Tuesdays with Dorie DC: Pain de Gênes Buttons

November 17, 2020 at 11:57 am | Posted in cookies & bars, DC, groups, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 3 Comments
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pain de gênes buttons

Calling these Pain de Gênes Buttons “cookies” is a stretch. These buttons are really baby cakes, not that I mind at all. The star of the flavor show here is the good bit of almond paste that’s incorporated into the batter (the rum I sloshed in was runner-up). My husband loved these because they reminded him of the almondy treats of his childhood from the Italian-American bakeries in Long Island. I liked their flavor, too, and their texture, which was spongy and dense at the same time. These were another winning treat for the WFH coffee station.

For the recipe, see Dorie’s Cookies by Dorie Greenspan. Don’t forget to check out the rest of the TWD Blogroll.

Tuesdays with Dorie DC: Cheddar-Seed Wafers

November 3, 2020 at 6:31 pm | Posted in cookies & bars, DC, groups, savory things, snacks, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 5 Comments
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cheddar-seed wafers

Cheddar Seed Wafers, full of cheese and poppy seeds, have a highbrow Cheez-It thing going on. They’re rolled really thin and they bake up delicate, salty, savory and a bit flaky. These are in the “cocktail cookies” section of the book, and they would certainly be an excellent sidekick for a glass of crisp white wine, but I actually had my extra-large wafer broken up into shards with a roasted veggie dish that was heavy on the tomatoes.

For the recipe, see Dorie’s Cookies by Dorie Greenspan. Don’t forget to check out the rest of the TWD Blogroll and please join us anytime!

Tuesdays with Dorie DC: Thanksgiving Bars

October 20, 2020 at 8:37 am | Posted in cookies & bars, DC, groups, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 1 Comment
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thanksgiving bars

I’m often pretty meh on fruit and chocolates combinations, so I thought about passing on these Thanksgiving Bars, which have a cranberry-raspberry filling inside a walnut and cocoa double-crust. Also, I thought they sounded kind of weird and I don’t normally associate raspberries with Thanksgiving. My TWD friends who made them for the last posting all gave them excellent reviews though, so I didn’t want to skip a good thing…FOMO baking, I guess.

As it turns out, I do like these! That’s probably predictable, though, right? Haha. I reduced the sugar in the cranberry jam by about a third because I prefer it not to be too sweet, although I didn’t skimp on the sparkly sugar coating on the top crust. I like the way that top layer of dough conforms while baking around the whole raspberries in the filling, giving it pretty bumps. These are good with a scoop of ice cream or a cup of coffee.

For the recipe, see Dorie’s Cookies by Dorie Greenspan. Don’t forget to check out the rest of the TWD Blogroll!

Tuesdays with Dorie DC: Honey-and-Tea Jammers

October 6, 2020 at 2:21 pm | Posted in cookies & bars, DC, groups, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 3 Comments
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honey-and-tea jammers

These Honey-and-Tea Jammers are pretty close to Dorie’s famous Classic Jammers, but with tea leaves rubbed into the sugar in the shortbread cookie base. I used a loose leaf spiced chai here– which, to tell the truth, was not that noticeable– with cherry jam in the cookies’ centers. I don’t make many pies or tarts, as I’m squarely on team cake and cookies, but I like that these give the effect of a crumb-topped pie in cookie-form. Just like with pies and tarts, à la mode is a encouraged with these Jammers.

For the recipe, see Dorie’s Cookies by Dorie Greenspan. It’s also here. Don’t forget to check out the rest of the TWD Blogroll.

Tuesdays with Dorie DC: Popcorn Streusel Tops

September 15, 2020 at 4:42 pm | Posted in cookies & bars, DC, groups, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 3 Comments
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popcorn streusel tops

These Popcorn Streusel Tops are corny little cookies. Actually they are really fun and tasty. A cornmeal-corn kernel shortbread that’s topped with streusel and popcorn makes a cookie dressed for a party. Baked in rings or muffin tins, these reminded me a lot of Dorie’s famous Jammer cookies, but with corn and without jam. I liked them very much, but the wheels in my dessert brain are always spinning, and after tasting them, I am convinced that they can be tweaked very well into the Jammer format. I am imagining making the corn cookie base, adding a bloop of either strawberry or blueberry jam on top of each cookie and then ringing the jam with the popcorn-streusel mix. Sounds good, right? I’ll try this one day and report back.

For the recipe, see Dorie’s Cookies by Dorie Greenspan. Don’t forget to check out the rest of the TWD Blogroll.

Tuesdays with Dorie DC: Classic Brownies

September 1, 2020 at 12:01 am | Posted in cookies & bars, DC, groups, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 3 Comments
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classic brownies

It’s back-to-school time (or something like that?) and we’re studying the classics…Classic Brownies, that is. No crazy mixing method, no ganache topping, no swirl of tahini, these are straight-up brownies with a nice crust and loads of walnuts, which you can leave out, if you must.

Brownies are perfect for sharing. I packed these up in a takeout container and brought them to an outdoor, socially-distant meet-up with my gym trainer friends in Prospect Park. It was nice to be outside (even though I fear the sun), drinking wine and eating brownies with people I’ve missed.

For the recipe, see Dorie’s Cookies by Dorie Greenspan. Don’t forget to check out the rest of the TWD Blogroll!

Tuesdays with Dorie DC: Biarritz Cookies

August 18, 2020 at 8:10 pm | Posted in cookies & bars, DC, groups, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 3 Comments
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biarritz cookies

Dorie remembers Pepperidge Farm’s now discontinued Biarrtiz Cookies with such fondness, that she decided to recreate them at home. (A bit of research revealed that they actually still exist, and are made by the Belgian cookie company that originally “invented” them and licensed the rights to make them, and several other cookies, in the US for a time to PF). A traditional Biarritz is a single cookie with a tempered chocolate-coated bottom side, but I went the ganache sandwich route and turned them into something more like a round Milano.

The batter is pretty much a tuile batter, with beaten egg whites and melted butter incorporated into the dry ingredients. It’s flowy and not stiff, but it’s not spread paper thin like a tuile, so it keeps a bit of a rounded shape when baked. I really don’t like using a piping bag if I don’t have to, so I used my small cookie scoop to portion the batter. It worked just fine and I got nicely sized cookies that were pretty consistent in shape (others in the group had mentioned that the quarter-sized bloops Dorie says to pipe make very small finished cookies). I actually had a bit of leftover coffee-flavored ganache in the fridge and I used that up to make my cookie sandwiches. I liked these a lot, even though they were soft and not crisp like I’d expected them to be.

Something I’ve always appreciated about the more delicate Pepperidge Farm cookies is that they are packed into paper cups, so I did the same for photo purposes. For the recipe, see Dorie’s Cookies by Dorie Greenspan. Don’t forget to check out the rest of the TWD Blogroll.

Tuesdays with Dorie DC: Parm Toasts

August 4, 2020 at 12:13 am | Posted in cookies & bars, DC, groups, savory things, snacks, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 3 Comments
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parm toasts

Parm Toasts really do look like tiny toasts, although no bread was harmed in the making of these. They are cheese biscotti…a simple to make dough loaded with shredded parmesan cheese that’s twice baked. These are in the “cocktail cookies” section of the book, and I can confirm that they do go nicely with a white wine spritz. They also make good croutons for salad (Dorie says ditto for crunchy soup floaters, but I’m holding off on that taste test till fall).

For the recipe, see Dorie’s Cookies by Dorie Greenspan. Don’t forget to check out the rest of the TWD Blogroll and please join us anytime!

Tuesdays with Dorie DC: Coconut-Lime Sablés

July 7, 2020 at 12:01 am | Posted in cookies & bars, DC, groups, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 3 Comments
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coconut-lime sablés

For today’s episode of “On the Cooling Rack,” we have Coconut-Lime Sablés…flavors that remind me of a beach vacation, even though I’m sweating it out in my house this summer. These are shortbread cookies with a little chew, thanks to moist shredded coconut in the dough. Lime zest gives them a some zing and coriander gives them some spice. They are baked in a muffin tin for perfect rounds with a delightfully caramelized outer ring.

For the recipe, see Dorie’s Cookies by Dorie Greenspan (it’s also here). Don’t forget to check out the rest of the TWD Blogroll.

TWD DC Rewind: Sesame-Sea Salt Cookies

June 30, 2020 at 10:21 am | Posted in cookies & bars, DC, groups, savory things, snacks, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 2 Comments
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sesame-sea salt cookies

One year ago, the group made Sesame-Sea Salt Cookies. For some now-forgotten reason, I didn’t. I almost bypassed them now, too (just out of laziness), but I don’t want my list of skipped recipes to grow too long…when I realized I could have this dough done with a few quick zips in the food processor, I thought, “why not?”

Rather than roll out the dough and cut it into rounds, I scooped it into little balls, which I then flattened into pucks and popped into a greased muffin tin to chill before seeding and baking. I quite like this muffin tin method and since I only did one-third of the recipe, it wasn’t much effort for six cookies.

These do have a nice sweet and salty balance to them, and a delicate, buttery shortbread crumb. We had a few last night with white wine and sharp cheddar and I’ll probably do something similar with the rest tonight.

For the recipe, see Dorie’s Cookies by Dorie Greenspan. Don’t forget to check out the rest of this week’s rewind on the TWD Blogroll!

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