Char Siu Bolo Bao (叉燒菠蘿包) aka Pineapple Buns with BBQ Pork


While browsing the Cook’s Illustrated site, I saw a recipe for Hong Kong pineapple buns, an unexpected surprise. These cookie-coated mini breads filled with sweet coconut and butter are one of my favourites from Chinese bakeries. In case you’re wondering about the name, it re...

Kanelbullar (Swedish Cinnamon Buns)


Have you noticed Cook’s Illustrated has more colour pages, and has started to let their writers explore more culinary traditions? It’s happened slowly, and I like the increased variety in every issue. With hygge and fika popping up everywhere online recently, I wasn’t surprise...

Holiday 2021 Cookies


For this year’s holiday cookies, we made six of the recipes in the curated 24 Days of Cookies collection:

Guava and Cream Cheese Twists


For our final cookie of the week, we took guava paste (pasta de guayaba in Spanish) and put it in a cream cheese dough. Pretty simple, eh? These weren’t bad, but they weren’t that impressive either.

Brown-Butter Toffee Sandwich Cookies


Another eye-catching cookie from the NYT’s 24 Days of Cookies was this sandwich cookie. With toffee crumbs in the dough, and brown butter in the icing, these crisp, filled cookies were unusual and satisfying.

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