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Rum-Raisin Chess Pie

Serious Eats María del Mar Sacasa Post a comment

Chess pie, a classic Southern dessert, gets tipsy with rum-poached raisins. More

Chocolate Chubbies

Serious Eats Caroline Russock 16 comments

Not really a cookie or a brownie, these Chocolate Chubbies from Sarabeth Levine's Sarabeth's Bakery are somewhere in between. More

Cook the Book: Linzer Hearts

Serious Eats Caroline Russock 1 comment

Sweet, crisp, hazelnut-flecked cookies sandwiched with raspberry preserves, the dainty Linzer cookie is one of the sweetest looking cookies around. This version from Sarabeth Levine's Sarabeth's Bakery takes these Linzer Hearts to the next level of adorableness by cutting them into heart shapes. More

Sarabeth's Rugelach

Serious Eats Caroline Russock 4 comments

I decided to give rugelach another go this year, this time with a recipe from Sarabeth Levine's Sarabeth's Bakery. I've had more than my fair share of rugelach from Sarabeth's storefront over the past year and I can honestly say that these were every bit as good as the ones from the bakery. More

Bake the Book: Shortbread Cookies

Serious Eats Caroline Russock 5 comments

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: Scribble Cookies 

Serious Eats Caroline Russock 1 comment

While these Scribble Cookies from My Sweet Mexico aren't necessarily a traditional Mexican sweet, author Fany Gerson's childhood fondness for them guaranteed them a spot in her cookbook. These are the kind of cookies that little kids dream about—sandwiches of shortbread and creamy chocolate filling topped with squiggles of even more chocolate. More

Bake the Book: White Pecan Cookies 

Serious Eats Caroline Russock Post a comment

While baking these little White Pecan Cookies from Fany Gerson's My Sweet Mexico I thought they were going to be almost identical in texture to the Amaretti I had made a few weeks ago. Sure, there was the almond versus pecan factor, but a nut is a nut, right? As it turned out, these cookies couldn't be more different from their Italian cousins. More

Bake the Book: Coffee-Flavored Corn Cookies 

Serious Eats Caroline Russock Post a comment

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: Orange-Infused Rounds 

Serious Eats Caroline Russock 3 comments

These Orange-Infused Rounds from Fany Gerson's My Sweet Mexico have that wonderful chewy quality of a great sugar cookie with just the right amount of warmth from orange zest and cinnamon. They are comforting, both to bake and to eat. More

Bake the Book: Convent Cookies

Serious Eats Caroline Russock Post a comment

These cookies from Fany Gerson's My Sweet Mexico are crumbly, sweet, and bursting with deep almond flavor. More

Gluten-Free Tuesday: Cut-Out Cookies

Serious Eats Elizabeth Barbone Post a comment

When I want to make use of my excessive cookie cutter collection I turn again and again to my recipe for basic cut-out cookies. Here's the recipe, along with a few variations. More

Bake the Book: Anise Cookies

Serious Eats Caroline Russock Post a comment

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

Cook the Book: Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars 

Serious Eats Caroline Russock 4 comments

Sweet pastry topped with layers of peanut butter mousse, jam, and an oat crumble? Even if they aren't exactly cookies, this was one bite-sized sweet that needed to be shared. It's a bar for diehard fans of PB&J, those who enjoy spoonfuls of peanut butter straight from the jar. More

Malted Milk Sandwich Cookies 

Serious Eats Caroline Russock 6 comments

In these Malted Milk Sandwich Cookies, vanilla filling is sandwiched in between two chewy, malty, brown sugary cookies. Using a one-inch cookie cutter doubled my cookie output and made for macaron-sized cookies that you could eat at least two or three of with no problem. More

Chocolate Ginger Molasses Cookies

Serious Eats Caroline Russock 1 comment

Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito's Baked Explorations is all about reinventing classic American sweets, and that's exactly what they've done with these Chocolate Ginger Molasses Cookies. By adding both cocoa powder and chocolate to snappy ginger-molasses cookie recipe the cookies have deep, bold flavors of warm spices and chocolate. More

Bake the Book: Grasshopper Bars

Serious Eats Caroline Russock 10 comments

The grasshopper is a vintage cocktail made with crème de menthe, crème de cacao, and fresh cream–it definitely falls into the dessert-in-a-glass category of cocktails. They inspired these Grasshopper Bars from Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito's Baked Explorations. More

Salt-N-Pepper Sandwich Cookies 

Serious Eats Caroline Russock 3 comments

No one bats an eyelash when it comes to adding a dash of salt to an otherwise sweet recipe, but when you go and add a touch of spicy pepper to cookies, things start to get a little crazy. These Salt-N-Pepper Sandwich Cookies from Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito's Baked Explorations add white pepper to their version of homemade Oreos, and I've got to say, they're pretty genius. More

Gluten-Free Tuesday: Panettone

Serious Eats Elizabeth Barbone 2 comments

With a little patience (this bread takes about 16 hours from start to finish), a sturdy mixer, and a few gluten-free flours, homemade gluten-free panettone is fairly easy. More

Chocolate Mint Thumbprints

Serious Eats Caroline Russock 15 comments

It wasn't until I baked these Chocolate Mint Thumbprints from Baked Explorations that I realized where my longstanding affection for the chocolate-mint flavor combo came from. They call for Andes Mints, those wonderful little green foil-wrapped rectangles of deliciousness. More

Glittering Lemon Sandwich Cookies

Serious Eats Caroline Russock 7 comments

Possibly the most festive recipe in the The Gourmet Cookie Book: these Glittering Lemon Sandwich Cookies. Dusted in sparkling sanding sugar, the little lemony cookies are filled and sandwiched together. They really do look like they should be hanging from the branches of a Douglas fir. More

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