These cookies and cream cookies stay soft and fluffy for days, making them a perfect gift for the holidays.

For my holiday baking, I like to make cookie recipes that store well, especially since many of my friends and family won’t receive the cookies right away.

For years, I’ve made these soft chocolate chip cookies that use pudding mix to help maintain a fluffy texture. My siblings like to joke that the cookies will never go hard and if we were to bury them and dig them up a decade later they would still be soft.

Langer’s Delicatessen in Los Angeles, which has been around for over 60 years, is famous for their pastrami sandwich, arguably one of the best in the country.

As the end of the year approaches, I like to do a year in review and round-up of my favorite eats. But in order to properly put together that list, I felt the need to check some places off my list that have been on there far too long, like Langer’s.

I haven’t had much luck finding a good pastrami sandwich anywhere since leaving New York, so when I first heard about Langer’s (when they were awarded The Tastiest Feast in North America in 2013 by Chowzter), I was definitely curious. Could there really exist a sandwich in LA that lives up to Katz and other beloved New York delis?

When we arrived, there was a decent line of people waiting. Luckily, the restaurant is quite roomy inside, so we didn’t have to wait too long.


This is their most famous sandwich: rye bread (though ours was substituted for sourdough), thick-cut slices of their signature pastrami, cole slaw, cheese, and Russian dressing.

This microwave peppermint flavored fudge is festive and makes a great holiday gift. It’s easy and stores well too.

Fudge is always on my holiday baking list since it’s something that can be made ahead of time and is relatively stress free. The other day, I came up with the idea of making peppermint fudge, but with red swirls mixed in to resemble candy canes. Unfortunately, my initial attempt looked quite sad and nothing like what I had envisioned.

So I put on my best sad face and asked Mr. K to run to the grocery store to pick up more ingredients so I could try again. And surprisingly, he went!