My favorite cover of the now defunct Gourmet magazine is a red December issue featuring a variety of holiday cookies and sweets. I bought the issue at a time when buying magazines were still a big deal to me. It wasn’t that I didn’t have a few extra dollars to spare, but just that I valued the content of a monthly publication just as much as a cookbook worth ten times more. I’m not as frugal when it comes to purchasing food publications anymore. I probably buy cookbooks more often now than I bought magazines back then, but I do find that the books and periodicals I took a lot of time pondering over, sometimes for days and weeks at a time, are the ones I come back to most often. With all the content available online now, the value of holding onto one magazine issue isn’t as high as it used to be, but still every winter, right before Christmastime, I go back to this red December issue of Gourmet and find inspiration from it over and over again. This year, the second cookie from my cookie box is the double chocolate cookie featured beautifully as part of the cover spread. I’ve been tempted to make these for awhile now…more accurately since I first laid eyes on this issue, but not until this year that I muster my way around to it.
One of the reasons why I think it took me so long to make these goodies was because there are a lot of comments online that warn you about the difficulties in baking these cookies. But I tell you, from experience, please ignore them all! The recipe is totally doable, and not at all advanced. There are just a few more steps involved, but nothing a seasoned or novice cookie baker cannot do. In essence these are just like oreos but jazzed up, the haute version if you may. But aside from all the sparkles and fine ingredients, it really is a very approachable recipe and not at all like what the comments say. The key is to just take your time and as many “chill” breaks as needed when the dough gets too soft. If those two rules are followed, these cookies are a piece of cake!
I made mine almost exactly like the Gourmet version, except they are bigger and are decorated with rainbow colored sugar instead of just red. I figured, because I made such a huge batch (x5 to be exact!), some, just some might tide me over to New Year’s Eve. I might as well make them festive, not just Christmas-y.