Our marathon was different this year, as little a and I bid a sad farewell to our treasured baking buddy who moved to a warmer climate. We were fully prepared to carry on as a dynamic duo, but little a came up with the brilliant suggestion to invite her best friend, Khalil Hymore, to join in the cookie chaos.
Besides being extremely talented and kind, Khalil is an associate food editor at Martha Stewart’s Everyday Food magazine, where he helps create scrumptious seasonal recipes. (Sorry, Martha, but today he’s ours!!)
So, which cookie will Khalil contribute? Will he choose one of my tried-and-true favorites, or perhaps one that has been handed down in his family? No. He reaches for this book, instead.
BUT…..see that beauty on the front cover? (I mean the cookie) That’s the one he made! It’s called Chewy Chocolate-Gingerbread and it is really, really good. I admit to being a bit skeptical, as chocolate and gingerbread just didn’t seem a likely combo. (what do I know.) These cookies are deliciously tender and spicy, and they looked just as good!
Khalil was thrilled to bake some traditional cookies and he had lots of creative fun:
And so did his family!!
Scott had fun teaching Norah some cookie-baking basics with homemade gingerbread play-doh, and she was loving every minute:
Here are the recipes:
7. Susan Branch’s Lemon Squares – this was the first time I added a lemon square to the tray, and it was tasty. I couldn’t stop eating these!
14. White Chocolate, Cranberry, Pistachio Biscotti – this was Martha Stewart’s Pecan Mandelbrot recipe. We eliminated the chopped pecans and threw in a 1/4 cup Craisins, 1/4 cup shelled pistachios and 1/2 cup Nestle’s white chocolate morsels. I especially like this recipe because the biscotti has a soft and tender crumb.
So, this year, a new tradition was born. Thank you, Khalil, for bringing smiles where there might have been tears and for sharing your time, talent and beautiful family with us. We hope you’ll all come back next year! (not that you have a choice ;-)