Everyone loves cookies but while our palate changes in many ways as we age, when it comes to dessert, especially cookies, we are still kids at the mouth. Kelly Cooper and Frank Anzalone, the authors of Cookies For Grown-Ups, challenge that idea with recipes for more adult tastes.
Dubbed cocktail cookies, these treats are full of rich flavors from habanero peppers and milk chocolate, to pear and blue cheese, or apple, cheddar and jalapeño. In many cases the base is still a cookie including sugar and eggs but the toppings are both savory and sweet. Some however head into pure biscuit or savory scone territory. Even the sweet recipes contain less sugar than many conventional cookie recipes.
The cookies are also served in new ways. Sugar cookies are re-imagined as dippers for a yogurt and blackberry sauce, loaded with fruit toppings in cracker-like fashion, and even skewered as kebabs. The book will cause you to wonder what is the dividing line between cookies and crackers or chips and make you wonder what sort of madman created recipes like a cookies featuring white chocolate and kalamata olives. If you want to taste combinations you have never imagined, this is your cookbook.
The book takes advantage of its digital format by using QR codes which can be scanned and offer shopping lists and more. The recipes also include pairing notes for wines, beers, ciders, and other beverages.