5 Years, 500 dozen cookies, here are some keepers…
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Grey Ghost Bakery // Cinnamon Pecan Cookies // Columbia, SC
The humble pecan cookie, a down home southern staple — this recipe goes back generations — gets a new-school twist with all-natural unbromated flour, European butter, and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Bet you can’t stop at one — especially when a pair makes a brilliant bookend for the best ice cream sandwich you’ll have all summer.
Hazelnut Whiskey Cookies // Whimsy & Spice // Brooklyn, NY
A husband and wife team — he a pastry chef, she a designer — so you know their treats will look as good as they taste. And vice versa. This little bit of edible art sandwiches Scotch whisky-infused Madagascar chocolate between two crunchy, hazelnut- and chocolate-chip-studded cookies. It’s not bourbon, and it’s not (necessarily) breakfast, but we couldn’t resist. On their own or dunked in a cup of coffee (Irish or otherwise), if the rest of this breakfast box won’t get you out of bed in the morning, a cookie sure as hell will.
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Lemon Sugar Cookies // Grey Ghost Bakery // Charleston, SC
Like a perfect crust, you could eat these sweet southern treats on their own and be plenty happy. But as with pizza, the right topping takes them, well, over the top. And for that, we turn to the greatest culinary innovation since sliced bread: sliced ice cream. Reach as far back into the freezer as you can and grab the most solid pint you find. (We got a raspberry sorbet.) Wielding your largest bread knife — and most carefully, we needn’t add — saw into discs, container and all. Peel off the wrapping, and sandwich.
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Oatcakes // Effie’s Homemade // Hyde Park, MA
This old family recipe goes back four generations to a wind-racked Nova Scotia farm. But that barnyard chef knew his cookies: these snacks are a far cry from field-hand hardtack or the stale and mealy graham crackers you carry to camp (and that inevitably, inescapably get wet or crumble along the way). Rustically made but refined in taste, they’re crispy, nutty, just a touch sweet, and won’t lose their crunch even when smothered in melted marshmallows. Rain, though, is another story.
Burnt Sugar & Fennel Shortbread // Lark Fine Foods // Essex, MA
Homesick at summer camp, lovelorn in college, Mom’s cookie-filled care packages could make any cloudy day brighter. But stocking the cookie jar yourself is another story. Ending a stressful day with a dough mixer and a hot oven is salting the wound; ending it with a bag of cookies as good as mom’s is a kiss and a band-aid. As good as mom’s? Damn right — these crispy bites, studded with big chewy sugar pieces and spiced with savory fennel were made by a mother-daughter team and guaranteed to satisfy your sweet tooth and raise your spirit. But if your cloudy day was downright thunderous, blend them with ice cream and milk for a cookie shake.
Chocolate Pumpkin Pie Biscotti // Marlo’s Bakeshop // San Francisco, CA
A healthy, post-brunch food coma is one thing; a sugar crash is another. Which is why biscotti always sneaks onto our tables as the sidecar to an after-meal espresso (or two): satisfying, but not too sweet. Problem is, traditional twice-baked biscuits are usually too teeth-rattling to eat without a thorough dunk in your java. Enter Marlo — or rather, Marlo’s grandmother Ann, and her secret recipe. Not as sweet as a cookie, not as brittle as biscotti, it’s the best of both.
Dutch Stroopwafel // Rip Van Wafels // San Francisco, CA
Update your coffee break from a paper-cup-and-pastry affair to the stately Dutch koffietijd, a mid-day ritual of patience, pleasure, and oh yeah — a gooey caramel filling. Balance this rich, buttery waffle on the rim of your mug and let the steam slowly melt its syrupy core as you gaze over the rippling Herengracht canal, or the latest cat video making the office rounds. Go Dutch, but don’t share a bite.
Lark Fine Foods // Espresso Chip Shortbread // Essex, MA
Let’s face it, typically going whole grain means a fraction of the flavor but Lark has found a shortcut to a better shortbread. Makers of “cookies for grown ups” this mother daughter duo have been waking and baking since 2008. On any given Sunday, this Espresso chip cookie is the perfect partner for an Iced Dave’s coffee. Double down on your coffee buzz, just dunk, eat, drink and repeat.
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