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April 1, 2015

Brown-butter saffron spice brownies

Brown-butter saffron spice brownies, rich and fudgy and a little bit exotic. [ThePerfectPantry.com]

I can count on one hand the number of times I've clipped a recipe from a newspaper or magazine and made the recipe that very same day (or exactly as it's written). More often, the paper turns yellow at the edges before I get around to trying the recipe, and years later, when I find the scrap of paper in a long-buried file, I can't remember why I saved it in the first place. Something about these spice brownies grabbed my attention, and I made them on the day I found the recipe in The Boston Globe. In the slow cooker, I had a kind of North African stew at work, and these fudgy brownies, shot through with the warm spices of that region, made a perfect dessert. I've never put saffron into a brownie before, or taken time to brown the butter, and I admit I had my doubts, but one bite convinced me that all brownies should be made this way, forever.

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December 7, 2014

40 fabulous holiday cookie recipes

40 fabulous holiday cookie recipes from food bloggers.

'Tis the season to make merry, and to make cookies. And to swap cookies, and decorate cookies, and pack cookies in tins and send them to friends and family far away. For me, there are only two types of holiday cookies: ones with chocolate, and ones without. Of the hundreds and hundreds of cookie recipes I've seen on food blogs, here are 40 of my favorites.

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August 27, 2014

Cinnamon chocolate crinkle cookies

My capable assistant helped make these chocolate crinkle cookies.

RIDDLE: How many cooks does it take to make cinnamon chocolate crinkle cookies? Answer: three. You definitely want to have two granddaughters with you in the kitchen, because the cookies just come out better that way. The one who can read organizes the dry ingredients, while the other measures the sugar and cracks the eggs into a bowl. You get to do the hard stuff, like turning on the stand mixer. And when it's time to form the cookies, one girl wields the ice cream scoop to portion out the cookies, one rolls the balls of dough in cinnamon sugar, and you do the hot oven maneuvers. These cookies were a spur-of-the-moment activity for us (hence the iPhone photos), and we didn't want to run to the store for any ingredients. The original recipe calls for chocolate chips, but we didn't have any, and the cookies really don't need them. We added some cinnamon into the dough, for a slightly more complex flavor, and the cookies were a huge hit. You have everything you need -- except two of my favorite kitchen assistants -- right in your own perfect pantry.

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May 27, 2014

Pine nuts (Recipe: toasted piñon shortbread cookies) {vegetarian}

Originally published in July 2006, this updated ingredient post features new photos, links and tweaks to the recipe. If you like shortbread cookies that aren't too sweet, you'll love these buttery pine nut cookies with a hint of cinnamon.

A buttery cookie made with pine nuts, cinnamon, and not too much sugar. #cookies

This weekend we finally got our basil plants into the garden. In fact, they're in need of a trim, and that means pesto, and that means pine nuts.

Or pignoli. Or piñon. Or pinocchi, pinhao, pinolos, pinoccoli ....

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April 13, 2014

The Perfect Pantry's favorite cookies (to help you get through tax day)

Favorite cookies (to help you finish your taxes)! #cookies

Chocolate, sugar, butter, and more chocolate. I don't know about you, but on the upcoming and incredibly stressful day when everyone in America has to file their annual income tax forms, I don't want to go it alone. I want a plate of cookies by my side. Bake some today, and you'll be ready for whatever April 15 brings.

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