Who can resist gooey dulce de leche and bittersweet chocolate? Oh, and that little bit of orange zest that the good folks at Fine Cooking incorporated into this recipe? Pure genius. It's a small touch that complements the chocolate and dulce de leche beautifully.
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If Nutella and gianduja are the way to your heart, these Chocolate-Glazed Chocolate-Hazelnut Cookies are going to be the highlight of your holiday cookie baking season. Elegant and crisp, glazed with a thin, shiny coating of bittersweet chocolate, these cookies incorporate hazelnuts, chocolate, and just a hint of espresso. They're the perfect companion for a steaming cup of cocoa or coffee.
Even if you're not usually a fan of the Newton, these Fig Bars with Thyme just might help you learn to love the figgy cookie. Instead of that dense, seedy filling that stuffs the Newton, these bars are topped with a delicate fig jam scented with lemon zest and thyme.
Imagine if your favorite peanut butter cups had an added layer of peanutty shortbread on the bottom. Well, that's exactly what these Peanut Butter and Chocolate Shortbread Bars from Fine Cooking Cookies are all about.
There's something really lovely about the Italian tradition of pairing a glass of vin santo with a cookie or two to end a meal. But when choosing a cookie to match your dessert wine, not any old cookie will do. For this elegant meal ender, we suggest these Rosemary and Pine Nut Cookies from Fine Cooking Cookies. They are tender shortbread cookies accented with piney rosemary and toasted pine nuts, a combination of flavors that's Italian at heart. Not too sweet, these are the cookies that will match a glass of dessert wine just beautifully.
Just imagine if a cookie and a candy bar fell in love and had a baby. Pretty sweet, right? Well, The Treats Truck's Super-Duper Bars are that sugary little cookie-bar baby. Starting out with a layer of graham cracker crumbs, any combination of chocolate, coconut, nuts, peanut butter, butterscotch, or dried fruit is piled on top. When you're about to finish your candy layering a can of sweetened condensed milk is poured over the cookie-bar, and the final layer of sweets is sprinkled on. Into the oven for just shy of thirty minutes, the sweetened condensed milk acts as the glue that keeps this cookie together, oozing down into the layers and melding all of those great candy layers.
On any given day The Treats Truck has all sorts of cookies on offer but these Caramel Crème Sandwiches might very well be the best of the bunch. Why do we prefer these to these to all of the other very tasty offerings at Kim Ima's mobile sweet shop? The answer is simple: browned buttercream.
An almond and cinnamon scented dough is spread with pumpkin filling, rolled, chilled, sliced and baked into lovely little swirls that are all warm with cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice i.e. pumpkin pie spice. But the pumpkin doesn't end there. Once the cookies have cooled they're iced with a sugary pumpkin glazed that makes these cookies the best of both world—all of the crumbly butteriness of a great pie crust combined with pumpkin filling all rolled into a great little cookie.
Cookie cutters and sprinkles are the arts and crafts supplies of cookie baking. And getting creative with cookies is one of our favorite holiday baking pastimes. These Sugar Dot Cookies are the perfect blank canvas on which to unleash your inner artist.
Kim Ima, the mobile dessert visionary behind The Treats Truck Baking Book, calls the base for these Oatmeal Jammys "plain jane." They are oatmeal cookies in their purist form, all gooey and chewy with loads of brown sugar and no raisins or chocolate chips to distract from their oatmeal-y goodness. And honestly, they're pretty great on their own.
The next stop on our month long cookie baking adventure is the Treats Truck, a New York-based food truck that roams city streets doling out brownies, cupcakes, cakes, bars, and of course, cookies. It's pretty much impossible not to smile when you see the Treats Truck because it inevitably means a mid-afternoon snack or some sort of sweet pick-me-up like a handheld Strawberry Jr. Pie, an Oatmeal Creamwich, or a festively iced Sugar Dot Cookie.
This recipe offers up a fine and very workable dough that bakes up like a dream as well as a selection of three fillings—chocolate, apricot, and raisin—to finish your cookies. The chocolate is blended with bitter walnuts, apricots get a hit of brandy, and raisins are mixed with rum, all of which add an elegance to this Jewish cookie classic.
By combining mini chocolate chip cookies with slices of fresh banana, these sandwiches feel like snack time. The cookies themselves are crisp and crunchy and the banana makes for an almost healthy sandwich cookie filling—well, healthier than buttercream or chocolate ganache.
These Cashew Polvorones, a recipe from Kir Rodriguez of the French Culinary Institute include finely ground cashews into sweet, crumbly-chewy little shortbread cookies. Once baked and coated with a heavy dusting of confectioners' sugar, you bite into the polvorone and that sweet richness from the cashews really does come through, making us wonder why there aren't more cashew cookies out there.
From the man known as Mr. Chocolate, we bring you the most chocolaty of chocolate chip cookies. Adapted for One Sweet Cookie, Jacques Torres's Chocolate Chip Cookies are more chocolate than cookie, striated with chards and chunks of bittersweet chocolate with just the right amount of butter and salt.
Experiencing the pleasure of a Lamington generally comes with a trip down to Australia, where these little jam-filled, coconut-coated, chocolate-dipped cake-cookies are as ubiquitous as Oreos or Fig Newtons on these shores. But if a journey down under isn't in the cards just yet, we've got a recipe for you courtesy of Australian-born chef Shaun Hergatt (of New York's SHO Shaun Hergatt), from this week's cookie cookbook, One Sweet Cookie.
Continuing our month-long cookie baking bacchanal, we're heading to New York City with One Sweet Cookie. For this Manhattan-centric book, author Tracey Zabar has collected recipes from the city's most gifted chefs resulting in a collection of some pretty classy cookies, both classic and creative.