Meyer Lemon-Rosemary Bars

Meyer Lemon Rosemary Bars | Black Girl Chef's Whites



I think of these as adult cookies. Not that children will not like them, but the flavor is one to have with a cup of coffee or tea, not Kool-Aid. Meyer Lemon-Rosemary Bars are citrusy, floral and herbal, buttery rich and sweet cookies.

Once again, I begin with Master Cookie Dough, that ultra versatile butter cookie that seems to lend itself to so many variations. Cinnamon sugar, Nutella, coconut and chocolate, peppermint. It truly is the one cookie dough to have handy in the freezer should you need to whip up a couple dozen cookies on the fly.



Meyer Lemon Rosemary Bars | Black Girl Chef's Whites



Recipe: Meyer Lemon-Rosemary Bars


  • 2 cups Master Cookie Dough
  • 1 teaspoon fine Meyer lemon zest (preferably with a microplane zester)
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh rosemary leaves


  1. Heat the oven to 350° F. Line a 9 X 9 inch pan with parchment paper, leaving the edges long so they can be used to pick up the baked bar.
  2. In a small bowl, using clean hands knead the lemon zest and rosemary into the cookie dough.
  3. Press the cookie dough evenly into the bottom of the baking pan.
  4. Bake the cookie bar for 13 – 15 minutes, until baked through and light golden brown on top.
  5. Grasping the parchment, carefully lift the bar out of the pan and place onto a cooling rack.
  6. Let the cookie bar cool completely.
  7. When cooled, remove the parchment and trim the edges from the bar.
  8. Cut the bar in into 1 inch strips, then cut each strip in half, forming a rectangular bar.

Preparation time: 10 minute(s)

Cooking time: 15 minute(s)

Copyright © Cheryl D Lee.

Click for the Master Cookie Dough Recipe

Click for a Round Up of cookies made with Master Cookie Dough

Click for the Nutella Bites recipe made with Master Cookie Dough


Meyer Lemon Rosemary Bars | Black Girl Chef's Whites





Nutella Bites

Nutella Bites | Black Girl Chef's Whites



Master Cookie Dough is so fun to play with. Add a pinch of this, a dollop of that, roll the dough in this, fill it with that! One dough that can cover all your holiday cookie needs.

These Nutella Bites are the latest one made with Master Cookie Dough. If there is a Nutella loving nut in your house, these cookies will be gone practically before you have a chance to take them off the baking sheet!



Nutella Bites | Black Girl Chef's Whites


Recipe: Nutella Bites


  • 2 cups Master Cookie Dough
  • Nutella Hazelnut Spread
  • Powered sugar for garnish (optional)


  1. Heat the oven to 350°. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Using clean hands, roll a ping pong ball sized piece of cookie dough.
  3. Make an indentation with your finger, pinching the sides of the dough slightly to widen the hole.
  4. Spoon about 1/4 teaspoon of Nutella into the indentation.
  5. Place the cookie onto a baking sheet, pressing down gently to flatten the bottom of the cookie.
  6. Repeat with the remaining dough.
  7. Bake the cookies for about 12 – 15 minutes, or until the cookies are golden brown.
  8. Cool the cookies completely on a rack.
  9. If desired, sift powdered sugar over the top of the cooled cookies.

Preparation time: 30 minute(s)

Cooking time: 15 minute(s)

Copyright © Cheryl D Lee.


Go here for the Master Cookie Dough recipe.

Go here for a roundup of all the cookies made so far with the Master Cookie Dough.



Nutella Bites | Black Girl Chef's Whites

The Master Cookie Dough Chronicles



That rather monotone, drab looking bowl of dough is somewhat like Clark Kent.  Boring and nice Clark, suddenly transformed himself into Superman when danger was afoot! He saved the world, he got the girl, he was awesome!

All right, my Master Cookie Dough will not save the world. But it may get you a girlfriend or boyfriend if you  bake  for them! And it really is awesome!

Every holiday season for the past few years I have been making an assortment of cookies using this dough. I thought a round up of all the published recipes would be an easy way for you to plan your holiday baking! Because of course you need to make this awesome dough that could get you a mate! I make no promises about getting you a mate, but it might!


Chocolate Chip – Coconut Bars


Chocolate Chip - Coconut Bar | Black Girl Chef's Whites



Chocolate Macadamia Nut Bites


Chocolate Macadamia Nut Bites | Black Girl Chef's Whites




Crispy Sugar Cookies


Crispy Sugar Cookies | Black Girl Chef's Whites




Cinnamon Sugar Crisps




Peppermint Kisses



Peppermint Kisses



Candy Cane Cookies


Candy Cane Cookies


And last but not least, my favorite Christmas Cookies Decorated by Kindergarteners


Christmas Cookies by 5 Year Old Kids | Black Girl Chef's Whites


I’ll be posting new cookies in the coming weeks, including one made with Nutella.




The Heirloom Pumpkin Pie Pan

Heirloom Pie Plate | Black Girl Chef's Whites


Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and as always I am trying to figure out how we got to the holiday season so quickly!  One would think I would realize once Halloween is over, the holidays are upon us. One would think.

I recently wrote an article about the upcoming holidays on There is a fantastic recipe for pumpkin pie made with coconut milk, making the filling lactose free. I originally developed the recipe for a vegetarian client of mine, and found I preferred this recipe to a traditional pumpkin pie recipe.

Here is a small excerpt from the article:


I have never been a “decorate for the holiday” kind of gal. As I was looking for a pan to bake this pie, I found my mom’s pumpkin pie pan, which I had not seen in years. I was reminded of what a fantastic hostess she was.

Every holiday meant some kind of décor change signifying the importance of said holiday. Acorn door hangings for Thanksgiving, Easter baskets with colorful eggs and Christmas joy everywhere! Christmas hand towels for the guests, Christmas wreaths, Christmas candies placed into crystal candy dishes. Crystal candy dishes shaped like Christmas trees, naturally.


Click here for the recipe for Spiced Pumpkin Pie with Coconut Milk and to read more about my holiday misadventures.



Pumpkin Pie in Heirloom Pie Plate | Black Girl Chef's Whites

Christmas Cookie Masterpieces!

Yes, they are masterpieces! Created by five and six year old artists in my daughter’s kindergarten class with nothing more than food coloring pens and crispy, Christmas shaped cookies made from the Master Cookie Dough.

This isn’t a new recipe using the master cookie dough. I just wanted to share these delightful creations that brought a smile to my face, and I hope they bring a smile to yours.

You will notice that some of the cookies are missing bits and pieces, such as angel without a wing or stars with only four points. That is because they were eaten. The cookies bake up very crisp, and as the children decorated them, they became a little over zealous and pressed down too hard, which would break the cookie. I told them if they broke off a piece they could eat it, and continue to decorate. But then, they breakage started to accelerate! Wait a minute. . . did these kids think I was born yesterday! They weren’t going to have any cookies left to decorate! I quickly put a stop to all the cookie breaking and eating, and the decorating continued smoothly, or as smoothly as it can with a bunch of five and six year old kids.