In light of National Cookie Month, we gave legendary baker Dorie Greenspan the hairsplitting task of choosing her all-time favorite cookies from her James Beard Award-winning cookbook, Dorie’s Cookies.
World’s Peace Cookie
“I didn’t want to publish this book without the World Peace Cookie. It’s the same cookie that’s on the cover of the book… I love the World Peace Cookie.”
“I made a cookie for the book called ‘Melody’. It’s my version of a cookie that was popular when my husband was young. Nabisco used to make it and it was a boxed cookie. My husband will always take something and say, ‘Close! But it’s not a melody’. So I made him a melody cookie. It’s a chocolate cookie—not very sweet. Crisper than a shortbread and it’s beautiful. It’s a cut out cookie with scalloped edges, and it has sanding sugar on it. And it’s deeply cocoa flavored. I love it!”
Good, Better, Best Cookie
“There’s a cookie I called ‘Good, Better, Best’. It’s a cookie that you can make as a little round cookie. It has cinnamon in it—a nice plain, yet flavorful cookie. The ‘Better’ cookie is two ‘Good’ cookies, sandwiched with this speculaas, spicy, creamy cookie spread. And the ‘Best’ cookie is the better cookie dipped in chocolate.”
Two-Bite, One-Chip Cookies
“They’re chocolate chip cookies, with chocolate chip cookie dough. And you take just a tiny little bit of it, like a teaspoon of it and you roll it into a ball between your palms. And then you tuck one chocolate chip inside this dough and bake it. So when they’re baked they look like cute little cookie mounds—something really snackable—but when you bite into them you realize that there’s a surprise.”