Away from the Kitchen by Dawn Blume Hawkes
Recipe by Chef Gail Gand
A great way to use up leftover egg whites, especially during the holiday season. If you have leftover candy canes or peppermint candies, use them. However, if you are making these cookies during the Christmas season, look for the miniature candy canes. They have the most pink surface area. The color contrasts well with the white of the meringues.
This recipe is actually a classic recipe that I got off of the Baker’s unsweetened chocolate box. I use 2 teaspoons of pure vanilla extract and I under-bake the recipe so that the brownies have a crusty topping but are moist and fudge-like inside.
Salty and sweet — two all-time favorites — especially when it’s for dessert. And, who doesn’t love the flavor of butterscotch? This is a great cookie recipe for a group of kids, especially after a sports event or after lunch on an all-day outing. These cookies are also idea for turning into ice cream sandwiches. Turkish Coffee and Pumpkin ice creams come to mind and vanilla always works. If salty isn’t your ideal of delicious, feel free to leave it out of the equation.
This is the most popular cookie at the new King Arthur Flour bakery. Intensely almond in flavor, I have adapted it slightly by adding vanilla extract, of course.
My great aunt Oolie McGoogan, made a simple, delicious shortbread that she learned from her husband Angus’ family. Shortbread was always butter, flour, yellow sugar and a pinch of salt. The trick to the success of her shortbread was to knead it for at least 20 minutes. After it was cut into fingers and baked, it was supposed to rest for at least a week before serving. You didn’t mess with it, and we all got a tin of her shortbread for the holidays. How times have changed!
I found this recipe in the food section of our local newspaper and couldn’t resist sharing it. It sounds so completely, deliciously, sinful !!
These delicate, lacey cookies are so delicious that chocolate isn’t really necessary, but they are certainly delicious with chocolate as well.
Courtesy of Alice Medrich, Chewy Gooey Crispy Crunchy Melt-In-Your-Mouth Cookies
Courtesy of Beth Hensperger
Macaroons, or amaretti, are a traditional Seder dessert usually bought from a bakery or in vacum-packed can. The homemade version is far superior and easily made days ahead. Great served with kosher dessert wine.
This is an adaption of Dorie Greenspan’s master recipe for Sables. A delicious, buttery cookie, this is the French version of shortbread. It lends itself well to variations such as adding finely chopped nuts or maple sugar.
These soft tender cookies are nice with tea. Subtle hints of pumpkin and spice make them a perfect treat for fall.
Served warm, topped with ice-cream after dinner or for breakfast on a crisp fall day, Caramel Apple Bars are a comforting treat any way you slice them. Perfect for an autumn picnic, these are like a bite of fresh apple pie, conveniently packaged as a cookie bar. If you like caramel and apples, you’ll be sure to love these Caramel Apple Bars.
Courtesy of Lauren Groveman
Courtesy of Lauren Groveman
What’s not to like about freshly baked cookies! Some cookies lose their edge fairly quickly, and are best devoured within a day or two.
Anything based on shortbread, however, ages very nicely. I learned this at an early age as my great aunt, Oolie MacGugan (yep, that was her real name), made traditional Scottish shortbread, which was cut in simple rectangular bars and aged for a couple of weeks before it was served.
Courtesy of Didi Davis: www.dididavisfood.com
These cookies are a combination of the French style macaroon, made with ground almonds, and the American style macaroon, made with coconut. I’ve changed the nut to pecans, which are a dreamy combination with vanilla and coconut. The flavors grow in your mouth and linger pleasingly for a long time.
If you have never had real churros, you are in for a treat! First, lightly sweetened fried dough is hard to beat as long as it’s prepared properly. However, what should be a delicate treat can easily become a sodden, greasy, unpalatable mess. And, if it is held under a heat lamp for very long, it can become tough. So, that’s why I say, real churros.
Courtesy of Flo Braker
Here’s a fun recipe from Flo’s book, Baking for All Occasions. It makes a great hostess
gift as do many of her delectable recipes.
Flo says: Baking the silky, intense chocolate topping on crunchy (firm) shortbread makes for neatly cut brownies that will lend panache to any dessert time.