Desserts; cookies

  • Baci di dama, or chocolate-filled hazelnut cookies Baci di dama, or chocolate-filled hazelnut cookies

    Baci di dama, or chocolate-filled hazelnut cookies

Baci di dama, or chocolate-filled hazelnut cookies

  When I was 16, my Sweet Sixteen present from my parents was a trip to Belgium and Holland. During the day, I wandered around Antwerpen by myself as my father had business to conduct. Sure enough, this meant drinking lots of coffee at outside cafes. I was pleased to discover there a small sweet treat always accompanied my coffee – perhaps a chocolate square, or a buttery cookie. And so when I saw a recipe for the hazelnut-based, chocolate-filled cookies, or baci di dama (which means lady’s kisses) in a Gourmet issue from 2004, I ripped it out with the intention I’d make it to serve alongside espresso. And it stayed in my recipe folder ever since this weekend.You can find the same recipe at this Epicurious link if you are so inclined. Unlike the use of the more traditional almonds, however, this recipe uses hazelnuts, which I much […]

  • Pecan lace cookies Pecan lace cookies

    Pecan lace cookies

Pecan lace cookies

  Take a good look at these cookies because this is the first, and the last time I will be making them. Why? Keep reading and find out. The recipe is adapted from Martha Stewart’s Everyday Food magazine. Ingredients: 2/3 cup packed light-brown sugar1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter1/2 cup light corn syrupPinch of salt1 teaspoon grated orange zest1 cup pecans, finely chopped2/3 cup cake flour Directions: In a medium saucepan, over medium heat cook sugar, butter, corn syrup, and salt, stirring until sugar has dissolved and butter has melted, about 7 minutes. Remove from heat and fold in zest, pecans, and flour. Transfer to a medium bowl, cover with plastic and refrigerate until firm, about 2 hours. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment or a silpat (silpat recommended, see below). Using a teaspoon measure, roll dough into small balls (each 1/4 ounce). Place on […]