Cookies

Cookies
amaretti
amaretti
These crisp, hard cookies are traditionally made with bitter almonds. Dessert recipes sometimes call for them to be crumbled or ground. Amaretti de Sarnonno are considered to be the best.
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biscotti
biscotti
Biscotti are cookies that are hard, dry, and intensely flavored--think of them as teething biscuits for adults. They're made by baking a loaf of cookie dough, slicing it, and then baking the slices a second time. They come in several flavors, including almond, chocolate, anise, and hazelnut. They can be stored for a long time in a dry, airtight container.
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butter cookie
butter cookie
These crisp cookies are made with butter. They're sometimes crushed and use to make pie crusts.
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cannoli shell
cannoli shell
Italians stuff these with a sweet filling that's usually based on ricotta cheese.
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chocolate wafer
chocolate wafer
These are crisp chocolate cookies that are often crushed and used to make pie crusts.
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cialde
cialde
These crisp, finger-length Italian cookies are flavored with anise. They're often stuffed with fruit or other fillings.
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corico
corico
These lightly sweetened cookies are made with cornmeal. Look for them in Hispanic markets.
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ginger nut
ginger nut
These addictive British cookies are similar to ginger snaps, but harder. They're often crushed into crumbs for pie crusts.
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gingersnap
gingersnap
These hard cookies are flavored with ginger and molasses. They're sometimes added to sauerbraten or beef stews, or they're crushed into crumbs for pie crusts. The British version of this is the ginger nut, which is similar but very hard.
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ladyfingers
ladyfingers
These are tongue depressor-sized sponge cakes that are used to make charlottes, tiramisu and other desserts. American ladyfingers are smaller and moister than their Italian counterparts. If substituting them for Italian savoiardi, use more and toast them briefly in the oven before using.
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macaroon
macaroon
These are soft cookies that are made with either almonds or coconut.
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madeleine
madeleine
These are rich, cake-like cookies that are shaped like shells. They're often flavored with lemon, orange, chocolate, or almonds.
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mandelbrot
mandelbrot
This is similar to an almond-flavored biscotti, only smaller and softer. Look for it in Jewish markets.
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Oreo® cookie
Oreo® cookie
These cookies have a creamy vanilla filling sandwiched between two chocolate wafers. They're addictive all by themselves, but cooks also crush them and use them to make pie crusts or ice cream toppings.
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palm leaf
palm leaf
These crunchy cookies are made with puff pastry and sugar.
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regina cookies
regina cookies
These come with or without a coating of sesame seeds.
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Russian tea cookie
Russian tea cookie
These are made with flour, nuts, and butter, baked, and then rolled in powdered sugar.
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shortbread
shortbread
These rich cookies are loaded with butter.
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vanilla wafer
vanilla wafer
These vanilla cookies can be eaten as they are, but cooks often pound them into crumbs and use them to make pie crusts.
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