Irish Coffee Shamrock Cookies

Irish Coffee Shamrock Cookies

This cookie is inspired by the classic Irish cocktail: the Irish Coffee. With a creamy, buttery, coffee flavored base and a whiskey glaze, these cookies will impress. Add more whiskey to the glaze if you wish. Ingredients 1/4 cup strongly brewed coffee 3 T ground coffee 1 cup butter, softened 1 cup sugar 1 egg … Continue reading

Little India is Mighty in Queens

Little India is Mighty in Queens

Queens County is the most diverse county in the country. In jigsaw form, distinct cultural communities; even those that live in enmity back home, frequent each others businesses, marry each other and crave each others food, in a puzzle that is only made whole by the sum of its parts.  Beyond serving as a model … Continue reading

Vegan Cashew Date Cookies

Vegan Cashew Date Cookies

These cookies combine two Indian classics; vegetable based ingredients and cashews. The dates add sweetness to this buttery, nutty and surprisingly elegant cookie. These cookies will be vigorously consumed by even the most devout carnivores. Ingredients 1 cup coarsely chopped plus 1/2 cup finely chopped roasted and unsalted cashews 1 cup (about 8) Medjool dates, … Continue reading

Garam Masala Spice Cookies

Garam Masala Spice Cookies

Garam masala is a spice blend common in Indian cuisine. It contains a variety of spices including but not limited to cumin, peppercorn, cloves, cinnamon and cardamom. These cookies honor the ancient complexity of Indian spices. They are soft, chewy and leave a spiciness on the palate. I used elephant cookie cutters and mukhwas to decorate. … Continue reading

It All Began in Italy

It All Began in Italy

Instead of launching The Cookie Chronicles with the letter ‘A’, I’ve decided to start with ‘I’ to honor Italy, a country from which I’m currently seeking dual Italian American citizenship. Italian food is simple as its history is deep. The country’s cuisine is highly regionalized and deeply influenced by its climate and geography–both physically and … Continue reading

Lemon-Fig Ravioli

Lemon-Fig Ravioli

This cookie is the perfect balance of sweet, tart and nutty. The fig preserves and lemon add a brightness to the earthy, hazelnut dough. Pie lovers will adore these ravioli based on the simplest of Italian flavors. Try this with a glass of semi-dry white wine. Ingredients Dough 2 cups AP flour 1/3 cup sugar … Continue reading

Connie’s Polenta Sage Browned Butter Cookies

Connie’s Polenta Sage Browned Butter Cookies

I spent a lot of my childhood with my Italian grandmother, Connie. Oftentimes she would climb her electric skillet up from the cellar pantry, plug it in and cook my favorite meal: chicken and polenta with creamy sage sauce. She threw at least half a stick of butter into the skillet, filling her kitchen with … Continue reading

Pignoli Amaretto Snowballs

Pignoli Amaretto Snowballs

Buttery, nutty and smooth, these are perfect holiday cookies. They combine the classic Italian flavors of pignoli nuts and Amaretto; an almond flavored liquor. Enjoy with a cup of tea or sparkling wine. Ingredients 1 cup toasted, finely chopped pignoli nuts 1 cup butter, softened 1/2 cup powdered sugar, sifted plus 2 cups additional 1 … Continue reading

Marsala Bocca di Nonna with Ganache

Marsala Bocca di Nonna with Ganache

These special occasion cookies combine the classic Italian flavors of Marsala, almond and chocolate. They are rich and crunchy and would pair well with a glass of light bodied red wine or tawny port.  The Marsala contributes a touch of savory caramel to complement the rich ganache. Ingredients 2/3  cup plus 1T AP flour 2 … Continue reading