Cookies for Grown Ups Cookbook
Cookie-love is forever and yet for all the remembrances it evokes, our favorite childhood cookie is not always what we want. Even Proust lived on more than madeleines. Our tastes change. As adults, we're allowed to say no to milk, choosing instead a cup of good coffee or tea, a glass of wine, an icy cocktail or a stein of what's on tap. Kelly Cooper knows this. She also knows how to concoct delicious, handheld treats sweet or savory to go with those libations. Yet many of Kelly Cooper's most inspired cookies are built on memories. Her mother taught her to bake in California's orchard-rich Santa Clara Valley, where apricots, figs, almonds and berries overflowed. Her sweet cookies brim with these and other fresh flavors, enhanced by surprise grownup ingredients, such as Gruyére or orange liqueur. You may not be able to imagine precisely the favor fresh thyme does chocolate until you've sampled the cookie called Dark Desire. Her savory cookies are also amazing. No solo baker invented the piquant cookie, but leading culinary writers are beginning to note that no one creates cocktail cookies better than Kelly Cooper does! Indeed, a bite of her Antipasto cookie (featuring bits of Italian salami and cheese) may well convince you to bake for your next cocktail party. Her whimsical cookies are for adults not only because each is carefully paired with a drink but because they're deliciously suited for the discerning palette. We're talking hearty breakfast cookies with dashes of maple syrup and bacon, manly game-time cookies that incorporate beef jerky and late-late night cookies to stir the senses. For any occasion, Kelly Cooper knows just how to mix beloved, familiar flavors with enlivening, new ones and that's the true secret of successful sophistication.