Category Archives: Dessert

The still best chocolate chip cookie (plus some others)


I think it is appropriate to talk about chocolate chip cookies again because they are such a universal favorite.  I was prompted to revisit the topic due to Sam Sifton’s NY Times cooking email, which reminded us that yesterday was … Continue reading

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Apple Bars–a handheld alternative to Apple Pie


“As American as apple pie”  One out of five Americans surveyed picked apple pie as their favorite.  “For Mom and apple pie” was the reason why Americans went to war in World War II.  But is apple pie American?  The … Continue reading

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“Jewish” Apple Cake


For at least 30 years, my wife and I have been making a recipe for apple cake that my mother-in-law’s friend, Martha Segal, gave to us.  The cake itself is delicious, and since it has no butter or other form … Continue reading

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A Cake that is way over the top


Tonight is my cousin Steve’s annual “Death by Chocolate” party.  Now, for those who are new to the blog, I will tell you that I sometimes win this informal competition, and I have a reputation (and my previous successes) to … Continue reading

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Redux


So far, I’ve not heard from anyone if they have tried variations of the Toll House cookie.  I posted some thoughts on this quintessential American standard in previous blogs: Another series of thoughts on that perennial favorite, the classic chocolate … Continue reading

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Caramel and toffee, take 2, or building a better cookie


I promised a further investigation into the use of the caramel recipe of a prior post on this site.  Here’s what I discovered so far: Mixing the caramel into a toll house type chocolate chip cookie dough was interesting in … Continue reading

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Attack of the Blondies


I’ve been struck by the baking bug again.  This time, I’ve been working on the “yes, it’s not a brownie, but almost” route.  That is to say, a cookie in the form of a bar, a blondie.  There are many … Continue reading

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The summer baking spree


It seems like I’ve been doing a lot of baking this summer for a number of reasons.  We get together with my cousins for a Ravinia outing every year, and this year, while the musical group was nothing to write … Continue reading

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