This past weekend marked the beginning of Cookie Month, known to some as December. We love Cookie Month, which we showed last year by giving you a great cookie recipe every day. Here's a short guide to reliving the magic, from decadent to classic and everything in between.
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As our second annual Cookie Month draws to an end we thought that we'd ask all of you to chime in with the cookies you've baked over the holiday season for our weekly Cook and Tell challenge. Judging by the responses, all of you have been baking nearly as much as we have and testing out many of the recipes that we've shared over the past month. So before those New Year's resolutions kick in and cookies are shelved for the season, let's take a look at the dozens upon dozens of cookies that have been filling your kitchens with intoxicating buttery, sugary goodness.
Sarabeth's newly realeased cookbook, Sarabeth's Bakery is filled with gorgeous step-by-step photos, especially helpful for baking beginners. But for those who prefer to keep it sweet and simple, cookies and jams are as easy as can be. And since it's the final week of our whirlwind month of cookie baking,all this week we will be sharing cookie recipes from Sarabeth's Bakery including her signature Rugelach, crisp Shortbread, and Chocolate Clouds.
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.
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.
Sweet pastry topped with layers of peanut butter mousse, jam, and an oat crumble? Even if they aren't exactly cookies, this was one bite-sized sweet that needed to be shared. It's a bar for diehard fans of PB&J, those who enjoy spoonfuls of peanut butter straight from the jar.
In these Malted Milk Sandwich Cookies, vanilla filling is sandwiched in between two chewy, malty, brown sugary cookies. Using a one-inch cookie cutter doubled my cookie output and made for macaron-sized cookies that you could eat at least two or three of with no problem.
Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito's Baked Explorations is all about reinventing classic American sweets, and that's exactly what they've done with these Chocolate Ginger Molasses Cookies. By adding both cocoa powder and chocolate to snappy ginger-molasses cookie recipe the cookies have deep, bold flavors of warm spices and chocolate.
No one bats an eyelash when it comes to adding a dash of salt to an otherwise sweet recipe, but when you go and add a touch of spicy pepper to cookies, things start to get a little crazy. These Salt-N-Pepper Sandwich Cookies from Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito's Baked Explorations add white pepper to their version of homemade Oreos, and I've got to say, they're pretty genius.
The index of Baked Explorations reads strikingly similarly to the dessert section of Betty Crocker or Fanny Farmer from the mid-60s with recipes like griddle cakes, devil's food cake, and buttermilk pie. Enter to win a copy here!
Continuing our cookie coverage—A Cookie a Day 2010—we'll be traveling back in time this week with recipes from The Gourmet Cookie Book. We'll journey to 1943 with a recipe for Scotch Oat Crunchies, to 1978 in New Mexico with Southwestern Bizcochitos, and embrace the decadence of the '80s with Bourbon Balls and Mocha Toffee Bars. Enter to win a copy here.
We are embarking on a crazy whirlwind month long of holiday baking. Inspired by last year's A Cookie a Day 2009, we will feature a cookie recipe each day in December. We've stocked up on the butter and sugar, broken out the cookie sheets and stand mixers, and assembled an artillery of cookie-centric cookbooks to share with you. And now, without further ado we are happy to bring you our first installment of A Cookie A Day 2010! Alice Medrich's Chewy Gooey Crispy Crunchy Melt-in-Your-Mouth Cookies. Enter to win a copy here.