Tuesdays with Dorie DC: Vanilla Polka Dots

August 20, 2019 at 12:01 am | Posted in cookies & bars, DC, groups, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 1 Comment
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vanilla polka dots

Aren’t these Vanilla Polka Dots so cute? Can you even tell they are cute on this ugly tray? Actually this is my very favorite sheet tray; I do not mean to talk badly about it and think it is beautiful in its own way.

Back to the cookies…these are made from Dorie’s Do-Almost-Anything Vanilla Cookie Dough. We’ve done a couple of things with it before, but this is the first time we’ve used it for scooped cookies rather than rolled ones. I added a little extra vanilla (in the form of paste) to my dough. The cookie scoops are rolled in a good amount of Swedish pearl sugar before baking. Swedish pearl sugar can be hard to find. I bought a box at IKEA several years ago and thankfully it doesn’t go bad. Hahaha. The sugar polka dots give a sweet crunchy coating to the cookies, but their insides stay soft. I shared these with the dudes at the gym, and we all liked them.

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: Melody Cookies

August 6, 2019 at 12:01 am | Posted in cookies & bars, DC, groups, tuesdays with dorie | 4 Comments
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melody cookies

Does anyone remember Nabisco Melody Cookies? They’re crispy, thin, sugarcoated cocoa wafer cookies that the company stopped making 40-some years ago. I don’t remember them, but I hear the ’70s are back and I’m down with a bit of retro baking to see what I missed. This is the kind of cookie I like a lot…I made a third of the recipe and I thought about sharing them with my buddies at the gym, but then I decided I didn’t really make that many and wanted to save them for my morning coffees during the week. Next time, I’ll make more and share the melody love. The cookies are made from an easy roll-out dough that seemed to hold shape nicely. I sprinkled them with a hefty amount of turbinado to give them some ’70s glam sparkle.

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: Fudgy Mocha Bars

July 16, 2019 at 11:51 am | Posted in cookies & bars, DC, groups, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 3 Comments
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fudgy mocha bars

Chocolate, coffee and walnuts…these Fudgy Mocha Bars have all three in each bite, so it was pretty much guaranteed I’d like them. They also have the crackly crust and gooey insides that any good brownie should. Perfect with ice cream or an extra shot coffee, these little pick-me-ups were a hit with everyone who tried them.

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: Triscuity Bites

July 2, 2019 at 5:15 pm | Posted in cookies & bars, savory things, snacks, sweet things | 3 Comments
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triscuity bites

Triscuity Bites aren’t cookies that resemble Triscuits, they’re savory “cocktail cookies” with Triscuits in them. They’re made from a cream cheese dough with bits of Triscuit crackers mixed in. Actually, they should be made from a cream cheese dough, but someone didn’t read the recipe before she went to the store…got the Triscuits, but no Philly. I took stock of what like items I had in the fridge, and decided that labneh would probably work as a substitute. I think it was fine.

These cookies held a perfect shape in the oven. I was pretty pleased that my squares stayed square. They are nicely salty and have that sort of airy crunch that Triscuits do. More rich than plain, out-of-the-box Triscuits, I ate these on their own. On their own, with wine, I mean.

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: Old Bay Pretzel-and-Cheese Cookies

May 21, 2019 at 12:01 am | Posted in cookies & bars, groups, savory things, snacks, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 4 Comments
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old bay pretzel-and-cheese cookies

I grew up in Northern Virginia and when I was a kid, my dad and a friend from Maryland co-owned a boat together on the Chesapeake Bay. My mother would wrinkle her nose at this, but Old Bay is a flavor of my childhood, I guess, and one I still like lot today. Now I mostly sprinkle it on corn or oven fries, but here it’s used in savory Old Bay Pretzel-and-Cheese Cookies. With chunks of pretzel rods and bits of cheddar cheese, too, they’re just the thing to have with a beer or a Bloody Mary, or even a bowl of tomato soup.

The dough is like a shortbread and is made in the food processor. I actually had a hard time getting mine to come together, even before adding the pretzel bits, and wound up adding a blob of sour cream for a bit of extra moisture to make it less crumbly. It’s slice-and-bake, so I managed to finagle the dough into a rough log, but then it crumbled again when i sliced it. I wound up having to hand-form my cookie crumbles into little nuggets on the sheet tray. When baked, I’m happy to report that they finally held together! They’re salty and savory and crunchy, and if I find myself going boating again anytime soon, they’ll find their way into my snack bag.

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: Chocolate-Oatmeal Biscoff Cookies

May 7, 2019 at 12:01 am | Posted in cookies & bars, DC, groups, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 5 Comments
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chocolate-oatmeal biscoff cookies

I have a soft spot for oatmeal cookies of any kind. I don’t know where this fondness comes from in my own life, but if I had children, I’d bake them oatmeal cookies to encourage it in theirs. These Chocolate-Oatmeal Biscoff Cookies would be in my after-school snack rotation for sure. With oatmeal, cocoa, chocolate chips and cookie butter (what?!?) these tick all the boxes for a great treat. You can use nut butter instead of Biscoff if you want, and I’m pretty sure that would be just as awesome.

I recently made my own cookie butter for the Good, Better, Best Cookies, and while Dorie specifically states to use store-bought Biscoff here instead of a homemade version, there was no way I wasn’t going to use it. Yes, I blatantly disregarded her instruction, but I did try to compensate for it. I added in an extra couple tablespoons of flour to my dough because my homemade cookie butter seems softer than the commercial product. I don’t really think that they suffered for it in any way. My cookies baked up soft, chewy and pliable, and really full of chocolate flavor, with a slightly spicy something-something in the background.

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: Good, Better, Best Cookies

April 16, 2019 at 3:59 pm | Posted in cookies & bars, DC, groups, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 3 Comments
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good, better, best cookies

These Good, Better, Best Cookies are a straight-line progression of deliciousness. It’s really very logical…a good cookie, crisp with almonds and cinnamon, can be made better if it’s sandwiched with cookie butter, and that sandwich cookie can be the best it can be if it’s dipped in ganache. Of course, I wanted the best version.

I made and rolled the cookie dough a few days before I needed it, so I stashed the dough sheet in the freezer. I was really happy with how perfectly the cut cookies held their round shape and how flat they stayed in the oven. Dorie has a recipe for homemade Spiced Cookie Filling and Spread in the back of the book, and since I had taken home some reject speculoos from work, I made myself a little pot of it for sandwiching my cookies. I admit that I didn’t bother to turn it into a buttercream as per the the “better” instructions. I just used it as-is. I eyeballed my dark chocolate ganache for dipping after reading that the “best” recipe makes a rather thin one, and a lot of it. I think everyone I shared these with appreciated that I took them all the way– they were the best!

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 if you haven’t already!

Tuesdays with Dorie BCM: Palmiers

April 9, 2019 at 12:01 am | Posted in BCM, cookies & bars, general pastry, groups, other sweet, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 7 Comments
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palmiers

What to do with a little stack of frozen puff pastry scraps left over from Banana-Nutella Chaussons and a Potato Tourte? Make Palmiers! These are so easy. Just roll puff into a square, brush with melted butter, sprinkle with sugar and fold in towards the center. I used vanilla sugar for extra flavor, and because I found a jar of it in my cupboard and want to use it up. Some of my palmiers sort of unfurled into donut shapes the oven, but I don’t mind. Puff pastry does what it wants to sometimes…I like things made with it to be really caramelized and crispy, taken almost to the edge of dark. I’ve got no time for pale puff. These palmiers are just as good with ice cream as they are with coffee.

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

Tuesdays with Dorie DC: Matzo Morsels

April 2, 2019 at 8:19 am | Posted in cookies & bars, DC, groups, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 4 Comments
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matzo morsels

If I buy a box of matzo breads, I’m usually putting tuna salad on top of them or turning them into matzo brie. Well, now I can make cookies out of matzo, too! Actually these Matzo Morsels are almost more candy than cookie, with no baking required. Melted butter and chocolate bind together crumbled matzo, plumped dried fruit (I used cherries) and chocolate chips (I used chopped white chocolate) into tasty little globs of crunch and chew. I had some déjà vu while making these and then I realized they are almost identical to the Desert Roses from BCM we did a couple of years ago, but with crushed matzos standing in for the cornflakes. No wonder I reached for the exact same mini muffin cups to put them in! I found they were easier to scoop and kept a better shape when I let the mix sit on the counter for about five minutes before portioning them.

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: Moroccan Semolina and Almond Cookies

March 19, 2019 at 12:01 am | Posted in cookies & bars, DC, groups, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 7 Comments
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moroccan semolina and almond cookies

I really think these Moroccan Semolina and Almond Cookies might be some of the prettiest I’ve made. I love their crinkles and crackles and irregular edges. And their yellow insides peeking out from their powdered sugar coats. The semolina and almond flours in the dough contribute to a sandy texture, and lemon zest and orange blossom water give the cookies bright flavor. The cookie dough balls are rolled in powdered sugar before being pressed like thumbprints in their centers, which gives them their unique personalities. They’re totally charming and perfect with a cup of herbal tea.

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

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