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August 18, 2012 | By Noelle Carter, Los Angeles Times
Dear SOS: Just back from some choice New York City restaurants and hoping to replicate in L.A.: Any chance you could get the recipe for the compost cookie from Momofuku? Thanks for taking requests! Wenise Wong Los Angeles Dear Wenise: These cookies are like taking every single one of my favorite snacks and packaging them in a simple, compact, magical treat. Chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, coffee, graham cracker crust, pretzels and even potato chips are tossed in with a rich cookie dough to turn out something truly inspired.
April 7, 2014 | By Jenny Deam
DENVER - It was spring break, and Levy Thamba, a 19-year-old college student from Africa, had checked into a fourth-floor hotel room with three of his buddies. They had come from their small college in Wyoming looking for an adventure. No one is sure how much Thamba ate of the marijuana cookie purchased by one of his friends at a local pot shop. But soon the engineering student, who had never tried marijuana before, began acting strangely hostile, tearing around the room and pulling pictures from the wall.
November 30, 2012 | By Noelle Carter
Nicole Cleghorn, Minot Air Force Base, N.D., was one of the 10 winners of last year's Los Angeles Times Holiday Cookie Bake-Off with these white chocolate turtle cookies: "The holidays are about spending time with the ones you love. For me, my favorite thing is to make sure that the ones I love are enjoying the sweet treats I love to bake during the month of December. This cookie recipe is a perfect combination of so many of our favorites: white chocolate, caramel, pecans, cinnamon and a sweet, dark chocolate dough.
March 5, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Selling Girl Scout cookies can teach a children about hard work, fundraising and the best ways to get customers to buys Samoas, Thin Mints and Do-si-dos. Riverside County authorities say there is another lesson: Beware of fake money. In late February, police officers in Lake Elsinore were called to the area near Lakeshore and Riverside drives about at least one person suspected of buying cookies with counterfeit currency. Authorities say surveillance video captured a "person of interest," and investigators are hoping the public can help identify the woman on camera.
October 29, 2008
Total time : 35 minutes, plus chilling and cooling time Servings: Makes 2 dozen cookies 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened 1/3 cup sugar 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/3 cup chopped walnuts 1/2 cup buckwheat flour 1/2 cup flour 1. In a medium mixing bowl, cream the butter with the sugar, salt and cinnamon, using the back of a large spoon. Stir in the vanilla extract and nuts. 2. In a separate bowl, sift together the flours, then add these to the butter mixture, beating the butter into the flour with the spoon to form a dough.
January 2, 2008
Total time: 1 hour, plus overnight chilling time Servings: Makes about 5 1/2 dozen cookies Note: Adapted from "Pure Dessert" by Alice Medrich 2 cups flour 1 cup walnuts 3/4 cup sugar 1/4 teaspoon salt 2 teaspoons fresh, finely ground medium-roast (not espresso-roast) coffee beans, plus about 70 whole beans for garnish 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons (1 3/4 sticks) butter 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon brandy 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1. Combine the flour, walnuts, sugar and salt in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until the walnuts are finely ground.
December 15, 2011
"When I was a little girl, during the holidays we would go to my grandparents' house in the countryside. I fondly recall the magical memories of my family and the holidays that this cookie is responsible for. I can still picture my grandma in the kitchen making the cookie dough, my sister was in charge of cutting the cookies and I was responsible for the chocolate coating and decorating. My mom, who was not the best cookie baker, would handle making the holiday dinner. Meanwhile, in the background you could hear my dad getting mad because he was having trouble putting the light on top of the Christmas tree.
February 28, 2014 | By Tony Perry
A 21-year-old Escondido man was arrested Thursday on suspicion of committing one of the highest profile petty thefts in county history: stealing Girl Scout cookie money. After a chase and struggle, David Betancort was arrested on suspicion of swiping a “tip jar” from Girl Scouts selling cookies outside an Escondido supermarket Saturday, law enforcement officials said. The tips were meant to buy cookies to send to military personnel overseas, a program known as Operation Thin Mint.
February 25, 2014 | By Noelle Carter
Did you happen to order too many Girl Scout cookies this season? Wondering what to do with all those (boxes of) extras? Don't worry, it's happened to all of us. And we've got you covered. If you're looking for some creative ways to use those extra cookies, check out some of our ideas above. Add them to milkshakes, use them in pie crusts, beat them into ice cream, or spoon them in with your yogurt to give it a little crunch .... We've got 13 ideas to help you out, including the very tasty cocktail below.
February 3, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A Temecula man who allegedly pointed a gun at a girl who knocked on his door to sell cookies on Sunday has been arrested, authorities said. The girl, described only as a minor, was going door-to-door selling in the area around the 31000 block of Strawberry Tree Lane when she and her father approached John Dodrill's house. After the girl knocked on his door, Dodrill, 59, allegedly answered with a gun pointed at her, according to Riverside County sheriff's officials. Her father, who witnessed the alleged incident, called police and Dodrill was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon.
January 28, 2014 | By Mary MacVean
Delaney Paterno has been a Girl Scout for five years, but only this year has she tasted any of the cookies she works so hard to sell. That's because she was diagnosed with celiac disease as a toddler, and gluten -- found in wheat, barley and rye -- makes her sick. But this year, the Girl Scouts are selling one flavor of gluten-free cookies as a pilot project. “They're actually very good,” Delaney, 9, said Sunday by phone from her home in Doylestown, Pa. Her Girl Scout council, the Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania, is one of the 20 testing the cookies.
December 25, 2013 | By Rosanna Xia
Outside a Subway restaurant in West Hollywood, Michael Hope adjusted his Santa hat, stuffed a festive Christmas bag with cellophane-wrapped cookies and prepared to make his first delivery. "OK, let's see who's working," said Hope, 36, as he walked into the Subway. Andrew Neal, 29, peered through the window. Like Hope and Neal in Los Angeles, volunteers around the country spent Christmas delivering homemade cookies to gas station attendants, baristas, grocery store clerks and others who had pulled the holiday shift.
December 7, 2013 | By Noelle Carter
Over 250 entries were submitted in the L.A. Times Holiday Cookie Bake-Off this year, and more than 3,700 votes were cast by readers. We took the top 50 vote-getters and put them to the test today at Le Cordon Bleu cooking school in Pasadena . Judges included Food editor Russ Parsons, deputy Food editor Betty Hallock, KCRW's Good Food host Evan Kleiman and myself. The results are in! Here are our 10 favorite holiday cookies from this year's Cookie Bake-Off: Suzie's sugar cookies --  Sheri Miyamoto Mom's holiday crescent cookies -- Jeanne Kantak Czechoslovakian nut bars -- Mary Martin Chocolate peanut butter crinkles -- Carol Gendel Frosted orange crispies -- Penny Haselmo Meyer lemon lavender shortbread -- Deb Love Brown butter pecan shortbread -- Zora Margolis Chocolate peppermint snaps -- Ben Rode Pistachio-cranberry icebox cookies -- Sandra Lee Smith Candy cane chocolate mandel bread -- Gail Field RECIPES: Check out our past Holiday Bake-Off finalists and more in our new California Cookbook We'll be inviting the readers who submitted the top 10 cookie recipes to downtown L.A. for a tour of the Test Kitchen and to be photographed in our studio.
November 22, 2013 | By Noelle Carter
We're now taking votes for the fourth annual Los Angeles Times Holiday Cookie Bake-Off. We have more than 250 tempting entries to choose from, so make your voice heard! Go to our Facebook page and vote for your favorite. If you're curious about some of the entries, check out the Cubicle Christmas Cookies from Johanna Cronin of Los Angeles. She writes: "When the holidays hit, my coworkers start expecting my Cubicle Christmas Cookies every Friday afternoon. Filled with Irish cream whiskey and espresso, they are the perfect 3 p.m. pick-me-up for every office dweller.
November 19, 2013
Have you submitted your recipe yet? You only have until Tuesday night at midnight to enter our fourth annual Los Angeles Times Holiday Cookie Bake-Off. If you think you've got the best holiday cookies ever, go to our Facebook page and submit your recipe, along with a short essay about why your cookie is such a holiday favorite. Include a photo if you can; voters will want to see proof. We have more than 200 entries so far! If you're curious about the competition, check out the Hazelnut Diamonds from Ruth Honegger of Los Angeles.
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