Palmiers are some of my favorite cookies. I'd always thought of them as the perfect combination of flaky pastry dough and crisp cookies mixed with just the right amount of caramelized sugar. But this recipe for Cardamom Caramel Palmiers from Chewy Gooey Crispy Crunchy Melt-in-Your-Mouth Cookies by Alice Medrich took these cookies to the next level by mixing in aromatic cardamom and a pinch of salt.
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The recipe began eerily similar to macarons: the almonds and confectioners' sugar whirred together to make a light, floury powder instead of a dense paste. When the egg whites were mixed in, the batter held its airiness. Piped onto the cookie sheets, the soft, peaked domes baked perfectly—puffed-up and crisp on the outside with that perfect chewy-meets-light inside, plus a super charged almond flavor from the ground almonds and extract.
It seems only right to begin A Cookie a Day 2010 with a chocolate chip cookie recipe, because, well, we love chocolate chip cookies. These wafer-like Ultrathin Chocolate Chunk Cookies from Alice Medrich's Chewy Gooey Crispy Crunchy Melt-in-Your-Mouth Cookies fall solidly into crispy and chewy territory. The chew comes from the addition of rolled oats and the crispness from a dough that spreads super thin (and super fast) during baking. For me these thin, crisp chocolate chip cookies possessed an almost potato chip element, salty and virtually impossible to stop eating.
After baking up a batch of these Goldies from Alice Medrich's Chewy Gooey Crispy Crunchy Melt-in-Your-Mouth Cookies I realized that they were the perfect cookie building blocks for all sorts of inspired sandwich cookies. On their own these crisp, vanilla...