We don’t discriminate when it comes to cookies. Nutty, chocolatey, crumbly, chewy—we’ll take them all. But some cookies just make more sense alongside a cup of coffee, and these are those cookies. We won’t say we’re Shaq, but this is how we dunk.
Crunchy, crumbly twice-baked cookies studded with almonds are the perfect complement to a cup of coffee or glass of
Kamut, a strain of wheat that is one of a growing number of alternative grains, makes these cookies extra tender and crumbly. Baker Chad Robertson of Tartine notes to be sure to score the cookies as soon as they come out of the oven; they will be too fragile to cut once cooled.
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Specialties of Basel, in northern Switzerland, these chocolatey confections are often described as Swiss brownies. Almonds, sugar, and chocolate are ground fine and bound together with egg whites to create a satisfyingly chewy texture, while cinnamon and cloves impart an unmistakable flavor of old-fashioned Christmas cheer.
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, these traditional crumbly cookies from the Basilicata region of Italy are flavored with Strega, an Italian herbal liqueur, but Galliano, which can be found in most liquor stores, is a fine substitute.
An adaptation of Basque Christmas cookies, these crumbly
harinados are made with ground up pistachios and a blend of gluten-free flours.
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Variations on this elegant cookie can be found throughout Latin America, but alfajores are associated above all with the cafe culture of Buenos Aires. They’re served year-round with coffee, but during the holidays home cooks all over Argentina break out their trusted family recipes—each one unique but always with a decadent filling of dulce de leche sandwiched between two rounds of crisp butter cookie.
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