Tahini Blondies

Cookies, Unfussy
If anyone ever asked what my favorite texture would be, these would be my answer. A little dense, tender and chewy. The tahini is reminiscent of peanut butter, but not as heavy-handed. Yum with a capital Y.

  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup tahini, well stirred
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons white sesame seeds

Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 9″x13″ baking pan. Line with a parchment sling so the long sides of the pan have excess parchment hanging over.

In a medium saucepan melt the butter and brown sugar together until the sugar has dissolved. Remove the pan from heat and stir in the tahini and the sea salt – the mixture may look a little broken, which is okay. Let cool slightly. Whisk in eggs, one at a time until fully combined. Whisk in the vanilla extract.

Stir together the flour and baking powder. Fold the flour into the tahini mixture until there are no streaks. Pour into the prepared pan, spread evenly, and sprinkle with the sesame seeds.

Bake for 20-25 minutes, until the top is lightly browned and the center has firmed up.

Let cool completely then refrigerate for at least an hour (otherwise the bars may crack) before lifting out of the pan and cutting into squares.

Whole Wheat Thumbprints

Cookies, Unfussy
These whole wheat thumbprint cookies are super easy. This puzzle is not. Luckily, these cookies keep well for many days.
  • 4 cups whole wheat flour (480g)
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar (225g)
  • 1 1/3 cups butter (300g), room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 eggs
  • Best jam you have
  • Extra sugar for pressing

Preheat oven to 400°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

Combine flour, baking powder, sugar and butter in the mixer with the paddle attachment. Mix on low for a few minutes until the butter is incorporated.

Whisk eggs together in a small bowl and pour into the flour mixture. Mix until incorporated.

Form into balls using a cookie scoop or spoon, using about 2 tablespoons of dough per ball. Slightly flatten each ball with a flat-bottomed glass dipped in granulated sugar. Make an indentation in the center of the cookie using your finger or a teaspoon. Don’t sweat the cracks, unless the jam will leak out, then fix the crack. Fill indentation with jam.

Bake for 15-20 minutes, the cookies are just starting to brown. Rotate the cookie sheets halfway through baking.

Let cool completely before storing, but be sure to eat one warm first. These keep well for many days.


Cookies, Unfussy

*These are soft molasses cookies – they do not snap.

If you only make one batch of cookies this winter, this should be it. This is an all-time favorite family recipe for 2 going on 3 generations.

3/4 cup unsalted butter
1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1 egg
1/4 cup molasses
2 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cloves
1 rounded teaspoon ginger

Cream butter and brown sugar until very light and fluffy, scraping the bowl as needed. This can take up to 10+ minutes if your butter is cold. Be patient. Make sure the mixture is totally uniform in color with no dark streaks. Whisk together flour, baking soda and spices in a medium bowl. When butter and sugar are ready, beat in egg and molasses. Stir in flour mixture until combined.

Scoop the dough into balls and place on a lined cookie sheet or container that will fit in your refrigerator. Cover and let them chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour or up to overnight. Or freeze the scooped dough balls for up to 2 months (or something like that).

When ready to bake: Preheat oven to 350°F. Roll each dough ball completely in granulated or Turbinado sugar, place on lined baking sheet about 2 inches apart and bake for 12-15 minutes until just barely starting to brown on the outside. Baking time will vary depending on the size of your dough balls and if you are baking from the refrigerator or the freezer.

Horchata Crispy Treats

It’s back to school so that means keep it simple. I wanted to doctor up rice crispy treats so I added plenty of cinnamon and vanilla for Horchata-inspired treats. They taste like fall is just around the corner.

  • 4 TBSP unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 12 ounces mini marshmallows
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 6 cups Rice Krispies
  • Extra cinnamon for sprinkling on top

Line an 8″ square pan with parchment. Grease the parchment.

Melt butter in a large saucepan. Add cinnamon and stir until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add marshmallows and stir until melted. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract and salt. Gently stir in Rice Krispies until uniformly coated in marshmallow mixture. Sprinkle lightly with cinnamon.

Press into prepared pan. Let sit several hours. Cut into giant squares.

Peach Crumb Cake

Breakfast, Unfussy


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tsp. almond extract
  • 3 cups peeled, diced fresh peaches

Crumb Topping:

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease or line a 9×13″ pan.

Make Cake: Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg and mix well to combine. Stir in baking soda and salt. Add the flour, one third at a time, alternating with the buttermilk. Stir in almond extract and half of the peaches. Spread into the prepared pan.

Sprinkle remaining half of the peaches evenly over the top of the cake.

Make Crumb: Whisk flour, sugar, cinnamon and salt together. Pour in butter and vanilla extract and stir until the mixture is evenly moistened.

Spread crumb mixture evenly over the cake batter. Bake at 350°F for 40-45 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.