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!

Tuesdays with Dorie BCM: Toasted Buckwheat and Chopped Chocolate Sablés

March 12, 2019 at 9:23 pm | Posted in BCM, cookies & bars, groups, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 10 Comments
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toasted buckwheat and chopped chocolate sablés

These Toasted Buckwheat and Chopped Chocolate Sablés begin with the unusual instruction to toast the buckwheat flour until it darkens and and smells roasted. Buckwheat has a nutty, earthy flavor to begin with, and this extra step really brings that out. I think it changes the texture of the flour a bit, too, making it drier, and in turn making the sablés even sandier. Buckwheat and chocolate is a winning combo, and I liked these, with their flecks of chopped bittersweet chocolate, a lot. Sweet with a touch of savory, they are sturdy and crisp, yet crumbly and tender all at the same time. Seems I’m churning out batch after batch of cookies these days, but I have another winner on my hands so I’m not complaining!

toasted buckwheat and chopped chocolate sablés

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: Honey-Blue Cheese Madeleines

March 5, 2019 at 2:59 pm | Posted in cookies & bars, DC, groups, savory things, snacks, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 8 Comments
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honey-blue cheese madeleines

I like the chance to break out my madeleine pan, and here’s an interesting reason– Honey-Blue Cheese Madeleines. A sweet and savory combo, Dorie says she was inspired to create these mads after enjoying blue cheese and honey together on a cheese plate at a wine bar. That in turn inspired me to pair them with some typical cheese plate accompaniments: a few slices of pear (mine were poached) and some dried fruit and nuts. Vin santo, too, although I think they’d go nicely with most wines, or with a dirty martini, if that’s your jam. These are “cocktail cookies,” after all.

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: Almond Stripes

February 26, 2019 at 5:07 pm | Posted in BCM, cookies & bars, groups, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 7 Comments
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almond stripes

Despite flipping through Baking Chez Moi probably ten thousand times, I never noticed the recipe for Almond Stripes before the day, just a couple of months ago, when I wrote up our list of remaining recipes. It’s on the back side of a page and there isn’t a picture, so I guess I found it easy to overlook. Well, the group didn’t overlook it, and now it’s been crossed off the list!

This is a simple dough (using almond flour) to put together, but it winds up fairly stiff and can be difficult to pipe out. I was able to force it through a star tip, but all my “stripes” wound up different lengths. They just sort of stopped where they wanted to and I had to go with it. I fancied them up with a chocolate and sprinkle dip to make their wonky sizes less obvious. They wound up looking a lot like the Viennese Sablés, but I think these are a little sturdier, and are a good cookie for dunking in coffee. I added a bit of almond extract to the dough to boost that flavor, as well as the pinch of cinnamon.

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: Smoky Hearts

February 19, 2019 at 5:03 pm | Posted in cookies & bars, DC, groups, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 3 Comments
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smoky hearts

I’ve been intrigued by the Smoky Heart roll-out cookie recipe since I bought Dorie’s Cookies. With cocoa, smoked almonds (which I always have at home because they are amazing in salads), smoked paprika and only a touch of sugar, these hearts straddle the line between sweet and savory. They are in the “cocktail cookies” section of the book, and Dories says they pair well with bourbon, Armagnac or scotch. If you wanted to bring them more over to the sweet side, I do think they’d be quite good with an extra tablespoon or so of 10x added to the dough. If you want to take them even more savory, use a hot paprika (or combine what you have with a pinch of cayenne) and an extra touch of salt.

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.

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