Review by

One Girl Cookies - Recipes for cakes, cupcakes, whoopie pies and cookies
(Clarkson Potter) ISBN 978-0307720481 0307720489

Just looking at the photos and recipes in this dessert cookbook makes you hungry. If you can't visit One Girl Cookies in Brooklyn, New York (addresses: 68 Dean Street and 33 Main Street), then making their recipes for cookies, cakes, pies and other baked goods, is the next best thing.

Dawn Casale and David Crofton include family recipes for desserts. Of special interest are the recipes for homemade butter (to melt on their hot multigrain muffins), homemade marshmallows to top their instant hot cocoa and homemade graham crackers.

Biscotti recipes

The 160-page cookbook contains 70 recipes, including raspberry coconut oat bars, espresso caramel squares, apricot jam-filled almond butter cookies and double chocolate and pistachio biscotti.

Organized by types of baked goods, the One Girl Cookies cookbook begins each chapter with a recipe index. Cooking tips add suggestions, such as substituting caramel spread for dulce de leche in the recipe for cream cheese shortbread with toasted walnuts.

The best chocolate cupcakes

Recipes for cakes include chocolate chip pistachio pound cake and pumpkin whoopie pies with maple spice filling. Decadent frostings include salty dulce de leche and hazelnut brittle on their rich chocolate cake.

David Crofton and Dawn Casale introduce each recipe with baking tips, such as adding yogurt and melted chocolate chips to their best chocolate cupcakes to keep them moist.

The owners of the Brooklyn bakeries also suggest garnishes, such as salted pumpkin seeds (pepitas) to top pumpkin pie. Another mouthwatering pie recipe is for their apricot, honey and pistachio tart.

Breakfast ideas

One Girl Cookies also includes worth-waking-up-for-recipes for currant yogurt scones, honey apricot granola and farmstead cheddar and whole wheat biscuits. Even inexperienced home cooks can make them if they follow the step-by-step directions.

Other delicious baked goods are in the family recipe chapter. Dawn Casale's family comes from Sicily, so she tells you how to make sfinge (Sicilian donut holes) and fig cookies (too good to make just for Christmas).

Cookie gifts

These bakery dessert recipes make wonderful cookie gifts. Ideas for packaging include using Bundt pans, old jars and paper bakery boxes covered with pretty paper.

More than 50 color photos by Iain Bagwell make you want to salivate. Sepia-toned photos introduce you to family members who provided their favorite recipes.


40 Years of Chez Panisse - The Power of Gathering by Alice Waters
  • Our Story
  • Comfort Cookies
  • Party Girl Cookies
  • Cakes
  • Whoopie Pies & Cupcakes
  • Pies & Tarts
  • Breakfast
  • Family Recipes
  • Packaging
  • Index


Dawn Casale and David Crofton own One Girl Cookies, Brooklyn NY bakeries in Cobble Hill and Dumbo.

Return to Food & Drink Index