Tuesdays with Dorie DC: Graham Cracker Cookies

September 19, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in cookies & bars, DC, groups, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 6 Comments
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graham cracker cookies

What’s better than a store-bought Graham Cracker Cookie? A homemade one! The dough for these comes together in the food processor, so it’s a snap to make. It’s a little sticky, but if you work with it chilled, it’s no biggie. Cut, docked and sprinkled with cinnamon sugar, the baked cracker-cookies are too good to turn into crumbs. I say schmear them with peanut butter or munch on them with tea. You can see that I didn’t get perfectly squared off corners here, but I ate them first, so you and I are the only ones who know.

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 DC: Two-Bite One-Chip Cookies

September 5, 2017 at 3:51 pm | Posted in cookies & bars, DC, groups, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 3 Comments
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two-bite one-chip cookies

Two-Bite One-Chip Cookies…it’s a pretty self-explanatory name, but here’s the deal anyway…take chocolate chip cookies and miniaturize them into two-bite domes of cookie dough, each with a single chocolate chip (or maybe two, if you push the envelope) hidden inside. I’m pretty sure that these little cuties are very kid-friendly, but I know that they are adult-friendly. If you’re the type who has a lot of willpower, then you’ll have one or two of these and the fact that you had a few chocolatey bites will make you satisfied. If you’re the type who doesn’t, then you’ll be popping them into your mouth one after another. I think you can guess which type I am.

For the recipe, see Dorie’s Cookies by Dorie Greenspan. It’s also here, as it was Dorie’s Cookies and Kindness recipe last September. Don’t forget to check out the rest of the TWD Blogroll and please join us if you haven’t already!

TWD BCM Rewind: Profiteroles, Ice Cream and Hot Chocolate Sauce, Benoit Style

August 29, 2017 at 7:50 pm | Posted in BCM, general pastry, groups, other sweet, puddings, custards, mousses, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 6 Comments
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profiteroles, ice cream and hot chocolate sauce, Benoit style

This major sweet tooth has a hard time picking out an absolute favorite dessert, but ice cream profiteroles are definitely on the shortlist. In fact, I get a little angry if I go to a French bistro-style restaurant and they aren’t on the menu! Choux is fun to make at home though, so I’m happy to take care of my profiterole cravings myself every once in a while. These Profiteroles, Ice Cream and Hot Chocolate Sauce have an extra twist…the choux puffs are actually filled with pastry cream. Cream puffs and profiteroles in one– a twofer! That’s more than I need, really, but I’d never say no. I had choux piped out in the freezer, I made the chocolate sauce ahead of time and I used shop-bought ice cream, so making a little pastry cream was no big deal. This was a great dessert, of course, and I’m glad I got a chance to make it.

For the recipe, see Baking Chez Moi by Dorie Greenspan. Don’t forget to check out the rest of the TWD Blogroll to see what other folks caught up on this week!

Tuesdays with Dorie DC: Crash-O-Cookies

August 15, 2017 at 4:25 pm | Posted in cookies & bars, DC, groups, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 6 Comments
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crash-o-cookies

Crash-O-Cookies are the kind of cookie I think pretty much everyone likes…oatmeal with cinnamon, milk chocolate chunks and plumped raisins. And for those who happen to not be crazy about a particular add-in, they can swap it out or leave it out. I actually used dried cherries when I realized I didn’t have any raisins, and think that dark chocolate would be pretty darn good in these next time, too. They were easy to put together. I did forget to flatten my scoops a bit, so my cookies likely baked up a bit more chubby than they would have otherwise, but I think this actually kept them nice and chewy.

In the spirit of #cookiesandkindness, I shared these with a friend who was in from out of town. He always bugs me for treats when he’s around, but I usually show up empty-handed. He liked these so much, that now he’s bugging me for the recipe! I told him he could see Dorie’s Cookies by Dorie Greenspan, but that since it was also Dorie’s #cookiesandkindness selection for the month of July, the Crash-O recipe and backstory is on her site, too. 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: Double-Corn Tea Cake

August 8, 2017 at 5:05 pm | Posted in BCM, cakes & tortes, groups, simple cakes, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 5 Comments
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double-corn tea cake

Double-Corn Tea Cake is a simple summer loaf cake that’s easy to put together and is great with fruit. This recipe is made with both corn kernels and corn flour (not to be confused with cornstarch), which is much more fine than cornmeal. I don’t know that I’ve ever noticed corn flour at the grocery store, but I found it from one of the millers at the Union Square Greenmarket. I’ll have to look for some more ways to use up the bag.

I suppose you could serve this cake like cornbread, although it’s a bit sweeter and more buttery than what I’m used to. I liked it with roasted strawberry sauce and whipped cream and I’ll probably try it toasted with cherry jam, too.

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: Anytime Lemon Thyme-Apricot Cookies

August 1, 2017 at 12:33 pm | Posted in cookies & bars, DC, groups, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 2 Comments
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anytime lemon thyme-apricot cookies

I’ve decided that I’m a fan of what Dorie calls “cocktail cookies”…cookies that that tiptoe the edge between sweet and savory. Like these Anytime Lemon Thyme-Apricot Cookies, that are perfect with a glass of white wine or on a cheese plate. They’re a little sweet and a little salty with the texture of good shortbread. Dorie makes them with fresh tarragon in her recipe, but the herb can be swapped around. I went with lemon thyme, which I had on hand, but I’ve seen that a few TWDers used rosemary, too. Come to think of it, the dried fruit can probably also be played with, but the dried Turkish apricots are lovely here. These are roll-out cookies, and you can certainly cut them into rounds. I went with squares so I could bake off the dough in one go, without any re-rolling or wasted scrap. More snacks, less work. That’s my motto.

 

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 BCM: Lavender Galettes

July 25, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in BCM, cookies & bars, groups, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 5 Comments
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lavender galettes

Usually I think of something else when I hear the word galette, but these Lavender Galettes are almost paper-thin crisps, straddling the line between cookie and cracker. I don’t really use lavender much at home, but the bar at work keeps candied lavender on hand for cocktail purposes, and I swiped (after asking, of course- haha) a couple of teaspoons to make these. The dough comes together easily by hand and is flavored with orange zest and olive oil, in addition to the lavender. To get them so thin, each cookie is rolled individually on its own parchment square. This sounds a bit fiddly, but the dough is easy to roll and isn’t too messy when done this way. They bake up flat and light as air, not too sweet and with nice floral notes. We ate them with blackberry ice cream that I sprinkled with a little bit of the candied lavender I had left over. Delicious!

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: Coffee Malteds

July 18, 2017 at 10:01 am | Posted in cookies & bars, DC, groups, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 6 Comments
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coffee malteds

I love the flavor of malt and I also love coffee, so needless to say, these Coffee Malteds were a hit with me. But while I do love malt, I usually can’t seem to get through an entire container of malted milk powder, so I decided not to go out and buy it just for one recipe. I do happen to have a jar of malt syrup in my fridge, so I added a bit of that instead. I used way less than the 1/4 cup of powder in the recipe– just a spoonful since the flavor is so much more powerful, and since it’s a liquid ingredient instead of a dry. I didn’t get the crumbly dough that the recipe indicated, and I’m guessing it was because of the malt syrup. My dough was a little sticky, so I just gave it a good chill before baking it off. I didn’t worry about it too much…I’ve found that if I am confident that my dough will become cookies or my batter will become cake, then it almost always does (and if it doesn’t, it’s because I’ve really screwed up.)

Dorie makes a special note in the recipe that the cookies won’t look completely done when it’s time to take them out of the oven…this is to keep their chewy texture. One of my favorite things about these cookies is that, because they are chewy, they make fabulous ice cream sandwiches. Try it out with a scoop of coffee ice cream if you make them.

For the recipe, see Dorie’s Cookies by Dorie Greenspan. It was also Dorie’s #cookiesandkindness selection for the month of July, so you can find the coffee malteds recipe on her site, too. Don’t forget to check out the rest of the TWD Blogroll. 

Tuesdays with Dorie BCM: Martine’s Gâteau de Savoie

July 11, 2017 at 8:17 pm | Posted in BCM, cakes & tortes, groups, simple cakes, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 6 Comments
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martine’s gâteau de savoie

Martine’s Gâteau de Savoie is the kind of simple cake I’ll want to make all summer long. It’s the perfect thing to go with roasted strawberries, a pile of raspberries, sliced plums, whatever. It’s an easy to make separated egg sponge– no butter, oil or baking powder needed. I baked mine in a mold that’s traditionally used for something I’ve never made called a trois freres cake, but a bundt pan will do nicely here. I have a jar of scented geranium sugar in the cupboard that I made quite a long time ago and always seem to forget about. I made a mental note to bake with it here, thinking that its light floral taste would go nicely with the roasted strawberries I would be serving alongside the cake. I was too embarrassed to photo the extra large blob of whipped cream I also spooned on top, but you can take my word that shortcake-style ain’t a bad thing.

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: Classic Jammers

July 4, 2017 at 7:31 pm | Posted in cookies & bars, DC, groups, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 8 Comments
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classic jammers

Happy Fourth of July! Classic Jammers may be one of Dorie’s best known cookie concoctions, and with good reason. I’ve made a larger galette version of these before, so I knew what I’d be in for…a sweet and sandy sablé base, topped with jam and ringed with sweet streusel. Yes, there are a few steps, some chill time and a little fiddling with muffin tins to get a uniform shape, but the work yields excellent cookies. They’re like little three-bite tarts. In fact, I may have put a little spoonful of ice cream on top of a couple, and it may have been a really good idea.

I admit to having a jam-hoarding problem, so I like that the recipe helps use up some of the random jam jars sitting in the fridge. I tried to get a little patriotic for the holiday and topped some jammers with a dark blue huckleberry jam and others with a deep red cherry jam. After they were baked, though, I honestly couldn’t visually tell the difference between them.  Both jams baked equally dark (as you can see), and it was a crapshoot as to which was which. D’oh! But both were great, so I didn’t mind.

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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