November/December 2010 BCTM: Maida Heatter's COOKIES- Drop & Icebox
Our baking cookbook for November/December 2010 is Maider Heatter's COOKIES, anyhwhere you can find them.
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re: blue room
Well, the first failed attempt was in the mid-1980s and all I remember was a lot of cursing. I tried again a few years ago and, if I recall, the result was a buttery mess with cookies that didn't hold together during baking. Other than writing "never again" in the book, I didn't capture more details.
Interesting...I made the "Tuiles" from the Medrich book (Pure Dessert) a year or so ago and had similar results...the cookies were lacy and exuded butter. The directions said to lay them over a wooden spoon handle (or something similar - too lazy to get up and look) until they cooled. Handling them was almost impossible because they'd fall apart.
I just left them on the tray and, after they cooled, they were ugly and not molded correctly, but they were deliciously rich.
It's been a while but I've baked both Pennies from Heaven (very easy and very rich) and Chocolate on Peanut Butter Sandwiches (also very good and very easy)
From Maida Heatter’s Brand-new Book of Great Cookies p.155 and 160.
p148 the $250.00 Cookie Recipie - thought these were just so so, wouldn't make them again.
p.145 Black Walnut Pearls - same, didn't love them and not sweet enough for me...
p.141 Chocolate Lulus - same, didn't love, and I have a note they don't spread, in case you try them.
p.136 - loved the Chocoalte Chunk Coconut Peanut Butter Cookies
p.119 Light as Air Cookies - really liked, interesting
p.105 Mint Chocolate Cookies - I really like these, they are similar to the Chocolati (p.97) and they spread alot - bake just until cracked on the top, do not overbake! The Chocoalti are also very good and simple.
David's Cookies pg.24 MH Cookies
This was the recipe selected by the fourteen year old who helped me in making them. I handed her the book and said, 'pick one' and this was it.
Not super exciting, but good enough.
It's basically a soft chocolate chip cookie, made using 1 c brown sugar, no white sugar and one egg to 2 cups apf and a half-pound of butter.
Aside from salt and vanilla, that's it.Oh, and chips, we used chopped up, 66% Valrhona feves. The egg is the only leavening.
We baked them mostly soft, not crispy (as I would have preferred, but these were more for the teenager with the fast metabolism, not for me).
A good chocolate chip cookie, not mind-blowing, not bad. I did like that it's such a small recipe, with few ingredients. Something you could whip up if you were snowed in somewhere, without baking powder or soda.
24-Karat Cookies (Book of Great Cookies, p.50)
These are soft drop cookies that are mostly added "stuff." They are sweetened with honey, and have shredded carrots, oatmeal, raisins (I used golden), and walnuts (I used pecans*). The recipe doesn't call or any spices, but I added a bit of vvanilla and a heaping 1/4 tsp. of ground cardamom. They are pleasant in an oatmeal cookie-ish way, though they have but 1/2 cup of oats. They don't taste strongly of carrot, and she says in the headnote that the carrot keeps them moist, but isn't readily apparent. Cardamom was a good addition.
*Last week, I used walnuts in the hermit bars because I didn't have the called-for pecans; I bought pecans, but now have no walnuts.