Treat Yo’ Self Thursday #15, Cookies? Cookies.


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Chocolate Chip. Sugar. Ginger Snaps. Macaroons. Macarons.

Just a few names of the many (and there are a lot) varieties of the much loved cookie. This versatile confection can be chewy, soft, fluffy, dense, crunchy and even crispy. It’s no surprise that this popular baked good is part of a classic childhood snack combo: milk and cookies.

As you may know from a previous post, I enjoy a macaron or two, but I have a few other favorites that you need to try:

Milk Bar’s Confetti Cookie:  Known for their addictive crack pie (I think it’s almost as expensive as the real stuff), the wildly successful Momofuku baked good outpost co-founded and run by baking magician (and 2x James Beard Award Winner!) Christina Tosi has other delicious life-changing baked goods including their confetti cookies. At almost $2.50 a pop, or $14 for a pack of six, you may spend your whole paycheck on their pricey cookies, but it is well worth it. For a cheaper alternative, pick up one of their cookies mixes at Target for $6.99.

Chocolate Chip Cookies: A treat arguably more American than apple pie, the chocolate chip cookie was created over 77 years ago by Ruth Wakefield at the Toll House Inn (yes, that Toll House). Today, 7 billion chocolate chip cookies are eaten in the United States every year and about half consumed are homemade.

Speaking of homemade, *cue shameless self-promotion* for a slightly healthier twist on the classic chocolate chip cookie recipe, try my Blizzard Chocolate Chip Cookies inspired by a snowstorm that ended up being a complete dud (these cookies are no dud, I promise you that).

Italian/Swedish/Russian/Mexican Tea Cakes: A cookie of many names/cultural claims, but one delicious recipe (with a few variations), these buttery and delicate treats are a favorite for many around the holidays. Please note that nuts are a central part of this cookie, so if you are allergic or just don’t like nuts at all, I don’t recommend trying this cookie.

But Dat Cookie Dough: Let’s all face it, the best part of making cookies is eating the dough. But with raw eggs in the mix, it’s a bit like playing russian roulette with your stomach. Thankfully, bloggers like Picky-Palate have created delicious egg-free recipes for dough that is safe to eat raw. The Cookie Dough Café  has a whole line of ready to eat cookie dough that you can find in your local supermarket (they also ship if there isn’t a place nearby).

What’s your favorite kind of cookie? Let me know in the comments below!


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