Tuesdays with Dorie DC: Espresso Chocolate Sablés

April 5, 2022 at 4:05 pm | Posted in cookies & bars, DC, groups, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 6 Comments
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espresso chocolate sablés

I feel like I may be over-using this metal cookie tin is as a prop, but it’s a real-like look into what I’m keeping around for sweet snacks…lift off the lid right now, and you’ll see Espresso Chocolate Sablés. Dorie’s sablés are always winners, and when they’re flavored with my two favorite things (espresso and chopped chocolate), I wonder why we’ve waited so long to make them! Well, they are pretty similar to the Espresso-Chocolate Shortbread Cookies from BFMHTY, but heck, that post was in 2010.

These make me think of the McDonald’s chocolaty chip cookies that came in a little box and were such a treat when I was a kid. Today, those probably wouldn’t actually taste anything like they do in my memory, but I can’t check that because it seems they don’t even sell them anymore. I am totally dating myself with rosy memories of fast food cookies from the ’80s, but the point is that I really liked these sablés, and they should pop up in the tin on the regular.

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: Leckerli

March 15, 2022 at 5:22 pm | Posted in cookies & bars, DC, groups, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 3 Comments
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leckerli

One of the many things I’ve liked about baking from Dorie’s Cookies is finding out about cookies from far off places. I haven’t gone anywhere in ages, but I can still explore the sweets of the world. Here, we have Leckerli, a spice cookie from Switzerland. With plenty of mixed spice, candied orange peel, honey, almonds and kirsch, the dough is made, rolled into a slab and rested for up to two days before baking to “age” the flavors. Then it’s baked, glazed (more kirsch!) and cut into tiles. They might look like firm, crisp cookies, but they are actually dense and chewy, and while they do have those holiday vibes, I’d be happy to have them in the cookie tin anytime of year.

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 BWD: Glenorchy Flapjacks

March 8, 2022 at 6:14 pm | Posted in BWD, cookies & bars, groups, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 7 Comments
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Glenorchy flapjacks

Turns out I like flapjacks of all kinds, whether we’re talking pancakes or these Glenorchy Flapjacks. This style of flapjack is a traditional British treat (although Dorie actually picked up this recipe while traveling in NZ). It’s a lot like a chewy granola bar, with oats, dried fruit, coconut, seeds and plenty of candied ginger, all bound together in a sticky mix. I really liked the zingy pops of ginger in here. These are yummy, sturdy squares that would be great to pack up for school or for an outdoor adventure. They were also great to snack on at home, so mine didn’t even make it out the door.

If you don’t have the book Baking with Dorie: Sweet, Salty & Simple by Dorie Greenspan yet, get it and join us as we bake through it every second and fourth Tuesdays! Don’t forget to check out the rest of the TWD Blogroll and all the other participation deets over on Tuesdays with Dorie!

Tuesdays with Dorie DC: Cocoa-Cayenne Cookies

March 1, 2022 at 12:01 am | Posted in cookies & bars, DC, groups, savory things, snacks, tuesdays with dorie | 7 Comments
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cocoa-cayenne cookies

We find ourselves today in the Cocktail Cookies section of the book. We only have one savory cookie left after this! Dorie created these Cocoa-Cayenne Cookies to go with red wine. They are barely sweet, have a bit of a kick and a very tender crumb. I think I rolled mine a tad too thin, as a couple of them crumbled to bits when I moved them around. That’s our secret because I ate the bits. It’s almost a mind trick to bite into one of these cookies and get the spice of chili powder and the bitterness of cocoa, rather than the chocolatey sweetness you’d expect by looking at them. They do, in fact, go well with red wine, so maybe the real trick is to just pour another glass.

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 and please join us anytime!

Tuesdays with Dorie DC: Mary’s Maine Bars

February 15, 2022 at 1:00 am | Posted in cookies & bars, DC, groups, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 2 Comments
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mary's maine bars

Mary’s Maine Bars are a recipe that Dorie’s assistant, recipe tester and friend (and former TWDer) Mary Dodd brought back from a trip to Maine. These chewy bar cookies are full of molasses and warm spices…if you have a taste, you might think they are gingerbread, but actually, they contain no ginger at all. Some others who’ve made them described them as being like brownies in texture, and they seem that way to me, too. They’d make a great holiday cookie for sure, but I like these flavors all winter long.

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: Swedish Dream Cookies

February 1, 2022 at 6:22 pm | Posted in cookies & bars, DC, groups, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 5 Comments
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Swedish dream cookies

I do dream of going to Sweden, and I hope one day that will happen, but for now my Scandi fantasies will have to be lived out with Swedish Dream Cookies. These cookies are called drömmar in Sweden, and a quick on-line search showed me there are many ways to make these shortbread-esqe treats, but Dorie’s recipe uses browned butter and cardamom for the dreamiest of flavors. They’re made in the food processor, and I zipped up the cardamom and sugar in the machine first to get a bit of extra spice hit. After scooping out rounds of dough, you can press an almond in the center or add a bit of jam, thumbprint-style, if you want them a bit sweeter. I went with the whole almonds and I like the look, but I’m now dreaming of them with a chocolate button on top, since I think that would be good with the browned butter, too.

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: Bruno’s New Year’s Waffles

January 18, 2022 at 12:01 am | Posted in cookies & bars, DC, groups, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 6 Comments
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bruno's new year's waffles

Maybe we are getting to the point in January where we are no longer really celebrating the new year, but I’m giving it one last toast with Bruno’s New Year’s Waffles. I almost skipped these waffles, which are more like thin wafers, because the recipe uses a pizzelle iron to cook them. I don’t have one. In fact, I think that out of the group, Diane is the only one who does…but that didn’t stop Gaye, who used a sandwich press, or Mardi, who used a griddle pan, from getting them done, so I really didn’t have an excuse to sit them out. With two good ways to hack the cooking process explained, I wondered if there could be a third. Made with a stiff dough rather than a loose batter, these thin, crispy waffles sounded a bit like Dutch stroopwafels (which I have only consumed, never made), especially since Dorie recommends sandwiching them with a filling. I spent some time thinking about how I could get them as thin as reasonably possible and decided to try out my tortilla press. I did only a fourth of the recipe and made them larger than Dorie and Bruno do, getting eight cookies in total. I weighed out my dough balls (about 20g each), gave them each a very firm pressing, and then transferred the resulting circles to my comal to crisp up. I did trim the ratty edges with a cutter while the cookies were still hot.

I’m sure they weren’t as delicate as they would have been in a pizzelle iron, but I was pretty happy with how my waffles came out. They cooled caramelized and crisp, and I sandwiched them with some leftover dark chocolate glaze I had in the fridge. I heated up some classic hot chocolate from Dorie’s xoxoDorie newsletter to enjoy them with, for an extra happy new year treat.

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: Portofignos

January 4, 2022 at 9:54 am | Posted in cookies & bars, DC, groups, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 3 Comments
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portofignos

I like a good pun, and calling cookies containing port-plumped dried figs “Portofignos” made me giggle. Dorie points out that the chocolate dough that forms the base of these slice-and-bake cookies is similar to that of her famous World Peace Cookies, but that the bits of toasted walnuts and boozy figs that stud it take things in a new direction. Although I’ve been to Italy zero times and to Portugal only one time more that that, I know Portofino is not even close to where port wine is from…but I’m guessing the direction we are headed is somewhere on the sea, enjoying the good life with a glass of fortified sweet wine and couple of chocolate cookies. I’m very happy to go wherever that is right now, even if it’s just in my imagination.

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 BWD: Mokonut’s Rye-Cranberry Chocolate Chunk Cookies

December 28, 2021 at 10:50 pm | Posted in BWD, cookies & bars, groups, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 8 Comments
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Mokonut's rye-cranberry chocolate chunk cookies

I remember a couple of years ago when this recipe for Mokonut’s Rye-Cranberry Chocolate Chunk Cookies appeared in Dorie’s NY Times column. They seemed to be popping up, not just at the little Parisian restaurant where Dorie fell in love with them, but in kitchens everywhere, and they always looked so good. They made it onto that mental list I have of things I want to bake and then totally forget about (maybe I should start a notebook for that list??). Thankfully they also made it into Dorie’s new book, and into our TWD rotation…so now they have finally made it into my kitchen.

These cookies have quite the ingredient combo: more rye flour than AP, dried cranberries, chunks of bittersweet chocolate and poppy seeds, so many poppy seeds! They bake up chubby but get flattened down with a tap of a spatula, which makes them really chewy and gives them lots of bumps and crackles. The cookies are golden on the outside, but poppy seed grey on the inside. They hit all types of flavor and texture notes…sweet, tart, salty, earthy, chewy, seedy. Deliciously interesting, for sure!

If you don’t have the book Baking with Dorie: Sweet, Salty & Simple by Dorie Greenspan yet, get it and join us as we bake through it every second and fourth Tuesdays! Don’t forget to check out the rest of the TWD Blogroll and all the other participation deets over on Tuesdays with Dorie!

Tuesdays with Dorie DC: Hot-and-Spicy Togarashi Meringues

December 21, 2021 at 10:01 pm | Posted in cookies & bars, DC, groups, savory things, snacks, tuesdays with dorie | 3 Comments
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hot-and-spicy togarashi meringues

It’s been a while since we’ve done a savory “cocktail cookie,” and these Hot-and-Spicy Togarashi Meringues sound like just the thing to pair with a frosty beer or cup of sake on ramen night. A little sweet and a little spicy, these meringues are flavored with shichimi togarashi, a ground chili pepper sprinkle mix that also includes sesame seeds, orange peel and seaweed. I have a little jar of straight-up togarashi powder, meaning it’s not the blend, just the ground chili pepper. It packs a pretty big heat punch, but I’m still on condiment lock-down at home and far too lazy to get out my spice grinder to pulverize the missing ingredients myself, so I just went with it.

I had a vision of making my meringues into Ottolenghi-like swoopy poofs, so I scooped them nice and big, rather than piping out small kisses. They totally went flat in the oven! I don’t know what that was all about, although I have to say, I think the ones in the book photo also look a bit “settled.” Although they tasted fine, dissolving away while leaving a burn, I was pretty disappointed in their looks. I still used them as part of a little snack spread for a Japanese-themed happy hour at home, and that was fun, but I’m not sure I’d make these again. If I do, I’ll try using a Swiss or Italian meringue and see if I get a puffier baked result.

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 and please join us anytime!

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