Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to you! | browneyedbaker.com

Wishing all of you a very Happy Thanksgiving today! I hope you enjoy a wonderful day full of family and friends, great food and warm memories.

I’m so thankful for all of you! Cheers!

Italian Walnut Pillow Cookies

Italian Walnut Pillow Cookies - Little iced nut roll cookies that my grandma made every Thanksgiving! | browneyedbaker.com

[These cookies were originally posted wayyyyy back in February 2009. I wanted to revive them from the archives because they deserved some new and improved pictures, and, most importantly, because these were always a Thanksgiving tradition in our family.]

I rarely associate Thanksgiving dessert with anything other than things like pie (pumpkin, pecan, apple, oh my!), pumpkin rolls, carrot cakes and gingerbread trifles. The cookie baking tends to ramp up the week after Thanksgiving when all of the Christmas baking kicks off, but there is one cookie that will forever and always remind me of Thanksgiving… These “pillow” cookies.

In our family, they were simply referred to as pillows; I have no idea how they got that name, but I guess is that it’s because they’re little puffs of deliciousness :)  These are essentially little nut rolls that have been baked and dipped in a basic powdered sugar icing. Growing up, Thanksgiving was a huge deal. All of my grandfather’s family lived outside of Chicago and many of them would travel here to Pittsburgh for the week to celebrate the holiday. The week before they showed up, my grandma made batch after batch of these cookies, on top of all the other cooking and prepping that was required for a house full of people for a week plus hosting a major holiday for well over 20 people. Somehow though, my grandma never, ever made it look like actual work. She was absolutely in her glory.

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Cranberry-Eggnog Cheesecake

I have been wanting to make a cranberry cheesecake for Thanksgiving for a few years now, but recently found this version that not only includes cranberries, but eggnog as...

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Einstein and Bella sunning themselves on my mom's deck

Friday Things

1. This is a picture of Einstein with my mom’s dog, Bella, on her back deck almost five years ago. This week, Bella crossed over the rainbow bridge after what two...

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Broccoli Cheese Soup

Broccoli Cheese Soup

I’ve talked at length before about my aversion to vegetables growing up, but I had a special sort of aversion to broccoli. No matter how it was prepared, I...

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Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta, Cranberries & Pine Nuts - A perfect Thanksgiving side dish! | browneyedbaker.com

Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta, Cranberries & Pine Nuts

Given that I’m not a huge vegetable person to begin with, it shouldn’t come as a huge surprise that Brussels sprouts were pretty much at the absolute bottom of...

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How to Make Homemade Turkey Stock :: Five Recipes for Thanksgiving Leftovers | browneyedbaker.com

Five Recipes for Thanksgiving Leftovers

Thanksgiving is next week already! Can you believe it?! Do you have your menu planned? (If not, you can check out my Thanksgiving menu for inspiration!) In my family,...

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