Bouchon Bakery: Speculoos Cookies and Ice Cream Sandwiches

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Speculoos cookies are similar to gingersnaps but the spice here being cinnamon. These are a great alternative to the traditional spice or gingerbread cookie because they are more mild and they don’t have that strong molasses flavor.

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Bouchon Bakery: Raspberry Macarons

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Valentine’s week I attempted the Bouchon Bakery macarons, twice. I didn’t get them quite right and not because of the recipe. It is a solid one and I plan to use it in the future but I need to experiment with placement in the oven so they bake properly. In this post I go into detail on the process. The filling is a raspberry buttercream that I made by flavoring a French buttercream with seedless raspberry jam.

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Bouchon Bakery: Florentines

Florentines are what I’ll label as “fancy” cookies from the Bouchon Bakery book. While Thomas Keller’s cookie offerings primarily focus on American classics and interpretations of childhood favorites, florentines are more complex both in execution and flavor.

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Bouchon Bakery: Dog Treats

Even man’s best friend gets treats at Bouchon Bakery. I remember on one of my visits, at the counter there was a glass jar filled with dog bones made using foie gras, quite luxurious before the ban of the ingredient in 2012. Chicken liver is the replacement, according to the recipe in the book.

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Bouchon Bakery: Shortbread

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After a couple of weeks of more involved cookies, we get back to the basics with this shortbread recipe. Just five pantry staples: butter, sugar, flour, vanilla and salt. At first I was underwhelmed with the idea of doing this recipe. It didn’t seem that interesting but after consuming more than my fair share of cookies, this recipe now sits very high up on my go-to list.

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Bouchon Bakery: TKO's (Thomas Keller Oreos)

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C is for Cookie

There are a couple of cookies I consider classics, one being Chocolate Chip and the other, the Oreo.  Thomas Keller’s Oreo or TKO for short is a much more sophisticated sandwich cookie. The dark exterior comes from the cocoa powder in the dough and Chef Keller asks for cocoa noir or black cocoa to get a deep, rich flavor that is not as sweet as the traditional Oreo. The cookie is balanced with a sweet, white chocolate ganache filling that is smooth in contrast to the chalky consistency of the store bought version.

UPDATE 1/14/13: Serious Eats has featured this recipe on their blog with permission from Chefs Thomas Keller and Sebastien Rouxel. You can view the recipe here

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Bouchon Bakery: Better Nutters

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The classic Nutter Butter made better? Thomas Keller’s recipe consists of a delicate buttery peanut cookie with oats and chopped roasted peanuts and is paired with a peanut butter buttercream. Making this cookie is a bit more time consuming as you have to prepare the dough, chill it for at least 2 hours and then proceed to roll, cut and bake. I did the recipe over the course of two days and it didn’t seem so daunting.

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Bouchon Bakery: TLC's

Even though the cookie is named “The Laura Cunningham” for Chef Thomas Keller’s partner, for me it will be “Tender Loving Care” because that is how I feel about baking. Every recipe done with care. It’s the secret ingredient that makes things taste that much better. The TLC is a take on the oatmeal cookie but instead of raisins it has chopped pecans. So here we go, Week #2 of the Bouchon Bakery Book Project.

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