Over the past several weeks my kitchen has been used more often than when I ran my little B&B. (That may be a stretch, but you get the idea.) Except for the cleanup, I find baking and cooking extremely therapeutic. Plus, the rewards for my efforts are always worth it.

Pistachio Shortbread Cookies with Dark Chocolate Filling | Inspired by Charm

As you know, I’ve been pushing myself to try some new things this year and hope to venture into more of the savory side of things soon. But for now, I’m happy to focus on the sweeter things in life.

Pistachio Shortbread Cookies with Dark Chocolate Filling | Inspired by Charm

Speaking of pushing myself, I’m always up for a good challenge. So when my friends at KitchenAid gave me the challenge to MAKE SHORTBREAD TALL, I was in! The only other time I’ve tried my hands at shortbread was when I made one of my family’s favorite cookies, this White Chocolate and Cherry Shortbread. KitchenAid wanted to see if I could make Pistachio Shortbread Cookie Sandwiches with a Dark Chocolate Filling. I was actually thrilled to get this challenge since I had never really made something like this before. And I love me some pistachios!

Pistachio Shortbread Cookies with Dark Chocolate Filling | Inspired by Charm

I was fortunate to find shelled pistachios at my local grocery store. (I figured I’d have to shell them so this was a big win!) I wanted to include pistachios in the dough and also sprinkle some on the cookies. For the dough, I needed the pistachios to be finely chopped – almost ground. I knew my KitchenAid® Food Processor, with its three power settings, ExactSlice™ System, and Ultra Wide Mouth™ Feed Tube, would meet the challenge. It’s capable of slicing, shredding, kneading, chopping and puréeing almost any food. I threw about a half a cup of shelled pistachios in with the standard blade, turned it on high and within minutes I had exactly what I was looking for. This would infuse the cookie with flavor without being overly crunchy.

Pistachio Shortbread Cookies with Dark Chocolate Filling | Inspired by Charm

I then threw in some more pistachios and gave them a quick buzz around, leaving them a little chunkier. This would add a nice crunch to the top of the cookie. Perfect!

Pistachio Shortbread Cookies with Dark Chocolate Filling | Inspired by Charm

With the pistachios ready, I pulled out my stand mixer to get the dough working. As I learned from the recipe, shortbread isn’t easy. It actually took me two attempts. So I thought I would share a couple tricks to make it easier for you.

Pistachio Shortbread Cookies with Dark Chocolate Filling | Inspired by Charm

First, make sure the butter is super soft. Leave it out overnight. When you are ready to make your dough, unwrap the butter, set it on a plate, and give it about 10 – 15 seconds in the microwave so it just starts to melt. Since there is no liquid in the dough, this helps to prevent your dough from getting too crumbly.

Pistachio Shortbread Cookies with Dark Chocolate Filling | Inspired by Charm

Second, when rolling out the dough, work in small batches. If the dough is still a little too crumbly, sprinkle it with a little milk. That will help to bring things back together. I think shortbread is one of those things, like pie crust, that you need to get comfortable with “how it feels” before you can perfect your art.

Pistachio Shortbread Cookies with Dark Chocolate Filling | Inspired by Charm

Pistachio Shortbread Cookies with Dark Chocolate Filling | Inspired by Charm

The chocolate filling and glaze are very simple to make and come together quickly. I used dark chocolate, but if you prefer milk chocolate, feel free to make the substitution.

Pistachio Shortbread Cookies with Dark Chocolate Filling | Inspired by Charm

Pistachio Shortbread Cookies with Dark Chocolate Filling | Inspired by Charm

Let me show you how to make these.

Pistachio Shortbread Cookies with Dark Chocolate Filling | Inspired by Charm

Pistachio Shortbread Cookies with Dark Chocolate Filling

Here's what you will need:

Pistachio Shortbread Cookies:
3 sticks unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar, plus extra for sprinkling
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cups pistachios, very finely chopped
1/8 teaspoon salt

Chocolate filling:
1 stick butter, softened
1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
3 tablespoons special dark cocoa powder
2 tablespoons milk
1 tablespoon vanilla

Chocolate drizzle:
6 ounces dark chocolate
1 tablespoon Crisco
1/8 cup pistachios, coarsely chopped

 

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and 1 cup sugar until combined. Then add the vanilla.

Next add the flour, pistachios, and salt to the mixture. Mix on low speed until the dough starts to come together. Shape the dough into a flat disc, wrap in plastic and chill for at least 30 minutes.

Once the dough is chilled, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

On a lightly floured surface roll out the dough so that it is 1/4-inch thick. Cut out the cookies with a round cookie cutter or the top of a round glass. Place the cookies on an ungreased baking sheet and sprinkle with sugar. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes, until the edges begin to brown. Allow to cool at room temperature.

To make the filling, in your mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, combine the butter, powdered sugar, cocoa powder, milk, and vanilla. Mix until smooth. If necessary, you can add more milk for a smoother filling or more powdered sugar to stiffen it up.

Once the cookies are cool, fill a piping bag or a plastic baggie with the chocolate filling. Pipe onto half of the cookies. Then top with a second cookie and gently press until the filling spreads to the edges.

For the drizzle, melt the chocolate chips and shortening in a microwavable bowl (or in a double broiler). Allow the mixture to cool slightly, then transfer to a plastic bag. Snip off a tiny portion of one corner of the bag and drizzle the chocolate on top of the cookies. Sprinkle with chopped pistachios for a garnish.

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And that completes your cookies. Grab a cup of milk, coffee, or tea and enjoy!

Pistachio Shortbread Cookies with Dark Chocolate Filling | Inspired by Charm

The combination of the sweet cookie, dark chocolate, and salty pistachios is kind of magical.

Pistachio Shortbread Cookies with Dark Chocolate Filling | Inspired by Charm

Pistachio Shortbread Cookies with Dark Chocolate Filling | Inspired by Charm

To make matters even better, they totally look like mini-masterpieces. What do you think? As you know from previous recipes I posted here, I especially love doing a cross-hatch with the chocolate. It’s simple, but looks so professional.

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Comments

  • Wendy, A Day in the Life on the Farm at

    These look delicious….I am definitely going to give them a try. Perhaps for my St. Patrick Day dinner party since the pistachios add a touch of green.

  • dawn@joyfulscribblings at

    These look wonderful. I love pistachios and shortbread. I would weigh 200 pounds if I baked as much as you do. Homemade cookies and cakes are my downfall, but they taste oh so good πŸ™‚

    • margie at

      I am really happy you shared this recipe I’ve been looking for something else to make and these look awesome so I’m going to try these out. Mike you seem like a pretty awesome guy I wish you the best!!! I can’t wait to enjoy these for my family and if it works out I’m going to make them for my daughter in laws baby shower! Again Thank you,Margie

  • dawn@joyfulscribblings at

    Oops! I forgot about the challenge. I can’t really say I’ve had a big challenge lately. I did make homemade frosting for some cookies which normally I shy away from making frosting and it turned out great.

  • Emily at

    Winning combination in deed. I love the salty / sweet in my sweets, so these are definitely going on my to-do list! My most recently (as of yesterday) conquered challenge was that I made a triple layer lemon and blueberry cake. My first cake that wasn’t in the trusty 9×13!

  • Kylee at

    These look delicious, and so pretty! The latest kitchen challenge I’ve conquered is making fresh pasta. While the Kitchenaid mixer attachment would be amazing, I’m getting by with a cheap hand-crank pasta maker!

  • kelly D at

    I solved a recent cooking challenge by preparing pasta sauce in the crock pot while my kids were at a practice. We were staying out late and I would not of had the time to cook otherwise. When we got home, I just needed to cook the pasta and the sauce was ready and came out great.

  • Karissa at

    Love your site! I recently solved a minor baking challenge. I made Valentine’s Day cupcakes the evening of 2/13 for my office. Previously, they would either be sweated or too dry the next morning. This time, I covered the pan with wax paper and taped down the four sides so that just the corners were loose. It worked perfectly!

  • sharon at

    i made meringues! they turned out great, i had been too afraid to try….so that was cool! thanks for the chance to win! re: this new recipe you posted….before i even read your comments i thought, wow these look like little masterpieces! haha

  • Meg at

    Those cookies look awesome — love anything pistachio!

    In terms of a kitchen challenge, I just made scones for the first time at Christmas. Though I love to eat them, I’ve been too intimidated to actually try baking them myself! The batter did not look right to me at first, but I followed the instructions completely and was so pleased with the result. I was insufferably excited about them. πŸ™‚ They were actually the first thing I made with my new KitchenAid, a wedding gift received last fall! Yay!

  • Renee @CreativeMamaMessyHouse at

    I love pistachios, dark chocolate, and shortbread, yum. My most recent kitchen challenge was making peanut butter cookies with my 2 year old. He kept trying to lick the beaters!

  • Elena at

    I recently have conquered a challenge when I made homemade gelato

  • Alicia H. at

    During the snow storm yesterday, I conquered the task of prepping all my clean food for the week: baked sweet potato fries, grilled asparagus, roasted tomato Caprese salad, clean broccoli salad, egg muffins, artichoke quiche, and quinoa turkey meatballs.

  • Adrienne @ Whole New Mom at

    I had to go on a severely restricted diet recently. Coming up w/ meals for a whole week using only about 8 ingredients (that includes spices) was pretty rough but I did it. Lowered my expectations and kept my eye on the goal. A healed gut.

  • Mami2jcn at

    I finally perfected my mother’s arroz con pollo recipe. My husband used to say it was over-seasoned but I made it over the weekend and he was thrilled with how it turned out.

  • Mami2jcn at

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  • Ali at

    What a beautiful blog you have πŸ™‚ Today I conquered a recipe challenge – to make perfect Swedish meatballs. They turned out incredible. It turns out using a mixture of beef and pork was the key. Thanks for the giveaway πŸ™‚ The cookies look beautiful!

  • Ellie W at

    The only challenge I can think of that I have conquered in the kitchen lately is finally making homemade biscuits and gravy. My husband has been wanting them for the 32 years we’ve been married and I would just keep buying canned biscuits. It isn’t nearly as hard as I feared making them homemade.

  • Elysa at

    Hi Michael – Another great recipe! I think I have gained 10 pounds since January just from reading your blog πŸ™‚ mm biggest kitchen challenge would have to be my “junk” I mean utensil drawer. On the cooking side I made brownies from scratch, and used eggs from my newly laying chickens. Never to go back to boxed again. Thanks for all your inspiration

  • Amy @ The Nifty Foodie at

    I made it a personal challenge to get over my fear of yeast last year, and I’m now super confident with bread baking! It’s so fun!

  • heather at

    I recently conquered a challenge in my kitchen by making an apple pie from scratch and it turned out beautiful.

  • Rea at

    I recently made a chocolate chip and peanut butter cheesecake!

  • Patty Lucas at

    My challenge was to “declutter” my kitchen and I did it!!!!I went through everything and donated all the things I do not need anymore. What a wonderful feeling it is and my kitchen looks so much better.

  • Pam C at

    One challenge I have going on is trying to go gluten and sugar free. These delicious cookies aren’t helping! Hahaha. I so want to make these. The challenge will be to find substitutes that work for the flour and the sugar!

  • Kim at

    I recently made chicken stock for a chicken stew I was making. I have never made one from scratch. I was nervous, but it was good.

  • Elle at

    I made cake from scratch! (Your cookies are gorgeous. They look gourmet.)

  • Katy B at

    These cookies look gorgeous! I will add to my to-do list. I overcame a challenge of making french macarons, they finally turned out right after multiple attempts. It was kind of like a science project with the trial and error πŸ˜›

  • Cindyb at

    I am the worst in the kitchen! I have challenged myself to try new recipes this year….last night it was a skinny chicken Cajun pasta….lots of prep work but pretty good! ,love shortbread and am going to try!

  • Heather at

    Last night I conquered my fear of cooking pork! It sounds extraordinarily silly but I have huge objections to cooking chicken and pork! I have this irrational fear of under (or over!) cooking my meats; even though I have a fantastic meat thermometer! Anyway, last night I threw caution to the wind and made some ranch pork chops for myself and my husband. They turned out fabulous and my hubby even requested that I make them again! Score! I am so proud of myself, you have no idea (well- maybe you do!). The $100 Visa giftcard sure would be a lovely treat! =)

  • Carrie @ poet in the pantry at

    These look fantastic!

    Challenges in the kitchen… I still have a lot of them. Most recent was attempting steamed buns without a bamboo steamer. I found that the regular steamer basket works pretty well (and that steamed pork buns are awesome).

  • Claire @ A Little Claireification at

    These cookies look delicious Michael – I LOVE pistachios too. Pinnnig this!
    I made pana cotta for the first time and it was delicious so that was a win!

  • Melissa M at

    My kitchen challenge the past month has been living without an oven. I have used my crockpot a ton since then.

  • Teckie at

    These are gorgeous!! My favorite shortbread cookie recipe is Ina Garten’s… they are SO easy, and delicious.

  • GinaE at

    I finally have making a pie crust down and cream gravy from scratch. They were major hurdles for me. Your cookies look wonderful and the photos are so good!!

  • Deb at

    Fabulous cookies! I will be making them soon. Latest kitchen challenge is creating a juice and smoothie station with prepped ingredients

  • Maralyn Woods at

    These look divine and so professional. My ongoing and daily challenge is cooking everything from scratch to not exceed 500mg sodium/day. Homemade peanut butter, mayo, ketchup, etc. My third meal usually ends up being mass quantities of unsalted popcorn.

  • Lynda M. at

    Your cookies look fabulous!
    I recently conquered a cherry tart that my husbands mom used to make for him growing up.

  • Tracy G at

    I recently had to learn how to cook & bake on one leg. Major foot surgery in early Jan. had me immobile for almost 6 weeks. As of Monday I can put a little weight on it using crutches, so I am chomping at the bit to get back in the kitchen. While I appreciated my husband, family & friends cooking and delivering food, I missed it SO much! Especially baking.

  • Amy Tong at

    I always wanted to make my own coleslaw but afraid of all the chopping. πŸ˜› Then, I remember I had this awesome food processor and I finally made some coleslaw. So good. I love kitchen tools and gadgets! πŸ™‚ Thanks for hosting this giveaway.

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

  • Meryl at

    I was trying to quickly shred chicken last night, when my hubby said he’d heard a new trick–to put it in the stand mixer. “Why not?” I thought, and gave it a try. Worked like a charm!

  • sharon at

    I conquered perogies!

  • Mary Frum at

    I am presently baking a variety of cookies that will be on display at my son’s wedding reception later this year. The Cookie Table is a big tradition here in North East Ohio! The Pistachio Shortbread cookie will be on my list. Don’t know what I’d do without my KitchenAid mixer to help with this challenge!

  • Christopher Sorel at

    my kids want to help and learn to cook. Have been doing small teaching of them as they try too hard and get in the way otherwise.

  • Cheryl at

    I am going to try these cookie, However, I am going to see if I can substitute something for the Crisco for the fillings. perhaps coconut oil,,,,

  • Lisa Brown at

    I don’t cook much, my husband does most of it, so no real challenge to conquer. I guess the minor challenge I recently conquered is buying a better potato peeler; hard to peel tons of potatoes if all you have is a paring knife and everyone in the house wants potatoes cooked in every which way, often.

  • Lisa Brown at

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  • Michelle C at

    They look delicious- will have to try recipe!

  • sandra at

    i made cupcakes in which i added too much water

  • laura ari at

    My kitchen challenge is beating the winter doldrums. We are all sick and tired of the same meals, so I branched out, dusted off the crockpot and tried a few new things!

  • Susan Smith at

    This cookies look yummy. In terms of a kitchen challenge, I recently baked an apple pie from scratch. It turned out great.

  • Dawn at

    I finally made a beef dish in my crock pot where the beef got tender (not chewy or tough). Delish beef stew!

  • amber at

    I recently made a 3 layer cake for the first time, and it turned out great!

  • Danielli at

    I can’t wait to make these cookies. They look delish!
    My last challenge was making french macarons. It was so worth it!

  • April was in CT now CA at

    These are beautiful! I’m going to be trying Swedish meatballs this week and hoping I don’t screw them up! lol

  • Jessie C. at

    I conquered mochi cakes finally. Now we can enjoy homemade dessert anytime.

  • Jessie C. at

    -https://twitter.com/tcarolinep/status/437804291177193472

  • D Schmidt at

    I finally concurred making eclairs, my previous attempts had both been epic failures so it was nice to finally achieve this delicious dessert. I realized I had been over mixing the batter!

  • Rose Hippel at

    I haven’t seen a cookie in a long time that looked this yummy!

  • Tracey @ The Kitchen is My Playground at

    Those cookies are GORGEOUS! I recently frosted my first layer cake … and feel very accomplished to have conquered that challenge!
    Tracey @ The Kitchen is My Playground

  • michael montauk at

    Those cookies look so good, that I’m going to make some this weekend

  • rachel at

    I figured out how to use my bread machine…finally!

  • tara pittman at

    I learned how to make sushi, not to well though

  • Carrie Gaston at

    I have learned to make ginger ale, persimmon cider mead, and mugwort beer.

  • Malika at

    I love shortbread, and these sound fantastic…I probably won’t do the filling, but the cookies and some tea sound good to me.

  • Jenna Culver at

    Yummy! My two favorite things in one!

  • Melissa M at

    My challenge was to go a few months without an oven. I used my crockpot a lot!

  • Diane S. in San Diego at

    These look wonderful! I can’t wait to try them.

  • Margot C at

    I have recently been on a binge of making meringues, Swiss meringue icing and even a Pavlova. I don’t know why I feared the egg whites before, though I did. They are so easy and every one is so impressed. I make the superfine sugar that I need (since I haven’t seen it in the store) in my KitchenAid blender actually!

  • Shannon at

    I recently grilled a pork butt, and it turned out AWESOME!

  • Angel at

    These cookies are a perfect after dinner snack with coffee !

  • Mary O. at

    I finally used my crock pot for breakfast. I made steel cut oats with apples and raisins.

  • Teri at

    My biggest challenge lately was finding pancetta for carbonara. I’m not in a food dessert but there are things that are hard to find (like semolina flour, which was actually advantageous since once I found some and used it to make pasta, I found the family preferred the texture when using AP flour) I found that uncured, thick cut bacon is a wonderful substitute!

  • Eric W at

    I brought in a Roomba and a Mint to clean up.. THAT was a challenge.

  • Paula Kennedy at

    Creme brΓ»lΓ©e has always scared me. Bought a torch and whipped some up. Easier than I thought. These cookies look delicious.

  • Em Robin at

    I wanted to conquer making the perfect cioppino so I made a whole bunch of different recipes and tweaked the one I liked best. Now I make enough for dinner and extra sauce for the freezer.

  • Jennie Sanderson at

    Most recently I learned to make citrus curd. For some reason I thought it was going to be extraordinarily hard but it really wasn’t! I made blood orange and lemon, both delicious, and made a lemon cream crumb cake and ate the blood orange on scones, so delicious!

  • Jennifer Essad at

    we just had 5 college kids at our home for a week during their spring break. I never could have gotten food prepared w/o my food processor-they helped but you know a kitchen is never big enough.

  • Joanna @ the knitlit twit at

    My recent kitchen challenge was getting ready to bake and discovering that I had no flour! I did a little quick Googling and made some oatmeal lace cookies. Then I added flour to the shopping list : )

  • LAMusing at

    Wow – those look so good! A recent challenge was what to do with too much left over roast without it tasting like roast every night – I made BBQ beef sandwiches and enchiladas.

  • Norma at

    My daughter does all the cooking, so my only challenge is not eating too much πŸ™‚

  • Jaclyn at

    Gorgeous cookies Michael! I could eat 10 of these. I love the chocolate and pistachio combination!

  • Tiffany Harkleroad at

    Making a good lasagna that does not fall apart has always been my challenge. I had to go gluten free last year, and discovered the gluten free lasagna noodles helped me make my first ever successful lasagna!

  • Angelawd at

    These look fabulous – I have to try them! I love your food photography too; these are beautifully photographed.

  • Rebecca Graham at

    My challenge was finally mastering home made yeast rolls.

  • diane at

    I made chocolate chip cookies from scratch

  • Denise S at

    I’ve finally learned to make homemade bread.

  • RONDA at

    They do look delicious

  • Chrystal D at

    I FINALLY was able to make pasta sauce just like my mom does. Even though she gave me her recipe it never tasted the same. I learned I had to measure things like she does instead of just eyeballing it like I usually do!

  • Margaret Smith at

    I learned how to decorate cakes.

  • Kiara at

    I conquered the challenge of making homemade chili.
    austma7@aol.com

  • Natalie at

    I recently conquered making spaghetti squash! It was tough to make the “noodles” but it tasted incredible!

  • Linda G. at

    I finally made some yummy gravy, I have had a hard time making it come out right

  • Vickie at

    I am so proud of myself..after many, Many attempts..I conquered French Macaroons over Christmas season..Thanks.

  • Theresa Jenkins at

    my recent challenge in the kitchen was making meatballs(for 25) for dinner with 5 grandkids …which I overcame once I didn’t care about the mess!!! dinner was tasty and fun

  • Susan P. at

    My daughter and I wanted to make cookies but not our usual so we found some new recipes and the cookies came out great! We made Snickerdoodles and Ginger Snaps. This recipe looks so good that we’ll try it next time.

  • jose benavides at

    I love these wonderful recipes they all look so delicious and I would love to win …

  • RICHARD HICKS at

    I am not much of a cook so making some Macarons was a challenge

  • Rhonda G at

    I made a cake from scratch…with my 6 year old granddaughter as my helper. While it was a challenge, Nana loved every minute of it πŸ™‚

  • marilyn at

    that makes me want to take up baking…looks so yummy!!!

  • Cynthia C at

    I have been experimenting with baking by substituting light olive oil for butter to make it healthier. So far I’ve had good results.

  • Amanda R at

    I haven’t conquered anything in the kitchen lately; however, I would LOVE to win this gift card. I would use it to buy a rice maker. I am, without doubt, the world’s worst rice maker. White, brown, instant; stovetop, oven, crockpot; I can’t do it! It always turns out halfway done, partly crunchy, stuck to the pot-you name it. With a rice cooker, I would conquer rice making for sure!

  • Sarah Hirsch at

    i recently made carmelized onions for the first time. ok, not so difficult, but i had never tried before

  • Jamie S!! at

    I’m still working on the challenge of making an excellent sourdough bread. I’m not giving up! …”I think I can, I think I can…!”

  • paige chandler at

    I just got a immersion blender and it has changed my life. I am now the soup and sauce queen.

  • Cindy at

    Love the recipes, esp. the pictures. Will definitely try a few for my family dinners. Would love to win.

  • mickeyfan at

    I am not a terribly patient cook, but recently made a killer batch of caramelized onions!

  • Jacob LaFountaine at

    Find a way to make recipes when you don’t have all the goodies like buttermilk around

  • Stephanie V. at

    My challenge to sweeten my risotto: with brown sugar, raisens, cinnamon and chocolate chips with sweet potato and butternut squash bits. Adding some amaretto sauce on sauce is the icing on the risotto!
    tvollowitz at aol dot com

  • Deborah Wellenstein at

    I have finally conquered poached eggs! I could never get them just right-but I finally have it timed just right!

  • Anastasia at

    A recent cooking challenge I conquered was making my moms enchiladas! I still haven’t been able to make them as good as she does. I’m not sure what her secret is, but I managed to get them close! πŸ™‚

  • Katherine at

    I just refinished my kitchen cabinets and put in a new floor so back to baking again

  • Lauren-Olivia Wood at

    I conquered a challenge in my kitchen by making muffins from a recipe that I didn’t have all the ingredients for. I made many substitutions and the chocolate muffins turned out great!

  • Virgilea Hamm at

    Just tried these. Delicious and fairly simple

  • Erin at

    I am used to baking, which requires me to be very precise. My husband, who is a chef, tells me I need to be less precise when cooking, and that I need to follow my own gut when it comes to seasoning, ingredients, etc. I’ve been trying to do this but it’s hard! I would definitely say this has been a challenge that I am overcoming.

  • Candace at

    Can’t wait to try these!
    My biggest kitchen challenge was making a wedding cake for 150 people in my tiny kitchen. At 11:30pm he night before the wedding I was putting the filling in between the layers and when I cut into the 14 in layer it was totally raw in the center. After rocking in the fetal position for a while I went to bed, set my alarm for 5:00am and woke up to start baking again. The experience totally sucked as there is nothing more stressful than making a wedding cake but it turned out delicious and the bride and groom were really happy!

  • bonnie hunt at

    O.M.G.
    I cannot wait to get home to try these wonderful looking cookies!!
    Love the blog –

  • BusyWorkingMama at

    Yummy recipe! I recently made the best pasta salad with no oils or mayo added!

  • Tabathia B at

    I recently conquered making my grandmothers sweet potato pudding from scratch

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  • LaCindaB at

    I haven’t overcome a challenge recently but I do remember when I finally perfected the meatball and I had tough judges, all Italian cooks!

  • Snazzy at

    These look amazing but how much do the butter sticks weigh please

  • wild orchid at

    I finally made Manicotti, just like my Grandma used to make! I was so excited. πŸ™‚

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

  • wild orchid at

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  • Natalie J Vandenberghe at

    A challenge I’m working on is trying not to micro-manage my teenage son who has a keen interest in culinary experiments. I’m glad he cooks, but it’s hard for me to embrace some of his enthusiasm for the uncommon.

  • Susan Ladd at

    These cookies do not look like much of challenge in the kitchen and would love to try. I want to thank you for this awesome sweep πŸ™‚

  • Debbie B at

    my present challenge is to learn to make chicken and dumplings like my mother in law makes!

  • janna johnson at

    I learned how to make pie crust finally!

  • Carla Peterson at

    Just cooking or baking is sometimes a challenge for me at 75 years old. But I discovered many years ago that having the proper equipment is just as important in the kitchen as it is for building anything. Maybe more so as we are trying to please the menfolk.
    I still love to cook and bake new recipes.
    Thanks for having the give-a-way.

  • Stephanie Galbraith at

    My fiance is the cook in our house. He conquers a challenging recipe every time he cooks.

  • Tamar at

    I made a chicken that wasn’t warming up correctly, so I had to put it in for much longer than I expected. thankfully we have a thermometer!

    p.s. your captcha makes the + look like a – and I got it wrong twice. πŸ™

  • amy halpern at

    I made a canoli cake with Lady Fingers for a co-workers last day party. The challenge was making the filling to taste like a real canoli…

  • joni at

    I just made an Italian meat pie and and Italian cheese pie with phyllo dough for the first time and they turned out excellent, although they were a lot of work.

  • lala ramos at

    using a new oven

  • Ashley C at

    I have recently conquered making a good, old fashion pound cake just like my grandmothers! I have been trying to perfect it for a long time!

  • Mary Beth Elderton at

    I have recently conquered baked soaked whole grain bread! It is awesome.

  • Sonya Morris at

    Your cookies look amazing! I recently conquered making pound cakes which now I have to conquer losing the ten extra pounds I gained during the process!

  • amy rouse at

    I recently taught myself how to make homemade bread!!! YAAY go me

  • Lauren at

    I made macarons, and they were scary but delicious!

  • Sarah Oswald at

    The thing I conquered in the kitchen is fondanting a cake and I loved the way it came out.

  • joseph gersch at

    i made a vegetarian dish by scratch and ti tasted gourmet

  • Vicki Andrew at

    challenge in the kitchen is space for prep, I found some some hanging space savers and now I have more space. Love to try making these cookies to share at work, love the chocolate drizzle

  • Ellie W at

    I have finally conquered making the perfect cream gravy. I’ve been making it for nearly 30 years but it was always hit or miss before.

  • Tara at

    Homemade cinnamon rolls! Definitely a labor of love.

  • Anna Pry at

    it was certainly a challenge trying to make thanksgiving dinner for my family last year when the oven went kaputz! pryfamily5@gmail.com

  • Barbara M at

    I once boiled potatoes in their skin and they got too starchy.
    I was able to save them by peeling them and putting in cold water.
    Thank you

  • Lauren E. at

    I kept trying to make deep dish pizza, but it had these HUGE bubbles in the middle. Husband finally clued me in on how to stop that. So I feel like I accomplished something.

  • Christine Mayfield at

    These cookies are beautiful! I conquered making flour free chocolate chip cookies that my family really enjoyed!

  • Tina M at

    i made a full course french dinner for my friends from french

  • Terri Moore at

    My challenge is yet to be conquered but I hope this summer to learn how to make my own pie crusts. I planted some raspberry plants last year and am going to grow ground cherries this year so with all the (hopefully) fresh berries at hand I would love to make home made fruit pies. I have heard that it takes time and that you eventually can just “feel” when the dough is right. I’m going to challenge myself to keep trying until I get it right.

  • courtney b at

    i made a shrimp pasta i found on pinterest that my husband did NOT think I could create! well ha ha i did it and i did it WELL! πŸ™‚ in your face !

  • Randy Curran at

    Love your pics with this cookie recipe. My latest cooking challenge was making an Asparagus Quiche using fresh Asparagus and lobster…turned out delicious. Thanks for the past recipes, gives me more confidence in the kitchen!

  • amy pugmire at

    I have never been able to make homemade bread and I finally got it down. I could never get the rising and the yeast right. I am so excited!

  • maria cantu at

    I’ve been working on making enchiladas that my daughter will eat.

  • Kerry at

    I recently conquered making one of our family favorite recipes into a lower fat version.

  • nannypanpan at

    my biggest challenge was making chocolate covered oreos for the holidays..the blogs made them look so easy..i don’t think I melted my chocolate enough cause mine were thick and icky. I since remade them and they came out good
    nannypanpan@gmail.com

  • Samantha Daleo at

    I used to be afraid to cook fish. So scared that I would get my family sick. It looks so simple but I just couldn’t do it. However, there is only so much chicken, pork and beef one family can eat. Finally I watched someone on Youtube cook Salmon over and over again until I felt like it was something I could try. I made it for dinner with an Alaskan Sauce and now it is my daughters favorite dinner! My next goal is to learn to cook Lamb. Baby steps…

  • Cori Westphal at

    I finally found the right yeast and the right process for conquering that darn elusive homemade white bread!

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

  • Mary A at

    My biggest challenge is baking cookies…for some reason they often come out kinda dry or get dry fast.

  • Jessica at

    I just learned how to Fri bone in chicken

  • Wanda McHenry at

    I finally tackled tamales and I was so proud of myself!

  • Neiddy at

    Cooking for one can be challenging, I am so used to of cooking for my family of 11 so this was a bit hard for me. Last week I made ten different meals for my aunt. She got hurt and couldn’t cook so I had to come up with Home-made Frozen Meals that she could just pop in the microwave and enjoy

  • courtney b at

    i finally sucedded in making lemon bars! pretty tough!

  • Lisa V. at

    I finally got venison right by slow cooking it in a crock pot.

  • amy pugmire at

    I made sesame chicken. It was so good.

  • Julie at

    At the ripe old age of 56, I finally made my first loaf of homemade bread this week πŸ™‚

  • catherine copeland at

    After years of trying, I’ve finally learned how to make meringue

  • Nicole Larsen at

    This past Thanksgiving, I cooked my first turkey which was a huge challenge since I’m not a very good cook :p

  • Douglas Houston at

    I finally tackled Gumbo, it was spicy and fantastic.

  • Elle at

    For the longest time I could not make fish – usually salmon in a pan on the stove. It would always end up completely overdone and dry or done on the outside but raw on the inside. Now I make it perfectly every time after lots of trial and error!

  • Heather Swarthout at

    I made a dreaded Red Velvet Cheesecake for my birthday. I was terrified! It turned out perfect of course. Woohoo!

  • Georgia at

    OMG, got to try these. They look so good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    gmissycat@gmail.com

  • Erica C. at

    I recently made crab cakes for the first time.

  • Daniel M at

    learned how to make my own breads

  • Lee at

    My recent cooking challenge was to make yeast bread in a dutch oven.

  • Eugenie at

    I made puff pastry to make a fruit tart.

  • Erica Best at

    i made homemade pie and it came out so good

  • s riches at

    I recently learned how to make a passable crepe suzette.

  • Francine Anchondo at

    by making more seafood dishes

  • Allison S. at

    I stayed patient and planned ahead.

  • Dana Cerrito at

    I finally got my moms famous spaghetti sauce right! It only took me 20 years!!! Im so proud of myself

  • Teresa at

    I recently challenged myself to learn how to bake homemade bread. With thanks to people such as yourself who are willing to share their talent and knowledge, I now make delicious bread and pizza dough!

  • Jimmy at

    I recently made a lasagna. It’s my favorite meal and I’ve always wanted to make it myself. It turned out pretty good too.

  • Julie at

    5

  • Laurie Emerson at

    I love making pork chops but they always kept coming out so dry and tasteless. I decided to experiment and came up with a solution. I rubbed the pork chops with a mixture of oil and vinegar and then added a little paprika and some mint. I was finally able to make pork chops my family loved.

  • Michelle S at

    Making cookies from scratch! Now, that doesn’t sound major, but I LOATHE baking!

  • Shannon at

    I didn’t realize I had no spaghetti noodles after making sauce, I used Udon noodles instead. Think I like it better!!

  • tina reynolds at

    I finally after trying and trying got fudge to turn out!!!!!!!

  • Sky Evans at

    I recently made hashbrowns.

  • Betty C at

    You would think that after cooking for nearly 60 years there wouldn’t be any challenges. Wrong! I still haven’t found a meatloaf recipe that I really like and I’ve finally learned how to cook rice perfectly every time.

  • Kayla at

    I recently made my first apple pie from scratch!

  • Amanda Sakovitz at

    I recently mastered lambchops.

  • Jasmin Lee at

    I love trying new recipes and this one was a must!! Chocolate and Pistachios = YUM !! I was very glad I tried theses and so were the people I work with !!

  • Angela Ash at

    I recently conquered the challenge of not having any free counter space. I went through every cabinet and drawer and weeded out anything I didn’t need. I cleared the counter space by placing minimal used items in the cupboard. I donated everything I didn’t want or need anymore since it was all still in good shape. Space is essential for creating food masterpieces.

  • Karen Drake at

    I recently made homemade Lasagna for the first time, it turned out great.

  • Thomas Murphy at

    I just made lasagna for the first time.

  • Melanie Montgomery at

    This has nothing to do with baking but we recently painted our kitchen which was a challenge.

  • Amy H. at

    In my very, very tiny galley kitchen, every day presents challenges!

  • lisa lo at

    A challenge? I tried to make bean & bacon soup. It is not like the kind in a can. Don’t know yet if that is a good or bad thing because I like the kind in the can :o)

  • Sarah L at

    I am not a baker. I’m not big on challenges. I like roasted veggies and salmon with a balsamic glaze.
    Thanks for the contest.

  • Lorena Keech at

    I’ve learned to cook and sort of like quinoa.

  • CharityS at

    I learned how to make the perfect pizza crust.

  • Bruce at

    My wife helped me make lasagna

  • Rachael at

    I am the worst cook in the world so the only chance anything is conquered in my kitchen is when my Mum is over. Also, entering it for her.

  • Kathy Pease at

    we redid our kitchens and now have so much more cupboards and counter space

  • Abel R at

    Wanted cookies. Made cookies. Ate cookies. Success.

  • Veronica Garrett at

    I have always wanted to bake my own bread. Recently after several previous tries I was successful in making a fairly decent loaf of bread.

  • Sonya at

    I just conquered homemade ravioli! So much easier than I thought!

  • Gianna at

    I made a peanut butter cookie recipe from the 60s recently.

  • Lily Kwan at

    My challenge was to learn to make pasta.

  • Alexis at

    How many cookie does this recipe yield? I need to make sure I have at least 24 cookies for a work party.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      I’m honestly not sure. However, I’m like 90% sure you’ll have at least two dozen. I guess I need to start noting yield amounts. Sorry about that.

      xo Michael

      • Alexis at

        I just made these and they turned out awesome! Great recipe! I didn’t put crisco in the drizzle though, I used a few tablespoons of water instead.

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