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Lemon Thyme Shortbread

This buttery shortbread recipe is sure to please!  The fresh lemon flavor is perfect for spring.

Lemon Thyme Shortbread and 13 Mothers Day Recipes on JensFavoriteCookies.com I love Mothers Day.  I never really want it to be a big deal, just an easy, enjoyable day.

I always tell my kids, what I want for Mothers Day is breakfast in bed, and handmade cards.  This year, my 15-year-old said, “All you want is a handmade card?  Really?!”

I think he was slightly more disappointed when I told him I would love it more if it was heartfelt rather than slapped together while breakfast was cooking.  But, even a hastily slapped together sentiment will do.

I might have to add one more thing to my list, though, because honestly, I love cookies.  And cookies really should be consumed on Mothers Day.  Something with a fresh, springtime flavor.  Something simple.

Lemon Thyme Shortbread and 13 Mothers Day Recipes on JensFavoriteCookies.com

This lemon shortbread is perfect for Mothers Day.  I added thyme to it because, well, I love thyme.  And putting an herb in a cookie is interesting.  And moms love that kind of stuff.

Speaking of things moms love, my friends are back, this time to celebrate Mothers Day!  We’ve put together 13 fantastic Mothers Day recipes just for you.  There’s sure to be a few things you and your mom will enjoy.  Check out each one of these awesome recipes!

13 Perfect Mothers Day Recipes on JensFavoriteCookies.com

1. Coconut Cupcakes from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
2. German Apple Cake from Magnolia Days
3. Baked Lemon Pasta with Broccoli and Shrimp from What Smells So Good
4. Cinnamon Pear Cake from Roxana’s Home Baking
5. Strawberry Whiskey Sour from Girl in the Little Red Kitchen
6. Huevos Rancheros from Crumb Blog
7. Triple Lemon Cake from Created by Diane
8. Banana Chocolate Chip Bread from Chocolate Moosey
9. Lemon Thyme Shortbread from Jen’s Favorite Cookies
10. Pineapple Coconut Sweet Rolls from Pineapple and Coconut
11. Caramilk Stuffed No-Knead Brioche from Gotta Get Baked
12. Mom’s World Famous Sponge Cake from Hungry Couple NYC
13. Brown Butter Pecan Fudge Ripple No-Churn Ice Cream from Cupcakes and Kale Chips


Lemon Thyme Shortbread and 13 Mothers Day Recipes on JensFavoriteCookies.com

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Lemon Thyme Shortbread
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A buttery shortbread with the flavors of fresh lemon and thyme.
Recipe type: Cookies
Serves: 3 dozen
  • ¾ cup butter
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme, (leaves removed from stems)
  • 1½ cups flour
  1. Cream butter and powdered sugar. Add salt, zest, lemon juice, and thyme. Mix well.
  2. Add flour and mix well.
  3. Wrap dough tightly in plastic wrap and chill for 1-2 hours, until firm.
  4. Roll dough on a floured surface to ¼-inch thickness. Use cookie cutters or a knife to cut shapes approximately 2 inches in width. Place shapes on a baking sheet and bake at 350F for 8-10 minutes. Let cool before eating.

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Sweet Popcorn Glaze

Learn how to make sweet popcorn;  This sweet popcorn recipe is quick and easy, and not too sweet.

Sweet Popcorn Glaze from Jen's Favorite CookiesWe are a popcorn family.  I probably buy an 8-pound tub of unpopped kernels at Costco every other month.  My kids sometimes forget that microwave popcorn even exists.  We usually eat it air-popped with just butter and salt, but sometimes I soup it up and make it sweet.  This easy glaze is one of my favorite stand-by’s.  It’s easy, quick, and basically impossible to ruin.

I’ve made this simple popcorn glaze for many a holiday party.  I don’t want you to think it’s just for the holidays, though.  It’s also perfect for basically any occasion or get together.

Game days, birthdays, even summer barbeques are better with sweet popcorn.

Movie days are better with sweet popcorn.

Wednesdays are better with sweet popcorn.

Sweet Popcorn Glaze from Jen's Favorite Cookies

What is it about butter and sugar that is so fantastic?  Think about it.  Did you ever eat something made primarily with butter and sugar that didn’t taste like heavenly sweetness?  Me either.

If you get this popcorn recipe right, it should taste sweet, but not overwhelmingly so.  It’s not cooked long enough to be caramelized; it has a very simple flavor.  It’s actually quite similar to kettle corn.

I’ve included a small recipe here, but it is easy to double or triple if you have a crowd.

Sweet Popcorn Glaze from Jen's Favorite Cookies

This popcorn also keeps easily for a couple days, so it’s great to package up as gifts.

And by the way, if you’re looking for more ways to fancy up your popcorn, I’ve got them.  I’m all about fancy popcorn.  On this site, I have recipes for butterscotch popcorn, white chocolate popcorn, oreo popcorn; I’ve made peppermint popcorn, I’ve even added popcorn to the krispie treats.

Scroll to the bottom of the post to find easy links to all these recipes.

Sweet Popcorn Glaze from Jen's Favorite Cookies

And if you ever want my recipe for perfect plain-old butter and salt popcorn, just ask!



Sweet Popcorn Glaze

A simple butter and sugar popcorn treat.

Servings 4
Author Jen @ Jen's Favorite Cookies


  • 1/2 cup unpopped popcorn kernels
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon water


  1. Pop the popcorn. (I use an air popper, but any method is fine.)

  2. On the stove, melt the butter. Add sugar and bring to a boil. Boil about 2 minutes.

    Add water and stir well. Quickly pour over popped corn, and toss to coat.

  3. Chill the popcorn in the fridge for 15-20 minutes before serving.

Cherries Jubilee Cookies

Cherries Jubilee cookie recipe; This cherry cookie recipe uses tart cherries and rum extract to give the flavor of cherries jubilee.

Cherries-jubileeWhat’s your feeling about life changes?  Love ’em or hate ’em?

I always get excited to make big sweeping changes… right up until the moment I actually begin the changes, and then I’m no longer in love with the idea.

My first weak baby bird steps toward a much needed life change lately have left me feeling… well, it’s hard to describe.  Awful, I guess.  Uncomfortable might be a better word.  Maybe a little embarrassed.  At any rate, I don’t feel much like myself.

I needed a comforting activity to settle my mind, and baking today did the trick.  I chose an old favorite of Robb’s, and went to work.  Watching the butter and sugar turn all white and fluffy brings a sense of normalcy and calm to my life.

Is that weird?


Robb loves Cherries Jubilee.  He always wants me to make it, but that whole en flambe thing makes me squeamish.  Since I wasn’t going to be earning any amazing-wife points, I figured I would go for pretty-good-wife and turn his Cherries Jubilee into cookies. Continue reading “Cherries Jubilee Cookies” »

Brown Butter Pecan Cookies

These pecan cookies are made with brown butter; A delicious recipe for Brown Butter Pecan Cookies, perfect for dunking in milk.

butter pecanGosh, I love brown butter. It’s a close second to chocolate on the list of tastiest things God ever put on this Earth.

The mere existence of brown butter in my life is proof that God is good. Very, very good.

In fact, the brown butter and pecan combination was amazing enough all by itself that I didn’t even add chocolate chips to this cookie, which is it’s own kind of miracle, frankly. Because basically everything is better with chocolate chips.

Cookies? Check.
Cakes? Check.
Peanut butter sandwiches? CHECK.

{Don’t believe me? Stay tuned. Because that’s coming.}

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There’s something about pecans that reminds me of my grandfather. This man lived 5 minutes away practically my whole life, was the hardest working person I know, always warm and fun to be around, the kind of guy who can handle anything.

And this man loovvves butter pecan. We always had butter pecan ice cream at birthday parties, because Grandpa loved it so much.

And Grandma always had pecan sandies in the house. We knew they were for Grandpa, but she fed them to us kids.

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If you’ve never browned butter before, the process is pretty simple. If you’re happier having a tutorial behind you, I suggest checking out this post by Country Cleaver, called How to Brown Butter. That should give you the confidence boost you need to get this done.

Once you smell the brown butter and the toasted pecans, try not to swan dive into the mixing bowl.

But do taste the dough before you make the all-important chocolate chip decision. Either way you decide, I’ll understand!

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Brown Butter Breakfast Puffs

These mini-muffins puffs can be made in a cake-pop maker.  This recipe for brown butter mini-muffins is easy, fast and delicious!  Bake these in a cake pop maker, then roll in brown butter, and cinnamon and sugar.

brown butter I’m so bad at cleaning the kitchen.  I just hate that job.

Yesterday, I spent a bunch of time scrubbing the sink and washing the pots that didn’t come clean in the dishwasher and putting away all the accumulated crap on the counter.  It feels so good to have a clean kitchen.

But… as soon as the kitchen is clean, and I do mean AS SOON AS, I feel an overwhelming urge to use everything in it.  I can dirty a spotless kitchen in no time flat.

My husband is obviously thrilled.

Today I came home from running all my errands, took one look at the sparkling clean sink, and decided it was time to bake.

mini muffins

Smitten Kitchen might be the best food blog on the planet.  I’ve made these gorgeous breakfast puffs several times, and it was the first thing that came to mind when I decided to bake some afternoon snacks.

There are few things in this life tastier than brown butter.

I generally like to make some changes to a recipe, just to make it my own.  Or because I don’t have all the required ingredients and I’m too lazy to go to the store.  In this case, though, I deviated NOT.  Not one little bit.

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Except in this one way, which is that Smitten bakes hers in a mini muffin pan, and I did them in a cake pop maker.

It makes everything so bite-sized and lovely, doesn’t it?

And since they were all cute and round, I went ahead and rolled the entire thing in brown butter, and cinnamon-sugar, instead of just the muffin tops.  And, if you’re going to do that, you might need a little more butter, like 8 T., instead of the 6 T. in the original recipe.

Just be sure to clean up right away, so you’re ready when the urge strikes to bake something else!

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Butter Cookies

Simple butter cookies are the best!  This butter cookie recipe makes a perfectly tasty everyday treat.

butter cookiesRobb and I have this new plan to talk about our problems differently.

Instead of saying, “The repairs on this car will cost more than our children,” we will say, “We can’t get the car repaired right now because the Bentley repair shop is not open weekends.”

Instead of “My boss won’t leave me alone about this problem I don’t know how to fix,” we’ll say, “My fans are clamoring for more amazing stuff from me.”

This could work.  Right?

In that spirit, I can tell you that it rained in Hawaii this week (we had some rare freezing rain, which put a thin sheet of very slick ice over absolutely everything, including my driveway, porch steps, and windshield.).

And our 5-star restaurant ran out of pork (my fridge was completely empty, and kind of smelly, and I had to improvise for dinner).

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Yeah, I like this plan.

While I was shopping for new furniture for the mansion, I came across this too-cute-to-pass-up little turquoise cake stand.  I thought the family chef might like to use it for the upcoming ladies tea.

The chef and I put our heads together and came up with this cute and simple butter cookie to serve on the new stand.  Chef thought we should roll them in sugar, and keep them simple looking, but I said, “It’s almost February.  Let’s coat them in pink sprinkles.”

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In his defense, Chef may have been right on this one.  (Which is okay, because Chef and I are the same person.  In case you didn’t follow this line of thought very well.)

Butter just gives the very best flavor to cookies, doesn’t it?  Robb is partial to simple flavors, uncomplicated, stand-alone.  It’s no surprise that this simple butter cookie is one of his very favorites.

Not sure how he felt about the sprinkles… but he did love the cookie.

In fact, he loved it so much, he gave the Chef a raise. Continue reading “Butter Cookies” »

Almond Toffee

Simple toffee recipe;  This homemade english toffee recipe is simple and delicious.  There’s no need to be afraid of candy making with this basic toffee recipe!

toffee recipeI don’t know about your house, but at mine, the chores get done really quickly.  Really well, too. *ahem*

Just today, The Lizard asked permission to go to a friends, and I replied by asking whether his chores were done, the chores he knows need to be done every week, or every day.  The chores that should be done before he even asks permission.

And he replied with a grunt of frustration, and headed off to practice the piano.

He is so amazingly efficient, he managed to practice three songs, plus his scales and arpeggios, in less than 10 minutes.  And sadly, it still may have been the best practicing he has done all week.

He proceeded to clean his room {from whence a seriously funky smell was emanating} which took less than 5 minutes.  Who knew a room could be cleaned so quickly?

He was both shocked and angry when I sent him back for a second try.

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Some famous argument lines:
“Why does my room need to be vacuumed?”
“I already did that!”
“You make it really hard to go to my friends!”

Sigh.  Parenthood is not for the faint of heart.

While the holiday season does not exactly give one a break from the joys of parenthood, it does provide a change of schedule and scenery, which by itself is often enough to recharge the disciplinary batteries.

And if that doesn’t work… I usually opt for homemade candy. Continue reading “Almond Toffee” »

Lemon Blackberry Cookies

My day was going so well.  I had a great morning of blogging, the kids did their chores, and I was in pretty good spirits.  Then I got an unexpected phone call that went something like this:

Robb: Can you pack a bag for me?  I’m going to Boise.
Me: Are you serious?
Robb: If I come home right now, can you take me back to the office?
Me: Right now?  When do you leave?
Robb:  My rental car will be here in 45 minutes.

*long sigh*

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Cinnamon Waffles with Cooked Apple Topping

We probably eat waffles once a week at our house.  They cook quickly, and everyone loves them, and it is easy to create variations with chocolate chips, fruits, spices, and fun syrups.  This week, I kept the waffles simple and made a nice apple topping to give them some life.  It was pretty simple, and only took a few minutes to do.  I see more of these fruit toppings in our breakfast future!

I used Gala apples, because frankly, that’s what was in my fridge.  I love Gala and Fuji for eating plain, but normally use something more tart like Granny Smith or Pink Cripps for cooking with.  The really lovely thing about the way I cook is that I am not that picky!  I will use what I have and make the best of it, even if it is not ideal.  I probably would not use a softer apple for this, however.  Something like Red Delicious is too sweet and soft to work well cooked.

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Butter and Jam Thumbprints

A simple butter cookie with jam filling.

Source: Food Network Kitchens

Yield: about 3 dozen cookies

The thumbprint cookie has always seemed like something of a staple of Americana to me.  A butter cookie filled with jam; what could be nicer?  Nevertheless, today was my first time ever making them.  I can’t even say why this is, but I blame my family.  I don’t remember ever having thumbprint cookies at my house, or my grandparents homes, or even the homes of close friends.  Maybe they just weren’t popular in my neighborhood.

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Butter or Shortening, part 2: A Science Experiment

My daughter did this experiment for her science fair project, and I decided to steal her work and publish it on my blog. We recently had a chat about how the world is not fair, so I’m sure she will be fine with it!

First, she made a batch of chocolate chip cookies using shortening. The recipe came, I think, from the chocolate chip bag. I’ll reproduce it here, just in the interest of clarity.