Hi friends! Baking season is in full swing! If you’re like most, you’re probably making cookies for the holidays! I have a list of seasonal favorites, plus another dozen (or more) new things I want to try. It’s what happens when you’re a wee bit cookie obsessed. These gorgeous cookie specimens came from a recent event at Melissa’s Produce where we were blessed to meet the queen of cookies, author and baking legend, Dorie Greenspan! We tasted several samples of different cookies, both sweet and savory, from Dorie’s newest book “Dorie’s Cookies.”
Doris’s Cookies is the 12th cookbook for Dorie Greenspan. She has four James Beard Awards and has won Cookbook of the Year, twice, from The International Association of Culinary Professionals. WOW!
At the event, Dorie gave a demonstration on how to make cookie dough, and laughingly shared some personal cookie-making tips! She suggested white sugar, rather than brown sugar in order to get crisper cookies. She *always* rolls her cookie dough between two sheets of parchment paper. It creates less mess on your counters, it’s easier and you don’t have to flour the dough. Personally, I’m all for the “less mess” part! HA!
These are her “World Peace” cookies. Of course they’re chocolate! Who in the world doesn’t want chocolate and peace?
Many cookie (and cake) recipes add flour in several batches. You’ve seen those, right? Dorie said it’s not necessary. Adding the flour all at once creates less chance of overworking the dough. Makes sense! That first batch of flour you add gets churned around in your mixing bowl for a long time if you do it in stages. Keep your batter tender and ahead and add the flour all at once! Mmmm… these were Jam filled Cookies…
Dorie said she likes to “cookie-ize” popular pies and cakes. She turned pecan pie into these delicious chocolate-pecan pie bars! Experimenting with new cookies and different flavors is one of Dorie’s passions. She put dark rum in the filling of the Pecan Bars! Ahhh, a woman after my own heart! Do you have a favorite sweet treat? Chances are, it can easily be turned into a cookie.
You can buy “Dories Cookies” on Amazon or at your favorite bookstore! It would be a perfect gift for the Cookie Lover in your life!
Here are a few more fun shots from the event! Thank you Robert and the Melissa’s Produce family for hosting such an amazing opportunity!
Dorie signed her cookbook for me! SQUEEEE!!!!!
Enjoy my fellow cookie-loving friends! Until next time, live life deliciously!