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Cookies - Biscotti

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Nutty, spicy, perfect dunkers for egg nog. Make smaller logs of this biscotti dough and then cut these tiny so they are more biscottini or biscotti-cookies than traditional biscotti sticks. These are extra good if you toss them in fine sugar-cinnamon after their second bake.

Simple butter and sugar cookie dough, baked into precious heart shapes. One half gets a smear of raspberry preserves and then is topped with a top cookie. Dust with confectioners sugar or dip in melted semi-sweet or white chocolate. These are also good filled with lemon curd, Nutella, dulce de leche, melted chocolate, peanut butter, or apricot preserves. Dollar stores have great heart tins to pack these into.

Who doesn’t miss Nora Ephron? But thankfully, we can still watch her films. In Sleepless in Seattle, there’s a scene where two 8 year olds plot the love life of single dad Tom Hanks. Chattering away, they make sugar cookies. The homey baking moment is an interesting counterpart to their precocious conversation. To me, there is something innocent and romantic about sugar cookie hearts. Make the cookies, make the cocoa, watch the film....dream of sweet times.
 

Biscotti are sweet and made for dipping. Si? Not always.

Hamantashen are the traditional Purim treat that is a cookie or pastry with a hidden inner filling of fruit. But sweet cheese kreplach are another sort of Purim pastry that is just as welcome.

Hugepastry eclairs, stuffed with silky pastry cream and generously smeared with Swiss chocolate glaze make these unbeatable. Alternatively, fill these with softened vanilla ice-cream, top with the chocolate and freeze until required. Then slather on additional hot fudge sauce.

These are about the size of Texas – big bold, sprawling puddlings of pure chocolate. You could make them small or medium sized. The only thing you could do wrong here is to not make them. This recipes makes one of those perfect textured cookies – dense, chewy centers, crisp edges – perfect. A March spring break cookie treat.

A Cranberry Extravanganza for Thanksgiving. For a limited time, Three (!) Fabulous recipes including Sweet Pumpkin Spice Quick Bread, Thanksgiving’s Best Cranberry Cream Scones and a BB special, Canned Cranberry Bundt Cake (you know - you have leftover sauce or bought a can too many - here's the perfect cake to take care of business). Cut, paste, print out and bake.....  

Not a cookie, not biscotti but bigger and better than both. Huge wedges of biscotti ‘cake’, coated on one side with a slick of white or dark chocolate, make for unbelievable wow appeal. I saw these at a local café and thought, ‘hey, I can do that’. So can you.

This are traditional to France and made famous by Poilane, of Paris. If you look on the Poilane site, you will see these cookies available as well as the bakery’s famed sourdough breads. These are tiny, crisp, and perfectly sandy; not quite a shortbread; not quite a butter cookie but pure heaven. These are great keepers too. A glass cookie jar filled with these, is irresisistible. They stay crisp, sweet, and crunchy. Because they are no bigger than a quarter or dollar piece (people still use that term?) you’ll want to snag a handful for a cup of tea or cold lemonade. There is another story about Punitions and you can read it at Madeleines, a Story of Cake and Love. These have a shortbread taste but adding vanilla gives them another dimension, as would orange oil or extract or almond extract. I like them in almost any flavor rendition.

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