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Gourmet's Annual Best Cookies - 1940s to 2000s

LindaWhit Dec 4, 2008 06:22 PM

http://www.gourmet.com/recipes/cookies/

Got this link in a Gourmet newsletter tonight...very interesting to see how the cookie styles and flavors change over the decades. I like the photograph of each year's cookie for a quick "do I remember those?" view.

And while it might not be the specific Gourmet cookie recipe my Mom or I made, many of these look familiar - the ginger sugar cookie (which one person commented she knew as Molasses Crinkles, which is how I remembered them), the Lace Cookie, the Speculaas, which I remember my Norwegian grandmother making (although Fatigmans were more often made in her house), and the Lemon Thins.

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  1. DiningDiva RE: LindaWhit Dec 5, 2008 10:52 AM

    I've actually made 2 of the cookies listed :-)

    1999 the Chocolate Crinkle Sambuca Cookies (really good)
    2001 the Cranberry Turtle Cookies (really, REALLY good)

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      LindaWhit RE: DiningDiva Dec 5, 2008 11:50 AM

      Cranberry Turtle Cookies - sounds VERY good - but that darn corn syrup. (I like that they use fresh cranberries!)

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        DiningDiva RE: LindaWhit Dec 5, 2008 12:06 PM

        You could probably try substituting agave nectar for the corn syrup. Yes, the recipe uese fresh cranberries. If I take these cookies to any holiday function they are the first ones to disappear.

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          LindaWhit RE: DiningDiva Dec 5, 2008 12:08 PM

          Ooh, I like that idea! And I'm pretty sure I can get that at Whole Foods. Thanks, DD!

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            amyzan RE: DiningDiva Dec 6, 2008 01:31 PM

            Oh, I think that recipe is a good excuse to buy Lyle's golden syrup! I can't eat corn syrup b/c of an allergy, so have come to rely on either cane or agave as a replacement.

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              DiningDiva RE: amyzan Dec 6, 2008 01:41 PM

              You need an excuse to buy Lyles? :-D

              Love that stuff too and I think it's actually a better suggestion than the agave

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                LindaWhit RE: amyzan Dec 6, 2008 02:05 PM

                Even BETTER! Because I have that in my pantry - thank you!

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                  amyzan RE: LindaWhit Dec 16, 2008 05:26 PM

                  How did they turn out, Linda? I'm so curious, as a cookie lover...

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                    LindaWhit RE: amyzan Dec 17, 2008 06:37 AM

                    I never did get around to making them, amyzan. I was busy this weekend making miniature chocolate and pumpkin mousse tartlets for a party. Hopefully soon!

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                      amyzan RE: LindaWhit Dec 18, 2008 08:08 PM

                      I know how that goes, but thanks for replying anyway, Linda. Your tartlets sounds good, and I hope the party is a success!

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            AMFM RE: DiningDiva Dec 6, 2008 06:00 PM

            do you make the turtle recipe exactly as is? and if anyone tries with something other than corn syrup let me know - these look great and different! thanks!

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              DiningDiva RE: AMFM Dec 6, 2008 10:39 PM

              Yes, I make them as is, no alterations to the recipe. They're not as difficult as the recipe sounds when you first read it. The recipe is somewhat time consuming, but the end results is really worth it.

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                AMFM RE: DiningDiva Dec 7, 2008 04:36 AM

                thanks. they sound great - and different. always looking for that!

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                  maisonbistro RE: DiningDiva Dec 7, 2008 07:04 PM

                  I actually made them with walnuts instead of pecans and they deeeelicious.

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              cheetobrain RE: LindaWhit Dec 7, 2008 11:35 AM

              the 40's were my kind of cookie decade! I will be making the Brandy snaps this week.

              1. DiningDiva RE: LindaWhit Dec 7, 2008 02:11 PM

                I did some baking today and made 3 of these recipes. 2 were clear winners and the 3rd isn't quite finished yet, but it's not looking too good at the moment.

                The Dutch Cashew Caramel Crunch cookies are outstanding. It's a 70's recipe and the method/directions need a little tweaking, but other than that I ended up with some pretty tasty cookies. They're a BIG cookie and surprisingly rich. The directions say to form the dough into "cylinders" 2 1/2" long and 3/4" thick, but the photo showed round cookies, a little confusing. I think if you just used a generous #60 scoop, rolled the dough into a ball and then form it into a disc about 1/2" thick it would work just fine, the dough should look like a small biscuit when it goes in the oven.

                The Chocolate Crinkle Sambuca Cookies were even better than I remembered. Think Sambuca flavored brownie dusted with powdered sugar and you'll be pretty close to what they taste like.

                I haven't finished up the Irish Coffee Crunchies, and based on where we stand with them now I'm not too sure how they'll end up. These are essentially crisp oat sandwich cookies flavored to taste like an Irish coffee. The cookie dough itself was crumbly, very difficult to get to stick together when rolled and rather flavorless in spite of the whiskey, coffee and cream. The recipe called for only 1/4 cup of butter, 5 TEASPOONS total of liquid, but 3 cups of oats and flour. I kept looking at the recipe to make sure it said teaspoons on the liquid and not tablespoons. I would imagine that might be why the dough was so dry and and crumbly, not enough fat or liquid. But we shall see.

                1. raidar RE: LindaWhit Dec 7, 2008 02:13 PM

                  What a grand list and idea. Thanks for the link; I look forward to making my way through some of the list.

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                    dolores RE: raidar Dec 8, 2008 04:54 AM

                    What?! They haven't come out with a book???

                    I would buy it.

                    Thank you for the url, LindaWhit.

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                      LindaWhit RE: dolores Dec 8, 2008 06:40 AM

                      LOL! A book is actually a VERY good idea. They could do the Top 3 of each year and get a nice book out of it.

                  2. Antilope RE: LindaWhit Jul 17, 2011 09:50 PM

                    Gourmet Magazine Favorite Cookies 1940 - 2008. The Gourmet website pages were
                    taken down, but you can access the pages and recipes at Archive.org.

                    Gourmet Magazine Favorite Cookies 1940 - 2008 recipes / pages at Archive.org

                    Give these links a minute to load the page after clicking on it.

                    Gourmet Magazine Favorite Cookies 1940s
                    http://web.archive.org/web/2009041418...

                    Gourmet Magazine Favorite Cookies 1950s
                    http://web.archive.org/web/2009041521...

                    Gourmet Magazine Favorite Cookies 1960s
                    http://web.archive.org/web/2009041521...

                    Gourmet Magazine Favorite Cookies 1970s
                    http://web.archive.org/web/2009041521...

                    Gourmet Magazine Favorite Cookies 1980s
                    http://web.archive.org/web/2009041521...

                    Gourmet Magazine Favorite Cookies 1990s
                    http://web.archive.org/web/2009041521...

                    Gourmet Magazine Favorite Cookies 2000s
                    http://web.archive.org/web/2009041521...

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