'Tis the Season...To Make Cookies

 

This is the time of year when bakers both amateur and professional tend to find themselves in the kitchen surrounded by pounds of butter and mountains of chocolate chips. For those of you with plans to channel your inner pastry chef over the next couple of weeks, here are some of our favorite holiday cookies.

 

Corn Flake-Candy Cane Cookies

"We take the insane amount of candy canes my mother sends to the bakery," says Christina Tosi of Momofuku Milk Bar, "break them up, and fold them into a corn flake-chocolate chip-marshmallow cookie dough with a little mint extract for some serious holiday flair."

 

Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies

David Leite of Leite's Culinaria set off a national cookie-baking frenzy after this recipe for the ne plus ultra in chocolate... Read more >

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Recipe Roundup: December 9

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The blogosphere’s sprawling universe of recipes is inspiring, diverse, and—let’s face it—a bit daunting. Our recipe roundup does all the heavy sifting to single out recent, mouthwatering recipes from our favorite blogs. All you have to do is click and cook!

Slow-Roasted Pork Shoulder with Stuffed Squash [Leite's Culinaria]
Yes, please. Be sure to choose a properly fatty cut of pork for this crowd-wowing dish from cookbook author Diana Henry.

Monastery of Angels Pumpkin Bread [The Wednesday Chef]
This moist, holiday-spiced quick bread sold by

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This Month's Best Recipes

pissaladièreDoug Filoni's pissaladière

Here are our recipe tester's favorite recipes from the past month:

Pissaladière Enjoy a taste of Provence with this traditional puff pastry–based tart, which is topped with anchovies, olives, and goat cheese.

Braised Rabbit with Herbed Dumplings Succulent rabbit, tender choux dumplings, and whatever you fancy from the farmers' market.

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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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Recipes: Mother's Day Tea

Shuna Lydon's rose petal–vanilla bean shortbreadShuna Lydon's rose petal–vanilla bean shortbread

Instead of taking Mom out for the requisite brunch this Mother's Day, why not throw a tea party in her honor? Keep things simple with this selection of decadent homemade sweets. Rose Petal–Vanilla Bean Shortbread These rose petal–flecked cookies have a wonderful crumbly texture and a delicate sweet, floral flavor. Homemade Mallomars Make your own batch of these gooey, crunchy, chocolate-covered marshmallow

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Valentine's Day Dessert Roundup

Michael Schwartz's recipe for Meyer lemon pudding cakeMichael Schwartz's Meyer lemon pudding cake

Happy Valentine's Day, folks! In case you missed them, here are all of the totally sweet desserts we featured last week: Shuna Lydon’s Rose Petal–Vanilla Bean Shortbread We'd be thrilled to receive a box of these floral and crumbly cookies in place of the run-of-the-mill bouquet. Michael Schwartz’s Meyer Lemon Pudding Cake This lofty, soufflé-like treat is a cinch to prepare, which means you can spend more time with your special someone.

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Recipe: Shuna Lydon's Rose Petal–Vanilla Bean Shortbread

Shuna Lydon's rose petal–vanilla bean shortbreadThese rose petal–flecked cookies have a wonderful crumbly texture and a delicate sweet, floral flavor. Chef Shuna Lydon says, “Shortbread keeps for two weeks in a tightly sealed container lined with parchment paper, at room temperature. But I prefer to eat mine fresh from the oven, warm, with strong black milky tea.”

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