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Just Five Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies (with coconut!)

Just Five Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies (with coconut!)

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Who can argue with a batch of just FIVE cookies?  It’s the ideal amount to hoard for the weekend, or to share with someone really nice (or someone you wish were nicer!)  That’s why we have to call them perfect.  That, and the fact that they are delicious on their own or with any sorts of add-ins you come up with.  I put flaked coconut in mine, but you can let yourself be inspired by any number of other mixer-ideas.  Take, for example, Momofuku Milk Bar’s Compost Cookies.  Pastry chef Christina Tosi adds pretzels, potato chips, coffee grounds, oatmeal, butterscotch chips, graham cracker crumbs… you see?

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Small Cake Series: Orange-Ginger Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Icing

Small Cake Series: Orange-Ginger Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Icing

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Each year, Mr. Luxury, Little S, and I celebrate Easter with a special springtime dinner.  We also have friends whose springtime celebrations include Passover*, Nowruz, Whitsunday, and even just a big party for the vernal equinox.  Whatever you are celebrating this spring, I hope you feel the wonder of the earth coming back to life all around you.  This is the small cake I love to make for our Easter dessert, and it’s seriously the very best carrot cake I have ever tasted.  Use it for any (small) party you want!

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Small-Batch Pink Lemonade Shortbread Cookies

Small-Batch Pink Lemonade Shortbread Cookies

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The other day I needed a small and beautiful treat to say thank you to a friend.  Many people I know feel just like I do:  we love sweets, but also don’t want a big plate of something amazing just hanging around calling our name every time we pass the kitchen.  Enter the Small Plate of Something Amazing.  I love these Pink Lemonade Shortbread Cookies because they are quick, beautiful, customizable, and gone in a few bites.

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