COOKIE RECIPES FROM NYC RESTAURANTS & BAKERIES
Review by Barb & Ron Kroll
One Sweet Cookie - Celebrated chefs share favorite recipes
(Rizzoli) ISBN 978-0847836666 0847836665
NYC chefs share their favorite cookie recipes and signature recipes from New York City restaurants and bakeries. If you want to bake Christmas cookies, create cookie gift baskets, find cookie exchange recipes, host a bake sale fundraiser or simply fill the cookie jar for your family, this baking book will meet your needs.
Cookie recipes from celebrity chefs include orange cookies from Lidia Bastianich, Todd's favorite triple chocolate and walnut cookies from Todd English, crazy cowboy cookies from Mario Batali and his son, Benno Batali, anis bredele from Jean-Georges Vongerichten and bugres de Lyon from Daniel Boulud.
The cookie cookbook includes recipes for brownies, macarons, biscotti, shortbread, petits fours and bars. You will find M&M cookies, a chewy chocolate chip cookie recipe and even an ice cream cookie sandwich recipe. Information on cookie ingredients, techniques for cookie baking and mouthwatering photos ensure results as tasty as those in NYC bakeries and restaurants.
Cookie baking tips
The 100 cookie recipes in One Sweet Cookie are organized by types of cookies, e.g., brownies and oatmeal cookies. Tracey Zabar has converted metric cookie recipes to American cooking measurements.
Besides specifying the name of the pastry chef or NYC restaurant chef, each recipe includes cookie baking tips. For example, Chef Sarabeth Levine recommends using unsweetened shredded coconut for Sarabeth's Bakery coconut macaroons. He also notes that you can make these cookies for Passover, because the macaroons are flourless.
Cookie photos by Ellen Silverman depict many of the One Sweet Cookie cookbook recipes.
Recipes for international cookies
Part of the proceeds from sales of One Sweet Cookie helps Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP), which awards scholarships to high school students planning restaurant careers.
In the introduction, Tracey Zabar discusses cookie ingredients. For example, she explains how to make your own chocolate chips by chopping Valrhona 70 per cent dark chocolate pistoles, or coins, by hand or in a food processor.
The 191-page cookbook includes recipes for international cookies, such as Australian Lamington bars, Austrian almond kipferl, Hungarian crescents and Italian cenci.
Sample cookie recipes
Milk chocolate brownies. Cheesecake brownies. Fig squares. Raspberry granola bars. Crescents of almond and cardamom. Cashew polvorones. Macadamia milk chocolate peppermint cookies. Pistachio cherry oatmeal cookies. City Bakery oatmeal raisin cookies. Flourless chocolate cookies. Double chocolate fudge cookies. Pecan and chocolate cookies. Coconut Nutella almond macaroons. Pumpkin maple walnut cookies.
Notes on Baking Cookies
- Brownies, Bars and Cakey Cookies
- Nuts, Chips and Oatmeal Cookies
- Pastry, Petits Fours and Chocolate Cookies
- Meringues, Macarons and Macaroons
- Biscotti, Spice Cookies and Seed Cookies
- Sugar Cookies, Shortbread and Doughnuts
Tracey Zabar is a pastry chef whose annual cookie swap and cookie recipe exchange stimulated the idea for One Sweet Cookie.