[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...
'America's Test Kitchen Family Baking Book' on Serious Eats
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...
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.
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.