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April 14, 2010
  Danish wreath cookies Total time: 1 1/2 hours Servings: Makes about 8 dozen cookies (yield will vary depending on piping tip used and size of cookies) Note: Adapted from Henrik Gram of Hygge Bakery in L.A. This recipe works best using a cookie press or spritzer ; the dough can be piped by hand, though it can be very firm and difficult to pipe. The bakery pipes these cookies using a half-inch-size star piping tip. The cookies will vary depending on whether margarine or butter is used; the cookies will color a bit more quickly if using butter.
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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.
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FOOD
August 2, 2013
  Total time: 2 hours, plus resting and overnight drying time Servings: About 4 dozen 3-inch cookies Note: From Noelle Carter. Springerle molds can be found at Sur La Table and select cooking and baking supply stores, and online at cookiemold.com , houseonthehill.net , lacuisineus.com and fantes.com . Anise extract can be found at cooking and baking supply stores, as well as select Jon's Markets. 4 eggs 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon anise extract 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest, loosely packed 4 cups (1 pound)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
NEWS
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.
FOOD
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.
FOOD
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.
FOOD
December 16, 2010
  Grandma Chandler's Christmas cookies Submitted by Christy Cowell of Pasadena "These cookies will never win a beauty contest ? they look kind of like potatoes! But they are a fantastic, sturdy molasses-spice-walnut cookie that keeps well and tastes great throughout the holiday season. We cut them into diamond shapes because, well, that's how we've always done it. " ?Christy Cowell Total time: 1 1/2 hours Servings: About 12 dozen cookies 3 eggs 1/2 cup molasses 3 3/4 cups dark brown sugar 3/4 cup water 1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon ground nutmeg 1 tablespoon ground cloves 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon 1/2 tablespoon ground allspice 1 1/2 pounds walnuts, coarsely chopped About 6 ½ cups flour 1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees.
FOOD
December 9, 2010
  Polvorones (Mexican wedding cookies) Total time: 1 hour, 45 minutes Servings: Makes 1 1/2 to 2 dozen cookies Note: Adapted from "My Sweet Mexico" by Fany Gerson Show us your photos: If you try this recipe, send us photographic evidence: Click here to upload pictures of the finished dish. 1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) butter 1 cup superfine sugar 2 cups flour 1 cup almond flour 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract Sifted powdered sugar, for dusting 1. Clarify the butter: Cut the butter into pieces and melt in a saucepan over low heat.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
NEWS
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
NEWS
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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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