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December 19, 2009 2:22 PM   Subscribe

Gourmet Magazine's (RIP) best cookie recipes, 1941-2008.
posted by OmieWise (22 comments total) 69 users marked this as a favorite

 
Nice, timely post. We're making schwetty balls right now.
posted by fixedgear at 2:46 PM on December 19, 2009 [2 favorites]


goodie goodie goodie goodie goodie goodie goodie goodie!!!!!!!!!!! i just got a kitchenaid stand mixer & i'm all over this! thanks!
posted by msconduct at 2:55 PM on December 19, 2009 [1 favorite]


perfect for east coast blizzardy cooking :)
posted by anya32 at 3:14 PM on December 19, 2009


Sweet.
posted by gwint at 3:34 PM on December 19, 2009


Has anybody else noticed that while the Mandelbrot chocolate almond slice arrangement (April 1967) clearly exhibits rotational symmetry it does not seem to exhibit any degree of self similarity at increasing levels of zoom? Fractal cookie fail. Very disappointing.
posted by Hairy Lobster at 3:35 PM on December 19, 2009 [9 favorites]


Awesome! I've been looking for a project and this will combine my love of cookies with my amazing procrastination skills for dieting. Starting after Xmas, I'm gonna bake every recipe. NOM!
posted by gaspode at 3:39 PM on December 19, 2009


This is incredible. I now have to try at least a few of these.

And I've already got a ton of cookies from the exchange.
posted by mccarty.tim at 3:51 PM on December 19, 2009


The children were lined up in the cafeteria of a Catholic elementary school for lunch. At the head of the table was a large pile of apples. The nun made a note, and posted on the apple tray: "Take only ONE. God is watching."

Moving further along the lunch line, at the other end of the table was a large pile of chocolate chip cookies. A child had written a note, "Take all you want. God is watching the apples."
posted by netbros at 3:52 PM on December 19, 2009 [5 favorites]


perfect for east coast blizzardy cooking :)

You correctly guessed where I live.
posted by OmieWise at 4:04 PM on December 19, 2009


These remind me of my grandma's cookies. I have immense respect for the woman, and I imagine it must be a whole alternative lifestyle, that I can't really understand, that is only enjoyable by grandmothers, to make these cookies, a thousand imperceptibly subtle variations on shortbread, differentiated by whether they are cut into perfect little diamonds, or perfect little circles, or if they are adorned with a perfect little jelly gem. Decent, proper cookies. Dispassionate cookies. It took them until 1987 to get the slightest bit daring with that mocha thing. How is this about American cookies when they don't have a nice gooey, chunky chocolate chip?
posted by nervousfritz at 4:14 PM on December 19, 2009 [4 favorites]


I can't believe they didn't get the Neiman-Marcus recipe.
posted by mr_crash_davis mark II: Jazz Odyssey at 4:26 PM on December 19, 2009 [2 favorites]


I actually made some of these last week. The Sugar Shuttles (1951) were pretty tasty, but needed to be baked about twice as long as the recipe specified. The Mocha Cookies (1990) are my new go-to recipe, because they're insanely rich and stay chewy for several days (though they only last that long if you've got 4 other batches of cookies around to distract you).
posted by vytae at 4:49 PM on December 19, 2009


One word: Yum.
posted by Forktine at 6:02 PM on December 19, 2009


The recipie for Kourambiedes starts by saying: In the bowl of an electric mixer cream 4 sticks or 2 cups butter, softened, at low speed for 1 hour.

Can anyone confirm this?
posted by shothotbot at 6:21 PM on December 19, 2009


Awesomefilter.
posted by e.e. coli at 7:06 PM on December 19, 2009


sweet.
posted by killy willy at 7:33 PM on December 19, 2009


The recipie for Kourambiedes starts by saying: In the bowl of an electric mixer cream 4 sticks or 2 cups butter, softened, at low speed for 1 hour.

Actually, I didn't notice that it also says: The original recipe calls for you to cream butter with sugar for an hour, but thankfully today’s mixers will do the job in about 8 minutes.

So everyone can just calm down.
posted by shothotbot at 8:32 PM on December 19, 2009


MMMMMMM. Cookies!
posted by bearwife at 10:26 PM on December 19, 2009


Thanks. With over a foot of snow outside I think today is a perfect day to explore these recipes.
posted by caddis at 5:06 AM on December 20, 2009


"The original recipe calls for you to cream butter with sugar for an hour, but thankfully today’s mixers will do the job in about 8 minutes."

shothotbot, hat's still madness, in both directions! I can cream room-temperature butter with sugar in 8 minutes by hand. What am I missing here?

How shitty would your mixer have to be, to take an hour to cream butter and sugar? Even in the 70s I'm sure they would have realized "Hey, I can do this by hand a lot faster." Did butter not go to room temperature in the 1970s?

And on the modern side, eight whole minutes? For reals? That stat definitely helps cut the "stand mixer jealousy."
posted by ErikaB at 6:43 AM on December 20, 2009 [1 favorite]


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posted by HumanComplex at 7:53 AM on December 20, 2009 [1 favorite]


If you wish to make cookies from scratch, you must first invent the universe.
posted by Lobster Garden at 1:46 PM on December 20, 2009 [1 favorite]


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