'My Sweet Mexico' on Serious Eats
While these Scribble Cookies from My Sweet Mexico aren't necessarily a traditional Mexican sweet, author Fany Gerson's childhood fondness for them guaranteed them a spot in her cookbook. These are the kind of cookies that little kids dream about—sandwiches of shortbread and creamy chocolate filling topped with squiggles of even more chocolate.
While baking these little White Pecan Cookies from Fany Gerson's My Sweet Mexico I thought they were going to be almost identical in texture to the Amaretti I had made a few weeks ago. Sure, there was the almond versus pecan factor, but a nut is a nut, right? As it turned out, these cookies couldn't be more different from their Italian cousins.
Adapted from Fany Gerson's My Sweet Mexico, these Coffee-Flavored Corn Cookies combine three unusual cookie ingredients, making for a uniquely flavored and very Mexican cookie. Although shortening or lard can be used as the fat element of this recipe, I'm fairly certain that the original recipe called for lard exclusively and could be easily subbed in for a more authentic cookie. The other two ingredients that make up these crunchy coffee-scented cookies are masa harina, a finely ground corn flour, and freshly brewed coffee.
These cookies from Fany Gerson's My Sweet Mexico are crumbly, sweet, and bursting with deep almond flavor.
Adapted from Delicias de Antaño, a volume on the history and recipes of Mexican convents, these Anise Cookies are flavored with anise (both seed and liqueur), lime zest, and canela, Mexican cinnamon. The shortening-based dough makes for a crumbly cookie and when dipped in the anise syrup and finished with a dusting of cinnamon sugar, they are almost candy-like. The anise-lime-cinnamon combo brings is reminiscent of a digestif—sweet and herbal.
Fany Gerson's My Sweet Mexico is a gorgeous journey through Mexico fueled by icy paletas, warm chocolate caliente, and plenty of pan dulce. Gerson, a New York-based pastry chef, has put together a coffee-table-worthy dessert book devoted to the vast and varied sweets of Mexico. Enter to win a copy here.