Philadelphia Tomato Pie #SundaySupper

By Coleen

Yes, Philadelphia is the home of the cheesesteak, but did you also know that Philadelphia is known for its tomato pie: foccacia bread topped with a thick tomato sauce and a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese.

Philadelphia Tomato Pie #SundaySupper |

I was born, raised, and still live in Philadelphia. I’ve actually never lived anywhere else. Philadelphia is a city of distinct, diverse neighborhoods, and I’ve lived in quite a few of them, so I feel like I’ve lived all over.

My favorite neighborhood is the one in which I currently live, just east of the heart of the city. I’m surrounded by history, great places to eat, green outdoor space (in the spring and summer, anyway), fascinating independent businesses, theaters …

So, when a host was needed for a #SundaySupper theme on hometown foods, I jumped at the chance.

Philadelphia Tomato Pie #SundaySupper |

I’m sure the first food you think of when you hear “Philadelphia” is the cheesesteak. Yeah, we love our cheesesteaks. It’s a shame you can’t seem to get a decent outside of the Philly/South Jersey/Northern Delaware area. But anyway, seeing as Dave is trying to eat healthier, making cheesesteaks for Sunday Supper was out.

Maybe when you think Philly, you think “TastyKakes”? Mmmm, TastyKakes. Used to be you couldn’t get those outside Philly, either, and if you moved away, you’d beg your family to ship you cases of the little treats. And yes, they ARE better than Hostess cakes.

Then I remembered my friend Sarah asking other food bloggers (who were not from Philadelphia) if they knew what tomato pie was. And just about nobody knew (or they thought of the Southern version, an actual pie). I had no idea that tomato pie was not known outside of Philadelphia. Some places use thin crust pizza dough, but the best kind uses thick, foccacia-like or Sicilian pizza dough.

Philadelphia Tomato Pie #SundaySupper |

The baked foccacia is covered in a very thick tomato sauce, almost like a paste. Some sprinkle Parmesan cheese over top; others leave it off. The finished tomato pie is served either cold or at room temperature. Some eat it as a main course, with a side salad; others serve it as a snack food at parties and tailgates.

I used Peter Reinhart’s foccacia for my tomato pie. The dough is so easy to make, and easy to work with. I love to eat mine with an herbed olive oil drizzled over top.

The tomato sauce portion of the recipe makes more than you will need. Halfway through reducing the sauce, I scooped half of it out and put it in a storage container for our next spaghetti-and-meatballs meal.

5.0 from 2 reviews
Philadelphia Tomato Pie #SundaySupper
Serves: 12 servings
For the bread
  • 5 cups (22.5 ounces) unbleached bread flour, plus more for dusting
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 tsp instant yeast
  • 6 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cups water at room temperature (68 to 72 degrees)
  • ¼ cup olive oil, for greasing and drizzling
For the tomato sauce
  • 6 medium tomatoes on the vine (about 2.5 pounds)
  • 29 oz can of crushed tomatoes
  • 3 tbsp tomato paste
  • 4 cloves garlic, grated
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • ¼ tsp Italian seasoning blend
  • Salt and pepper to taste
For the tomato pie
  • ½ cup of grated Parmesan cheese
For the focaccia
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combined the flour, salt, and yeast with the paddle attachment. Combine the water and olive oil in a large measuring cup, and slowly pour into the flour mixture. Mix on low speed just until combined.
  2. Switch to the dough hook attachment. Knead on medium speed for 5 minutes, until the dough forms a ball that clears the sides of the mixing bowl, but is still somewhat sticky.
  3. Sprinkle bread flour in a 6-inch square on a clean, flat surface. Scrape the dough onto the floured surface, and pat into a rectangle. Let rest for 5 minutes.
  4. Stretch the dough from end to end into a long, thin rectangle. From one end, fold a third of the dough back toward the middle, then repeat on the other end, as if you were folding the dough like a letter. Mist the dough lightly with nonstick cooking spray, and sprinkle with flour. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and let the dough rest for 30 minutes.
  5. Stretch and fold the dough again, then mist with nonstick spray, sprinkle with flour, cover with plastic wrap and let rest another 30 minutes. Repeat the stretching and folding one more time, then let the dough rest for one hour.
  6. Line a 12-inch by 17-inch sheet pan with parchment paper. Drizzle 2 tablespoons of the olive oil over the parchment paper and use your hands or a brush to spread it over the pan surface. Use a pastry scraper to carefully lift the dough into the pan, maintaining the rectangular shape as much as possible.
  7. Use your fingertips to dimple the dough, simultaneously pressing out air, and spreading the dough to fill out all corners of the pan. If the dough shrinks back, let it rest about 15 minutes, then continue spreading. Loosely cover with plastic wrap and let rise for one hour.
  8. While the dough rises, preheat your oven to 450 degrees.
  9. After the dough has risen for an hour, bake the bread for 10 minutes. Rotate the pan 180 degrees, then bake another 5 to 10 minutes, until the bread is golden brown.
  10. Remove the sheet pan from the oven and immediately transfer the bread to a wire cooling rack to cool completely.
For the tomato sauce
  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Line a sheet pan with tinfoil, lightly mist with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Cut each tomato into quarters and place on the sheet pan. Drizzle with olive oil, and season with salt and pepper. Roast in the oven for 30 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, combined the remaining ingredients (crushed tomatoes through salt and pepper) in a large saucepan. Simmer over medium heat, stirring frequently. Once the tomatoes in the oven are done roasting, add them to the saucepan, and use an immersion blender to puree just until slightly chunky.
  4. Continue simmering over medium heat, stirring frequently, until the sauce is very thick and most of the water has evaporated. Remove the pan from the heat and allow the sauce to cool to room temperature. Transfer to a storage container and chill in the refrigerator.
  5. Once the tomato sauce has chilled, remove it from the refrigerator. Pour about 3 cups of the sauce over the foccacia, and use an offset spatula to spread it all over the bread, leaving about a ½-inch of border on all sides. Add more sauce as needed, or if you prefer a thicker layer of sauce.
  6. Sprinkle the grated Parmesan cheese all over the tomato sauce. Serve cold or room temperature.

Foccacia recipe from Peter Reinhart; tomato sauce recipe slightly adapted from Kenji Alt-Lopez

Don’t forget to check out these other #SundaySupper Hometown Foods!



Appetizers and Snacks

Main Dishes

Side Dishes


Sunday Supper MovementJoin the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter on Sunday! We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm ET. Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. To get more great Sunday Supper Recipes, visit our website or check out our Pinterest board.

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#SundaySupper Hometown Foods Preview

By Coleen


What food represents or is from your hometown?

Just about every region has a dish that its known for, whether that dish was created there, or was born from a native ingredient. This Sunday, the #SundaySupper bloggers will be sharing the dishes that represent their hometowns. Here’s a preview of the recipes that you’ll see:



Appetizers and Snacks

Main Dishes

Side Dishes


Sunday Supper MovementJoin the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter on Sunday! We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm ET. Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. To get more great Sunday Supper Recipes, visit our website or check out our Pinterest board.

Would you like to join the Sunday Supper Movement? It’s easy. You can sign up by clicking here: Sunday Supper Movement.

Spinach, Sausage and Polenta Breakfast Casserole #SundaySupper

By Coleen

When I think of a casserole, I think of an oven-baked comfort dish. This is a breakfast casserole, with polenta, spinach, sausage and lots of cheese!

Spinach, Sausage and Polenta Breakfast Casserole #SundaySupper by @TheRedheadBaker

Casserole. How do you define it? I think of a comfort dish baked in a deep oven-to-table dish. It usually has all of the components of a complete meal: protein, veggies (or fruit) and carbs.

Most casseroles that I think of can also be made ahead and frozen (or baked and reheated). They are great for make-ahead meals for yourself, or to bring to someone who is ill or just had a baby.

Spinach, Sausage and Polenta Breakfast Casserole #SundaySupper by @TheRedheadBaker

I love breakfast casseroles for holidays. For one thing, they’re different from your regular-day breakfast. The second reason is that by making them ahead, you can just pop them in the oven in the morning. Who wants to wake up early on a holiday and slave over breakfast?

This casserole is full of flavorful breakfast sausage, spinach, and polenta (cornmeal). Plus cheese. Lots of cheese. All the food groups are represented. I prepped this casserole and put it straight into the oven, but you could assemble it (up to pouring all of the ingredients into the casserole dish) and refrigerate it. Or bake it, cool it, refrigerate it and reheat it.

Spinach, Sausage and Polenta Breakfast Casserole #SundaySupper by @TheRedheadBaker

5.0 from 2 reviews
Spinach, Sausage and Polenta Breakfast Casserole #SundaySupper
Serves: 8 main-course servings
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 lb breakfast sausage, casing removed
  • ½ small onion, diced fine
  • 1 (10-oz) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 cups milk
  • 4 cups water
  • 1½ cups polenta
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp ground pepper
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese, divided
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  1. Use the 1 tbsp of butter to grease the bottom and sides of a 1.5- to 2-quart casserole dish. Set aside on a sheet pan. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees if baking right away.
  2. In a large skillet, cook the breakfast sausage over medium heat, breaking it up as it cooks, until no longer pink.
  3. Add the diced onion to the skillet, and cook for about 2 to 3 minutes, until onion is softened.
  4. Remove the skillet from the heat and add the spinach. Stir to break up the clumps of spinach. Set skillet aside.
  5. In a large mixing bowl, beat the 4 eggs until uniform. Whisk in the milk and the water. Stir in the polenta, 1 cup of the mozzarella, and the salt and pepper.
  6. Add the sausage mixture to the mixing bowl and stir to combine. Pour the contents of the mixing bowl into the casserole dish.
  7. Toss together the remaining cup of mozzarella and the Parmesan. Sprinkle over top of the casserole dish and place the casserole, on the sheet pan, in the oven. Bake for 45 to 60 minutes, until the polenta is firm and a knife inserted in the casserole comes out clean.

Adapted from The Kitchn

Spinach, Sausage and Polenta Breakfast Casserole #SundaySupper by @TheRedheadBaker

Don’t forget to check out the other #SundaySupper casseroles!

Captivating Breakfast Casseroles

Appetizing Casserole Sides

Main Event Casseroles

Decadent Dessert and Sweet Casseroles

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Would you like to join the Sunday Supper Movement? It’s easy. You can sign up by clicking here: Sunday Supper Movement.

Reader Favorites of 2014

By Coleen

Happy New Year’s Eve, readers!

Before I start a new year of recipes, I wanted to recap what you thought were the best posts of 2014.

Reader Favorites of 2014

Cherry Pomegranate Mojito #cocktail by The Redhead Baker

14. Cherry Pomegranate Mojito — I can’t wait until fresh cherries are back in season to make this mojito again.


Chicken, Squash and Spinach Salad with Bacon Vinaigrette #WeekdaySupper by @TheRedheadBaker

13. Chicken, Squash and Spinach Salad with Bacon Vinaigrette — Delicious and ready in under 30 minutes? No wonder this was a reader favorite!


Homemade Sriracha from @TheRedheadBaker #spicy

12. Homemade Sriracha — DIY seems to be a popular theme all over the web. Making your own condiments at home is no exception.


Dark Chocolate Cherry Muffins by The Redhead Baker

11. Dark Chocolate Cherry Muffins — Another cherry recipe! Seems you guys like them as much as I do! Can’t go wrong with cherries and dark chocolate for breakfast.


Bacon, Cheddar and Onion Sliders #SundaySupper by @TheRedheadBaker

10. Bacon, Onion and Cheddar Sliders — Onions caramelized in red wine on top of bacon cheddar burgers? These were one of my favorite recipes this year, too!


S'mores Crumb Bars #dessert by The Redhead Baker #SundaySupper

9. S’mores Crumb Bars — All the deliciousness of marshmallows without the mess. Perfect picnic food!


Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream Sundaes by @TheRedheadBaker for #IceCreamWeek

8. Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream Sundaes — Another DIY! Homemade peanut butter sundae sauce beats anything you could buy off the shelf!


Pizza Dough by Hand by @TheRedheadBaker

7. Pizza Dough by Hand — My first post with a video! You guys loved this tutorial on making pizza dough without a mixer or bread maker.


Riesling-Brined Turkey #OXOTurkeyDay by @TheRedheadBaker

6. Riesling-Brined Turkey — Turkey brined in a mixture of white wine and cider keeps the bird moist and juicy. Never eat dry turkey again!


Pinot Noir Ice Cream by @TheRedheadBaker for #IceCreamWeek

5. Pinot Noir Ice Cream — Red wine in ice cream form? No wonder this amazing ice cream made the Top 5!


Pumpkin Gelato with Salted Caramel by @TheRedheadBaker for #IceCreamWeek

4. Pumpkin Gelato with Salted Caramel Swirl — Pumpkin and caramel just seem to be made for each other.


Peanut Butter Cheesecake with Nutella Ganache Topping by @TheRedheadBaker

3. Peanut Butter Cheesecake with Nutella Ganache — You guys. This cheesecake. If you have not made this recipe yet, you need to fix that. IMMEDIATELY.


Sopapillas by The Redhead Baker #CincoDeMayo

2. Sopapillas — Fried dough tossed in cinnamon sugar, served drizzled in honey? Yes, please!


Baked Blueberry Oatmeal Squares by The Redhead Baker

1. Baked Blueberry Oatmeal Bars — Blueberries and oats in a easy-to-eat bars for a quick, healthy breakfast or snack.

Merry Christmas!

By Coleen

Merry Christmas from The Redhead Baker family!

2014 Redhead Baker Christmas Card

Eggnog Coffee Syrup

By Coleen

Recreate a discontinued seasonal coffeehouse favorite with this simple eggnog coffee syrup. Use it in your homemade coffee or espresso drinks, or give as a gift!

Eggnog Coffee Syrup by @TheRedheadBaker

There’s a certain popular coffeehouse that I love to visit (I’ll give you a hint, it rhymes with “Shmarkbucks”). My absolute favorite beverage is their pumpkin spice latte. But running a close second was their eggnog latte. Can I tell you how disappointed I was when I found out they’d no longer be offering it around the holidays?

I *love* eggnog. And anything flavored with eggnog. It’s not Christmas without eggnog, just like it wouldn’t be Christmas without a tree, or Christmas songs on the radio, or the Rankin and Bass claymation Christmas special on TV.

Eggnog Coffee Syrup by @TheRedheadBaker

Then Dave asked why I didn’t just make an eggnog syrup at home. It was like one of those Homer Simpson “D’oh!” moments. Why didn’t *I* think of that?? After all, last year, I made my own pumpkin spice syrup.

At first, I just tried lightening my coffee by adding eggnog instead of coffee creamer. Yeah, no. Not the same. Then I did some Googling and saw that a blogger friend of mine had already made an eggnog syrup. Every single thing I make from her blog is amazing, so I set out to make her recipe. It was a tad too sweet for my liking, so I made it again (first world problem, I know!), reducing the sugar. Perfect! If you miss the Eggnog Latte, too, you need this syrup.

Eggnog Coffee Syrup by @TheRedheadBaker

Eggnog Coffee Syrup
Serves: ~2 cups
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup eggnog
  • 1 cup sugar
  1. Place the water, eggnog and sugar in a heavy-bottomed saucepan. Set over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until scalding (little bubbles form at the edges of the pan).
  2. Remove from the heat and pour the mixture into a liquid measuring cup (I used a fat-separator measuring cup) and let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  3. If using a fat separator cup, remove the stopper and pour into a storage container, leaving the solids in the measuring cup. If using a regular measuring cup, use a spoon to skim off the solids before pouring into a storage container. Discard the solids. Store the syrup in the refrigerator.

Slightly adapted from Annie’s Eats

Eggnog Coffee Syrup by @TheRedheadBaker

Mocha Blossom Cookies #MerryKissmas

By Coleen

I’ve given new flavor to the classic peanut butter blossoms: cocoa powder and espresso plus milk chocolate Hershey’s Kisses equal Mocha Blossom Cookies! 

Mocha Blossom Cookies #MerryKissmas by @TheRedheadBaker

I got an email from recently, asking about my Christmas baking plans. I was accepted for their upcoming campaign, and received a free bag of Hershey’s Kisses in the mail! Always a good day when you get free chocolate!

But what to do with those Kisses? I’d made Peanut Butter Blossoms before, but I wanted to do something different. I’d seen chocolate peppermint blossoms, but those were made with peppermint-flavored Kisses. So, I poked around in my baking cabinet for inspiration.

Mocha Blossom Cookies #MerryKissmas by @TheRedheadBaker

What I found was a bottle of instant espresso granules, that I keep specifically for baking. I’d make mocha blossom cookies! You just can’t go wrong pairing chocolate and coffee together.

Instead of a peanut butter cookie, I made a chocolate cookie and added the espresso granules to give it a mocha flavor, then pressed a milk chocolate Hershey Kiss into the center of each one. They are addictive!


Mocha Blossom Cookies #MerryKissmas
Serves: 48 cookies
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp instant espresso powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup sugar, for coating
  • 48 Milk Chocolate Hershey's Kisses, unwrapped
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Cream together the butter 1 cup sugar and brown sugar. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, beating and scraping down the bowl between additions. Beat in the vanilla.
  3. In another mixing bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, espresso powder, baking soda and salt. Add to the butter mixture and mix on low speed just until combined.
  4. Scrape dough by the tablespoonful and roll into a ball.
  5. Coat each ball in the ½ cup of sugar, and place on the baking sheet. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Let cookies cool on the baking sheet for a minute, then press a Hershey Kiss into the center of the cookie. Use a spatula to transfer the cookie to a wire rack to cool completely.

Inspired by Hershey’s Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies

Mocha Blossom Cookies #MerryKissmas by @TheRedheadBaker

I was not financially compensated for this post or creating this recipe. I received a sample of Hershey’s Kisses for Christmas baking purposes. 

Leek, Mushroom and Bacon Quiche #CuttingBoards

By Coleen

Slicing veggies for this leek, mushroom and bacon quiche is a breeze on this new cutting board from, made with sustainably-harvested teak. Enter below to win one for yourself!

Leek, Mushroom and Bacon Quiche by @TheRedheadBaker

My friend Colleen of Souffle Bombay contacted me, asking me if I’d be interested in participating in a giveaway for a new business, is a boutique retailer of cutting boards and butcher blocks. What makes this web site’s offerings different is that all of their beautiful products are 100% environmentally friendly and have been harvested from renewable resources. As a genuine small business, take pride in ensuring that their customers are always happy when shopping with them.

In exchange for participating, I got to choose a cutting board to use for this post. I chose the Madeira Provo Collection Medium End Grain Chop Block. It measure 14 inches by 14 inches by 1 1/4 inches. It’s the perfect size for me and my kitchen counters, big enough to slice a lot of veggies. I also love that is had built-in handles for easy carrying, making it a beautiful serving surface as well.

Leek, Mushroom and Bacon Quiche by @TheRedheadBaker features the web’s best selection of curated cutting boards and butcher blocks. The owners, Mike & Grant, have personally selected and chosen their offered products after handling and seeing each piece with their own eyes. Many of the their products are sourced from independent artisans and woodworkers that only make limited runs of each product. In addition, also carries high quality knives and kitchen accessories that will accentuate the kitchen of any home chef.
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Leek, Mushroom and Bacon Quiche by @TheRedheadBaker

My new cutting board was the perfect size for slicing both the leeks and mushrooms for this delicious quiche. I don’t know about you, but I enjoy quiche just about any time of day: breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner. Quiches are so easy to make, and they are also freezer-friendly. They can also be adapted to suit any flavor preferences. Use any combination of veggies and/or meats you like, just keep the standard ratio of 4 eggs, 1 cup of half-and-half (or milk), and 4 ounces of grated cheese.

To be perfectly honest, this quiche came out a little gray in color, probably because of the mushrooms. But one taste told me that looks can be deceiving — it’s one of the best-tasting quiches I’ve ever made!

Leek, Mushroom and Bacon Quiche by @TheRedheadBaker

Leek, Mushroom and Bacon Quiche
Serves: 6 to 8 servings
  • 1 (9-inch) deep-dish pie crust, store-bought or homemade
  • 4 slices bacon
  • 1 large leek, white and light green part only, rinsed and cut into ¼-inch rounds
  • 8 oz baby bella mushrooms, sliced
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 4 oz grated fontina cheese
  • 2 tbsp Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper
  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Place the pie crust in a deep-dish pie plate, and place the plate on a baking sheet.
  2. Place the bacon in a large, cold skillet and place over medium heat. Cook until bacon and crisp and fully cooked, about 10 minutes. Remove the bacon with tongs, and pour the bacon drippings in a heatproof measuring cup.
  3. Return 2 tablespoons of the bacon fat to the skillet, and add the leeks and mushrooms. Cook over medium-low heat for about 6 minutes, until leeks and mushrooms are soft. Season with salt. Set aside to cool slightly.
  4. In a medium-mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs and half-and-half. Season with salt and pepper. Add in the fontina and Parmesan cheese.
  5. Scrape the leeks and fontina into the pie crust. Crumble the bacon over top, then pour the egg/milk/cheese mixture over top. Carefully place the baking sheet with the pie crust in the oven. Bake for about 40 minutes, until the crust is golden brown and the center of the quiche just barely jiggles when gently shaken. Place on a wire rack to cool. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Recipe by The Redhead Baker

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Pumpkin Butter Shortbread Cookies #FBCookieSwap

By Coleen

Pumpkin butter spread, cinnamon and ginger give these tender shortbread cookies a warm spice flavor. Enjoy these with a cup of hot cider or hot cocoa on a chilly winter night!

Pumpkin Butter Shortbread Cookies #FBCookieSwap by @TheRedheadBaker

It’s the 4th Annual Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap, hosted by Lindsay of Love & Olive Oil and Julie ofThe Little Kitchen! The swap brings together food bloggers from around the world to exchange cookies and raise money for Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. Each blogger that participates donates a small sum to CFKC, and the swap’s brand partners — OXO, Dixie Crystals, California Olive Ranch and Brownie Brittle — will match the total sum donated by the food bloggers, up to $3,000!

I’ve been a part of these cookie swaps all four years, and it’s been a great experience. Obviously. If it wasn’t a great experience, why would I keep doing it? Haha!

I submitted my information to join the swap, and a few weeks later received the names of my matches: Jess of On Sugar Mountain, Val of A Scrumptious Life, and Chineka of Savor the Baking. In return, I received cookies from Lissa of The Flourishing Baker, Liz of That Skinny Chick Can Bake!, and Kristen of Babcakes Bakery.

Pumpkin Butter Shortbread Cookies #FBCookieSwap by @TheRedheadBaker

I will confess that I chose to make these cookies purely because I had all of the ingredients on-hand to make them. And because, come on, pumpkin! They are easy, yet different. I had originally had planned to make fabulously-decorated sugar cookies, but never got around to them. Honestly, I’m glad I made these instead.

These cookies called for a method of rolling that I’d never used before: rolling the dough between two sheets of parchment. It’s really genius, however. I’d normally sprinkle the dough with flour to prevent sticking, but then that extra flour gets incorporated into the cookie dough. You want shortbread to be very crumbly and tender, and adding extra flour can cause these cookies to be tough.

This dough is very sticky, so after rolling between the parchment, I cut the cookies an inch apart. Then I pulled up the scrap dough, and moved the parchment with the cut cookies onto the baking sheet. No misshapen cookies from trying to transfer them to the baking pan!

Pumpkin Butter Shortbread Cookies #FBCookieSwap by @TheRedheadBaker

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Want to see all 471 recipes from the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap? Check out Part 1 on Love & Olive Oil, and Part 2 on The Little Kitchen.

5.0 from 2 reviews
Pumpkin Butter Shortbread Cookies #FBCookieSwap
Serves: 3 dozen cookies
  • 1 cup pumpkin butter (store-bought or homemade)
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • ⅔ c powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2¼ cups flour
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves
  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
  • ⅛ tsp ground allspice
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place the pumpkin butter, unsalted butter and powdered sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer. Cream on medium speed for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the vanilla and mix another 30 seconds to a minute.
  3. Sift together the flour, salt and spices, and add to the stand mixer. Mix on low speed just until combined.
  4. Scrape the dough onto a piece of parchment paper about the size of a cookie sheet. Place a second sheet of parchment on top, and roll the dough to ⅛th to ¼th of an inch thickness. Place on a cookie sheet and place in the freezer for 15 minutes.
  5. Use a 2¼-inch round or fluted cookie cutter to cut cookies, about an inch apart. Pull up the scraps (leaving the cut cookies in place on the parchment), and place on a new sheet of parchment. Re-roll the scraps and place back in the freezer.
  6. Bake the cookies just until they begin to brown at the edges, about 15 to 16 minutes. Immediately transfer cookies to a cooling rack.
  7. Repeat with the remaining dough, cutting, re-rolling and freezing, until all the dough is gone.

Slightly adapted from I Bake, He Shoots

Pumpkin Butter Shortbread Cookies #FBCookieSwap by @TheRedheadBaker

Tiramisu Biscotti #SundaySupper

By Coleen

Capture all of the flavors of the popular Italian dessert, tiramisu, in these crisp biscotti cookies: chocolate, coffee, and sweet Marsala wine. Perfect for dunking in your coffee!

Tiramisu Biscotti #SundaySupper by @TheRedheadBaker

Tiramisu is one of my favorite desserts. It has chocolate, and coffee, creamy custard, ladyfinger cookies … what’s not to love? If it’s on the menu while I’m dining out, you can bet I’ll order it.

Traditional tiramisu doesn’t contain any alcohol, but many current versions contain sweet marsala, a Sicilian fortified wine. Others use Kahlua, Madeira, port or brandy. I prefer Marsala myself.

Tiramisu Biscotti #SundaySupper by @TheRedheadBaker

These biscotti are American-style, which are slightly more tender than traditional Italian biscotti because they contain more fat. I added three of the flavors of tiramisu — chocolate, coffee and Marsala — to the cookies.

End result? Delicious! The coffee flavor in the cookies themselves is very subtle. I “fixed” that my dunking them in my coffee. If you want more coffee flavor in the cookies, you can use half Marsala, half coffee; or use coffee-flavored liqueur in your biscotti.

Tiramisu Biscotti #SundaySupper by @TheRedheadBaker

5.0 from 2 reviews
Tiramisu Biscotti #SundaySupper
Serves: 24 cookies
  • 6 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • 2 tbsp sweet marsala wine
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • ¾ cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 shot (1.5 fl oz) espresso or strongly-brewed coffee
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line two sheet pans with parchment paper.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar. Scrape down the bowl. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating and scraping between each addition.
  3. Beat in the vanilla and marsala wine. The mixture will look curdled.
  4. In a separate bowl, stir together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. Add to the mixture in the stand mixer and mix on low speed just until combined. Stir in the chips. The dough should be very stiff.
  5. Divide the dough in half between the two baking sheets. Wet your hands and shape each half of dough into a log, about 9.5 inches long by 2 inches wide by ¾ of an inch tall (wet hands prevents the dough from sticking to your hands).
  6. Bake for about 30 to 35 minutes, rotating pans 180 degrees and switching pans top to bottom halfway through to ensure even baking.
  7. Remove the pans from the oven and let cool for 5 to 10 minutes. Lower the oven temperature to 325.
  8. Carefully transfer each log to a cutting board (I slid the entire piece of parchment on the cutting board and used a spatula to push the log off the parchment). Brush each log with the coffee using a pastry brush. Use a serrated knife to cut each log diagnoally into ¾-inch strips. Be sure to cut straight up and down.
  9. Place the cut biscotti back on the parchment-lined baking sheet, standing up. Bake an additional 30 minutes, until the biscotti are dry.
  10. Cool on a wire rack completely, then transfer to an airtight container for storage.

Adapted from Epicurious

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