'holiday sweets' on Serious Eats

Bake the Book: Shortbread Cookies

Super light and flaky with just the slightest hint of lemon zest, these are some of the best shortbread cookies I've ever made. Unlike other recipes that can get overly cakey and crumbly to the point of falling apart, these roll out thin and bake up tender. The cookies are finished with a sprinkling of sugar immediately after they come out of the oven. The heat from the cookies adheres the sugar to the tops, giving them a tiny sugar crust. More

Bake the Book: Coffee-Flavored Corn Cookies 

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. More

Bake the Book: Anise Cookies

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. More

Spiced Brookies

Baked for the 2010 Serious Eats Cookie Swap. Adapted from Clinton St. Baking Company Cookbook. "I am always looking for the perfect meeting of a brownie and a cookie, and this is it. Also, adding the spices made it taste... More

Toffee Bars

Baked for the 2010 Serious Eats Cookie Swap "Another recipe borrowed from my mom. When she was growing up in Minnesota, her neighbor used to bake these every year for Christmas." —by Rachel Heise Bolten, SE intern... More

Mice Cookies

Baked for the 2010 Serious Eats Cookie Swap "This recipe is from Martha Stewart's Holiday Cookies issue. I didn't get the licorice tails (too lazy) and substituted vanilla extract for almond because I prefer vanilla. I made them because they... More

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