Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Crumb-Topped Apple Bars

Dorie's recipe for apple bars topped with crumbs is a great one to throw together with what you've got in your kitchen.  The crust and crumbs are a buttery sugar cookie dough, with cut up apples in between.  I'd like to try repeating this recipe with other fruit like peaches or blueberries.

Next time I will use the mixer instead of the food processor, shorten the baking time on the crust, and add more fruit.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

French Snacklettes

French Snacklettes, from the every day section of Dorie's Cookies, are a plain chocolate cookie with ground almonds and cinnamon.  Not finding any almonds in my freezer I made these with almond flour.

The dough was very crumbly.  I kept mixing and mixing and finally it sort of stuck together when I pinched a piece.  I didn't add the chopped chocolate because I thought the dough would not hold it.

I wanted to shape the dough into pyramids as illustrated in Dorie's Cookies but it was so crumbly and difficult to press together that I abandoned that idea.

The cookies don't look like much but the taste is chocolatey and rich.  These will be great for anyone who loves chocolate.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Two-Bite One-Chip Cookies

These are tiny little cookies made from a chocolate chip cookie dough, shaped around a single chocolate chip.  Each cookie uses one teaspoon of dough.  It takes some time to scoop the dough, roll it into a ball, press the chocolate chip into the dough, and then reshape the dough.  Baking time is only 6-7 minutes.  The end result is a whole bunch of cute cookies, perfect for a potluck.  I was glad I added the optional cinnamon.  It made the cookies taste special.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017


These oatmeal chocolate chip cookies are named for a family friend of Dorie Greenspan.  An unusual ingredient is raisins soaked in hot water, red wine, brandy, cognac, rum, or black tea.  I kept it simple and used hot water but I would like to try tea.  One of my favourite oatmeal chocolate chip cookie recipes is from an old edition of The Joy of Cooking and contains orange peel.  I wonder what the raisins would taste like after a soaking in Constant Comment tea?

Friday, August 4, 2017

Anytime Tarragon-Apricot Cookies

These Tarragon-Apricot Cookies are the second cookie we've baked from the Cocktail Cookies section of Dorie's Cookies.

I just love them.  A shortbread cookie with dried apricots, fresh tarragon, olive oil, and salt - it sounds strange but tastes so good.

My cookies are more rustic in appearance than Dorie's because I rolled the dough into a log and sliced it into cookies.  The dough was in the fridge for several days before I baked it.  I wondered if that would make the cookies taste strongly of tarragon, but no, they have a delicate flavor.

I am looking forward to baking more interesting and unusual cocktail cookies in the coming months.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Lavender Galettes

A galette can be a lot of different things.  Lavender Galettes, from Baking Chez Moi, are a thin, not too sweet, irregularly shaped cookie.

I found these cookies to be a delightful surprise.  Lavender doesn't usually hold much appeal to me.  Certainly baking cookies with lavender was not high on my list of things to do in the midst of summer.  But I was intrigued by Dorie's recipe, and stopped in at the spice merchant to buy a small amount of lavender buds.

I liked the technique of rolling out each cookie on a small piece of parchment paper.  Cutting out cookies is tedious.  This method gives a lovely thin and crisp cookie without all the fuss.

The cookies have an intriguing flavor or lavender, orange, olive oil, and vanilla.  The texture and the taste is very special.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Coffee Malteds

In her recipe for Coffee Malteds cookies Dorie Greenspan explains that she remembers drinking coffee malteds as a child.  When I was young I loved the flavor of coffee, especially coffee ice cream which remains my favorite.

We couldn't find a key ingredient in this recipe, unflavored malted milk powder.  Instead I baked these cookies using Ovaltine, a chocolate malted milk powder.  For the coffee flavor I used instant coffee.

The cookies turned out small and chewy, with a good mocha flavor.  The malt is a tiny hint in the background.  I think they'd be great topped with a bit of melted chocolate.