Category Archives: Cookies

Chocolate Cookies with White Chocolate and Dried Cherries

Thursday, 12 April 2018

This recipe is my dear neighbor Lisa Zimble’s favorite. She likes it so much that she has declared a ‘cookie war’ to challenge this recipe as the best cookie recipe ever. I’m totally not a fan of white chocolate. But I have to say that I like this recipe and the white chocolate chips are not offensive. However. . .. Lisa, I can’t say that I think it’s the best cookie recipe ever. I still think that the chocolate chunk shortbread from last week reigns. . .. I’m counting on David Paris to concur but we shall see. Anyone else got one? Chocolate Cookies with White Chocolate and Dried Cherries (- Melissa Clark NYT) Preheat oven to 350° Ingredients: 8 ounces (227 grams) bittersweet chocolate 60-70%...

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Salted Chocolate Chunk Shortbread Cookies

Friday, 16 March 2018

The hunt for the perfect, crispy, delicious wafer cookie continues. I can’t say this cookie is a wafer but it’s certainly crisp and delicious. Also, it has chocolate. I’d say Bingo! on this one, and the consensus around the house was 100% excellent cookie. I will say no more other than this is a Must Try. Salted Chocolate Chunk Shortbread Cookies (-NYT) Ingredients: 1 cup plus 2 Tbsp salted butter, cold, cut into ½-inch pieces ½ cup (101 grams) granulated sugar ¼ cup (55 grams) light brown sugar 1 tsp vanilla extract 2 ½ cups (326 grams) all-purpose flour 6 ounces (170 grams) semi-sweet or bittersweet dark chocolate, chopped, not too fine, you want chunks, not shards 1 egg, beaten demerara sugar for...

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Butter Wafers

Friday, 16 March 2018

I returned from two weeks in Cambodia (Phnom Penh) and Myanmar with an obsession for thin crispy wafer cookies. I know that sounds odd – even to me. It would make more sense if I returned with an obsession for Shan Noodles or Green Papaya salad – two things that I really loved eating in Mayanmar but it was the thin, crispy, wafer cookies (often green – matcha?) that really got me and I have been working on perfecting them since my return. I travelled to Phnom Penh and then to Yangon with Marianne Kooimans of Koko fame (kokovenice.com). Marianne has fabric cutters and sewers and shoe makers and weavers in Phnom Penh where she has a loft/studio; she buys fabrics, jewelry and antiquities in Yangon; and zippers in Bangkok (where...

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Matcha Shortbread Cookies

Friday, 16 March 2018

The search for the perfect crispy wafer cookie continues. My first effort (previously posted) was for a butter wafer – light, not sweet, mostly crispy. Since I am particularly fascinated by the green crispy wafer cookies (green from the Matcha), today I embarked on recipe review and experimentation. The first batch was interesting but I thought a little bitter from the Tablespoon plus of matcha. I did a couple variations and sprinkled sugar on the surface and on some when I rolled out the dough I pressed in some cocoa nibs. Those were pretty tasty. My second batch was a matcha shortbread cookie. Not the crispy wafer I was looking for but green. And the photo attached to the recipe was pretty wafer-ish looking. These cookies...

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Rosemary Shortbread

Wednesday, 27 December 2017

Theresa Karanik and I embarked on a Christmas cookie adventure. Shortbread. Theresa made Rosemary shortbread last year and gave it for gifts in pretty cellophane bags tied with a ribbon. This year I was invited to participate. Oh joy! We made seven batches some Rosemary with fleur de sel and some lemon with fleur de sel. The shortbread is now being packed up as gifts in pretty cellophane bags – just like the one I got from Theresa last year as a gift. Theresa is one of my favorite people. She is super smart and so funny and always a good friend even when she’s not in the mood. She is a dedicated and devoted therapist. She works at Home Boy Industries with Father Greg Boyle and if you don’t know what that is and who...

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The Gourmandise School Best Cookies Ever

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Sue is my sometimes cooking buddy. We’ve had some adventures together that’s for sure. This past month we took a cooking class at the Gourmandise School of sweets and savories in Santa Monica. It’s a really sweet cooking school. The classes are fun and the recipes are good and you don’t have to clean up after yourself. Makes me happy. The class that we took together was an all day seminar on cooking with whole grains. I was particularly interested because I’m a little tired of organic unbleached white flour and I find myself looking for recipes that call for other types of flours – grainier substances like cornmeal, buckwheat, like that. It was a good conference and I learned a lot. Sue and I ended up sharing...

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Lace’s Crisp Salted Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Sunday, 25 September 2016

These cookies need no introduction other than they are the best cookies EVER. Smittenkitchen described them as “scandalous” and it’s true. My friend Lace adapted the recipe and it is now flour-free. Light, crispy, chocolaty, so good. Lace’s Crisp Salted Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies (adapted from Smittenkitchen.com recipe for crisp salted oatmeal white chocolate cookies) Preheat oven to 350° Ingredients: 1 cup oat flour ¾ tsp baking powder ½ tsp baking soda ¼ tsp table salt 14 Tablespoons ( 1 ¾ cups) unsalted butter, slightly softened 1 cup sugar ¼ cup packed light brown sugar 1 large egg 1 tsp vanilla extract 2 ½ cups old fashion rolled oats 6 ounces good-quality bittersweet chocolate hand...

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Gwyneth’s Mother’s Cookies

Monday, 22 August 2016

I was at my friend Pam’s house for dinner last week and I started looking through her cook book collection. The books were all really clean - pristine clean in fact. I immediately felt self-conscious and incompetent because mine are always full of flour and sugar and oil splatters and greasy fingerprints and crumbs. I am just a mess of a cook and a cookbook wrecker. While I was looking through the pretty, clean cookbooks I noticed a few cook books by Gwyneth Paltrow which I thought was ridiculous and I expressed shock and disgust that she Pam, the amazing, smart, erudite Pam, would own a cook book by a movie star. Really Pam? I just thought: 'how dumb is that.' I mean Gwyneth Paltrow is an actress for goodness sakes - she is not a...

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More Peanut Butter Cookies – This Time Chocolate Dipped

Saturday, 23 January 2016

I know that I just wrote about peanut butter cookies and I posted a delicious recipe, however…. This weekend my wonderful nephew Zac and his wonderful girlfriend Lauren came down to visit from Santa Barbara where they are going to school. They are so much fund to have around! We (I) had so much fun. We went to the new Broad (thanks to Andrea Gleysteen who got us tickets), Grand Central Market for late lunch (so hip). Zac saw his grandpa and Lauren and I went to yoga. Zac, Lauren, Alex and I went to breakfast with Nanna. We hung out. There were lots of foodball games on TV. Zac and Lauren went to the Lakers’ game and saw Kobe. We ate food, watched movies, chatted. Lauren and I wanted to bake cookies and I had...

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Maryam’s Oatmeal Delights

Saturday, 09 January 2016

Maryam’s Oatmeal Delights (formerly known as Salty Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies) Last week I wrote about our New Year’s Day/Jared’s Birthday party and I posted a recipe for peanut butter cookies that got rave reviews from the guests. Well the truth is that the real hit of the party were the cookies that Jared’s fiancé, Maryam made. Everyone loved them. I got so many compliments and inquiries about them that I lost track of who requested the recipe. When our good neighbor/former landlord Ed Lynch grabbed me this morning to make inquiry about a delicious cookie that he ate at my house on New Year’s day (and that I immediately discerned from Ed’s description, as Maryam’s cookies), I decided that the cookies were...

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