All posts tagged dessert

The New York Times chocolate chip cookie.

the new york times chocolate chip cookie.

it’s like the earth, but with caramel-toffee flavored dough.

You know those articles that give you “5/10/12 Ways to Improve Your Chocolate Chip Cookies?” Cool. I can improve your cookies in 1 step.

Make these chocolate chip cookies. Done. Improved. Rejoice!

You guys. You know I don’t love using the words “The Best” or “Perfect” in post titles. Because, truly, who am I to say that something is the best? I’ve probably not ever had every version of something, nor are my taste buds superior to anyone else’s. Furthermore, everyone’s idea of “the best” varies from one to the next: maybe this person likes a certain thing this way, where another likes it that way. Who knows. I’m not the foremost authority on anything; however, I am fairly well-versed in one thing.

Cookie magnificence.

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cookie throwdown: bouchon boxed mix vs. cookbook.

chocolate chip cookie throwdown.

I did something exceedingly stupid the other day: I purchased food products at Williams Sonoma. Not spices or sprinkles, mind you, which I could easily play off as “necessary” or “practical,” oh no. Instead, I walked out of that hallowed place with two things I had no need for: a box of Bouchon Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix and some Vanilla Wafer Butter. I’ve turned the former into an experiment which we’ll be discussing today; the latter I refuse to discuss at all. Still ashamed.

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feast magazine, february 2014 [part two]: spicy peanut gochujang cookies.

spicy peanut gochujang cookies.

Although black walnuts were my big project this month in Feast, this is not to say that I didn’t write my regular column as well. I did, and I sort of wish it had been in a different issue, because it may be one of my favorite/weirdest recipes I’ve done so far for Mystery Shopper. I am as proud of it as I am the black walnuts piece, and my goals with both articles are the same: I want you to incorporate odd things into your regular baking and cooking lives. With these cookies, however, I want you to do more than just traditional things with a twist: I want you to get your adventurepants on.  Continue reading →

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cranberry + orange milk crumb cookies (a spin on the momofuku blueberries + cream cookies.)

cranberry + orange milk crumb cookies.

Because I can’t just leave well enough alone.

For whatever reason (and I’m still trying to figure this out), there’s been a reigniting of my love of Momofuku things. Perhaps it’s because I originally received the cookbook as a Christmas present two years back, and it’s that time of year again. It could also be that because of the Just One Question project, I’ve been thinking about how this blog started, and the Momofuku recipes I made for it really took off and helped shape this space into what it is now. I consider the Momofuku tutorials and projects I’ve done here as one of the major milestones in learning who I am as a cook and baker, so playing with these recipes again is probably just a natural progression.

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spiced nectarine + red plum pie with a vodka crust.

spiced peach + red plum pie with a vodka crust.

Have you noticed I almost never do pie recipes? Do you know why? Pie fear; it’s as simple as that. I’m forever afraid of a flimsy, uncooked pie crust (or worse, a burned one), a soggy center, undercooked fruit, too much thickener, and so on. And I love a good pie. It’s a silly thing to be afraid of, so I thought I would work out my fears here for a little bit. Smart, considering it’s the end of summer, and I missed almost all opportunities in the summer fruit department.

Except, perhaps for this one: consider it my farewell to summer/transition to fall pie, because it uses some of my favorite mid- and late-summer fruits and pairs them with a hint of spice befitting of autumn’s fast approach. Continue reading →

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black plum mini-strudels.

black plum mini-strudels.

Somehow, with all the food and food learning this blog has produced, my favorite thing has been learning how to copycat things that one could normally buy at the store. It’s like a specialized hobby within the more general hobby of baking and cooking. Maybe it’s lazy, because I’m taking someone else’s idea and just trying to figure out the details, but the end result is the same: I get to make my favorite things at home, which means I get to eat them at the peak of freshness. Continue reading →

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candy bar tart.

candy bar tart.

Party tart alert! I know many of us are celebrating tomorrow, and I’m sure there will be some fired-up barbecue grills and tasty sides, but have you thought about dessert? There are so many options at this time of the year; summer fruit seems like it’s all peaking right this moment, and I think I can hear your ice cream makers churning as I write this. I’m on vacation, but that doesn’t mean I won’t be making you food; we make food all the time down here, because we can eat every single meal poolside, and nothing pairs better with eggs and turkey bacon than your own toes in the water watching the sun rise, let me tell you. Continue reading →

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individual party pavlovas for feast magazine.

individual pavlovas with caramelized pineapple and fudge sauce.

Some of you may remember this from Facebook, but I made this pavlova a few months ago. And then I never wrote about it on the blog. Like, ever. Some of you may have wondered, “Where did that wee pavlova go? Did it not work out? Why is Shannon holding out on us like this?” Friends, I would never hold out on you unless it was for good reason. Truth: those tiny individual pavlovas were not meant for this blog; they were meant for my first-ever semi-regular freelance food writing job. What? We have several great food magazines in St. Louis, and one of them was just insane enough (in a good way) to ask me to write for them. Continue reading →

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individual strawberry + peach galettes.

peach + strawberry individual galettes.

It’s time for the individual galettes recipe! Big things going on around here, and sometimes when I’m in the midst of getting my near-future life organized, my present-day life takes a hit. I should (but I won’t) hesitate to call these “individual” desserts; they are, in truth, made out of a regular-sized galette dough cut into fourths. A normal galette allegedly yields you eight servings, so technically my individual galettes would serve two; anyone who eats these would argue, while holding their plate as far away from interlopers as possible, that they only serve one.

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blueberry cheesecake + macadamia nut crust.

blueberry cheesecake + macadamia nut crust.

Shavuot, congratulations: you are the first Jewish holiday I am on time for! I was late for Purim and Passover, but you; you I managed to not be tardy for. I think it’s because you’re about dairy; all sorts of dairy, evidently, so it’s easy to both love you as a holiday and also find you easy to make food for. I can see why people look forward to celebrating you. Continue reading →

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