Archive: Cookies

Tales From a Cookie-Baking Extravaganza

Peanut Butter Blossoms. (Nancy Kerr) It started out seven years ago as a simple day of baking. My college roommate Brigid, my sister Cathy and I decided to get together to crank out a bunch of unique Christmas cookies to present as gifts to friends and business associates. We’d congregate at B’s farm-style house with its large, open kitchen and dreamy commercial-quality Wolf stove -- capable of baking six-plus dozen cookies at one time -- and make dough after dough. At the end of the day we’d divvy up bags of cookies and split costs. At home, treats were boxed up in white baker’s boxes with raffia and personalized labels. Sweet success. As years went by, word got out about our box o’ confections. Starting Dec. 1, clients and friends started asking, “So, when are the cookie boxes coming?” Expectation levels and cookie quantities increased. Ingredients were no longer...

 

By Nancy Kerr | December 10, 2008; 03:00 AM ET | Comments (15)

Meeting the Flourless Chocolate Cookie Fairy

Friday afternoon and I'm thoroughly enjoying the current above-average April temperatures that make it feel more like June. It had been a long week and I'm catching up with some magazines, a few new cookbooks and a glass of white wine. Phone rings, and it's Mister MA, who's decided to invite our friends, the Fonzes, over for dinner without much of a pre-invite spousal consultation. Flourless chocolate cookies. (Kim O'Donnel) The cook is really not in the mood for dinner party prep, but Mister MA, now obligated to play host, announces that he will prepare supper but wants to know if the culinary hotline is open for occasional troubleshooting. I step aside and watch him go, go, go, proud of him as he makes marinade for chicken, washes greens for salad ("Yeah, Dude, I know how to make a vinaigrette") and lights the chimney for the grill. I know he...

 

By Kim ODonnel | April 21, 2008; 08:43 AM ET | Comments (21)

Cookie Cutters Gone Funny

I was done with making holiday cookies, really I was. But as soon as I got a glimpse of the ABC* (*already been chewed) cookie cutters by Fred, a Rhode Island design company, I just couldn't resist. It's rare that we allow ourselves an opportunity to make fun in the midst of all the holiday merriment, and this set of aluminum cookie cutters with missing body parts is a refreshing antidote to the seasonal madness of the not-so-fun variety. ABC cookie cutters and their real-life models. (Kim O'Donnel) One of these things is not like the others -- and I love it! I had some leftover gluten-free gingerbread dough, so I put the cutters to the test last night, and they performed er, um, beautifully. Washington pranksters, you can get your hands on a set for $10 at Tabletop in Dupont Circle, and a last-minute call revealed that the store...

 

By Kim ODonnel | December 24, 2007; 07:52 AM ET | Comments (0)

A Merry - and Gluten-Free - Cookie For All

Psst! Hey, come here. Yeah, I'm talking to you, over in the corner with the food allergies, running far and clear from the cookie tray that inevitably shows up at every dang holiday party. I've got something I like to call a cookie miracle -- a gingerbread cut out that has not a drop of gluten, eggs or dairy -- and it tastes so good no gluten, egg and dairy cookie monster would ever know the difference. I'm serious, y'all! This recipe, which comes from the brilliant gluten-free kitchen of Maryland cookbook author Jules Shepard, is a stroke of sheer near-allergy-free genius. (Last month, I shared a few of her recipes for GF Thanksgiving treats). A holiday cookie miracle: no eggs, dairy or gluten. (Kim O'Donnel) In spite of all its ingredient omissions, this recipe is packed with a spicy punch and a crackery crunch that feels as festive and...

 

By Kim ODonnel | December 17, 2007; 10:15 AM ET | Comments (12)

Some Pepper With My Cookie, Please

I was looking for a new twist on a holiday cookie, and I found it in the most unlikely of places -- a cookbook focusing on the Indian Ocean spice route. "Where Flavor Was Born" is indeed a spicy and lively collection of nearly 100 recipes from the countries and island nations on four continents that surround the world's third largest ocean. (If anyone can find a resource that lists all countries surrounding the Indian Ocean, I'd be grateful.) Sugar and spice makes everything nice in these cookies. (Kim O'Donnel) The genius idea of making the spice connection among the cookery of four continents belongs to Norwegian food writer and TV cooking personality Andreas Viestad, who traveled to eleven countries for research, including his beloved Zanzibar, an East African island nation I've been hankering to visit for several years. Rather than by country, continent or type of dish, the book...

 

By Kim ODonnel | November 28, 2007; 09:49 AM ET | Comments (27)

Sweets Clinic Office Hours

Tuesday's chat ended with a bunch of lingering questions over some pressing issues in the holiday sweets department. Below, a few are included to whet your whistles. And as always, chime in when you deem necessary or if you've got a sweet question that needs attention. Truffles Arlington, Va.: Do you have a good truffles recipe? A friend of mine told me that she loves the things I bake and wanted know if I knew how to make truffles. She has been through a bad year and I would like to surprise her with something special but have never made truffles. If your pal has requested truffles, it might be really fun to make them together. Truffle-making is a team activity and in fact, I highly recommend it, particularly for first-timers. A few years back, I taught a friend who was gearing up for a massive batch of 300 for...

 

By Kim ODonnel | December 7, 2006; 11:22 AM ET | Comments (10)

Santa Wants a Low-Fat Cookie

It's December 1, people. I guess that means we can start yanking out the garland and hanging the mistletoe. With the first holiday-season weekend about to kick off, many of you, I'm guessing, are making those lists. I'm notoriously slow to acquiring a holiday spirit, but my goal each year is to c'mon and get happy a little earlier in the season. Holiday cookies with lower-fat bonus points.(Kim O'Donnel) One activity that does a good job of removing my cynical mask is cookie baking. It's kind of hard to be a grouch when you're up to your elbows in sugary dough that transforms into little love nuggets that make the whole house smell like a fairy tale. I can't resist. And who doesn't love receiving a gift box of homemade cookies? Really, there should be a cookie holiday at some other time of the year, when we really need it,...

 

By Kim ODonnel | December 1, 2006; 10:56 AM ET | Comments (0)

Oatmeal-Raisin Philosophy

When it comes to homemade cookies, Americans usually fall into one of two camps: Chocolate chip and oatmeal raisin. Now, before going further, let me make clear that cookie persuasion does not in any way preclude one from enjoying the crumb of another. That is to say, despite one's undying love for a chocolate chip cookie at any hour of the day, every once in a while, a hankering for an oatmeal raisin surfaces and it must be satisfied. After all, it's important to experience life from a different angle and taste what another camp has to offer. Oatmeal raisin cookies waiting to be dunked. (Kim O'Donnel) Recently, I dipped my toes into the oatmeal-raisin pool, and I must admit, the water was lovely. It all got started during my Saturday morning shop at Arlington Courthouse farm market. While paying for a loaf of country white from the stand at...

 

By Kim ODonnel | November 14, 2006; 08:59 AM ET | Comments (0)

Nutritional 411 on Lulu's Cookies

The flurry of comments this week over Lulu's cookies has been fun to watch, and I'm delighted by all the reader enthusiasm. Since many of you expressed further interest in the nutritional value of the cookies, I asked Post Food section assistant editor Bonnie Benwick for an expert hand. With the whizbang help of Nutritionist Pro, the software used by the Food section for all of its published recipes, Benwick input the specs for Lulu's cookies. Below, the nutritional low-down, per cookie, approximating a heaping teaspoon before going into the oven: 125 calories 2 grams protein 1 gram dietary fiber 14 grams carbohydrates 7 grams total fat; 1 gram saturated fat 33 milligrams sodium 0 grams cholesterol Not exactly a low-cal item, but on the plus side, it's cholesterol free, low in saturated fat and considering its size, comes with a decent dose of fiber, which makes you feel full....

 

By Kim ODonnel | September 14, 2006; 11:21 AM ET | Comments (0)

 

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