Almond Macarons

When I came across the golden-edged Ladurée Sucré recipe book in Anthropologie, I was sold in all of 5 seconds. Anyone who knows me knows that I am a sucker for aesthetics & design, and this was the most beautiful recipe book I’ve come across – to top it all off, this book holds the recipes for Ladurée macarons! The crown jewel of macarons! I’m not at all exaggerating – swing by their store the next time you’re in New York City, and you’ll find the treats there live up to their reputation.

Unfortunately, the recipe steps were too vague for a first-timer like me. My macaron shells had no feet, they were too round, and they cracked at the top. So I tried other recipes and watched videos (this and this really helped). Turns out that the secret to macarons is not so much the ingredients, but the folding technique. Anyway, here is my final recipe & directions – it’s around 80% true to the Ladurée recipe. If this is your first time, I’d recommend trying this out with a small sample, i.e. dividing everything by 6 (using just 1 egg white).

Almond Macarons… 

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Matcha Tea Cookies

I came across Food and Wine’s photo of their Matcha Tea Cake Cookies while browsing the web, and had an immediate craving for them. A cursory glance at the ingredients told me that I didn’t even need to step out of the house for new ingredients – stumbling across this was definitely fate!

Reading the recipe the first time, I missed the “cake” part of their title “Matcha Tea Cake Cookies”, and was therefore wrongly expecting the cookie’s texture to be more like a buttery shortbread cookie. Imagine my surprise when these cookies turned out to have a texture more similar to mini scones! This recipe is very well balanced already, so I barely made any modifications to the F&W recipe, save for cutting down the sugar and upping the bake time.

Matcha Cookies… 

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Chocolate Chip Cookies

I recently came across this article by Serious Eats: The Science of the Best Chocolate Chip Cookies (great article by the way!). With such an ambitious title, I couldn’t help but try their “Best Chocolate Chip Cookies” recipe. I’ve never made chocolate chip cookies from scratch before, but figured this would be fun to try out. The verdict? Definitely one of the best cookies I’ve had, and definitely on my make-again list. This recipe calls for you to age the dough, so be sure to make the dough a day before you want to eat it!

Chocolate Chip Cookies

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