Ode to the Cookie

 

Gingerbread. Sugar. The all-American chocolate chip. The holidays are coming and we’ve got cookies on our minds—making them, gifting them, receiving them—and, of course, eating them. We talked to some of our favorite cookie experts to get their secrets, holiday traditions, and morsels of cookie wisdom. 

 

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Christina Tosi

The acclaimed pastry chef at Momofuku Milk Bar and recipient of the 2012 JBF Rising Star Chef Award is known for her whimsical desserts, including her “compost cookies,” which include all manner of delicious junk, such as pretzels and potato chips.

 

JBF: Where do you find inspiration for your cookie flavor combinations?

 

CT: Inspiration comes from all over! My grandmother’s recipe box, my mother’s latest food-article clipping, the... Read more >

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Q & A with Baker and Author Dorie Greenspan

The James Beard Foundation interviews Dorie Greenspan

 

JBF Award–winning cookbook author (and former JBF editor) Dorie Greenspan has an intimate knowledge of cookies: she recently opened the New York City cookie shop, Beurre & Sel, to rave reviews. We caught up with the baking expert to get the scoop on her new store, her cardinal rule for making cookies, and more.

 

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JBF: What inspired you to open a retail shop?

 

DG: My son, Joshua, was the inspiration behind Beurre & Sel. For a few years he organized pop-up shops for us, but he dreamed of a real home for our cookies. I loved the idea for a bunch of reasons: I get to work with my son; I get to bake like mad with our terrific pastry chef, Marisa Croce; and, when I’m in the shop, I get to meet people who love cookies—and, no surprise, cookie lovers are happy people.

 

JBF: What is your most popular cookie at... Read more >

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Test Your Eat-Q: Holiday Cookies Around the World

Test your knowledge of holiday cookies from across the globe with this Eat-Q test from the James Beard Foundation

 

You know shortbread and sugar and oatmeal and pecan, nougat and sablé and snowball and linzer, but do you recall the name of the cookie that Swiety Mikolaj gifts to Polish children on December 6? Test your knowledge of lesser-known holiday cookies from other countries with our latest Eat-Q test.  

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Recipe Roundup: Holiday Cookies

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There are many reasons to appreciate holiday cookies: they satisfy even the most overbearing of in-laws; they’re sweet sustenance for shivering carolers; and they bring us all together via a shared love for creamed sugar and butter. While every family has their own cookie traditions, we hope to add to the season’s sprit with a few of our own festive recipes.

Let’s Sugar Cookies
Throughout his childhood, James Beard enjoyed these simple, elegant sugar cookies made by Jue Let, the Beard family’s personal chef. But don’t be fooled by their innocent looks: the cookies contain mace, the outer membrane of nutmeg that packs a more pungent flavor.

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Recipe: Fresh Egg Custard with Pecan Shortbread

Egg Custard with Pecan Shortbread Always stocked on the shelves at your supermarket, eggs are easy to take for granted. But if you taste a fresh yolk from a nearby farm, where chickens lay eggs only in season instead being artificially induced to produce them year-round, you'll have a renewed appreciation for what's inside those cardboard cartons. Chef Steven Hartman of Georgia's Le Vigne Restaurant at Montaluce Winery makes the best of farm fresh eggs with this pure and simple custard, then serves it with delicate shortbread cookies. Get the whole recipe here.

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Recipe: Lavender Shortbread Cookies

Lavender Shortbread Cookies Even if you're not planning on tuning in to tomorrow's hoopla across the pond, we're sure you'll find a reason to bake a batch of these sweet and floral shortbread cookies. Get the recipe here.

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