Are you ready to indulge in a decadent treat? Look no further than these Baklava Cookies by the one and only Top Chef Spike Mendelsohn. As a renowned celebrity chef, Spike Mendelsohn knows how to make food that is both delicious and satisfying. He has built his reputation on serving comforting foods that not only taste great but also hit the spot. These delectable Baklava Cookies are no exception.
If you’re not familiar with baklava, it’s a sweet and sticky pastry made with layers of phyllo dough, honey, and nuts such as walnuts or pistachios. The addition of cinnamon and lemon juice adds an extra zing to this already flavorful dessert. By transforming this traditional Mediterranean treat into a cookie, Spike Mendelsohn has given us an easy-to-make option that is perfect for any occasion.
With Spike’s step-by-step instructions, even novice bakers can bring the flavors of the Mediterranean into their own kitchens. What’s more, you can customize these cookies to your liking by substituting ingredients or adding your own twist.
So what are you waiting for? Get ready to experience the taste of comfort food at its finest with these Baklava Cookies by Top Chef Spike Mendelsohn.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
Are you looking for a delicious dessert recipe that is sure to impress your family and friends? Look no further than these Baklava Cookies Good Stuff by Top Chef Spike Mendelsohn.
There are countless reasons why you will love this recipe. First of all, it’s easy, using only simple ingredients that you likely already have on hand. But don’t let the simplicity fool you; these cookies are packed with flavor. The cinnamon, walnuts, and honey combine to create a taste that is both sweet and savory.
But that’s not all. These cookies also make for an impressive presentation. With their beautiful golden-brown exterior and flaky layers, they look just like miniature baklavas. And the light dusting of powdered sugar adds just the right touch of elegance.
What’s more, this recipe comes from the famous Top Chef Spike Mendelsohn, who has made a name for himself in the culinary world. As one of the hottest celebrity chefs out there, his recipes are always impressive and crave-worthy.
So if you’re looking for a dessert recipe that is sure to impress at your next gathering, give these Baklava Cookies Good Stuff a try. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed.
Here are the ingredients you will need to make the delicious Baklava Cookies Good Stuff recipe by Top Chef Spike Mendelsohn. Be sure to gather all your ingredients before getting started for a smooth and enjoyable baking experience. Pay attention to the precise measurements and ensure that all of your ingredients are fresh and of good quality.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 large egg yolk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 3/4 cup finely ground walnuts
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons honey
This recipe is derived from Chef Spike Mendelsohn’s cookbook, Good Stuff, which features many popular dishes from his restaurant, Good Stuff Eatery. Mourinho and Micheline Mendelsohn, the Spike’s family’s cookbook “Good Stuff Cookbook”, has also received excellent reviews.
The Recipe How-To
Now that you know what you need let’s get to the real fun, the recipe! Trust me, if you have a sweet tooth like me, this Baklava Cookies recipe from Spike Mendelsohn will hit the spot.
Step 1: Preheat your Oven
First things first, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. This will give your cookies the perfect heat to cook evenly and give them the right texture.
Step 2: Mix Together the Dry Ingredients
In a mixing bowl, mix together 1 cup of all-purpose flour, 1/4 cup of crushed walnuts, 1 tsp of cinnamon, 1/2 tsp of baking powder, and a pinch of salt. Keep mixing until all the ingredients are evenly distributed.
Step 3: Mix Together Wet Ingredients
In another mixing bowl, mix together 1/2 cup of unsalted butter with 1/4 cup of sugar until it becomes fluffy. Then add in one egg and mix well. Finally add in a tablespoon of lemon juice, a tablespoon of honey, and a teaspoon of vanilla extract. Keep mixing until everything is incorporated.
Step 4: Mix Everything Together
Now comes the fun part! Add the wet ingredients to the bowl with dry ingredients slowly mixing them until they are fully combined.
Step 5: Roll Your Dough
Once your dough is fully mixed together you should roll it into small balls around two tablespoons each. Use your fingers to flatten each ball into disks about four inches wide. Place each disk on a baking sheet.
Step 6: Make Your Cookie Layers
In each flattened dough disk put one tablespoon of crushed walnuts and one tablespoon of honey over it. Fold it over once then after adding another tablespoon of walnuts and honey fold it again. Continue this process two more times creating four layers in total.
Step 7: Bake Your Cookies
Finally, place your baklava cookies in the oven and bake for around ten minutes or until they turn golden brown around the edges.
That’s it! You now know how to make some delicious baklava cookies. But if you want to raise those cookies to an even higher level check out section (5) Substitutions and Variations for different ideas on how else you can make these cookies pop!
Substitutions and Variations
Are you feeling adventurous in the kitchen? Here are a few substitutions and variations to add some excitement to these already delectable Baklava Cookies.
Substitutions for Walnuts:
Don’t have walnuts on hand? No problem, pecans, almonds or hazelnuts can be used instead. Each nut will add a unique flavor and texture to your cookies.
Variations on Spice:
While cinnamon is the traditional spice used in Baklava, don’t be afraid to experiment with different spices like cardamom or nutmeg. These spices can add depth and complexity to the cookies that will surprise and delight your taste buds.
A Healthier Option:
For those who are health-conscious but still want to indulge in sweets, consider swapping out the unsalted butter for coconut oil or avocado oil; swap honey with agave syrup or maple syrup; and use a light variety of Nutella or eggnog.
Make these cookies gluten-free by using almond flour instead of all-purpose flour. This substitution will not only make them gluten-free but will give the cookies a nuttier taste profile.
Going vegan? For this option swap out the egg with flax eggs or applesauce which can bind ingredients together just as well. Use coconut oil instead of butter and swap honey with maple syrup or agave nectar.
Whatever substitutions and variations you choose to go with, these cookies are sure to be delightful – from a sprinkle of cardamom to the complimentary spice exchange between cinnamon and nutmeg there’s no limit to how you can creatively approach these Baklava cookies.
Serving and Pairing
These Baklava Cookies are best served warm, right out of the oven with a drizzle of honey or dusting of powdered sugar to enhance their sweetness. Pair them with a hot cup of coffee or tea in the morning, and you’ve got yourself a perfect breakfast.
For an indulgent dessert, try serving these cookies alongside a scoop of vanilla ice cream. The creamy texture of the ice cream balances perfectly with the crispy and chewy texture of the cookies. The combination is pure heaven.
If you want to add more flavor to your serving options, try pairing these heavenly cookies with some homemade Nutella or eggnog syrup. The Nutella and eggnog add a depth and richness that will make these Baklava Cookies hard to resist.
Lastly, if you’re feeling adventurous, try serving Baklava Cookies with some spiced Chai tea. Chai tea has a rich, warm blend of spices like cinnamon and cardamom, which complements the flavors of the cookies quite well.
Remember to share these irresistible cookies with your family and friends, as they will undoubtedly become a favorite treat for everyone who tries them.
Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating
One of the best things about these Baklava Cookies is that they can be made ahead of time, allowing you to enjoy fresh, warm cookies without having to do all the work on the day of. Simply prepare the dough, shape it into balls and arrange them on a baking sheet. Pop them in the freezer for up to one month, and when you’re ready to bake, just thaw them in the refrigerator overnight and then allow them to come to room temperature before baking.
Once baked and cooled, these cookies can last up to one week if stored in an airtight container at room temperature. However, if you’re looking to keep them fresher for longer, you can always freeze them. Place your cookies in a freezer-safe container or ziplock bag and freeze for up to three months.
Reheating these cookies couldn’t be simpler. If they’ve been stored at room temperature, pop them in the microwave for 5-10 seconds to warm them up slightly. If they’ve been frozen, thaw them overnight in the fridge and then follow the same method of reheating.
Just like any other baked goods, there are a few things you should keep in mind when reheating Baklava Cookies. Overheating them can result in dry or burnt cookies – so keep an eye on them when reheating! Ideally, you want your cookies to be warm and gooey with a hint of cinnamon and honey.
So whether you’re planning ahead for a party or just looking for a sweet treat for yourself, these Baklava Cookies are perfect. Make sure you follow these simple instructions for make-ahead, storing and reheating – and you’ll always have a batch of tasty treats at hand!
Tips for Perfect Results
Baklava cookies are a delight to make and are enjoyed by many people. With a few simple tips, you can make them even better. Here are some of my tips for perfect results:
Firstly, always use fresh ingredients. Stale ingredients can affect the taste and texture of the cookies. To ensure that they are fresh, check the expiration dates on all of your ingredients before you start baking.
Secondly, make sure to measure your ingredients accurately. Baking is a science, and even small inaccuracies can have big consequences. Use measuring cups and spoons instead of eyeballing measurements for the best results.
Thirdly, be gentle when mixing the batter. Overmixing can cause the cookies to be tough and dense. Mix only until all of the ingredients are combined, being careful not to overwork the dough.
Fourthly, preheat the oven to the correct temperature before baking. This is important because an oven that’s too hot or too cold can cause uneven baking and affect the texture of the cookies. For this recipe, set your oven at 350°F (175°C) to get perfect results.
Fifthly, watch your cookies closely while they’re baking. Baklava cookies tend to brown quickly because of their high sugar content. Check on them often, and remove them from the oven as soon as they turn golden brown.
Lastly, let the cookies cool before serving them or storing them. As much as we all want to eat warm cookies right out of the oven, letting them cool down will help them to set properly and retain their shape.
By following these simple tips, you’ll ensure that your baklava cookies come out perfect every time you make them.
If you’re a fan of comfort foods, then these baklava cookies from Top Chef Spike Mendelsohn’s Good Stuff cookbook are a must-try! They pack all of the flavors of classic baklava into an easy-to-make cookie form. The mixture of cinnamon, honey, and walnuts gives them a rich, nutty flavor that you won’t be able to resist.
Not only are they delicious, but they’re also versatile – great for pairing with coffee or tea, and even better as an after-dinner dessert. Plus, the recipe can be easily adapted to suit different dietary needs or preferences.
So what are you waiting for? Whip up a batch of these baklava cookies today and find out why they earned their place in Spike Mendelsohn’s cookbook. You won’t regret it!
Baklava Cookies Good Stuff by Top Chef Spike Mendelsohn Recipe
- 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 cups walnuts, chopped
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1.25 (2 1/2 stick) unsalted butter, softened
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup honey
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- To make cookies, in a bowl, mix together flour, walnuts, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. In a second bowl, beat together the butter and sugar with an electric mixer until smooth. Beat in the egg and vanilla. Slowly blend in the flour nut-mixture.
- Using your hands, form small, round dough balls and place them on ungreased baking sheets. Gently press down in the balls to slightly flatten each cookie.
- To make the glaze, heat the honey, butter, vanilla, lemon juice, and cinnamon in a large saucepan over low heat until syrupy. Set aside until ready to use.
- Bake the cookies for 10 minute or until golden. Remove from the oven and drizzle the glaze over the cookies. Let stand on the sheets until cooled completely.
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