These Mallowmores are a homemade version of the chocolate-dipped graham cracker topped with marshmallow cookie that goes by many different names. You know the one, its similar a s'more with but with out the sticks and the campfire.
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After baking up a batch I realized that there was nothing embarrassing about these cookies, save for their unfortunate name. The dough is not that different from the Toll House version, just a bit more brown sugar and less white. The cacao nibs and ground coffee lend a wonderfully adult bitter richness. And the extended chill in the fridge makes for cookies that are nice and crunchy on the outside, but chewy and just underdone enough in the center to make them a guilty pleasure.
The following recipe is from the December 30 edition of our weekly recipe newsletter. To receive this newsletter in your inbox, sign up here! Nutella is a beautiful thing. Chocolate and hazelnuts brought together into a creamy spread—what's not to...
My experience with French macarons is sadly limited. Sure there were a few wonderful ones in France and a handful of lesser-good versions from New York bakeries, but all in all, I haven't eaten more than two dozen in my life.
Though they follow the same general idea as savory croutons—baking and flavoring dried-out carbohydrates to give them a second wind—this version is composed entirely of sweet ingredients. The applications for these crunchy, sweet little nuggets are virtually endless—they can be used as an ice cream topping, a rich eggnog or hot chocolate garnish, or as a buttery delight all their own.
I assumed that something this perfect would require baking skills superior to my own, but they are fairly basic in technique. Three steps in fact: a basic shortbread, a caramel topping with plenty of almonds and dried cherries mixed in, and a finishing drizzle of dark chocolate.
[Flickr: freakgirl] In my experience we all tend to fill up during the savory part of the holiday meal, leaving the sweet meal-enders barely touched. In an effort to cope with this dessert neglect I purpose offering a cookie plate...
These tasted shockingly professional, as if they came from a bakery and not my own humble kitchen. Uniformly flavored, crisp on the edges and chewy within, and damn good.
The following recipe is from the December 23 edition of our weekly recipe newsletter. To receive this newsletter in your inbox, sign up here! The whole time that I was baking these Jam Thumbprints from America's Test Kitchen Family Baking...
This variation is heaped with serious holiday cheer including a spicy, nutty white chocolate top layer and a rich, creamy, eggnog-and-booze-infused middle layer.
The cookies have a very crisp texture, and a pronounced lemon flavor both aromatic and tart. But the nicest part of these cookies is that the lemon flavor is sharp and bright, and there's something about them that bring to mind a refreshing glass of lemonade or a scoop of lemon sorbet.
For me, black and white cookies are about two things—visual appeal and icing appreciation. I couldn't wait to replicate these deli favorites at home, to see just what goes into that lemon-scented cakey cookie and what kind of magic made that sweet, sweet icing.
Mexican wedding cakes, snowballs, kourambiedes, Armenian sugar cookies, Viennese crescents, sand tarts, Russian teacakes—as varied as this international sampler of cookies may sound, they really do amount to basically the same thing: a buttery, usually nutty, melt-in-your mouth treat, liberally coated with confectioners' sugar.
The finished biscotti emerge just barely browned, crunchy, and thankfully nothing like those sad coffee shop specimens. These homemade biscotti have layers of crunch and softness, and a wonderful crumb.
As it turns out, these Christmas Cornflake Wreaths are another one of Lawson's deliciously appealing ventures into the realm of bad taste that comes one a year. A stick of butter and a bag of mini marshmallows are the base for her semi-upscale version of this childhood pleaser. The puffed rice is replaced by corn flakes, adding a bit more corny flavor and an entirely different texture. The vanilla is assisted by almond extract and sesame seeds—not exactly kid's stuff.
[Photograph: Gina DePalma] Aficionados of ginger cookies fall into two camps, I've been told. Purists may insist on that literal "snap" in a gingersnap, but I am more open to interpretation. My ideal ginger cookie is soft and chewy on...
The following recipe is from the December 16 edition of our weekly recipe newsletter. To receive this newsletter in your inbox, sign up here! Panforte is a traditional Italian Christmas sweet. It's the Tuscan equivalent of fruitcake, sweet and spiced...
The dough uses equal parts oats and flour which makes for a cookie with the toothsome bite of an oatmeal cookie but a lightness that belies their hefty shape. The tart cranberries balance out the white chocolate's sweetness, and the pecans complement the oats with an earthy, nutty crunch.