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184. Katharine Hepburn’s Brownies p.688

184. Katharine Hepburn's Brownies p.688

The recipe
You know who I have an irrational dislike for? Katharine Hepburn. I know she’s one of the best respected and beloved actresses of all time, and the Oscar winningest lady ever, but she just drives me nuts. Admittedly I haven’t seen much of her work, but one film is all it took. In Bringing [...]

26 July 2008 | Cookies, Bars, and Confections, The Book | 14 Comments
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174. Chocolate Sambuca Crinkle Cookies p.671

174. Chocolate Sambuca Crinkle Cookies p.671

The recipe
This is a polarizing recipe. If the thought of anise and chocolate together piques your interest, you’ll probably like these cookies. If however that sounds like the worst idea you’ve heard all day, you probably won’t. That may sound trite or obvious, but anise is like that. I don’t know anyone who is neutral [...]

18 June 2008 | Cookies, Bars, and Confections, The Book | 4 Comments
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173. Spice Sugar Cookies p.669

173. Spice Sugar Cookies p.669

The recipe
My cookie baking bonanza got a little bit confused. I made ginger cookies that didn’t taste much like ginger, and these spice cookies, which are gingerbread in disguise. I kept mixing them up when I told people which cookies where which, it seemed pretty obvious that the crispy cookies which tasted like ginger should [...]

16 June 2008 | Cookies, Bars, and Confections, The Book | 2 Comments
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172. Brown Sugar-Ginger Crisps p.665

172. Brown Sugar-Ginger Crisps p.665

The recipe
I made these cookies in the middle of a cookie-baking frenzy, I was buying ingredients for about five different types, with a couple of backup shopping lists in case I couldn’t find all the stuff for the first tier cookies. Somehow the crystallized ginger that this recipe called for never made it into the [...]

14 June 2008 | Cookies, Bars, and Confections, The Book | 4 Comments
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171. Mexican Tea Cakes p.673

171. Mexican Tea Cakes p.673

The recipe
While there’s nothing particularly Mexican about these tea cakes, they’re an international favorite for good reason. I’ve always heard these cookies called Russian Tea Cakes, and they mostly seem to be made by older eastern European women at bake sales and Christmas fairs. As children, these were the cookies that we ignored on the [...]

11 June 2008 | Cookies, Bars, and Confections, The Book | 8 Comments
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165. Chocolate Macaroons p.676

165. Chocolate Macaroons p.676

I can’t find the recipe for these online, but they’re so good I’ll retype it for you lovely people.
FOR MACAROONS
1 1/3 cups (7 ounces) skinned whole almonds
3 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1/3 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
7/8 cup egg whites (from 6 large eggs)
pinch of salt
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
FOR GANACHE FILLING
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 teaspoons whole [...]

17 May 2008 | Cookies, Bars, and Confections, The Book | 10 Comments
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83. Oatmeal Cookies p.664

83. Oatmeal Cookies p.664

The recipe
People are funny about baking. Not everyone, but probably a majority of people who “don’t bake” would at least be willing to try their hand at making oatmeal cookies. When their 5 year olds help bake, they make cookies. These are the same people who will look at you funny if you tell them [...]

30 August 2007 | Cookies, Bars, and Confections, The Book | 1 Comment
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79. Dark Chocolate Shortbread p.688

79. Dark Chocolate Shortbread p.688

The recipe
I made this recipe before I’d formally started The Project. I didn’t have my own camera back then so I invited friends over to both eat, and photograph, my food. I recently received a batch of those photos, and now I’m trying to remember how something tasted a year and a half later. Frankly [...]

23 August 2007 | Cookies, Bars, and Confections, The Book | Comments Off
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66. Mocha Toffee Cashew Bars p.694

66. Mocha Toffee Cashew Bars p.694

The recipe.
Opinion varied wildly about these bars. We brought these to dinner with another couple. The guy loved them, my dining companion hated them, and the other girl and I were of mixed opinions. They’re built on a fairly dense espresso flavoured cookie base, then topped with chocolate and salted roasted cashews.
I thought things were [...]

30 July 2007 | Cookies, Bars, and Confections, The Book | Comments Off
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65. Chocolate Truffles p.696

65. Chocolate Truffles p.696

The recipe.
This recipe has three ingredients, chocolate, cream, and cocoa powder. Almost by definition the success of failure of the recipe is in the quality of those ingredients, and the method of combining them. I used the wrong ingredients, and ignored parts of the method. They still came out tasty, if a bit ugly. The [...]

28 July 2007 | Cookies, Bars, and Confections, The Book | 1 Comment
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