Are you looking to start a new holiday cookie tradition? Want a foil to your tried and true sweet treasures? This list of cookies I saved from last year is sure to yield some taste bud wonders of a new kind.
In a wonderful move to keep their Food Editors well fed, the LA Times issued a challenge to the area pastry chefs last year: show us your best creations so that we may name you cookie of the year.
The list of top mentions positively radiates through the monitor. From orange to rosemary, to ginger, the high note flavors of these creations exemplifies what a lucky time of the year this is for creating: any flavor works for Christmas!
The favorite top ten cookies, complete with recipes :
- 1. Gingerbread macarons, Sherry Yard, executive pastry chef, Spago, and Sixto Pocasangre, executive pastry chef, Wolfgang Puck Catering.
- 2. Orange madeleines, Alain Giraud, chef director, Four Stars Private Cuisine.
- 3. Raisin-filled sugar and spice cookies, Craig Strong, chef de cuisine, Ritz-Carlton, Huntington.
- 4. Chocolate sablé cookies, Michelle Myers, chef and co-owner, Boule and Sona.
- 5. Rosemary pine nut cookies, Nancy Silverton, chef and co-owner, and Dahlia Narvaez, pastry chef, Pizzeria Mozza.
- 6. Cranberry pistachio biscotti, Brian Kim, pastry chef, La Terza.
- 7. Chocolate espresso cookies, Nicole Lindsay, pastry chef, Red Pearl and 25 Degrees.
- 8. Pistachio butter cookies, Jonna Jensen, pastry chef, Josie Restaurant.
- 9. Apple butter-stuffed gingerbread, Maury Rubin, chef-owner, City Bakery.
- 10. Sesame tuiles, Tomi Harase, chef-owner, Café Blanc.