
  10. Let cool on sheets on racks 5 minutes, then transfer cookies to racks and cool.

Option: You can also add 1/2 cup skinless, chopped hazelnuts when you add the chocolate chips, for a nuttier cookie.

Makes about 4 dozen cookies.

Crunchy on the outside, soft and delicious on the inside.

Mmmmmmm! Enjoy!

Morning Glorious – the last fling of autumn

October 30, 2010 by Kelleigh Dulany

Every year our red maple across the driveway is the last to turn colors (it began only a couple of days ago), and one of the last to drop its leaves (should be good for another week or so, depending on wind, rain, etc.).

This morning, with the early morning sun coming up on it, the leaves seemed to glow a deep red and orange. What a beauty that tree is!

It is always with a tinge of sadness that we see it turn colors, however, as that is also the sure sign that autumn is nearly over, and winter will soon be here. Of course, the prospect of winter brings its own pleasures!

First, we have Sparkle Weekend, the first weekend in December, with parade, festival, L.L. Bean’s Northern Lights, and more! Then there is all of the traditional Christmas shopping and events, followed by New Year’s Eve and the huge celebration to ring in the new year. And then we start all over again, with January and snow and all that can be done with cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and more!

All that, from one little tree!