Cookbook Spotlight…Cookies from “Seasonal Fruit Desserts”

by doughmesstic on May 17, 2010

in cookies


Hello everyone!  Hope you’ve had a great weekend.  I have!  We’ve been golfing, and grilling, having movie night…and BAKING!  In fact, I’ve been a baking fool for 3 full days.  Today alone, thanks in part to a French Macaron Class here at my home, over 150 macarons have been baked and filled! (That’s a lot of macarons, kids. A LOT.)


But, I want to talk about how lucky I am.  I was recently invited to join a group that will be baking monthly from the gorgeous cookbook by Deborah Madison entitled “Seasonal Fruit Desserts.”  I was honored to be among the great group of bloggers selected to be in the group – and tickled when I opened the cover…it’s amazing!  I must have flipped back and forth for days trying to determine my test recipe before finally deciding on page 172: Hazelnut Chocolate Chunk Cookies.  There were so many great fruit pastries and tarts, but I really want to wait on my own garden to start producing, and it’s just too early in the season.  You had better believe there will be raspberry, blueberry and blackberry recipes being used from this book in the next couple of months though!



Back to the cookies.  Wow.  I loved that this recipe called for part butter and part hazelnut oil.  Deborah informs us that we can use all butter – which would still have been great, but the hazelnut oil really offers a nice twist on a classic chocolate chipper.  I took her recipe a step further and browned my butter first, which added to the nutty flavor that makes these cookies so decadent.



The result of these cookies was a perfect texture, chewy and yet a tad bit crunchy, thanks to the nuts that are not only added with the chocolate, but also ground into the flour. There was also the perfect amount of chocolate in these cookies – plenty chocolaty but just enough not to overpower the rest of the cookie. Yum. Using the best chocolate in my cabinets didn’t hurt the flavor at all either – Scharffen Berger rocks my socks.  What can I say?  This recipe was so easy and so spot on…it will definitely be in my go-to cookie repertoire. 

I’m excited every time I get to say that about a recipe!cookies

While I would LOVE to post the recipe here for you, due to copyright laws I can’t do that.  But – I can give you the link to buy the book for yourself!  And why not? It’s a great addition to your cookbook library.  Don’t we all need more?  Plus folks, this one has beautiful photos throughout – and I for one LOVE that in a cookbook!

I’ve also included link for a Silpat – because a Silpat makes baking a WORLD easier – you really need one. Trust me.  Skip the parchment from now on and buy one of these magic wonders. You won’t be sorry!

Until next time – have a great one!

{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

Susan May 17, 2010 at 4:05 am

They look delicious. You are the second person to mention this cookbook. It sounds like a great addition to any library.


BethieofVA May 17, 2010 at 10:00 am

Silpat are da bomb baby! I tell my husband to cremate me on one, so I will slide right off. He just shakes his head and walks away.


Gail May 17, 2010 at 11:54 am

Sounds like a great recipe. I’m baking for a meeting next week and would have loved to include this cookie in my offerings. Must. Buy. Book.


Kara G May 17, 2010 at 1:42 pm

sounds like I need this cook book too… And a proper food processor to grind up some hazelnuts.


Holly May 21, 2010 at 3:53 am

You know I eyed this one baby! They look as absolutely stunning as humanly possible – I can’t wait to try them now. I’m so glad you were able to join in the fun. Sending hugs and good thoughts your way!


Bruce May 21, 2010 at 8:07 am

They look delicious. You are the second person to mention this cookbook. It sounds like a great addition to any library.


Joanne May 24, 2010 at 3:42 am

I seriously thought about making these cookies when I got the book, and now I’m definitely going to have to! They look delicious.


Cristopher Ibbotson May 25, 2010 at 5:32 pm

Hey keep up the great work.


Jennifer (Savor) May 28, 2010 at 10:49 pm

The book and your photos look amazing! Hope you are well Susan


veterinary technician May 29, 2010 at 12:24 am

Keep posting stuff like this i really like it


Steve May 29, 2010 at 3:32 am

They look delicious. You are the second person to mention this cookbook. It sounds like a great addition to any library.


Avanika (Yumsilicious Bakes) June 1, 2010 at 10:11 am

These cookies look great. Been seeing this book around a lot!


sweetie June 10, 2010 at 11:18 pm

hi, nice job. fyi, the post on tastespotting says the recipe is included. you might want to update that since the recipe can’t be published here as you mentioned in your post.


jane February 23, 2011 at 8:20 pm

These cookies look amazing. I like the idea that the chocolate is also ground into the flour. I am going to give it a try!


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