‘tis the season for cookies (I have had a few today already) so I wanted to weigh in on my favorite NYC cookies. Among my friends, it’s no secret that I am a glutton for desserts with peanut butter – when reviewing dessert menus, my eyes glaze over the offerings until I see those two magical words. Not surprisingly, my favorite NYC cookies all contain peanut butter. Here they are…
‘wichcraft peanut butter sandwich cookies – Two flaky, buttery (think shortbread) peanut butter cookies filled with peanut butter ganache and topped with sea salt. They are the perfect size (unlike the other cookies on my list, you do not need to share these treats) and the perfect price at $1. I have never tried to make them at home, but I found this recipe.
Bouchon Bakery “Nutter Butters” – This rendition of a classic is a major improvement over the original. A generous dollop of peanut butter ganache is sandwiched between two soft peanut butter cookies. My husband prefers Bouchon’s version of the peanut butter sandwich over ‘wichcraft’s version. I disagreed until a recent dinner at Bouchon Bakery when we had the “Nutter Butters” with vanilla ice cream (the decadence!), which was heaven. You can make these at home with this recipe from the New York Times.
Levain Bakery dark chocolate peanut butter chip cookies – Levain Bakery is famous in NYC cookie circles. This itsy-bitsy bakery is located a mere two blocks from our apartment. Our favorite of the four cookies that Levain makes is the dark chocolate peanut butter chip. These cookies are not for the lighthearted – each cookie is 8 ounces of chewy, gooey deliciousness served fresh from the oven. The recipe for Levain cookies is a closely-guarded secret, but I found this copycat recipe of Levain’s chocolate chip walnut cookie.
Honorable mention goes to Jacques Torres Chocolate’s chocolate chip cookies. This article from the Times has some interesting tidbits on baking perfect chocolate chip cookies and a recipe adapted from Jacques Torres. I made cookies using the recipe and they turned out pretty close to the original and quite fabulous according to everyone who tasted them.