Batter Licker

September 11, 2010


Filed under: cookies,dessert — Tags: , , , , , , — Kristen @ 12:39 pm

Tomorrow, I leave for a two-week self-guided historic food tour through Paris. There will be perfectly flaky pastries and artisanal ice cream and divine butter and rich sauces and fancy chocolates and to-die-for foie gras and crackly baguettes and delicious Moroccan dishes … and, most likely, a corresponding five- to ten-pound gain in cushion for the pushin’.

But before I depart, I want to leave you with an edible gift that’s historic (in its own American way and because it was my first catering experience for my friend Meghan’s gorgeous Lake Tahoe wedding!), rich (in caramel, butter, and chocolate), and so entirely delicious as to justify the time it takes to make it: the gift of bake-’em-yourself Girl Scout cookies.

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Camping trips, craft projects, sleepover parties, and games with my best friends – my Girl Scout troopmates – fill my childhood memories. But selling Girl Scout cookies without getting to eat any until I got home and mom finally gave in and bought a box? That was pure torture.

Back then, local grocery stores were kind enough to allow us to set up a booth to sell some cookies, but the big selling was done door-to-door. (Clearly, this was before websites existed to inform our parents that the guy next door had a prior child molestation conviction.)

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Once I became a full-fledged, incredibly intelligent and experienced, “always prepared” Girl Scout, my mom required me to lead my fledgling Brownie Scout of a sister around the neighborhood and split between us the credit for total number of cookie boxes sold.

I was less than pleased to have a mandatory tag-a-long (Ha! Bad pun on another Girl Scout cookie!), but onwards and upwards we went. Literally. (more…)

June 26, 2010

blueberry muffin-top browned butter cookies

Filed under: cookies,dessert,fruit — Tags: , , — Kristen @ 1:14 pm

Blueberry muffins and chocolate chip cookies better watch their backs because this blueberry-studded cookie is seriously coming after them and has a good chance of stealing their limelight. Plump, sweet berries are enveloped in the crunchy outer and chewy-soft inner of this nutty, toffee-tasting browned butter cookie dough.

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These summery little treats bring the best of part of blueberry muffins – the blueberries – to the table in a form that’s easier to snack on than a giant blueberry muffin that you can’t possibly finish and less shameful than munching on itty-bitty, bite-sized ones until, oh look at that!, they’re all gone. And, more importantly, with blueberry cookies, you can personally ensure that each and every cookie has several bites of blueberries to it. Even if you’re not the baker, you can visually assess each cookie before you commit. Gone are the days of sad, fruitless hunting through a muffin to in a vain attempt to find the juicy blue pearls of sweetness you desire.

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Not that the muffin doesn’t have its charm. (more…)

March 20, 2010

chocolate brownie cookies

Filed under: cookies,dessert — Tags: , — Kristen @ 2:22 am

I’m going to go ahead and stick my neck out here: Best Chocolate-on-Chocolate Cookie Ever. Can’t decide between making brownies or cookies? These little mounds of crackled-outside, fudgy-inside heaven are the answer to your indecisive sweet tooth’s prayers. Or, at least, they fulfill mine.

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I’ve had at least a small obsession with most baked goods since childhood when my mom first introduced me to the magical and tasty chemistry lab that is baking. From the time I was barely able to reach the kitchen countertop, we were making cookies for parties, brownies for weekend treats, cheesecakes to top with strawberries freshly picked from a patch near my Grandma’s house, and toffee and fudge for the holiday season. She taught me the importance of paying attention and measuring with precision in baking – and especially in candy making – from her I learned that sharing your truly scrumptious baked goods could light up others’ faces with immeasurable joy. And while valuable and memorable, those were not the most useful baked goods-related lessons I learned from her.

The most important thing she probably never knew she taught me is related to the baking maxim: if you leave them out, they will be eaten. (more…)

March 10, 2010

conglomerate cookies

Filed under: cookies,dessert — Tags: , , , , , , — Kristen @ 6:32 am

Some call these compost cookies, but I just can’t bring myself to do so. A cookie this good just shouldn’t be named after something that conjures the images (and stank) of decaying substances that wind up as fertilizer, even if that cookie is supposed to be comprised of random salty and sweet snacks left over from the lunches and desserts of yore.

“Conglomerate” is much more appropriate – both because it conveys the heterogeneity of snack foods in this recipe, but also because almost all of the snack foods I used are baked made manufactured (let’s just call the process what it is) by a subsidiary company owned by some corporate conglomerate. But enough of the lessons in diction and corporate structure. Let’s get to the good stuff.

These cookies are utterly ridiculous in a yes-I-did-eat-several-large-spoonfuls-of-this-cookie-dough-until-I-realized-what-I-was-doing kind of way. (more…)

January 29, 2010

soft ginger molasses cookies

Filed under: cookies,dessert — Tags: , , — Kristen @ 8:58 pm


Very rarely do I come across a cookie that I truly fall in love with – the measure of love being that I could devour an entire 2-dozen batch without tiring of the flavor. This could be somewhat of a tragedy, considering how versatile cookies can be. But it’s not because, for several years now, I’ve been having a love affair with a certain ginger and molasses softie.

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This little bite of my personal cookie heaven is spicy (but not too spicy) sweet (but not teeth-numbingly so), chewy on the outer edges yet soft in the middle – the perfect texture for this cookie, really (yes, that’s a jab at YOU Mr. Hard-and-crunchy Overly-snappy Gingersnap!).


Lucky for you, I am not a selfish lover and am willing to share the details of this affair so that you might enjoy one of your own. (N.B. The magically disappearing 2-dozen cookies act is a phenomenon that family and friends have been known to fall victim to when it comes to this particular mouthful of joy.) Also, if you come across this recipe at least a day in advance of when you want to make it, I would highly recommend chopping up some candied ginger and adding it to the cookie dough.

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