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  • Looking Forward: Fall 2016 Cookbooks Recommendations

    September 13, 2016 / By Matt

    above image from Better Baking by Genevieve Ko I am desperately trying to “Marie Kondo” my life right now, because I don’t really have a choice. My apartment is tiny by national standards and average by New York City standards and I am running out of room. Precious square feet are being eaten alive by big,…
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  • The Essential Chocolate Chip Cookie (and it is Whole Wheat)

    March 3, 2016 / By Matt

    Kim Boyce’s Chocolate Chip Cookie is a workhorse. (And her book is amazing). It has been around awhile and it is simple and no fuss. No, you do not have to let it age in the refrigerator for 3 days to develop flavor as the flavor is provided by the inclusion of 3 cups of whole wheat flour…
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  • Twelve Days of Holiday Cookies: Icelandic Kleinur

    December 16, 2015 / By johannah

    The Nordic countries share many food traditions, none more delicious than klejner, a deep-fried pastry that dates back to the middle ages and is a common Christmas treat across Scandinavia and Northern Germany. Some differences persist. Danish klejner are typically unleavened. The same is true for Swedish klenäter. In Denmark, we also have Norwegian klejner, which are…
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  • Twelve Days of Holiday Cookies: Boozy Holiday Kisses

    December 14, 2015 / By johannah

    Entering the darkest two weeks of the year – when our days here in Copenhagen shrink to a mere seven hours and oftentimes seem much shorter – keeping the winter blues at bay can sometimes feel like a losing game. A friend who comes from the furthest reaches of northern Norway, where it stays dark…
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  • Spring Baking Book Bonanza

    March 3, 2015 / By Matt

    This fall was an embarrassment of baking riches. So many big, beautiful and amazing baking books were published and I couldn’t help myself. I had to have them ALL! My cookbook shelves were already heaving prior to Fall 2014 and now they are quite literally bulging, popping, and groaning under so much duress. But, I will not be…
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  • 12 Days of Cookies – Day Twelve

    December 24, 2013 / By Matt

    We are closing out our 12 Days of Cookies celebration with a classic from Molly. Say hello to the old school Peanut Butter cookie (with a nice shout out to mom and dad). Per Molly: “I wanted to do something with peanut butter, an ingredient that was somewhat overlooked so far, to round out the 12th…
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  • 12 Days of Cookies – Day Eleven

    December 23, 2013 / By Matt

    Do you have a case of The Mondays? Feeling stressed about the upcoming holiday? Bothered by the gray and wet NYC morning? Have no fear, Molly has a cure. She went and made two (not one, but TWO) amazing cookies for the eleventh day of our 12 Days of Cookies – and they are both…
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  • 12 Days of Cookies – Day Ten

    December 22, 2013 / By Matt

    The ante has been upped. Things are getting serious. Wendi went and remade the classic snickerdoodle for Day Ten of our 12 Days of Cookies. Behold, the Chocolate Snickerdoodle. For Wendi, Christmas is all about the sparkle and shimmer. And chocolate. Lot’s of chocolate. And, let’s be honest, it doesn’t get more sparkly or shimmery…
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  • 12 Days of Cookies – Day Nine

    December 21, 2013 / By Matt

    It’s Day Nine of our 12 Days of Cookies and Wendi made one my favorite Christmas Cookie, the Cocoa Crinkle. For Wendi, the Cocoa Crinkle is the embodiment of the Christmas season. Wendi’s Cocoa Crinkles are the perfect Christmas cookie – rich and warm and chocolate-y and indulgent. They practically beg to be served with…
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  • 12 Days of Cookies – Day Eight

    December 20, 2013 / By Matt

    It’s all about molasses for Day Eight! Katie’s cookie for the eighth day of our 12 Days of Cookies is a simple yet delicious molasses cookie. It’s a multi-generation recipe – passed down from her mother’s side of the family. Its also a holiday staple. Her aunt – an avid holiday cookie box sender –…
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  • 12 Days of Cookies – Day Seven

    December 19, 2013 / By Matt

    And, on Day Seven of our 12 Days of Cookies, we are back to fudge! Glorious, Penuche Walnut Fudge courtesy of Veronika. Per Veronika: “I decided to make penuche walnut fudge. This buttery brown sugar fudge has been one of my family favorites for years. My Auntie Nina would make it for Christmas and it…
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  • 12 Days of Cookies – Day Six

    December 18, 2013 / By Matt

    And on Day Six of our 12 Days of Cookies, Melody made Palmiers! Palmiers are perfect. They are a holiday cookie that is both visually appealing and full of crunchy cinnamon goodness. Melody fell in love them while in culinary school and she is happy to report that have since become a family favorite (her…
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  • 12 Days of Cookies – Day Five

    December 17, 2013 / By Matt

    It’s Day Five of our 12 Days of Cookies, and Katie bring us her addictive, crunchy Peppermint Chocolate Chip Meringues. These are killer. I had the honor of testing Katie’s recipe for our forthcoming cookbook. (Nope, book recipe is not final yet). She chose them because she is both a chocolate chip and meringue fan…
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  • 12 Days of Cookies: Day Four

    December 16, 2013 / By Matt

    And on Day Four of our 12 Days of Cookies, Melody made Ginger Snaps. They are, of course, her favorite cookie in the entire world (she has a lot of company) – and though she bakes them continuously throughout the holidays she is just as apt to make them in July as she is in December….
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  • 12 Days of Cookies : Day Three

    December 15, 2013 / By Matt

    I’ll keep this short and sweet – like Mallory’s choice for our 12 Days of Cookies. Mallory chose turtles, because how could she not? Turtles are the true perfect union of chocolate, caramel, and nuts. Baked will be serving Mallory’s Turtles all day until we run out. And if you need cookie inspiration or recipes,…
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  • 12 Days of Cookies : Day Two

    December 14, 2013 / By Matt

    Cookie number two (in our 12 Days of Cookies) is not really a cookie. It’s fudge! More importantly, cookie fudge. And, again, it is a Mandy pick!” Per Mandy: “This is a basic, sweet fudge which I usually make with chocolate chip cookies – but per a request, I am making today’s batch with Oreos!…
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  • 12 Days of Cookies : Day One

    December 13, 2013 / By Matt

    As promised, we are kicking off our 12 Days of Cookies event today. First up, Mandy is kicking things off with these Coconut Raspberry Ribbon Squares! Per Mandy:  “The reason I chose to make this recipe is because it contains two of my favorite ingredients: coconut and sweetened condensed milk. Anytime my mom baked, she…
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  • Salted Chocolate Rye Cookie: Our Holiday Cookie Kick-Off

    December 12, 2013 / By Matt

    It’s cookie time. Well, it’s always cookie time. But, come on, it’s mid-December which is essentially the cookie-lympics of cookiedom! Or something like that. If you live in or near Brooklyn, we invite you to partake in Baked’s Twelve Days of Cookies! Each and every day, the Baked kitchen staff will be making a favorite…
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  • Gluten-Free Salty Oatmeal Cookies

    November 6, 2013 / By Matt

    My poor kitchen. It needs a little love. It took a real beating while I was testing recipes for our upcoming book (publishing Oct 2014…yes, books take forever). My oven needs a major cleaning. My cupboard needs to be emptied out and reorganized. My mixer needs to be detailed and tuned up. And, then, once…
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  • Summer Lovin’: Lime Tarragon Cookies with White Chocolate

    July 3, 2013 / By Matt

    About 120 years ago, I was invited to a very specific July 4th holiday potluck. The only requirement was to bring a dish that was red, white, or blue in color. In theory, this sounded like a fun constraint. In execution it was like an overblown Sandra Lee “tablescape” nightmare. There were too many dishes…
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  • A Chunkwich Surfaces In Brooklyn

    June 5, 2013 / By Matt

    According to this New York Times article, over one billion Chipwiches had been sold by 2002. Renato and I are probably personally responsible for a sizable chunk of that number. We both, unbeknownst to each other, spent entire summers lost in a downward spiral of Chipwich addiction – waking only to satisfy the next fix. The Chipwich,…
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