The first cookie is a coconut lace cookie. Coconut seems to be prevalent in Southeast Asian cooking; I had it in the desserts I ate at Cafe Mingala, the Burmese restaurant in the UES and in the Thai restaurant Kittichai in SoHo. But the most interesting food I had it in was at Laut, the Malaysian restaurant near Union Square. For the coconut lace cookie I took the recipe I've used in the past for pecan lace and swapped the pecans for coconut (I also left out the chocolate). My basic recipe is from Delish.Despaña, a Spanish market in the LES and it had a thin layer of quince which I loved. I also had quince in a dessert at Py, a Paraguayan restaurant in Sunnyside. This is made with a basic cookie dough (I used Good Housekeeping's recipe), but instead of adding the more common jams I used (1/2 cup) quince preserve.
Eight Mile Creek, the Australian restaurant in SoHo and it was really sweet but really tasty. I liked the crunchiness of the dates inside the pudding. I used a new recipe for this cookie bar from Taste of Home. I made two minor adjustments to this recipe, I added a 1/4 cup more butter and I baked for 50 minutes at 350°. This was a pretty easy recipe to make.
San Antonio Bakery in Astoria. For this cookie I used Good Housekeeping's basic cookie dough; I used a linzer square cookie cutter to make a pretty shape and for the filling I used dulce de leche.
U.S.A. Week: Desserts for the blog. Not all the cookies or brownies I ate where great, but with the brownies at Fat Witch and the Chocolate Chip cookie at Jacques Torres I found two winners. My last cookie is a mint crinkle and it taste like a brownie cookie (brownie on the inside, cookie on the outside). I loved this cookie and it was a pretty easy one to make. This was also a new recipe for me, I got it from All Recipes and lucky for me I did not have to change a thing.
This year I've had a lot of fun enjoying foods from all over the world. This blog was a great inspiration for me to revamp my traditional holiday baking and share with others some of what I've learned.
I hope you have a very Happy Holiday and a Prosperous New Year!