'The Gourmet Cookie Book' on Serious Eats

Lace Cookies

This is one of the easiest recipes I've tackled so far for Cookie Month 2010—basically just a matter of getting all the ingredients mixed into a sticky dough, then plopping them on a cookie sheet. The wafter-thin, brittle and chewy almond flavored Lace Cookies turn out looking like the ones from the ribbon-tied bakery box. More

Scotch Oat Crunchies

[Photograph: Romulo Yanes] The rationing of flour that occurred during World War II was the inspiration for all sorts of unlikely oat-based recipes featured in Gourmet magazine in an article titled, "The King's Porridge." Recipes included an oaty haggis, oat... More

Chocolate Peppermint Bar Cookies

I have to think that these Chocolate Peppermint Bar Cookies from The Gourmet Cookie Book were designed with mint-chocolate lovers in mind. They begin with a great brown sugar-cocoa dough with a great brownie-meets-cookie chewy crunch. Once the dough is mixed, little chunks of red and white peppermint candies are mixed in along with chocolate chips. While the cookies bake, the peppermint candy shards melt into the dough, running little ribbons of mint flavor throughout. More

Bourbon Balls

They're a decidedly grown-up no-bake cookie. The dough is a mixture of bourbon macerated raisins, chopped pecans, and crushed chocolate wafer cookies spiced up with a warm mix of cloves, ginger and cinnamon. Since the dough isn't baked, the bourbon really has a chance to make its boozy presence known. More

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