When I was a kid, the mention of Biarritz, the French oceanside resort, conjured up visions of Hollywood glamour, Cary Grant types and women in shimmering gowns and diamond necklaces. When I went there many years later, try as I might to envision Grant and some bejeweled belle drinking champagne from coupes, I couldn’t. All I could think of were the cookies that bore the town’s name. They were elegantly thin cookies, their bases covered in dark chocolate, and I knew all about them because Pepperidge Farm used to make them. The Biarritz is now gone from their lineup, but not from mine.
Now, see I thought I knew the Biarritz cookie but it turns out I was thinking of the Milano version (similar, sandwiched with the chocolate ganache instead of it spread on one side only). In fact, Dorie suggests we make sandwich cookies with these ones and that’s what I did.
I made 1/3 of the recipe (often when I “minify” I divide the recipe according to the number of eggs, in this case there were 3 so that made it easy to divide. In theory this should have yielded 16 “quarter-sized” cookies (that’s a 10c piece for those of you down under) but I ended up with 30 tiny cookies, so 15 sandwich cookies.
Others in this group who made the cookies a couple of weeks ago warned that the “quarter size” was too small but my batter was pretty runny when I was piping it so I wasn’t sure about making them bigger. Turns out I should have listened and trusted my instinct – not that they were not good but if they had been bigger, they would definitely have been better!
These looked elegant (just like Dorie’s!) and tasted great. A winner. To be repeated (only bigger!).
Get the recipe for Dorie Greenspan’s Biarritz Cookies on p 294 of Dorie’s Cookies!
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