Weekend Cooking: Chocolate Chip Pecan Oatmeal Cookies

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Last weekend it finally dipped below 80 on Saturday evening so I gleefully switched on the oven and mixed up some cookie batter. I haven’t baked for months and months because it was just too hot (and humid for most of that time too) and having the oven on for an extended period of time would be ridiculously self-punishing. I love chocolate chip cookies, but I wanted something with a bit more oomph. In addition to pecans and oatmeal these include several spices and orange zest, which seemed a bit strange but works quite well. Here’s the recipe I used and I highly recommend it.

Unfortunately, my plans to bake this weekend went unrealized as it was back up to almost 100 degrees and I just couldn’t bear to heat up the house.

Have you baked anything lately?

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Weekend Cooking: Lemon Ricotta Cookies

On Sunday evening I made these soft, glazed cookies as a little treat to enjoy while watching the first episode of the new season of Downton Abbey. I have a ton of citrus right now as nearly everyone here in Phoenix have lemon, orange or grapefruit trees and most people are desperate to give it all away or bad things can happen. My boss has a lemon tree and brings me lemons almost every day so instead of using them to flavor my tea or water I thought I’d make these cookies instead. They were good, but I think I would add more lemon if I made them again as the flavor was almost too bland. I think I would rather save my lemons to make lemon bars instead (one of my favorite treats).

Do you like lemon flavored desserts?

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