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Raw Cookie Dough Makes A Comeback!

 

It’s like your cookie dough “Get out of Jail Free” card.

The Cookie Dough Lover's Cookbook: Cookies, Cakes, Candies, and More

It used to be an acceptable thing to do. More than acceptable really. More like anticipated and expected. It was like you were getting away with something. But, you really weren’t. It was all a setup. Your mom saw to that. She knew you wanted it.

I’m talking raw cookie dough here. The steak tartare of baking. Like a lot of things, it was “legal” at one point in my life. And, then the food police swoop in and raid the place. No more raw cookie dough. It could kill you. That was the talk on the street. At least the raw eggs inside the dough could. It was the company line and all mothers at the time were toeing it. Bummer.

I guess the last thing a semi-responsible mom wanted hanging over her head for the rest of her life was the guilt associated with bringing an early end to her child’s life. Especially, if that end came via an innocent batch of uncooked snickerdoodles. Talk about years in therapy.

So, the cookie dough gravy train came to a grinding halt. But, now there is a bright light at the end of a very dark tunnel. And, it comes courtesy of Lindsay Landis. Her new cookbook, The Cookie Dough Lover’s Cookbook, takes raw cookie dough from the no-no side of the ledger and moves it firmly into the YES-YES column.

No longer will you get that “stare” (you know the one), when you try and sneak a wad of your favorite flavor. Gone are the days when the threat of an untimely demise hangs over your head with every sweet mouthful. Gone, gone, gone.

Lindsay’s eggless recipes are a stroke of culinary forward thinking. Hhmm, “Why don’t we take out the thing that makes everyone sick and replace it with all kinds of other yummy stuff?” Hey, why didn’t I think of that? Because, apparently, I’m not as smart as Lindsay.

We reviewed The Cookie Dough Lover’s Cookbook a short while back. You can check that out by clicking here. But, what I really wanted to show you was the amazing end result.

My friend Kathy is a baker extraordinaire. I figured she would be chomping at the bit to take a crack at these. And she came through with flying colors. Just take a look at her version of Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownies.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownies

Mouthwatering, right? I mean these little cookie dough bars were out of this world. If, you’re interested in whipping up a batch, you can get the full recipe here.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownies

So, here’s the message. If you still have that cookie dough craving from time to time, but, don’t want your hand slapped (or risk the grave), there is hope. And it’s in the person of Lindsay Landis.

The Cookie Dough Lover’s Cookbook | Lindsay Landis

 

Finally, someone has taken cookie dough off the forbidden list.

The Cookie Dough Lover's Cookbook: Cookies, Cakes, Candies, and More

TITLE: The Cookie Dough Lover’s Cookbook
AUTHOR: Lindsay Landis
PUBLISHER: Quirk Books
CUISINE: Dessert

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Featured Ingredient: Vanilla Extract
Vanilla extract is a solution containing the flavor compound vanillin as the primary Vanilla bean from Mexico by nlianingredient. Pure vanilla extract is made by macerating and percolating vanilla beans in a solution of ethyl alcohol and water. In the United States, in order for a vanilla extract to be called pure, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration requires that the solution contain a minimum of 35% alcohol and 13.35 ounces of vanilla bean per gallon.[1] Double and triple strength (up to 20-fold) vanilla extracts are available [Wikipedia]

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First Impressions
The first thing to keep in mind here is this cookbook is designed to be fun. There is absolutely nothing stuffy or pretentious about it. Fun, fun, fun from beginning to end. Even though I don’t consider dessert to be at the top of my list, it is almost impossible to resist raw cookie dough. I was surprised at the number of variations, a total of over 50 recipes. A lot of imagination and creativity went into the recipe creation process. Super vibrant colorful images are liberally sprinkled throughout. In this case, the author is also the photographer. It happens to be one of the better photographed books I’ve seen lately. It’s not easy to be the writer and shooter.

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What You’ll Find Inside (aka Table of Contents)
Introduction
Candy
Cookies and Brownies
Cakes, Custards and Pies
Frozen Treats
Indulgent Breakfasts
Fun Snacks and Party Fare

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While we’re on the topic of summer fun…

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Best of the Book (Our Favorite Recipes)

Inside-Out Cookie Dough Truffles Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Fudge
Crispy Peanut Butter Dough Cups Cookie Dough Billionaire Bars
Cookie Dough Crème Brûlée Cookie Dough Sundae Sauce
Malted Cookie Dough Milkshakes Baked Cookie Dough Doughnuts
Cookie Dough Rice Crispy Treats Cookie Dough S’mores

 

As I’m reading through this I can hear that little voice in my head saying, “You are not a dessert person. You are not a dessert person…” That doesn’t seem to be working as well as it should. Let’s see a few standouts are in order. The Chocolate Cookie Dough Truffles (p19) are the first real recipe in the book for a reason. These little beauties will light up anyone’s eyes. Pretty easy to make too. The Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownies (p39) are a drop dead knockout. The beautiful image that accompanies the recipe helps sell it. And, the Old-Fashioned Cookie Dough Ice Cream Sandwiches (p97) is a frozen treat hit in the making. It says the active cooking time for this recipe is 35 minutes. That can be a little deceiving. That applies if you intend to use store bought ice cream to fill your sandwiches. The Cookie Dough Ice Cream recipe in the book (p89), would be well worth the effort here. You can always store some for later. Yeah, I’m sure that wouldn’t be eaten if it were just sitting there in the freezer…

Special Features
The Cookie Dough Lover's Cookbook: Cookies, Cakes, Candies, and More A small conversion chart graces the inside front cover. A good place to put it. At least you can find the thing easily. There is a master cookie dough recipe right up front. It suggests variations including gluten-free and vegan. A list of necessary equipment and key ingredients alerts you to what may be coming in the pages that follow. “Quick Tips” are scattered throughout and give the reader a little extra advice when needed. The book has a hard cardboard cover and is spiral bound. A nice production combo. The book lies flat when opened. I like that.

Conclusions
If you’re looking for a lively romp through the once forbidden world of raw cookie dough, you have come to the right place. The basic recipes can be tackled by just about anyone in the family. Some of the more advanced ones will be a bit challenging for beginner cooks. This cookbook will make you smile. It’s just as if your mom has just whipped up a batch of chocolate chip cookie dough and left the room with the spoon still in the bowl. Only this time, you don’t have to look over your shoulder.

Culinary Expertise Required: 5.5
1= Boiling Water (novice) 10= Liquid Nitrogen (expert)

The Cookie Dough Lover's Cookbook: Cookies, Cakes, Candies, and More

Links, Resources and Press
Lindsay’s Website – Love & Olive Oil
Cookie Dough Lover’s Cookbook Website
Quirk Books
Cookie Dough Facts

Sugar Is Sweet, Even If He Is A Truck

 

It’s hard to believe that trucks and food can make for such a delicious combo.

The Treats Truck Baking Book: Cookies, Brownies & Goodies Galore!

No matter how hard you try you could not ignore that distinctly summer sound. Just about every evening from the start of June through the end of August it was there. Just begging you to come out and play.

I’m not talking about the sound of baseball being played in the street or even the cheering that accompanies a raucous game of Kick The Can. No, I’m talking about something much more difficult for the average kid to resist. The sound of the Good Humor Truck.

Almost every summer night, the Good Humor man made his rounds through my Chicago neighborhood. The sound was unmistakable. Not overly loud, distorted music blaring from a broken speaker, just rhythmic bells. Not one of those big giant ice cream trucks that dispenses inferior, no name products. But, a smallish truck. It was essentially a freezer with an open air driver compartment, painted white with Good Humor logo proudly emblazoned on the side. A great ride on a beautiful summer day. Sucks if it rains.

The Good Humor Man

I don’t know if my childhood was typical or not. But, everyone I knew got their first “food truck” experience from the man in white. He knew everyone on his route and made sure to dig out their favorite from the tiny freezer door. The belt worn change dispenser was pretty cool too.

If you happen to be raising your kids in Manhattan or Brooklyn, they may very well have had their first mobile food experience courtesy of a truck named Sugar and his owner Kim. The Treats Truck, has been rolling down New York streets dispensing its sweet contents since 2007.

Now, you can cook up some of the same fantastic cookies, squares, cupcakes and brownies in the comfort of your own kitchen. Kim Ima has included recipes for her classic and seasonal treats in her just released cookbook, The Treats Truck Baking Book: Cookies, Brownies & Goodies Galore!

The book is a great mix of recipes, photos, baking tips and lots more. There’s a little bit of story telling. And, some Treats Truck history of course. The book has a real playful feel to it. Which suits the subject matter perfectly. After all we’re talking about cookies sold from a truck here not some molecular gastronomic concoction (which has its place too). The book should be as light and fun as the subject matter it represents and it is.

Kim was nice enough to share one of her delicious recipes with us. Oatmeal Jammys anyone?

Oats

Here’s how to do it.

OATMEAL COOKIES

Ingredients
1 cup butter, (2 sticks)
1 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/8 cup white sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1½ cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
3 cups old fashioned oats

Method
1 – Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a baking sheet or line it
with parchment paper.

2 – In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugars together until
light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, and mix well.
Stir in the vanilla.

3 – In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda,
cinnamon, and salt.

4 – Gradually add the flour mixture to the butter mixture,
mixing until fully incorporated.

5 -Mix in the oats and any add-ins you fancy!

6 – Use a spoon or an ice cream scooper to scoop up balls
of dough. Place them about 2 inches apart on the baking
sheet.

7 – Bake for 12 to 14 minutes, or until golden at the edges.

Makes about 1½ dozen cookies (or double the recipe
for a big batch!)

Optional add-ins: 1 to 1½ cups raisins, chocolate
chips, chopped pecans, walnuts, dried cranberries,
minced dried cherries, currants—whatever you like!

OATMEAL JAMMYS

On The Treats Truck, we serve a lot of oatmeal jammys, the
oatmeal version of a thumbprint cookie. Our favorite jams to
use are raspberry and apricot.

Ingredients
Oatmeal Cookie Dough (above)
Jam or jams of your choice

Method
1 – Preheat the oven to 350°F.

2 – Place scoops of oatmeal cookie dough 2 inches apart on a
greased or parchment paper–lined cookie sheet. Use your
thumb to make a hollow in the dough.

3 – Use a piping bag or a spoon to put a dollop of jam in the
center of each cookie.

4 – Bake for 12 to 14 minutes, or until the cookies look fully
baked and the edges are golden.

Makes about 1½ dozen cookies (or double the recipe
for a big batch!).

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Above image: Jason Florio. Oatmeal Cookies and Oatmeal Jammys, The Treats Truck Baking Book, with permission from William Morrow, copyright © Kim Ima 2011.

The Bottom Line: The Treats Truck Baking Book has lots of great recipes that are pretty easy to pull off in your own kitchen. Bakers of all ages will love this book. Younger chef-lets will find the baking tips and hints helpful and fun to read. Many of the recipes contain multiple variations. That means Kim has thought about her creations in a way that rises above the typical cookie recipe recitation. That’s nice.

BUY IT! - The Treats Truck Baking Book: Cookies, Brownies & Goodies Galore!

BUY IT! - The Treats Truck Baking Book: Cookies, Brownies & Goodies Galore!

Author: Kim Ima
Hardcover: 176 pages
Publisher: William Morrow Cookbooks (November 1, 2011)
ISBN-10: 0062065777