Tag Archives: pecans

Pecan Sandies

For the past week or so I’ve been completely preoccupied with thoughts of cookies. I’ve been reading recipes and making lists and stocking up on butter and sugar and nuts of all kinds. I think there’s about five pounds of butter in my refrigerator right now. It will all be consumed before the new year. My Christmas cookie assortment is ever-evolving, but the one my family looks for every year is the pecan sandy. Continue reading


Granola Bars Revisited


Last year after much trial and error I came up with a granola bar recipe that I was pretty happy with. But then a coworker started buying these super delicious energy bars by the case. They were basically just nuts and pretzels stuck together with brown rice syrup. I made a mental note to try to make such a bar myself. Then a few months later I discovered yet another delicious energy bar. It was teeny tiny and cost about three dollars and was really just sliced almonds and coconut flakes glued together with brown rice syrup. I like to think that I’m not the kind of sucker who buys three dollar energy bars, so I figured it was time I made my own. Continue reading

Crunchy Granola


I eat this granola just about every day for breakfast with my homemade yogurt. Its pretty much the only breakfast that actually holds me over until lunch time. Its the easiest thing in the world to make and its so much better than store bought granola. You can change it up with whatever nuts and seeds you want. If you want to add dried fruit, mix it in after you bake the granola. Continue reading

Maple Nut Granola Bars


I eat an awful lot of granola bars. I’ve tried a few times over the past couple years to make my own, but it’s a hard thing to get right. You need enough sticky stuff to make them hold together, but too much makes them sickeningly sweet. The first recipe I tried pretty much just made oatmeal cookie bars. Not the same thing. My next few attempts didn’t stick together at all. I finally made a batch that held together, but an excess of brown rice syrup made them like toffee. They were dubbed tooth shattering granola bars. Continue reading