Let me start out by saying that I never thought that I’d be blogging about making anything that was gluten-free. However, I read the book Wheat Belly by William Davis several years ago.
Several weeks ago, I made Madeleines using David Lebovitz’s recipe. While they were really good, I decided to again make the Madeleines, using Julia Child’s recipe from The Way to Cook. This cookbook, which I’ve had for a long time, is one of my favorites.
For some reason, when Susan and I were in Paris, we didn’t have any Madeleines. If you’ve never heard of them, Madeleines are French confection that is more like a cake than a cookie. The reason is that they are made with a batter much like one that would be used for a cake.
While we were in Paris, we tried macarons from Ladurée, Pierre Hermé, and of all places – McDonalds. Susan brought some macarons back from Paris, which are long gone. Since then, she has been going through macaron withdrawal symptoms, so she decided to try her hand at making them.
For some time, I’ve been wanting to try Dorie Greenspan’s Sablés recipe from Baking: From my home to yours. One of the reasons for my procrastination was that the recipe called for egg yolks.
King Arthur’s 2015 recipe of the year is Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies. I’ve been looking at this recipe for about a month, and finally decided to give it a try. It did not disappoint! As I often do, I read the reviews before making the cookies.
If you’ve ever been to the UK, you’ve probably sampled McVitie’s Digestive Biscuits (a.k.a. cookies in the US). I know that the name isn’t very appealing, but the taste definitely is! The story goes that digestive biscuits were first conceived in Victorian times as a medicinal aid for digestion. Thus the name.
I felt like making some cookies today, but what kind? As I was thinking about it, I remembered making a variation of Tartine’s chocolate oatmeal walnut cookies from Tartine. It had been a long time since I made these cookies, but I remembered that they were really good.
Years ago, my brother in law asked me to make Neiman Marcus Cookies. I don’t know where he got the recipe, but even back then, they were an urban legend. I’m not going to repeat the legend, but suffice it to say – the cookies are incredible.
When I was a kid, my mother needed Christmas presents to give to her co-workers. I volunteered to make them, and decided that I would try to marry my favorite cookie with something appropriate for a Christmas. My favorite cookie for all these years has been dubbed “Little White Balls”.