Lila Clementine Cookies

I am a notoriously bad gift giver. There’s no excuse for it; I am just not gifted at giving gifts. My dad is probably the biggest victim of my bad gifts. One year for his birthday I picked up a book for him at KMart simply titled “Running.” Basically, it was a guide filled with…

Black & White Cookies: An Exercise in Self Defeat

If you’ve never had a black and white cookie, they’re not really cookies at all, nor are they black and white. They are not crunchy and crumbly the way you expect cookies to be, rather they are soft and supple cakes hidden beneath a thin layer of half vanilla and half chocolate fondant (hardened icing)….

The Superior Babka. For one.

  This project was inspired by Seinfeld and practiced by Martha. Chocolate babka. It was showcased in episode 77 of Seinfeld in which Elained insists on bringing a chocolate babka (and not cinnamon babka — lesser of the babkas) to a dinner party. It’s one of those confections that’s common to New Yorkers and foreign…