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February 04, 2010
Thanks so much to all of you who sent your good wishes to The Kid and me on our new venture, CookieBar. We've been baking at home all week, tweaking recipes and getting them ready to be made in the 'real' kitchen, which is a space at the Artisan Baking Center in Long Island City, NY. Tomorrow's our first shift and, since it goes until midnight -- and will be followed by an early morning shift on Saturday -- I know I should already be in bed, but I'm too excited (and maybe too tired) to sleep. I'm feeling a little like the kid who's waiting up for Santa.
Although we keep wanting to add more cookies, I think we've got our menu for the week. We'll be making some of my long-time favorites (many of which you might recognize from Baking From My Home to Yours) and some cookies I've just created.
Here's how the menu shaped up:
- Our Best Chocolate Chip Cookies speckled with hand-chopped Valrhona chocolate
- Molasses-Spice Cookies, crackle-sugar topped, sweet and spicy, chewy and crunchy
- Peanut Butter Crisscrosses with brown sugar, nutmeg and chopped salted peanuts
- Espresso-Chocolate Shortbreads, the deep flavor of espresso and hand-chopped Valrhona chocolate
- Sables, rich, tender, classic French butter-butter-butter shortbreads
- Coconut Lime Cookies, toasted coconut and fresh lime zest
- Chocolate Chunkers with Valrhona bittersweet, semisweet and milk chocolates, salted cashews and dried cherries
- World Peace Cookies with Valrhona cocoa, Valrhona bittersweet chocolate and fleur de sel
- Nut Crackles, almonds, cashews and meringues
- Caramel Curls, caramelized puff pastry
- Coco Puffs, shredded coconut and meringue
Joshua and I just launched our temporary CookieBar website, so you can swing by and see some of the nice press our pop-up has gotten.
My guess is that you won't hear much from me during the week. I'll try to twitter (you can follow me @doriegreenspan) and I think Joshua will try to twitter at @cookiebarnyc , but posting might not be so easy. For the next week, the best way to hear from me will be to visit me at CookieBar -- I'd love to see you!
The Kid and I will be at CookieBar @Mizu, on Park Avenue between 59 and 60 Streets, from Monday, February 8, until Saturday, February 13, from 11 am until the last cookie is munched.
Tags: Artisan Baking Center
, Baking From My Home to Yours
, Josh Greenspan
At Home in New York
| February 4, 2010 11:02 PM
Love it! Wish I could be there!
| February 5, 2010 12:02 AM
oh, so so excited for you both! how i wish i was still in nyc so i could pop on over. congrats!!!
| February 5, 2010 3:05 AM
Seriously impressive selection, Dorie! I can only imagine how good a World Peace Cookie made with Valrhona is going to be...
All the very best to you and the Kid - we'll be thinking of you next week! :)
| February 5, 2010 8:31 AM
From the lilt in your posts, there is evidently a song in your heart. Sure you shouldn't have a bakery of your own?
My kid's in Princeton; I'm recommending a junket to NYC!
| February 5, 2010 8:47 AM
Very happy post..I spotted the WP ones immediately..once you have made some.. the image stays forever!Savor that little kid feeling:)
sugar plum fairy
| February 5, 2010 10:34 AM
Hullo Dorie...am jus so happy for the sweetie cookie store.....
All the very best to u...am so waitng to get my hands on ur book so muc...
And ur cookies look so so fab...ud sure be hearing from me if i was around......
| February 5, 2010 11:31 AM
These are all my favorites. I will get to sample a World Peace cookie in its platonic form!
One cookie from Baking not on the list that elicits fanatical response from cookie munchers in my neighborhood is the Oatmeal Peanut Butter Chocolate Chipster.
Maybe when you open a permanent location?
| February 5, 2010 12:15 PM
I will definitely stop by the Cookie Bar to get some of your creations... Can't wait to see this next week :)
| February 5, 2010 3:04 PM
Hey, Dorie, can you explain a bit more on the concept of a pop-up store? This is a new concept to me, but I can see from Twitter and your blog that it is not new to others. Can you elaborate?
The cookies look divine. And how wonderful to be doing something with your son!
| February 5, 2010 3:14 PM
| February 6, 2010 10:41 AM
I am trying to get a ticket so I can fly over right away and pick up some cookies. Even if I have to pay to go business class, I know they'll be worth it!
| February 6, 2010 2:27 PM
Great collection of cookies. I do lots of cakes lately, I sould try cookies too. Yours look truly tempting :)
| February 7, 2010 5:29 AM
I am taking a ride of more than 4200 miles and cross an ocean just to get one of your cookies!! So I hope there will be some crumbles left on Saturday in the afternoon... (yeah, David, I am really doing this!)
(Ok, I admit, Saturday is the day my long awaited holiday in NYC starts. So I will just drop off my baggage and hurry over to the Cookie-Bar! But for the 4200 miles I am serious!)
TWD has your Best Chocolate Chip Cookies on the schedule the week afterwards - I am so excited so see (and taste!) your original, which will surely be just perfect...
Martha in KS
| February 7, 2010 1:20 PM
I'm thinking of you. Hope you & THE KID have a great time this week. I'm sure you'll sell out (early) every day! Wish I could drop in but geography hampers it. Fabulous baking!
wine of the month club
| February 8, 2010 12:42 PM
All of the cookies sound delicious. If I could only try one thought it would have to be the Espresso-Chocolate Shortbread.
Hope your week is going well.
| February 8, 2010 12:54 PM
Dorie & The Kid!
Congratulations! You are "Popping-Up" all over Twitter and the web.... isn't that fabulous?
We are all thinking of you. Have fun. Love the energy.
| February 8, 2010 2:45 PM
Came and went back to work with a chocolate chunker and a world peace cookie... Now I can't concentrate on my work because those cookies were SO GOOD!
It was lovely to meet you Dorie :)
| February 8, 2010 10:03 PM
I was so glad I had a chance to stop by CookieBar this morning. So far I've only had the Sable and the Chocolate Chunker cookies out of my box of 6 but they are both incredible!
Best of luck with the pop up store for the rest of the week and I'm sure I'll be back!
| February 9, 2010 5:26 PM
Hi Dorie!! It was SO GREAT to meet you and your son yesterday! I looooove the cookies! Especially the chocolate chip and the coconut and lime! I posted our picture on my blog: http://bellabaker.blogspot.com/
Hope the rest of the week is a huge success!
| February 10, 2010 6:54 AM
Best wishes for your store! Hope you don't get snowed out! Wish I could shop your pop up. Yum!
| February 10, 2010 11:59 AM
Thanks to the weather I went in late to work and was able to stop by for some cookies! My colleagues and I can't wait to try everything after lunch today - I bought two of each, although I don't really feel like sharing (but I will). It was a really great idea to do this and it was a thrill to meet you (and your extremely handsome son)! Enjoy the rest of the week!
| February 10, 2010 3:49 PM
I am so sick that I live in Florida and can't experience CookieBar myself! I love baking and eating cookies, and would adore to visit with you and The Kid, Dorie. I know this trial run will be a huge success.
| February 10, 2010 4:11 PM
That's awesome news Dorie! I'm just getting caught up on all that you've been up to and I so wish I could be in New York to see you and your pop up cookie bar. I know it will be a huge hit!
| February 10, 2010 10:17 PM
Hi Dorie! I am so happy you and the Kid were there today in all the snow! I got one of each and have gotten through a few so far, but WOW, they are delicious!! I'm glad to get a chance to see/taste how some of the cookies in your book are supposed to be like. Please open up a storefront soon! I'd probably be there at least once a week! If you need a helping hand, let me know! LIC is very close!
Kerrin @ MyKugelhopf
| February 12, 2010 6:34 PM
Hello Cookie Champions ! One more day of the pop-up and I just wanted to congratulate you both on such an exciting and successful week ! Wow, sold out each and every day in the early afternoon, amazing. Lots of sweet wishes from Switzerland where we just wish your CookieBar would pop up on this side of the ocean too ! :)
| February 12, 2010 9:46 PM
Hi Dorie! My friend and I stopped by the shop on Thursday and just loved all the cookies we took home. It made for a yummy afternoon, indeed. We were the Food Studies students - I had done the TWD paper. It was great to meet you and the cookies were fabulous!
| February 13, 2010 1:11 PM
It was such a pleasure to meet you today! I've been such a big fan for years. The coconut lime cookies are amazing and my coworker was raving about the World Peace cookies. I can't wait until your storefront opens!
| February 14, 2010 2:09 PM
I was so, so happy to meet you yesterday. All of your cookies were phenomenal and really could bring world
peace. I wanted to thank you in a more
personal way, but I wasn't sure how to. I also forgot to tell you that your recipe for lemon tart from your Paris Sweets cookbook is my go-to recipe, and I even made it for my 18th birthday dinner! You are so inspiring, and I hope to be as wonderful a baker as you some day
| February 15, 2010 3:19 PM
My sister made a special trip to your pop-up and carted a dozen cookies on a plane to Omaha, NE for our joint birthday celebration. We savored every bite...they were just divine, every single one of them.
Just wanted you to know your cookies made it all the way to the midwest and were still delicious! Thanks for making it an extra-special birthday for both of us!
| February 15, 2010 4:53 PM
Dori, the cookies look amazing in the pictures on your blog. You have inspired me to bake cookies now and I will be turning to your cookbook recipes to bake. I want to make them look like yours though........the perfect round shape and size. Can you please help me out with that......do you measure each cookie in ounces? Or do you use a ice cream scoop to measure? What weight do you suggest so they look like yours and how would I get them perfectly round like yours in the pictures. :) thanks
| February 15, 2010 9:32 PM
I love all of your cookies. Maybe it is a good thing I couldn't stop by. I would of bought them all:) Glad it was such a success!
Juan Le Wino
| February 16, 2010 4:50 PM
Jeeeez.....hard to keep up with you...Do you ship to Paris? Can we trade cookies for wine...or better yet you bring the cookies and I'll bring the Champagne....I think a Selosse should do the trick....See you spoon
| February 17, 2010 8:41 PM
I'm so sad that I can't come buy some of your cookies. Best of luck with your cookie bar, and if you ever have a way to order online, I'll be there in a heartbeat. TWD is one of my all-time favorites.
| February 18, 2010 6:04 PM
Wow, you picked out all my favorite cookies! You're making me regret that I'm in England instead of New York right now - they do NOT understand cookies here. Best of luck with the store!
| February 19, 2010 12:09 AM
We missed your cookies! My husband was scheduled to make a stop at your CookieBar, with my order for "one of each" after his French class last Wednesday, but class was canceled because of the snow and we didn't get back up there (from Brooklyn.) My daughter was looking forward to them too.
I am so happy to have found your blog. I particularly enjoy your Paris posts. Our family has been having the pleasure of spending time in Paris each summer for the past few years, due to business commitments there. We are now thinking of renting an apartment for our family for a good part of this summer. Exciting prospect... but also a little overwhelming! I am searching your archives to read about your early Paris apartment living...