Desserts,Recipes »Strawberry Marshmallow Cookies

photo-2from Confessions of a Recipe Junkie

High off my success at baking sugar cookies, I decided to get more inventive and found a delicious sounding Strawberry Marshmallow recipe that was very intriguing.

As I may have mentioned elsewhere, baking is not my speciality and the usual round of mishaps followed: I only had dark brown sugar instead of light, an extra trip to the store was required to get parchment paper, and when my egg broken open out plopped two yolks (which, I’d like to point out was entirely beyond my control).

Still, an interesting batch of cookies were made. They are cake-ier than I imagined and the marshmallows are sort of lost in the process. Once I got past my expectations, though, these were quite tasty – almost like a strawberry shortcake in cookie form.

PS: You, whoever you are, are presumably a better baker so yours will likely be even better.

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Posted on January 6, 2013

Desserts,Recipes »Sugar Cookies

from Allrecipes

I’m not much of a baker, in fact my initial plan was to use that roll of frozen stuff, but even I could whip out tasty Sugar Cookies with this easy recipe. Of course, the best part is decorating – and Van helped this year.

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Posted on December 25, 2012

Desserts,Drinks »Bouchon Bakery

One Rockefeller Plaza

Creamy lattes and sweet macaroons the size of sand dollars; there’s much to love about the popular Thomas Keller Bouchon Bakery.

The environment is all about civility and the baked goods taste fresh and delicious so you don’t even mind walking out thirteen dollars poorer.

We tried the vanilla and passion fruit macaroons- both recommended.

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Posted on March 20, 2012

Desserts »Bisous Ciao

 20111012-095945.jpg101 Stanton St

French macaroons are having their day in the sun. With all the new spots specializing in them, one might even say the kind of obnoxious phrase “they’re the new cupcakes”.

After sampling Little Oven I stumbled across Bisous Ciao in the lower east side, a formal affair with gallery lighting, black gift boxes and gloved cookie servers who were surely slash models.

It seemed set up to really appeal to the Soho visitor, but I was compelled by the promise of exotic macaroon flavors, most notably Violet, a candy flavor I adore (but is certainly an acquired taste).

In my recent Little Oven review I said it’s what’s inside that counts and Bisous Ciao boasts creamy yumminess.

But I have to say, they fall a little short on the cookie that was too soft and lacked that macaroon flaky crunch.


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Posted on October 12, 2011

Desserts »Little Oven

12-07 Jackson Avenue, Queens

Oh, the macaroons at Little Oven are good. Really good. So good I almost forgot about that time I trekked up there with a 20 lb baby on me only to find it closed during their listed hours.

The flavors are creative – the Earl Grey and seasonal Spiced Pear were especially notable. The cookie is great but it’s the inside that counts and there’s is rich and wonderful.

Their pastries and cakes look equally yummy.

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Posted on October 7, 2011

Desserts »Eton Mess

A Classic British Dessert, Guest Written by Dana

Eton Mess is a very simple English dessert made with strawberries, meringue and whipped cream which is served on the last Wednesday in may at Eton college at the “Fourth of June” picnic/cricket match with Winchester University.

This recipe is what I fed my 3 year old daughter but you can also add port or balsamic vinegar or pomegranate juice. Some people add sugar, Heston Blumenthal makes his with bananas.

The story behind the recipe is that a dog crashed into (or sat on) a picnic basket on the way to the picnic and it made a “mess”. My neighbor says its because of the way the dish looks. A third option in Wikipedia describes it as “a quantity of food”, particularly “a prepared dish of soft food” or “a mixture of ingredients cooked or eaten together”.

Once you make the delicate meringues (which is not a good project with toddlers) the dish is really easy to assemble even with a toddler. I whipped my own cream, my daughter crumbled the meringues, big pieces are better (dyed in pastel colors and decorated with dinosaur sprinkles) and those were mixed. and strawberries plopped on top.

Forgot to take pics of ours, the photo is from My Best Days Ever.

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Posted on June 8, 2011

Desserts »Coolhaus

70 North 7th Street, Brooklyn

An ice cream sandwich is a delicious concept but I often find them disappointing. Usually either the cookie or the ice cream (or both) are sub par.

Not so with the Coolhaus truck that simply combines delicious Ovenly cookies with creamy, exotic flavored ice creams.

You pick and choose your sandwich combo, a feature that drew us in, but the fact that our rosemary butterscotch on chocolate chip was so overstuffed, sloppy, and scrumptious is what will have me coming back for more.

After all, wouldn’t you be curious about pistachio with black truffles and olive oil gelato?

If you live in LA or Austin you can indulge your curiosity at one of their trucks. Locally, it hangs out in front of the Artists and Fleas market on North 7th every other Saturday this Summer.

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Posted on June 4, 2011

Desserts »Tate’s Cookies

Whole Wheat Dark Chocolate

I would have never tried these Tate’s Bake Shop Cookies if Mike hadn’t brought them over for D&D one night. Reluctant would be the word to describe me around whole wheat, but I am just stubbornly unhealthy that way, flour-wise.

But these things are good, my any measure. Jim, in fact, deemed them “too good” and tries to make himself feel better by only eating one half of a cookie at a time.

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Posted on February 3, 2011

Desserts »Milk and Cookies

19 Commerce St

The aptly named West Village bakery Milk and Cookies offers a variety of the home made goodies to sample. Jim brought home half a dozen for a dinner night with friends.

Of the bunch I was partial to the snickerdoodle – which was wonderfully thick and soft – just the way I like sugar cookies to be (but they are so often hard and thin!).

Also of note was the salty oatmeal. The chocolate chip and peanut butter were good too, but rank somewhere in the middle city wide (City Bakery and Momofuku are tough competition).

Jim praises their helpful and friendly staff. I’d love to try their dry cookie mixes some day soon.

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Posted on January 22, 2011

Recipes »Cornflake, Marshmallow, Oatmeal, Chocolate Cookies

from Playing House, Inspired by Momofuku Milk Bar

I was invited to attend a Charity Cookie Exchange (more on that later) and wanted to make something resembling one of my favorites: the Cornflake Cookie from Momofuku Milk Bar. I found a make at home version on the blog Making House.

While I can’t claim they were quite as divine as the rich, exquisite Momofuku ones, I was very pleased with the chewy mix of textures and tastes. I would make these again and can now that I have all the ingredients. (Nice to have mini marshmallows in the house – gives one an excuse to make hot cocoa).

While these are pretty easy to make I have one word of advise: refrigerate the dough before baking – the recipe says it’s optional, but even with hard cold dough, these babies spread like crazy so also make sure to leave room between cookies.

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Posted on December 8, 2010

Desserts »Birdbath Cookies

223 1st Ave, 145 7th Ave, 160 Prince St, 200 Church St, and in the New Museum

The taste duo of chewy and crisp is found perfectly, I believe, in cookies, and only in a few cookies made in some magical way I can’t replicate at that. Birdbath, a neighborhood green bakery, from the people who run City Bakery delivers an array of awesome cookies. Jim picked up a variety from the west village location (there are several throughout the city) and I have to put my vote in for the classic chocolate chip as the favorite (though the dark chocolate with white chocolate chips was not far behind).

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Posted on November 19, 2010

Desserts »Betty Crocker Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix

Mix Magic

While the common agreement tends to be that anything homemade from scratch is better than a grocery bought mix, Betty Crocker’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix might persuade a few purists that the easy road to chocolate chip goodness isn’t always the worst way to go. It’s been instrumental in fulfilling cravings without much effort and the end result is seriously tasty.

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Posted on September 26, 2010

Desserts »Duck and Bunny: A Snuggery

312 Wickenden St, Providence RI

If you find yourself as I was, craving a cupcake in the middle of the day in Providence, there’s no need to worry. Not only will you find a cupcake at the adorable Duck and Bunny, but you’ll find a great buttermilk honey cupcake with Lavender Icing. Nutella sandwiched between two peanut butter cookies was Jim’s preferred indulgence and the modern wonderland in black and white decorated spot also boasted some pretty good coffee and a relaxing back garden.

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Posted on August 8, 2010

Desserts »French Macroons

from Cookie Road, 94 Franklin St, Greenpoint, Brooklyn

I enjoyed the pretty, sugary delights of French Macroons in Paris but am happy to learn that I don’t have to wait for another trip there to enjoy them again. Greenpoint’s own Cookie Road now features a variety of enticing flavors like Blueberry, French Chocolate and Tangerine.

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Posted on June 20, 2010

Recipes »World Peace Cookies

world peace cookiesfrom Baking: From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan

I’ve praised the superlative baking skills of my coworker Sarafina before and I’m thrilled to share another wonderful recipe which she included in this year’s cookie gift bag: World Peace Cookies. The paring of sweet and salty is fantastic; the recipe comes from Dorie Greenspan, the baker bakers swear by. Bring a batch of these to your next holiday party and you’ll be a hit!

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Posted on December 20, 2009

Desserts »Cookie Road

cookie road dalmationWhile other establishments (the once exciting, now disappointing Ichiran and the unknown dark hole on Bedford at North 9th with the conspicuous stained glass window reading 'Girls All Night') are certainly taking eons longer than Cookie Road did to open up, its imminent opening still seemed to have the neighborhood abuzz and impatient.

Located on the corner of the ever expanding, almost-there shopping destination that is Franklin, the little shop has brightened the neighborhood in a weird but fun way with a mural depicting Charlie Chaplin and a couple of penguins.

Inside, the shop is more subdued with a counter full of both signature decorated sugar cookies and various tartlets and pastries. On our first visit we chose a sightless Dalmatian (though we would have opted for the Michael Jackson portrait ones that were available the next week for obvious reasons). As no particular fan of the simple sugar cookie, it's hard for me to judge the taste… it tasted like a sugar cookie with the standard hard icing on top.

But I can tell you for certain though that the key lime tart and the rocky road cookie we brought as dessert offerings to a friends' dinner were excellent. The tart gets high marks for the buttery graham cookie crust that tastes like something your non-health conscious grandmother would feed you with love.

And the owners, both Polish and keeping it local, are sweet as can be.

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Posted on July 20, 2009

Desserts »Cornflake Marshmallow Chocolate Cookie

cornflake marshmallow chocolate cookie momofuku milkEver wondered what a belly-filling, all cookie meal might be like? Head over to the ever inventive (the menu includes cereal milk and fireball soft serve) Momofuku Milk and order one of their incredible cookie creations. I opted for Cornflake, Marshmallow, and Chocolate and I think I can safely say it's one of the greatest cookies on earth.

Any food lover in the city is by now very familiar with David Chang and his mini empire of impressive food, and at Milk he's employed the brilliant Christina Tosi who hails from WD-50. I am excited to return and try more – currently they're featuring an Arnold Palmer cake: “A layer of iced tea-soaked cake, followed by tangy whipped lemon mascarpone cream, almond tea crunch, and iced tea jelly. In the middle: a layer of lemon cake. Repeat with cream, crunch, jelly, and cake.”

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Posted on May 25, 2009