Instead of making a more traditional gingerbread, sugar or butter cookie to leave for Santa Claus, this year, I made alfajores. With an outside of delicate melt-in-your mouth vanilla cookie and an inside of creamy dulce de leche, these Argentine sandwich cookies are wonderfully delicious. The cookies have to be completely cooled before spreading on the dulce de leche, so get started on them right away. In Argentina, they are three to four inches in diameter, but I prefer smaller cookies and made mine with a two-and-a-half inch biscuit cutter; feel free to adjust the size to suit your preferences. These buttery cookies pair perfectly with coffee, sparkling wine, or in the case of Old Saint Nick, a glass of milk! Read more for the recipe.
It's impossible for me to stop through the cookie aisle at the supermarket without stalling for at least a minute to gaze longingly at the enticing assortment of Pepperidge Farm Milano cookies. Both my guy and I have a serious weakness for the Double Chocolate and the Mint — after all, we even went to such lengths as to make our own version at home. So the world stopped for just a split second when we received a shipment of the brand's latest flavor, strawberry. The flavor combination sounded wildly delicious and almost too good to be true. Was it? Find out when you read more.
Rather than going out to buy something for your sweetheart, stay in and bake these homemade Milano cookies. Everyone is familiar with the delicious Pepperidge Farms treats, with their crisp and crumbly cookies sandwiching a thin layer of chocolate. However, the homemade variation takes the cake — or that is, the cookie! The batter is easy to make, although I had trouble baking them for the first time. I wanted fun shapes, but the batter runs in the oven, so don't bother trying to make a heart-shaped cookie. Stick with one-inch strips, or for a circular cookie, very thin layers in a lined muffin tin. Once you get the hang of the cookies, the filling is simple. Skip the baked goods aisle at your local gorcer and make your own Milano cookies.
"Bake something for a friend. Next time you need to buy a friend a present, don't. Make them one instead."
That's one of the actions listed in the book Change the World For Ten Bucks. My sister is on the cover and she's spearheading a day of volunteerism. To help, I've offered to make a delicious portable lunch. For dessert, I thought a scrumptious baked good would be appropriate.
Chocolate and peanut butter are no-fail crowd-pleasers and these milk chocolate-peanut butter sandwich cookies look to die for. Placing 2-3 cookies in small baggies tied with ribbon turns them into nicely packaged individual portions. Check out the recipe, read more
The menu for my girls-only St. Patrick's Day pre-going-out party is mostly finger foods. The girls should be able to mingle and snack at their leisure; therefore, serve a dessert that's individual and portable. These chocolate-mint cookies are perfect!
Everyone is bound to love them because they're like a homemade version of the classic Girl Scout thin mint. The cookies can be made two days in advance, so get started early.
These scrumptious sandwiches would also be a great gift wrapped in green ribbon. To check out the recipe, read more
Recently, I was treated to a box of Bouchon Bakery goodies with a gigantic Nutter Butter cookie in the box. Everyone knows the famous peanut-stamped cookie with peanut-butter-cream filling from their childhood, and this homemade version was delightfully gourmet. While I remember that Nutter Butters were delicious, these cookies, made by culinary legend Thomas Keller, were absolutely heavenly!
After a quick search, I came across the exact recipe and decided to experiment with my own Nutter Butter cookies. The recipe is easy, but requires time and patience. However, anything with this much butter is worth the wait! To learn how to bake these creamy, crunchy, and peanut buttery cookies, read more
When creating a beautiful buffet for your Oscars viewing party, don't skimp on dessert! The stars will be devouring shortbread and chocolate truffles at the Governors Ball, so take a cue from Sherry Yard — the event's pastry chef — and make your own variations. Cut classic, buttery shortbread into Oscar shaped cookies. Arrange store bought chocolate truffles on pretty plates next to chocolate caramel sandwich cookies. For the recipes to these bite sized decadent desserts, read more