Rock and rollers, Tom Cruise, that Bieber Kid, they all have their groupies.   I am a Dorie groupie.  Yep, not ashamed to admit it. Dorie is the bomb. Are you wondering-who?  Not that hilarious little blue fish in Finding Nemo? No.  “You mean Ellen DeGeneres who voices that cute little fish?”  Nope.  I am a fan of Dorie, Dorie Greenspan-cookbook author, dessert queen, cookie connoisseur and baker extraordinaire.  I recently drove up to the City to see her at Omnivore Books one of many tour stops (how does she do it?) for her newest book, Dories Cookies.  A hefty compendium of deliciousness that, yes, is all about the cookie.  Her recipe for Jammers, a buttery sable’ topped with jam and streusel alone makes it worth getting.  I don’t know Dorie on a personal level, but she is gracious, humorous and generous-one of the nicest souls you’ll meet.  This comes across when you see her in person and in her writing.

Me and Dorie
Here I am with Dorie!

All this, and her cookbooks are REALLY, REALLY good.  The recipes are well written, easy to follow, and the results are YUMMY.  Before heading to the book signing I spent an agonizing few minutes trying to pick which books of hers I wanted her to sign (I literally have all of them).  I went with the first Dorie book I ever bought, Paris Sweets.  It contains her iconic recipe for Korova Cookies, aka World Peace Cookies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mr. Greenspan

 

As I waited in line I talked to Dorie’s husband Michael.  Wouldn’t you know it, he is just as nice! The list of the recipes I have tried from Dorie’s books grows ever longer and this newest book will definitely add to it. Right about now is when I start looking in earnest for cookie recipes for the holidays. I opened the book and bam, Vanilla Polka Dot Cookies caught my eye.  The cookie starts with a buttery, vanilla laden dough made with egg whites.  The dough smelled so delicious. I had to stop myself  from dipping my finger in the bowl and popping a swirl of dough in my mouth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The dough comes together quickly and can be used for this recipe immediately. Scoop, roll and dip.  Place the balls on a lined baking sheet press to flatten and bake.  How easy is that?

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The dough does not spread so press the cookies to desired thickness.  I wanted a flatter thinner cookie.  I also wanted a smaller cookie, approximately 2.5 inches in diameter.  I used a tablespoon ice cream scoop to portion the dough.  The cookies took only 14 minutes to bake, well short of the suggested 20-22 minutes. My cookies were much smaller which accounts for the shorter baking time.  Watch the cookies carefully when baking, they brown very quickly.  All in all these fit the bill for a crispy, buttery festive cookie perfect for the holidays.  I brought them to Thanksgiving dinner and the kids gobbled (get it?) them up.

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The recipe for these cookies can be found here along with her recipe for World Peace Cookies, courtesy of the Star Telegram.  If you are a Dorie fan like me, take a photo of any of Dorie’s cookies you make from her book, post it on Twitter or Instagram, and tag it with #Doriescookies and @Cookies4Kids. This will automatically trigger a 5 dollar donation to pediatric cancer research, woohoo!  Thanks and HAPPY HOLIDAYS.

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks for reading, comments welcomed!